7 Day Menu Planner by Susan Nicholson

7 Day Menu Planner For June 22, 2014

Sunday Family

Make family day special with your GRILLED CHICKEN. Take a trip down memory lane with me and sample RICHMOND POTATO SALAD. It's from a restaurant in a former downtown Richmond, Virginia, department store, where many mothers once shopped.

Serve the combo with COLESLAW and WHOLE-GRAIN ROLLS. Splurge on CHOCOLATE LAYER CAKE and fat-free VANILLA ICE CREAM for dessert.

Prepare extra chicken and save enough cake for Monday. Save enough potato salad and coleslaw for Tuesday and enough ice cream for Saturday.

Shopping List

chicken to grill, small new potatoes, onion, cucumber, celery, green bell pepper, fresh parsley, French dressing, lemon, low-fat mayonnaise, coarse salt, pepper, coleslaw, whole-grain rolls, chocolate layer cake, fat-free vanilla ice cream.

Monday Heat and Eat

Make CHICKEN CAESAR SALAD with Sunday's leftover chicken and a packaged Caesar salad. Top the salad with thin strips of the leftover chicken. Serve with BREAD STICKS. For dessert, slice the leftover CAKE and top with fresh STRAWBERRIES.

Shopping List

packaged Caesar salad, bread sticks, fresh strawberries.

Tuesday Express

Stop off for your favorite BARBECUE (beef, pork or chicken) for a quick meal tonight. Spoon it on WHOLE-GRAIN SANDWICH ROLLS. Serve it with leftover POTATO SALAD and COLESLAW. A couple of fresh PLUMS make good dessert.

Shopping List

any barbecue, whole-grain sandwich rolls, fresh plums.

Wednesday Budget

Save some money by serving an economical BLT SANDWICH for dinner. Toast whole-grain bread, spread with low-fat mayonnaise and top with slices of bacon, lettuce and tomatoes. Add a DILL PICKLE on the side. Serve with OVEN FRIES (frozen). For dessert, make BANANA PUDDING complete with vanilla wafers and light whipped cream.

Shopping List

whole-grain bread, low-fat mayonnaise, bacon, lettuce, tomatoes, dill pickles, frozen oven fries, banana pudding, vanilla wafers, light whipped cream.

Thursday Meatless

Keep dinner simple with SUMMER PASTA. On the side, add a LETTUCE WEDGE and top with sliced eggs and crumbled blue cheese. Add GARLIC BREAD.

For dessert, BERRY PARFAITS are pretty and delicious. Layer fresh strawberries, raspberries and blueberries in tall glasses and top with light whipped cream.

Shopping List

angel hair pasta, cornstarch, vegetable broth, dried oregano, garlic, broccoli florets, carrots, onion, tomato, parmesan cheese, lettuce, eggs, crumbled blue cheese, garlic bread, fresh strawberries, raspberries and blueberries, light whipped cream.

Friday Kids

Celebrate the Fourth of July like kids! Pile (any) BURGERS on the grill and serve them on WHOLE-GRAIN BUNS with all the trimmings such as TOMATOES, LETTUCE, MUSTARD, (low-fat) MAYONNAISE, KETCHUP, ONION and PICKLES. Add BAKED BEANS and deli MACARONI SALAD to the picnic. Let the kids help make the grand finale, PEACH MINI PIES.

Save enough pies for Saturday.

Shopping List

(any) burgers, whole-grain hamburger buns, tomatoes, lettuce, mustard, low-fat mayonnaise, ketchup, onion, pickles, baked beans, deli macaroni salad, peaches, sugar, cornstarch, ground ginger, lemon, package refrigerated piecrusts, egg.

Saturday Easy Entertaining

Invite guests for SNAPPER WITH PINEAPPLE SALSA. For the salsa, combine 1 1/2 cups coarsely chopped fresh pineapple, 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lime juice, 1 tablespoon minced red onion, 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro, 1 tablespoon tequila (if desired) and 1 teaspoon seeded and minced jalapeno pepper. Mix well. Heat oven to 450 degrees. Brush 4 (4- to 6-ounce) snapper fillets with canola oil. Add coarse salt and pepper to taste. Bake about 10 minutes (according to thickness) or until opaque throughout, turning halfway through cooking time. Serve with salsa.

Add packaged YELLOW RICE, steamed FRESH ZUCCHINI, a RED-TIP LETTUCE SALAD and BAGUETTES. For dessert, top leftover PEACH PIES with leftover ICE CREAM.

Shopping List

fresh pineapple, limes, red onion, fresh cilantro, tequila (if desired), jalapeno pepper, snapper fillets, canola oil, coarse salt, pepper, packaged yellow rice, fresh zucchini, red-tip lettuce, baguettes.