7 Day Menu Planner by Susan Nicholson

7 Day Menu Planner For January 05, 2014

Sunday Family

Prepare your own FLANK STEAK for family day. Serve the thinly sliced beef with SPICY CHEESE RICE BAKE. Steam FRESH BROCCOLI SPEARS and offer SOURDOUGH BREAD on the side. For dessert, fat-free STRAWBERRY ICE CREAM is good.

Save enough beef and the casserole for Monday; save enough ice cream for Thursday.

Shopping List

flank steak, long-grain rice, fat-free chicken broth, cooking spray, canned Mexican-style stewed tomatoes, reduced-fat sour cream, 50 percent reduced-fat cheddar cheese, pickled jalapeno peppers, fresh cilantro, fresh broccoli, sourdough bread, fat-free strawberry ice cream.

Monday Heat and Eat

These BEEF ROLLS-UPS are easy. Cut the leftover beef in strips, heat and place on a warmed fat-free flour tortilla. Top with deli COLESLAW and roll. Serve the roll-ups with the leftover SPICY CHEESE RICE BAKE. PINEAPPLE CHUNKS are good for dessert.

Shopping List

fat-free flour tortillas, deli coleslaw, pineapple chunks.

Tuesday Meatless

Friends and registered dietitians Lyssie Lakatos and Tammy Lakatos Shames' new book, "Nutrition Twins Veggie Cure," has some great vegetarian recipes. Try their FENNEL-STUFFED POTATOES for dinner tonight. GREEN BEANS add more color to the plate. Alongside, SPINACH SALAD WITH EGG WEDGES and WHOLE-GRAIN ROLLS round out the meal. How about instant CHOCOLATE PUDDING made with 1 percent milk with a dollop of light whipped cream for dessert?

Shopping List

baking potatoes, olive oil, fennel, onion, garlic, zucchini, pine nuts, basil, coarse salt, low-sodium vegetable broth, black pepper, shredded low-fat Swiss cheese, green beans, fresh spinach, eggs, whole-grain rolls, instant chocolate pudding, 1 percent milk, light whipped cream.

Wednesday Budget

LINGUINE WITH TOMATOES AND ARTICHOKES is a money stretcher. Serve it with a MIXED GREEN SALAD and GARLIC BREAD. PLUMS are dessert.

Shopping List

linguine, olive oil, garlic, canned Italian-style tomatoes, jarred marinated quartered artichokes, crumbled reduced-fat herb feta cheese, salad greens, garlic bread, plums.

Thursday Kids

The kids are usually in the mood for any PASTA AND SAUCE. Choose any fun pasta this time (such as wagon wheels) and top with any tomato-based sauce. Let them munch on CARROT STICKS on the side. Leftover ICE CREAM makes a good dessert.

Shopping List

any fun pasta, any tomato-based sauce, carrot sticks.

Friday Express

Take it easy tonight and enjoy deli EGG SALAD on a bed of MIXED GREENS. Sprinkle with fresh chopped dill. Have TOMATO BASIL SOUP and BREAD STICKS on the side. For dessert, PEANUT BUTTER COOKIES add a sweet touch.

Shopping List

deli egg salad, mixed greens, fresh dill, tomato basil soup, bread sticks, peanut butter cookies.

Saturday Easy Entertaining

Treat your guests to TUNA WITH PESTO. Heat 1 teaspoon olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium. Add 2 medium sliced green onions; cook 2 to 3 minutes or until softened. Stir in 1/2 cup pesto and 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice. Top with 1 pound (3/4-inch thick) fresh tuna cut into 4 pieces. Heat skillet until hot; reduce heat to low. Cover and cook 5 to 7 minutes or until desired doneness.

Serve with ANGEL HAIR PASTA tossed with olive oil and freshly grated parmesan cheese. Add a BOSTON LETTUCE SALAD and CRUSTY ROLLS.

For dessert, BAKED PEARS will wow any guest. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Drain 1 (28-ounce) can pear halves on paper towels. Place pears, cut sides down, in a pie plate coated with cooking spray. Drizzle 1/4 cup caramel topping over pears. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until warm. Spoon topping over pears in dish and sprinkle with cinnamon. Add a little fat-free VANILLA ICE CREAM to take it up a notch.

Shopping List

olive oil, green onions, pesto, lemon, fresh tuna, angel hair pasta, parmesan cheese, Boston lettuce, crusty rolls, canned pears, cooking spray, caramel topping, cinnamon, fat-free vanilla ice cream.