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The PlanMonday: Ribollita with Poached Eggs + Grilled Onion Salad with Lime VinaigretteTuesday: Slow-Roasted Salmon with Dill Cream + Whole-Wheat Garlic Bread + Roasted Red and Golden Beet SaladWednesday: Lemony Chicken Saltimbocca + Rosemary-Parmesan Polenta + Roasted Balsamic Radicchio with Pancetta and WalnutsThursday: Thai Basil Chicken Stir-Fry + Brown Rice with SesameFriday: Pork and Beef Bolognese + Garlicky SpinachHappy Holiday Bonus: Apple-Cranberry Holiday Wassail
Monday: Monday is a time to relax before the rush of the week hits you. This Tuscan dish is a classic that will warm up the entire house with its earthy scents. A good drizzle of olive oil on the Ribollita with Poached Eggs will elevate this bean soup to a new level. Keep the side simple with a refreshing Grilled Onion Salad with Lime Vinaigrette.
Tuesday: Turn your slow cooker into a slow roaster with this transformed Slow-Roasted Salmon with Dill Cream. This style of cooking gives the fish plenty of time to soak up all the delicious herbs and citruses. Serve with some crunchy Whole-Wheat Garlic Bread and Roasted Red and Golden Beet Salad, which will pair beautifully with the flaky fish. You'll have plenty of time to put together the salad and bread while your salmon is wrapping up in the slow cooker.
Wednesday: Quick enough to cook on a Wednesday night and impressive enough to save for a special occasion, our Lemony Chicken Saltimbocca stays light will still maintaining its savory flavors. Use the Rosemary-Parmesan Polenta to soak up all the delicious juices from the chicken while using the Roasted Balsamic Radicchio with Pancetta and Walnuts to completely balance out the meal.
Thursday: At this point in the week I'm always craving Asian food. Satisfy those cravings with our Thai Basil Chicken Stir-Fry served with a heaping side of Brown Rice with Sesame. Dinner will be ready in 20 minutes or less.
Friday: It's finally the weekend and you get to celebrate with a steaming bowl of our favorite pasta. The Pork and Beef Bolognese has a sauce that is perfect for freezing for those days when life is a little too much. Serve your pasta with a side of Garlicky Spinach to get your greens in.
Happy Holiday Bonus: Nothing beats a warm cocktail that can easily serve a crowd. When your house is starting to fill up, throw this Apple-Cranberry Holiday Wassail in the slow cooker.