7 Day Menu Planner by Susan Nicholson

7 Day Menu Planner For November 10, 2013

Sunday Family

That wonderful aroma coming from the kitchen is ROASTED CHICKEN WITH FRUIT COMPOTE. Serve the roaster with LEMONY SWEET POTATOES. Bake the sweet potatoes in a 350-degree oven about 45 minutes or until tender. Mix some butter, fresh lemon juice and lemon zest together and add to split potatoes.

Serve with frozen petite GREEN PEAS and CRUSTY ROLLS. Buy a BOSTON CREAM PIE for dessert.

Save enough chicken, fruit compote and pie for Monday.

Shopping List

roasting chicken, canola oil, coarse salt, pepper, red or green apples, red or green pears, green onions, dried apricots, pitted prunes, apple cider or juice, fat-free chicken broth, cloves, lemon, sweet potatoes, butter, frozen petite green peas, crusty rolls, Boston cream pie.

Monday Heat and Eat

Use those chicken leftovers for WILD RICE SALAD. Serve with a crisp LETTUCE WEDGE and WHOLE-GRAIN ROLLS. Slice the leftover PIE for dessert.

Shopping List

packaged long-grain and wild rice, seedless grapes, celery, green onions, walnuts, parsley, coarse salt, pepper, orange juice, white wine vinegar, sugar, hot pepper sauce, lettuce, whole-grain rolls.

Tuesday Express

Try your favorite BRATWURST tonight. We like them best grilled and served on crusty rolls. Slather spicy brown mustard and some chopped onions on top. Buy deli GERMAN POTATO SALAD to accompany the "brats." You'll want a light dessert, and CHUNKY APPLESAUCE is just right.

Shopping List

bratwurst, crusty rolls, spicy brown mustard, onion, deli German potato salad, chunky applesauce.

Wednesday Meatless

The texture resembles meat, so PHILABELLA CHEESE "STEAK" SANDWICHES could fool you. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large nonstick skillet on medium-high. Add 4 large thinly sliced portabella mushroom caps and 4 cups thin onion wedges. Cook and stir 8 minutes or until browned; sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Remove and discard some of the soft part of 4 split hoagie rolls; lightly toast rolls. Place a slice of low-fat cheese and mushroom mixture on bottom of rolls, dividing evenly. Cover with tops.

Serve with a MIXED GREENS SALAD. Scoop fat-free VANILLA ICE CREAM and drizzle with STRAWBERRY SAUCE for dessert.

Save enough ice cream for Saturday.

Shopping List

olive oil, portabella mushroom caps, onions, coarse salt, pepper, hoagie rolls, low-fat cheese slices, salad greens, fat-free vanilla ice cream, strawberry sauce.

Thursday Kids

Make mild-flavored MEXICAN LASAGNA for the kids. Serve with CHOPPED LETTUCE and SOFT ROLLS. For dessert, PLUMS are easy.

Save enough lasagna for Friday.

Shopping List

chili powder, cumin, coarse salt, canned Mexican-style stewed tomatoes, reduced-fat sour cream, canned chopped green chiles, fat-free flour tortillas, canned chicken breast, canned reduced-sodium pinto beans, 50 percent reduced-fat cheddar cheese, green onions, sliced black olives if desired, lettuce, soft rolls, plums.

Friday Budget

Save money and time by heating the leftover LASAGNA tonight. Garnish with sliced jalapeno pickles. Serve with an ITALIAN SALAD and GARLIC BREAD. For dessert, FRESH PINEAPPLE sprinkled with toasted coconut is good.

Save some toasted coconut for Saturday.

Shopping List

sliced jalapeno pickles, Italian salad, garlic bread, fresh pineapple, coconut.

Saturday Easy Entertaining

Invite guests for GRILLED LAMB LOIN CHOPS WITH 6 SPICES. Bring 4 lamb loin chops to room temperature (at least 30 minutes). In spice or coffee grinder, grind 1 tablespoon whole coriander seeds, 1 tablespoon fennel seeds, 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves, 1 1/2 teaspoons black peppercorns, 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt and 1 bay leaf until fine. Sprinkle spice rub over loin chops. Heat grill to medium-high. Grill chops about 4 to 6 minutes per side or 145 degrees for medium-rare. Be careful not to burn spice rub. Let chops stand lightly covered at least 10 minutes before serving.

Serve with GRILLED FINGERLING POTATOES and GREEN BEANS. Add a BIBB LETTUCE SALAD and BAGUETTES. For dessert, top leftover ICE CREAM with leftover toasted COCONUT.

Shopping List

lamb loin chops, whole coriander seeds, fennel seeds, fresh thyme, black peppercorns, coarse salt, bay leaf, fingerling potatoes, green beans, bibb lettuce, baguettes.