7 Day Menu Planner by Susan Nicholson

7 Day Menu Planner For May 25, 2014

Sunday Family


For dessert, make SPICED TAPIOCA WITH FRUIT SALSA. Combine 3 cups tapioca pudding, 1/4 teaspoon allspice and 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice. Separately, combine 1 cup fresh diced strawberries, 1 diced kiwifruit, 1/4 teaspoon allspice and 1 teaspoon lime juice; toss to mix. Spoon pudding into 6 stemmed dessert dishes; top with fruit salsa.

Save enough pork for Monday.

Shopping List

boneless pork loin, garlic, fresh parsley, fresh sage, fresh rosemary, coarse salt, pepper, extra-virgin olive oil, brown rice, fresh asparagus, baguettes, tapioca pudding, allspice, lime, fresh strawberries, kiwifruit.

Monday Heat and Eat

Use the pork leftovers for PORK SANDWICHES ON RYE BREAD WITH HONEY MUSTARD (add a lettuce leaf). Add BAKED CHIPS and a MIXED GREENS SALAD. Buy a CHOCOLATE LAYER CAKE for dessert.

Save enough cake for Tuesday.

Shopping List

rye bread, honey mustard, lettuce, baked chips, salad greens, chocolate layer cake.

Tuesday Meatless

Make SPINACH SOUFFLE PIE for a light dinner on a spring evening. Serve with SUCCOTASH (frozen) and a LETTUCE WEDGE SALAD. Add WHOLE-GRAIN ROLLS. Slice the leftover CHOCOLATE CAKE and top with fat-free VANILLA ICE CREAM for dessert.

Save enough ice cream for Thursday.

Shopping List

packaged frozen spinach souffle (such as Stouffer's), reduced-fat ricotta cheese, parmesan cheese, garlic, nutmeg, coarse salt, pepper, frozen deep-dish pie shell, frozen succotash, lettuce, whole-grain rolls, fat-free vanilla ice cream.

Wednesday Kids

KIDS' CHICKEN CHILI will win them over. Coat a Dutch oven with cooking spray and heat over medium-high. Add 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts (cut into bite-size pieces), 1 medium finely chopped onion and 2 minced cloves garlic; cook and stir 7 to 9 minutes or until chicken has internal temperature of 165 degrees. Add 2 (14.5-ounce) cans no-salt-added diced tomatoes, 2 cups mild salsa, 2 (15.5-ounce) cans rinsed reduced-sodium kidney beans, 1 (14-ounce) can fat-free chicken broth, 1 (11-ounce) can rinsed no-salt-added corn, 3 tablespoons chili powder and 2 teaspoons cumin; mix well. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low; simmer 20 to 25 minutes or until thoroughly heated and flavors are blended, stirring occasionally. Ladle into bowls.

Serve it with baked TORTILLA CHIPS and STUFFED CELERY (with 1/3 less-fat cream cheese) to munch on. Make the kids' favorite FRUIT SMOOTHIE for dessert.

Shopping List

cooking spray, boneless, skinless chicken breasts, onion, garlic, canned no-salt-added diced tomatoes, mild salsa, canned reduced-sodium kidney beans, fat-free chicken broth, canned no-salt-added corn, chili powder, cumin, baked tortilla chips, celery, 1/3 less-fat cream cheese, kids' favorite fruit smoothies.

Thursday Express

Try a prepared, ready-to-cook/heat brand of MEATLOAF tonight. While you're at it, pick up BAKED STUFFED POTATOES (frozen) and some BROCCOLI SALAD from the deli. Add WHOLE-GRAIN ROLLS. For dessert, drizzle fat-free CHOCOLATE SAUCE over leftover ICE CREAM.

Shopping List

prepared, ready-to-cook/heat meatloaf, frozen baked stuffed potatoes, deli broccoli salad, whole-grain rolls, fat-free chocolate sauce.

Friday Budget

Make COLOSSAL CLUB SANDWICHES on a minuscule budget. Heat oven to 400 degrees. Slice a 1/2-inch cap off 1 round bread loaf (about 8 inches); hollow out the interior by hand and discard. Spread low-fat mayonnaise on the bottom, sides and cap of bread. Layer with 4 slices each (8 total) deli turkey and cheese and 2 (of 4 total) slices cooked bacon. Top with tomato and red onion slices, any color bell pepper slices and the remaining turkey, cheese and bacon. Press on cap. Wrap in foil. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until thoroughly heated; slice into wedges.

Serve with STEAK FRIES (frozen) and COLESLAW. Make dessert simple with PEACHES.

Shopping List

round bread loaf, low-fat mayonnaise, deli sliced turkey, deli sliced cheese, bacon, tomatoes, red onion, any color bell peppers, frozen steak fries, coleslaw, peaches.

Saturday Easy Entertaining

Invite some lucky friends over for CARIBBEAN FISH AND FRESH CORN ROAST. On the side, add a ROMAINE SALAD and CRUSTY ROLLS.

For dessert, CHERRY CHEESECAKE is delicious and light. With electric mixer on high, beat 1 (8-ounce) package softened 1/3 less-fat cream cheese with 1/3 cup sugar until smooth. Gently stir in 1 (8-ounce) container fat-free frozen whipped topping (thawed). Spoon into 1 (6-ounce) reduced-fat graham cracker crumb piecrust (such as Keebler). Refrigerate 3 hours or until set. Spoon canned light cherry pie filling over top of pie. Slice and serve.

Shopping List

limes, canola oil, jerk seasoning, coarse salt, red and/or green bell peppers, halibut or cod, green onions, corn-on-the-cob, romaine, crusty rolls, 1/3 less-fat cream cheese, sugar, fat-free frozen whipped topping, reduced-fat graham cracker crumb piecrust (such as Keebler), canned light cherry pie filling.