7 Day Menu Planner by Susan Nicholson

7 Day Menu Planner For August 17, 2014

Sunday Family

Enjoy ASIAN BARBECUE CHICKEN for family day. Serve it with JASMINE RICE and SUGAR SNAP PEAS. Add a BIBB LETTUCE SALAD and BAGUETTES.

Top fat-free VANILLA ICE CREAM with PEACH SAUCE for dessert. Cook 2 sliced, fresh peeled peaches and 1/4 cup orange juice until soft. Mash until chunky; sweeten with sugar to taste. Chill until ready to serve. Spoon over ice cream.

Prepare enough chicken and save enough ice cream for Monday.

Shopping List

hoisin sauce, honey, reduced-sodium soy sauce, orange juice, garlic, green onions, fresh ginger, cayenne pepper, bone-in skinless chicken thighs, cooking spray, jasmine rice, sugar snap peas, bibb lettuce, baguettes, fat-free vanilla ice cream, fresh peaches, sugar.

Monday Kids

You can celebrate Labor Day with the kids by skipping the labor part and serving the leftover CHICKEN along with your own BAKED BEANS and COLESLAW for the festive occasion. Serve with SLICED TOMATOES, DEVILED EGGS and WHOLE-GRAIN ROLLS. Spoon the leftover ICE CREAM over BROWNIES when it's time for dessert.

Save enough brownies for Thursday.

Shopping List

baked beans, coleslaw, tomatoes, deviled eggs, whole-grain rolls, brownies.

Tuesday Budget

We never get tired of budget-stretching meatloaf, especially if it's as tasty as ITALIAN MEATLOAF WITH FRESH BASIL AND PROVOLONE. Meatloaf is best with your MASHED POTATOES. Add a SPINACH SALAD WITH RED ONION RINGS and CRUSTY ROLLS. Fresh PLUMS are great for dessert.

Save enough meatloaf for Wednesday.

Shopping List

sun-dried tomatoes (packed without oil), ketchup, seasoned bread crumbs, onion, fresh basil, provolone cheese, eggs, garlic, 95 percent lean ground beef, cooking spray, potatoes to mash, fresh spinach, red onion, crusty rolls, fresh plums.

Wednesday Heat and Eat

Dinner will be a breeze tonight because you're making BROILED OPEN-FACE MEATLOAF SANDWICHES on ITALIAN BREAD. Top with marinara sauce and sprinkle with parmesan. Broil until bubbly. Add a LETTUCE WEDGE. For dessert, what could be better than a NECTARINE?

Shopping List

Italian bread, marinara sauce, parmesan, lettuce, nectarines.

Thursday Meatless

Use your microwave and some of the bountiful summer bell peppers for CHICKPEA- AND COUSCOUS-STUFFED PEPPERS. Add fresh GREEN BEANS, a MIXED GREENS SALAD and SOURDOUGH BREAD. Serve the leftover BROWNIES and add some FRESH APRICOTS for dessert.

Shopping List

red bell peppers, olive oil, garlic, cumin, turmeric, cinnamon, canned reduced-sodium chickpeas or garbanzo beans, vegetable broth, couscous, reduced-fat crumbled feta cheese, fresh mint, hot mango chutney (such as Crosse & Blackwell), fresh green beans, salad greens, sourdough bread, fresh apricots.

Friday Express

Make it fast with FETTUCCINE WITH BROCCOLI-CLAM SAUCE. Cook fettuccine according to directions. Add fresh broccoli florets to boiling pasta water 5 minutes before fettuccine will be done. Drain; toss with heated clam sauce. Add packaged GREENS and GARLIC BREAD. FRESH CHERRIES are dessert.

Make your own clam sauce or buy canned.

Shopping List

fettuccine, fresh broccoli florets, clam sauce, packaged greens, garlic bread, fresh cherries.

Saturday Easy Entertaining

Take it easy and serve your guests GRILLED STRIP STEAKS tonight. Combine 2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme, 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano, 2 teaspoons lemon zest, 3 cloves chopped garlic and 1/4 teaspoon pepper; reserve 2 teaspoons mixture for garnish. Press seasoning evenly on 2 (10-ounce, 1-inch thick) beef boneless strip steaks. Grill 11 to 15 minutes for medium-rare to medium doneness; turn occasionally. Let stand 5 minutes. Carve into slices; sprinkle with remaining seasoning.

ROASTED POTATOES, a ROMAINE SALAD and CRUSTY ROLLS are perfect alongside.

MUFFIN BERRY SHORTCAKES are a delicious dessert. Toast split blueberry muffins, cut-side down, in a toaster oven or buttered skillet. Cool and top with light whipped cream and sliced fresh strawberries.

Shopping List

fresh thyme, fresh oregano, lemon, garlic, pepper, beef boneless strip steaks, potatoes to roast, romaine, crusty rolls, blueberry muffins, light whipped cream, fresh strawberries.