This week is a real mash up of favorite oldies but goodies and some of the latest additions to the blog. As always, you can print the shopping list at the bottom of the page. 

TURKEY TACO SALAD WITH CUMIN LIME DRESSING 

When I crave the flavors of an old-school taco, but want something that’s on the lighter side, this is my fix for supper. It’s a filling main dish salad, but if you want something a little extra, consider filling the freezer with these fruity mango pops for dessert. 


WEEKNIGHT SPAGHETTI WITH CLAMS

This is the spaghetti and clams I grew up on and love to this day. It’s basic stuff — olive oil, butter, canned clams, garlic, parsley — but satisfying and easy for a weeknight meal. Since it’s summer, make this simple salad: use a vegetable peeler to make ribbons of zucchini (2 medium zucchini for 4 people), tossed with a little lemon juice and zest, olive oil, salt, pepper, chopped mint, and shaved Parmesan. Delicious.

VIETNAMESE PORK LETTUCE WRAPS WITH GINGER LIME DRESSING

These lettuce cups are like fresh-tasting Vietnamese-style tacos with a killer ginger lime dressing to finish. Since they’re pretty light on the appetite, you might want to get some carbs on the table, such as steamed brown basmati rice or a favorite Asian noodle tossed with soy sauce, sesame oil, and sliced scallion.

DOUBLE CHOCOLATE ZUCCHINI MUFFINS

Made with yogurt, zucchini, and whole grain flour, this is sort of a cupcake/muffin hybrid. They make a nice treat for afternoon snack or dessert and beg for a glass of milk to go with. Make them in a mini muffin tin if you want to keep the portions in check

SO EASY COTTAGE CHEESE DIP 

A recent New York Times headline read, “Is America Ready to Love Cottage Cheese Again?” I say yes, especially in this simple dip paired with crackers and veggies. It’s delivers a boost of protein and makes a simple lunch or pre-dinner snack.