7 Day Menu Planner by Susan Nicholson

7 Day Menu Planner For August 18, 2013

Sunday Family

Buy a HONEYBAKED HAM (or another spiral sliced ham) today for the family's feast. Serve the easy entree with this SQUASH-RICE CASSEROLE. Add a MIXED GREENS SALAD and WHOLE-GRAIN BREAD. Finish your feast with a slice of KEY LIME PIE.

Save enough ham, casserole and pie for Monday and enough ham (if necessary) for Tuesday.

Shopping List

HoneyBaked Ham (or another spiral sliced) ham, onion, zucchini squash, rice, fat-free chicken broth, fat-free sour cream, 50 percent reduced-fat sharp cheddar cheese, parmesan cheese, Italian-seasoned bread crumbs, coarse salt, pepper, eggs, salad greens, whole-grain bread, Key lime pie.

Monday Heat and Eat

Use the leftover ham for GRILLED HAM AND SWISS SANDWICHES. Mix 1/3 cup rinsed and drained refrigerated sauerkraut with 1/4 cup Dijon mustard and 2 tablespoons honey. Spread on rye bread and layer with the leftover ham and Swiss cheese. Grill on both sides in a nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray. Add DILL PICKLES. Serve with the heated leftover CASSEROLE. Slice some leftover PIE for dessert.

Shopping List

refrigerated sauerkraut, Dijon mustard, honey, rye bread, Swiss cheese, cooking spray, dill pickles.

Tuesday Budget

Saving some pennies will be fun (and tasty) with low-cost LINGUINE WITH MUSHROOMS. Add a GREEN SALAD and GARLIC BREAD. FRESH PINEAPPLE CHUNKS are a juicy dessert.

If desired, add 1/2 cup diced ham to the linguine and mushrooms.

Shopping List

linguine, frozen petite green peas, olive oil, onion, garlic, packaged sliced white mushrooms, packaged assorted sliced mushrooms (gourmet blend), fat-free chicken broth, half-and-half, coarse salt, pepper, salad greens, garlic bread, fresh pineapple.

Wednesday Express

Make it cool and quick with ROMAINE AND TOMATO SALAD WITH CHICKEN. Dress a packaged Caesar salad with low-fat Caesar dressing, chopped tomatoes and thinly sliced red onions. Top with packaged cooked, sliced chicken breast and any croutons. Serve the simple salad with canned BEAN SOUP, if desired. Add BREAD STICKS. For dessert, FRESH APRICOTS are in order.

Shopping List

packaged Caesar salad, low-fat Caesar dressing, tomatoes, red onion, packaged cooked, sliced chicken breast, any croutons, canned bean soup if desired, crackers, fresh apricots.

Thursday Meatless

No one will complain about no-meat KASHA, BEAN AND CORN TACOS. Cook and stir 1/2 cup whole kasha in a large nonstick skillet on medium-high 2 minutes or until hot and slightly toasted; spoon into a bowl.

Lower heat to medium. Add 1 tablespoon olive oil to same skillet and heat until hot. Stir in 1 1/2 cups chopped onion and 1 cup chopped green bell pepper; cook and stir 5 minutes or until softened. Add 2 tablespoons chili powder and 1 tablespoon minced garlic; cook and stir 1 minute or until fragrant. Add reserved kasha and 2 cups boiling water. Simmer, covered, 7 minutes or until kasha is almost tender. Stir in 1 (15-ounce) can rinsed reduced-sodium pinto beans, 1 cup thawed frozen corn and 1 teaspoon coarse salt. Cook 3 more minutes or until kasha is tender.

Divide and spoon into 8 taco shells. Top with any shredded cheese, shredded lettuce, chopped tomatoes and reduced-fat sour cream. All you need are NECTARINES for dessert.

Kasha is the roasted form of buckwheat. Look for it in the grains section or in the ethnic foods section. Kasha usually comes as whole or medium granulation.

Shopping List

whole kasha, olive oil, onion, green bell pepper, chili powder, garlic, canned reduced-sodium pinto beans, frozen corn, coarse salt, taco shells, any shredded cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, reduced-fat sour cream, nectarines.

Friday Kids

The kids will love having CHEESEBURGERS on whole-grain buns tonight. Serve them with BAKED CHIPS and deli CARROT-RAISIN SALAD. For dessert, wow your little angels with WATERMELON CAKE.

Shopping List

any beef and cheese for cheeseburgers, whole-grain buns, baked chips, deli carrot-raisin salad, cooking spray, miniature semisweet chocolate chips, package super-moist white cake mix, canola oil, eggs, unsweetened cherry or strawberry Jell-O, container whipped fluffy white frosting, green and red food colors, green jelly beans if desired.

Saturday Easy Entertaining

Invite guests for MOROCCAN BEEF KEBABS tonight. In a large bowl, combine 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro, 2 tablespoons olive oil, 3 cloves minced garlic, 2 teaspoons cumin, 1 teaspoon paprika and 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper; mix well.

Meanwhile, add 1 1/4 pounds boneless beef top-sirloin steak (cut into 1-inch-by-1 1/4-inch cubes), 1 medium onion (cut into 1-inch pieces) and 1 medium green bell pepper (cut into 1-inch pieces) to marinade. Toss to coat. Alternately thread meat and vegetables onto 4 (12-inch) skewers. Broil 3 to 4 inches from heat 8 to 10 minutes for medium-rare to medium doneness, turning once. Season with coarse salt to taste.

Serve with COUSCOUS and RED-TIP LETTUCE SALAD. Add PITA BREAD. All you'll want for dessert is light LEMON SORBET.

Shopping List

cilantro, olive oil, garlic, cumin, paprika, cayenne pepper, boneless beef top-sirloin steak, onion, green bell pepper, coarse salt, couscous, red-tip lettuce, pita bread, lemon sorbet.