7 Day Menu Planner by Susan Nicholson

7 Day Menu Planner For October 27, 2013

Sunday Family

Serve the family HONEY-ORANGE GLAZED HAM today. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Place a 2- to 3-pound fully cooked boneless ham on a rack in a roasting pan. Roast, uncovered, 30 minutes or until it registers 140 degrees with a meat thermometer.

Meanwhile, mix together 1 tablespoon orange juice, 1/4 cup honey, 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon and 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves. Baste ham with mixture the last 10 minutes of roasting. Let stand for 5 minutes; slice and serve.

To accompany the family favorite, make your own SCALLOPED POTATOES and steam FRESH BROCCOLI. Enjoy APPLE COBBLER for dessert and top it with fat-free VANILLA ICE CREAM.

Save enough ham and cobbler for Monday. Save enough ice cream for Tuesday.

Shopping List

fully cooked boneless ham, orange juice, honey, cinnamon, ground cloves, scalloped potatoes, fresh broccoli, apple cobbler, fat-free vanilla ice cream.

Monday Heat and Eat

Make GEORGIA-STYLE GRILLED HAM AND CHEESE SANDWICHES for an easy meal. Mix 2 tablespoons low-fat mayonnaise with 3 tablespoons peach preserves. Spread mixture evenly on one side of 8 rye bread slices. Place 1 slice each leftover ham on 4 slices bread; sprinkle each ham slice with 2 tablespoons shredded Monterey Jack cheese. Top with remaining bread slices; coat with cooking spray. Cook sandwiches in a large nonstick skillet on medium-low heat until cheese melts and bread is lightly browned. Serve sandwiches with a ROMAINE SALAD. Warm the leftover APPLE COBBLER for dessert.

Shopping List

low-fat mayonnaise, peach preserves, rye bread, shredded Monterey Jack cheese, cooking spray, romaine.

Tuesday Express

You can prepare TOMATO SOUP WITH SPINACH AND CORN in no time. Prepare 2 (10 3/4-ounce) cans condensed tomato soup according to directions, using skim milk. Add 1 (10-ounce) package frozen chopped spinach (thawed) and 1 cup frozen corn (thawed). Heat through. Serve with a LETTUCE WEDGE and CHEESE TOAST. Top the leftover ICE CREAM with CHOCOLATE SYRUP.

Save enough chocolate syrup for Thursday.

Shopping List

canned condensed tomato soup, skim milk, frozen chopped spinach, frozen corn, lettuce, any bread and any cheese for cheese toast, chocolate syrup.

Wednesday Meatless

This BAKED EGGPLANT AND POLENTA was a hit and went into our permanent collection of recipes. Serve with STEAMED SPINACH and a ROMAINE SALAD WITH RED ONION RINGS. Add WHOLE-GRAIN BREAD. For dessert, PLUMS are perfect.

Shopping List

eggplant, cooking spray, jar marinara sauce, part-skim shredded mozzarella cheese, parmesan cheese, refrigerated ready-to-eat polenta, fresh spinach, romaine, red onion, whole-grain bread, plums.

Thursday Budget

There's nothing like a good meatloaf to perk up your purse, and BARBECUE MEATLOAF fills the bill. Serve with OVEN FRIES (frozen) and GREEN BEANS. Make CORNBREAD (from a mix). For dessert, enjoy CHOCOLATE SWIRL PUDDING. Prepare instant vanilla pudding using 1 percent milk and swirl leftover chocolate syrup into the pudding. Top with fat-free whipped cream.

Save enough meatloaf for Friday.

Shopping List

onion, ground turkey breast, lean ground beef, dry bread crumbs, barbecue sauce, Worcestershire sauce, Dijon mustard, garlic, dried thyme, frozen oven fries, green beans, cornbread mix, instant vanilla pudding, 1 percent milk, fat-free whipped cream.

Friday Kids

Show the kids how you can use magic to redesign the leftover meatloaf into BARBECUE ROLL-UPS. Crumble the heated leftover meatloaf and spoon into warmed whole-grain tortillas; top with shredded lettuce and any shredded cheese. Serve with CELERY STICKS and vegetarian BAKED BEANS.

LEAPIN' LIZARD CRUNCH BARS are what dessert is all about to a kid -- green, but not a vegetable! Coat an 8-by-8-inch baking dish with cooking spray. Combine 1 (12-ounce) package miniature marshmallows and 1/2 cup reduced-fat peanut butter in a saucepan. Cook on low 10 minutes or until marshmallows melt, stirring constantly. Add 6 drops green food coloring (add more if you want it to look really gross); mix well. Add 6 cups crisp rice cereal (such as Rice Krispies); mix well. Remove from heat and spoon mixture into prepared dish; spread evenly and press down with back of spoon. Refrigerate 1 hour.

Cut into 8 long, thin strips, then in half. Remove strips from pan. Press 2 chocolate chips into end of each strip to make eyes. Be brave and eat a lizard.

Shopping List

whole-grain tortillas, lettuce, any shredded cheese, celery, vegetarian baked beans, cooking spray, miniature marshmallows, reduced-fat peanut butter, green food coloring, crisp rice cereal (such as Rice Krispies), chocolate chips.

Saturday Easy Entertaining

Any guest would enjoy CHICKEN WITH 40 CLOVES OF GARLIC. Serve with MASHED POTATOES, frozen petite GREEN PEAS, a BIBB LETTUCE SALAD and SOURDOUGH BREAD. Make or buy CHEESECAKE for dessert.

Shopping List

onions, celery, dried tarragon, parsley, skinless, bone-in chicken thighs, skinless chicken legs, olive oil, coarse salt, black pepper, dry vermouth (or dry sherry or dry white wine), garlic, potatoes to mash, frozen petite green peas, bibb lettuce, sourdough bread, homemade or store-bought cheesecake.