7 Day Menu Planner by Susan Nicholson

7 Day Menu Planner For March 09, 2014

Sunday Family

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day early with CORNED BEEF BRISKET WITH ROASTED VEGETABLES. Serve it with LEMON MUSTARD SAUCE. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in small saucepan on medium. Add 2 tablespoons finely chopped shallot; cook and stir about 2 minutes or until tender. Remove from heat; cool 1 minute. Stir in 2/3 cup reduced-fat sour cream, 1/3 cup Dijon mustard, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill and 1 teaspoon honey. Season to taste with coarse salt and pepper.

Serve with PARSLEY-BUTTERED POTATOES and RYE BREAD. For dessert, keep it light with FRESH PINEAPPLE topped with TOASTED COCONUT.

Save enough corned beef and bread for Monday.

Shopping List

boneless corned beef brisket with seasoning packet, garlic, black peppercorns, baby carrots, parsnips, savoy cabbage, olive oil, coarse salt, ground black pepper, shallot, reduced-fat sour cream, Dijon mustard, lemon, fresh dill, honey, fresh parsley, butter, potatoes, rye bread, fresh pineapple, shredded coconut.

Monday Heat and Eat

Really celebrate St. Patrick's Day with CORNED BEEF SANDWICHES ON RYE BREAD using Sunday's leftovers. Slather the bread with spicy hot mustard. Don't forget the DILL PICKLES. Add deli GERMAN POTATO SALAD on the side, along with deli COLESLAW. Continue the green theme with LIME SHERBET for dessert.

Substitute roast beef for corned beef if desired.

Save enough sherbet for Tuesday. Roast tomatoes for Tuesday.

Shopping List

spicy hot mustard, dill pickles, deli German potato salad, deli coleslaw, lime sherbet.

Tuesday Meatless

Enjoy a delicious no-meat dinner with RIGATONI AND SLOW-ROASTED TOMATOES AND GOAT CHEESE. Heat oven to 250 degrees and line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or nonstick foil. Place 1 pound (halved) cherry tomatoes, cut-side up, on baking sheet. Drizzle with 1 1/2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil and sprinkle with coarse salt. Roast 2 hours or until tomatoes are dried around edges but somewhat moist.

Meanwhile, crumble 3 ounces goat cheese into large chunks and refrigerate until ready to serve. Cook 8 ounces rigatoni pasta according to directions. Remove 1/2 cup cooking liquid; set aside. Drain pasta well and return pasta to pot. Add roasted tomatoes, goat cheese, 1 bunch torn basil leaves, reserved cooking liquid and 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil. Toss to coat; season to taste with coarse salt and pepper. Serve immediately. (Try not to lick your plate.)

Add a MIXED GREENS SALAD and GARLIC BREAD. Scoop the leftover SHERBET for dessert.

Shopping List

cherry tomatoes, extra-virgin olive oil, coarse salt, goat cheese, rigatoni pasta, fresh basil, pepper, salad greens, garlic bread.

Wednesday Express

Check the deli for the SOUP OF THE DAY. While you're there, pick up TURKEY AND SWISS SANDWICHES. Add a packaged GREEN SALAD. A stop at the bakery for BROWNIES will win many hearts at home.

Buy enough brownies for Saturday.

Shopping List

deli soup of the day, deli turkey and Swiss sandwiches, packaged green salad, deli brownies.

Thursday Kids

No kid can resist TACO CORNBREAD PIZZA. Heat oven to 400 degrees. Prepare 1 (8.5-ounce) package cornbread mix as directed. Spread batter on a 12-inch pizza pan coated with cooking spray. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned.

Meanwhile, cook 1 pound lean ground beef for 6 minutes or until no longer pink; drain well. Add 1 (1.25-ounce) package less-sodium taco seasoning mix and prepare according to directions. Sprinkle cornbread crust with 1/2 cup 50 percent reduced-fat cheddar cheese, the meat mixture and then another 1/2 cup cheese. Bake 4 to 5 minutes or until cheese is melted. Garnish with SALSA and light SOUR CREAM.


Prepare Friday's stew tonight if time permits.

Shopping List

cornbread mix, cooking spray, lean ground beef, packaged less-sodium taco seasoning mix, 50 percent reduced-fat cheddar cheese, salsa, light sour cream, carrot salad, apples, peanut butter.

Friday Budget

When you prepare BLACK-EYED PEA AND VEGETABLE STEW, you can save money and have a bowl of flavor at the same time. Serve the economical stew over BROWN RICE. Add a LETTUCE AND TOMATO SALAD with HARD-COOKED EGG WEDGES and WHOLE-GRAIN ROLLS. For dessert, fat-free VANILLA ICE CREAM will taste good.

Save enough ice cream for Saturday.

Shopping List

onion, celery, carrots, garlic, green bell pepper, canned no-salt-added diced tomatoes, canned chopped green chiles, red wine vinegar or dry red wine, canned no-salt-added or regular canned black-eyed peas (such as Eden), reduced-fat sour cream, brown rice, lettuce, tomatoes, eggs, whole-grain rolls, fat-free vanilla ice cream.

Saturday Easy Entertaining

Put CHICKEN STROGANOFF on your favorites list. Serve it over no-yolk NOODLES. Add a BOSTON LETTUCE SALAD and WHOLE-GRAIN ROLLS. For dessert, warm leftover BROWNIES and crumble over leftover ICE CREAM. Garnish with light whipped cream.

Shopping List

frozen boneless, skinless chicken breast tenders, canned condensed less-sodium, less-fat cream of mushroom soup, reduced-fat sour cream, packaged sliced crimini mushrooms, packaged onion soup mix, no-yolk noodles, Boston lettuce, whole-grain rolls, light whipped cream.