Food & Drink

Menu Planner, Aug. 24 - Aug. 30


Grilled Lime Chicken

With Avocado Salsa

Enjoying Grilled Lime Chicken With Avocado Salsa (see recipe) is an excellent way to celebrate family day. Serve it with corn-on-the-cob, an arugula salad and baguettes. Strawberries in Citrus Syrup is a refreshing dessert. In a small pan, melt 1/3 cup sugar in 3 tablespoons water on medium heat. Remove from heat; stir in 1/4 cup fresh lime juice. Refrigerate until cold. Refrigerate 6 cups strawberries (halved). Pour syrup over berries; add some lime zest and toss to coat. Garnish with thin strips of lime peel if desired.

Plan ahead: Grill enough chicken and make extra strawberries in citrus syrup for Monday.


Leftover Grilled Lime Chicken

You can celebrate Labor Day with friends by skipping the labor part and serving the leftover Grilled Lime Chicken along with Barbecue Potato Salad for the festive occasion. Cook 3 pounds red potatoes cut into bite-sized pieces until tender; drain and cool slightly. In a large bowl, mix 1/3 cup olive oil, 1/2 cup ketchup, 1/4 cup cider vinegar, 11/2 teaspoons ground mustard, 1 teaspoon pepper, 1/2 teaspoon salt; whisk until blended. Add potatoes, 1 cup thinly sliced celery, 1 cup coarsely chopped red bell pepper and 1/2 cup chopped red onion; toss to coat. Serve with a lettuce and tomato salad and whole wheat rolls. For dessert, top the leftover strawberries with fat-free vanilla ice cream.

Plan ahead: Save enough ice cream for Wednesday.


Penne Pasta Salad With

Spinach and Tomatoes

We never seem to tire of budget-stretching dishes like this Penne Pasta Salad With Spinach and Tomatoes (see recipe). Serve the pasta with a lettuce wedge and garlic bread. Slice watermelon for dessert.

Plan ahead: Save enough pasta for Wednesday.


Stuff Tomatoes

Stuffed Tomatoes are perfect for a summer meal. Core medium tomatoes. Combine drained flaked light tuna packed in water with the leftover pasta salad. Spoon it into the tomatoes for a colorful entree. Add deli coleslaw to the plate along with bread sticks. Scoop the leftover ice cream for dessert.


Risotto With

Crimini Mushrooms

Use your microwave for this really good (and easy) Risotto With Crimini Mushrooms (see recipe). Serve with a romaine salad and Italian bread. For dessert, peaches are a favorite around here.


Chicken Salad

Make it fast and keep the kitchen cool with Chicken Salad for dinner tonight. Stir halved grapes and toasted slivered almonds into the deli salad and spoon it onto butter lettuce cups. Alongside, add tomato wedges, olives and pickles. Watermelon is your dessert.


Scallops With Cherry Tomatoes

Guests will enjoy your Scallops With Cherry Tomatoes. In a small bowl, combine 2 tablespoons olive oil, 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard, 1 teaspoon lemon juice and 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest. Brush it on 1 pound sea scallops (reserve remaining mixture). In a large nonstick skillet, heat 2 teaspoons olive oil until hot. Add scallops; cook 1 to 2 minutes per side or until lightly browned. Remove scallops and keep warm. To skillet, add 16 whole cherry tomatoes, 1 cup dry white wine and remaining mustard mixture; bring to boil and reduce liquid to half. Add scallops to skillet; cook 1 minute or until heated through. Serve scallops with sauce. Add oven-roasted potatoes, spinach salad and sourdough bread. Buy fruit tarts for dessert..