7 Day Menu Planner by Susan Nicholson

7 Day Menu Planner For November 24, 2013

Sunday Family

Make a family favorite, SWISS STEAK, for today's gathering. Heat oven to 325 degrees. Cut 2 pounds (1/2-inch thick) boneless beef round steak (visible fat removed) into 8 serving-size pieces. Place in a 13-by-9-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Top with 1 medium thinly sliced onion, 8 ounces sliced fresh mushrooms and 1 (8-ounce) can no-salt-added tomato sauce. Cover and bake 1 3/4 to 2 hours or until steak is tender.

Serve with your own MASHED POTATOES, GREEN BEANS and MIXED GREENS. For dessert, this CINNAMON APPLE TART is hard to resist.

Save enough steak and sauce for Monday; save enough tart for Wednesday.

Shopping List

boneless beef round steak, cooking spray, pepper, onion, sliced fresh mushrooms, canned no-salt-added tomato sauce, potatoes to mash, green beans, salad greens, refrigerated pie crust, packaged frozen cinnamon apples, lemon, cinnamon, egg, sugar.

Monday Kids

It's HOAGIE SANDWICHES for the kids tonight. Chop and heat leftover steak and sauce and spoon onto sliced, toasted hoagies (or any sandwich rolls). Serve with CURLY FRIES (frozen). Add deli CARROT SALAD on the side. Make dessert simple with fat-free STRAWBERRY ICE CREAM.

Save enough ice cream for Saturday.

Shopping List

hoagies or other rolls, frozen curly fries, deli carrot salad, fat-free strawberry ice cream.

Tuesday Meatless

How about a no-meat PIZZA WITH PEPPERS tonight? Heat oven to 450 degrees. Place 1 (12-inch) ready-to-heat whole-grain pizza crust on a baking sheet. Sprinkle with 1 cup (2 cups total) shredded reduced-fat cheese blend, half of (1-pound) bag frozen (thawed and drained) pepper stir-fry mix (green, red, yellow peppers and onions) and the other 1 cup cheese. Bake 15 minutes or until crust is crisp and cheese is melted and bubbly. Slice and serve with a SPINACH SALAD. How about PEACHES for an easy dessert?

If time permits, assemble Wednesday's meatloaf tonight.

Shopping List

ready-to-heat whole-grain pizza crust, shredded reduced-fat cheese blend, frozen pepper stir-fry mix (green, red, yellow peppers and onions), fresh spinach, peaches.

Wednesday Budget

Easy, unique and affordable, CHICKEN PARMIGIANA-STYLE MEATLOAF has lots of flavor. Serve with BAKED POTATOES, BROCCOLI and a MIXED GREEN SALAD. Add WHOLE-GRAIN ROLLS. For dessert, warm the leftover TART.

Save enough meatloaf for Thursday.

Shopping List

ground chicken or turkey breast, onion, eggs, dry bread crumbs, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, no-salt-added marinara sauce, shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, potatoes to bake, broccoli, salad greens, whole-grain rolls.

Thursday Heat and Eat

Make MEATLOAF SANDWICHES on dense white bread for a quick meal. Top with LETTUCE. Alongside, add deli COLESLAW. For dessert, enjoy PINEAPPLE CHUNKS.

Buy enough coleslaw for Friday.

Shopping List

dense white bread, lettuce, deli coleslaw, pineapple chunks.

Friday Express

You could go to a fast-food place, but make your own FISH 'N' CHIPS for a quick meal instead. Prepare frozen fish fillets and frozen potato wedges according to package directions. Place fish into heated taco shells and spoon leftover coleslaw over fish. Now, cool down with ORANGE SHERBET for dessert.

Shopping List

frozen fish fillets, frozen potato wedges, taco shells, orange sherbet.

Saturday Easy Entertaining

Our guests enjoyed CHICKEN WITH HERBS AND VEGETABLES and so will yours. Serve with RICE to catch all the juices from the chicken. Add steamed sliced ZUCCHINI, a GREEN SALAD and WHOLE-GRAIN ROLLS. Buy a CHOCOLATE CAKE for dessert and serve it with leftover ICE CREAM.

Shopping List

Italian-style bread crumbs with cheese, boneless skinless chicken breasts, olive oil, packaged crimini mushrooms, green bell pepper, tomatoes, garlic, coarse salt, fresh basil, dried oregano, rice, zucchini, salad greens, whole-grain rolls, chocolate cake.