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Make it an easy meal today with baked ham at the center of the plate. Accompany the family favorite with a delicious dish, green beans and potatoes with rosemary and lemon zest (see recipe). Alongside, add tomato wedges and deviled eggs.
Dessert will be special with your ambrosia.
In a large bowl, combine
To serve, add cup miniature marshmallows and 2 tablespoons shredded coconut.
Spoon into dessert dishes. Top with more marshmallows and coconut. Garnish with maraschino cherries. Yum.
Plan ahead: Save enough ham and ambrosia for Monday.
Shopping list: Ham to bake, red potatoes, olive oil, garlic, fresh rosemary, lemon, crushed red pepper, fresh green beans, coarse salt, tomatoes, deviled eggs, jarred refrigerated citrus salad in extra-light syrup, fresh pineapple, seedless red grapes, orange juice, pure vanilla extract, miniature marshmallows, shredded coconut, maraschino cherries.
MONDAY (Heat and Eat)
Make ham and brie sandwiches for an easy meal. Spread pesto on sliced Italian bread, top with the leftover ham, brie cheese slices and arugula. Serve with baked chips. Enjoy the leftover ambrosia for dessert.
Shopping list: Pesto, Italian bread, brie cheese, arugula, baked chips.
You can have tomato soup with spinach and corn on the table in no time. Prepare 2 (10-ounce) cans condensed tomato soup according to directions using
Add 1 (10-ounce) package frozen (thawed) chopped spinach and 1 cup of frozen (thawed) corn. Heat all the way through. Serve with a lettuce wedge and cheese toast. Enjoy pears for dessert.
Shopping list: Canned condensed tomato soup, 1 percent milk, frozen chopped spinach, frozen corn, lettuce, any bread and any cheese for cheese toast, pears.
Ziti with red peppers and almonds (see recipe) makes a great no-meat meal. Serve the pasta with a mixed green salad and garlic bread.
For a light dessert, raspberry sorbet is perfect.
Plan ahead: Save enough sorbet for Saturday.
Shopping list: Ziti pasta, panko bread crumbs, slivered almonds, jarred roasted red bell peppers, olive oil, Italian seasoning, Parmesan cheese, fresh basil, salad greens, garlic bread, raspberry sorbet.
It's fun to save money, especially when the results are as good as crunchy catfish.
Heat oven to 425 degrees. Dip catfish fillets in cornmeal seasoned with garlic powder, coarse salt and pepper. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until browned and opaque throughout. Serve with oven fries (frozen) and a green salad. Make cornbread from a mix. For dessert, kiwifruit is easy.
Shopping list: Catfish fillets, cornmeal, garlic powder, coarse salt, pepper, frozen oven fries, salad greens, cornbread mix, kiwifruit.
Throw burger dogs into a whole-grain hot dog bun, and the kids will love them. Season ground turkey with chili powder, cumin, and coarse salt and pepper to taste. Form into hot dog shapes.
Broil or pan-fry until no longer pink and serve on a bun. Top with salsa and reduced-fat sour cream. Serve with baked beans and celery sticks stuffed with fat-free cream cheese and raisins. Munch on oatmeal cookies for dessert.
Shopping list: Whole-grain hot dog buns, ground turkey, chili powder, cumin, coarse salt, pepper, salsa, reduced-fat sour cream, baked beans, celery sticks, fat-free cream cheese, raisins, oatmeal cookies.
SATURDAY (Easy Entertaining)
Your guests will want your recipe for chicken and penne with creamy Parmesan and sun-dried tomatoes (see recipe).
Serve the flavorful entree with fresh broccoli and a spinach salad. Add baguettes. For dessert, top chocolate cake with leftover sorbet.
Shopping list: Penne pasta, butter, chicken tenders, package Gourmet Creamy Parmesan and Sun-Dried Tomato Chicken Penne Recipe and Seasoning Mix (such as McCormick), canned no-salt-added petite diced tomatoes, half-and-half, Parmesan cheese, fresh broccoli, fresh spinach, baguettes, chocolate cake.
Susan Nicholson, a graduate of Mary Washington College, is an Atlanta-based cookbook author and registered dietitian. She can be reached by email:
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GREEN BEANS AND POTATOES WITH ROSEMARY AND LEMON ZEST
Prep time: 15 minutes
1 pounds cooked red
Nutritional information per serving: 154 calories, 4 grams protein, 5 grams fat (27 percent calories from fat), 0.7 gram saturated fat, 26 grams carbohydrate, no cholesterol, 12 milligrams sodium, 5 grams fiber
ZITI WITH RED PEPPERS AND ALMONDS
Prep time: 15 minutes
1 pound ziti pasta
CHICKEN AND PENNE WITH CREAMY PARMESAN AND SUN-DRIED TOMATOES
Prep time: 15 minutes
8 ounces penne pasta