7 Day Menu Planner by Susan Nicholson

7 Day Menu Planner For January 26, 2014

Sunday Family

Start the Super Bowl festivities with corn chips (such as The Better Chip brand) and your GUACAMOLE and SALSA. TEXAS BARBECUE BEEF BRISKET will bring the family to the table in a hurry. Accompany the delicious beef with BAKED BEANS, deli COLESLAW and CORNBREAD (from a mix). Finish this fine meal with warm PEACH COBBLER and fat-free VANILLA ICE CREAM.

Save enough brisket, beans and coleslaw for Monday. Save enough cobbler for Tuesday and enough ice cream for Saturday.

Shopping List

corn chips (such as The Better Chip brand), guacamole, salsa, chili powder, brown sugar, garlic powder, boneless beef brisket flat half, any barbecue sauce, dry red wine, baked beans, deli coleslaw, cornbread mix, peach cobbler, fat-free vanilla ice cream.

Monday Heat and Eat

One of the best parts of the leftover beef is BARBECUED BEEF SANDWICHES the next day. Heat and shred the leftover beef and serve on toasted whole-grain hamburger buns. Serve alongside the leftover BEANS and COLESLAW. Make dessert light with KIWIFRUIT.

Shopping List

whole-grain hamburger buns, kiwifruit.

Tuesday Budget

A tasty way to save money is making TUNA-MUSHROOM MELT SANDWICHES for dinner. In a small bowl, combine 1 (6-ounce) can drained, water-packed albacore tuna, 1/4 cup chopped celery and 2 tablespoons low-fat mayonnaise; stir until blended. Set aside. In a large nonstick skillet, heat 1 teaspoon olive oil on medium. Add 4 medium-sized portobello mushroom caps (6 ounces total), gill-side up with stems removed, and cover and cook 4 minutes. Uncover and turn, then re-cover and cook 3 minutes or until tender. Turn mushrooms; top each one with tuna mixture and 1 slice low-fat American cheese. Cover and cook 2 minutes or until cheese melts. Place each mushroom on 1 slice toasted whole-grain bread.

Serve the open-faced sandwiches with HASH-BROWNED POTATOES (frozen) and a MIXED GREEN SALAD. Warm the leftover COBBLER and top it with light whipped cream.

Shopping List

canned water-packed albacore tuna, celery, low-fat mayonnaise, olive oil, portobello mushrooms, low-fat American cheese slices, whole-grain bread, frozen hash-browned potatoes, salad greens, light whipped cream.

Wednesday Meatless

No need to take a trip to southern Italy for SICILIAN PASTA when you can make your own. Cook 8 ounces bow tie pasta according to directions; drain.

Meanwhile, in a large nonstick skillet, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil on medium. Add 1 small cubed eggplant (about 3 cups), 1 medium red bell pepper (cut into strips) and 1 medium onion (cut into wedges); cook and stir 10 minutes or until softened. Add 1 (26-ounce) jar of red pasta sauce with mushrooms and ripe olives (or another flavor); simmer 10 minutes. Spoon over pasta.

Serve with an ITALIAN SALAD and GARLIC BREAD. For dessert, PEARS are easy.

Shopping List

bow tie pasta, olive oil, eggplant, red bell pepper, onion, jar red pasta sauce with mushrooms and ripe olives (or another flavor), Italian salad, garlic bread, pears.

Thursday Express

Make dinner quick tonight with a ROTISSERIE CHICKEN. Serve the chicken with packaged MASHED POTATOES. Add any MIXED VEGETABLES (frozen), a packaged GREEN SALAD and CRUSTY ROLLS, and you have a fine dinner. For dessert, CHUNKY APPLESAUCE with cinnamon is easy.

Shopping List

rotisserie chicken, packaged mashed potatoes, any frozen mixed vegetables, packaged green salad, crusty rolls, chunky applesauce, cinnamon.

Friday Kids

Make the little angels happy tonight with a favorite, CHEESEBURGER MACARONI. Add STEAMED FRESH SPINACH and SOFT ROLLS. Teach the kids to make DESSERT SANDWICHES for a sweet treat. Spoon 2 tablespoons whipped topping (frozen and thawed) between 2 chocolate graham cracker squares, then freeze.

Because spinach is mostly water, 1 pound fresh spinach reduces to 3/4 to 1 cup cooked.

Shopping List

small elbow macaroni, lean ground beef, ground turkey breast, onion, canned Italian stewed tomatoes, ketchup, cayenne pepper, coarse salt, 50 percent reduced-fat shredded sharp cheddar cheese, fresh spinach, soft rolls, frozen whipped topping, chocolate graham cracker squares.

Saturday Easy Entertaining

Treat your guests extra-special and serve them POMEGRANATE AND LIME CHICKEN THIGHS. Serve the savory dish with BROWN RICE, YELLOW SUMMER SQUASH and SOURDOUGH BREAD. For dessert, spoon warm fat-free caramel sauce over leftover ICE CREAM.

Shopping List

Greek yogurt, pomegranate juice, coarse salt, garlic powder, bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs, pomegranate arils (seeds) if desired, sugar, lime, honey, Dijon mustard, brown rice, yellow summer squash, sourdough bread, fat-free caramel sauce.