7 Day Menu Planner For December 03, 2017

Sunday Family

Family day is a terrific day to serve SHEET PAN ROASTED CHICKEN AND WINTER VEGETABLES. Serve the combo entree with a SPINACH SALAD and DINNER ROLLS. Make or buy APPLE CRISP for dessert.

Save enough chicken and apple crisp for Monday.

Shopping List

small red, gold or purple potatoes, baby carrots, fresh green beans, Brussels sprouts, onion, garlic, olive oil, boneless skinless chicken breasts, lemon, fresh thyme, coarse salt, pepper, fresh spinach, dinner rolls, apple crisp.


makes 8 servings
Prep time:
25 minutes
Cook time:
about 1 hour
  • 1 pound small red, gold or purple potatoes
  • 8 ounces baby carrots
  • 8 ounces fresh green beans
  • 8 ounces Brussels sprouts, halved
  • 1 medium onion, cut into lengthwise slices
  • 3 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • Juice and zest of 1 lemon
  • 5 sprigs fresh thyme plus more for garnish
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a large bowl, combine potatoes, carrots, greens beans, Brussels sprouts, onion and garlic. Microwave on high for 8 minutes. Drain well. Drizzle with 3 tablespoons oil; toss to coat. Spread evenly onto a sheet pan lined with foil. Place in oven for 25 minutes; remove from oven. Place chicken on top of vegetables and drizzle with remaining oil. Sprinkle juice, zest, thyme, salt and pepper evenly over chicken and vegetables. Roast 20 to 25 minutes or until vegetables are tender and chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees. Let chicken rest 3 minutes before slicing.

To serve: Transfer chicken to cutting board and slice into servings. Place in center of a serving platter; place vegetables around chicken. Garnish with fresh thyme sprigs.

Per serving: 269 calories, 27 grams protein, 10 grams fat (33 percent calories from fat), 1.7 grams saturated fat, 18 grams carbohydrate, 73 milligrams cholesterol, 402 milligrams sodium, 4 grams fiber.

Monday Heat and Eat

Use the leftovers for CHICKEN, BLACK BEANS AND CORN SALAD WRAP. Mix cooked shredded chicken with some rinsed canned corn, reduced-sodium black beans, shredded lettuce and salsa. Serve rolled up in warm whole-grain tortillas. Add sliced AVOCADO alongside. Scoop the leftover crisp for dessert.

Shopping List

canned corn, reduced-sodium black beans, lettuce, salsa, whole-grain tortillas, avocado.

Tuesday Kids

Wrap it up again tonight because the kids will love EASY BEEF ROLL-UPS. Spread 6 (6- or 7-inch) whole-grain tortillas with chive-and-onion cream cheese (or plain reduced-fat cream cheese), slices of deli roast beef, shredded lettuce and thin slices of tomato. Roll and cut into 3 pieces. Add CARROT SALAD. For dessert, make CHOCOLATE PUDDING with 1 percent milk, stirring in tiny marshmallows and sliced bananas for a kid's kind of dessert.

Shopping List

whole-grain tortillas, chive-and-onion cream cheese or plain reduced-fat cream cheese, deli-sliced roast beef, lettuce, tomatoes, carrot salad, instant chocolate pudding, 1 percent milk, tiny marshmallows, bananas.

Wednesday Budget

Try CAJUN MEATLOAF WITH ROASTED SWEET POTATOES for a low-cost dinner. Serve with PEAS AND CARROTS (frozen) and CORNBREAD (from mix). For dessert, fresh PEARS are in season.

Shopping List

cooking spray, ground turkey breast, canola oil, ketchup, green bell pepper, celery, salt-free Cajun seasoning (such as Tony Chachere's or McCormick), onion powder, hot sauce, sweet potatoes, coarse salt, pepper, salsa, frozen peas and carrots, cornbread mix, fresh pears.


makes 8 servings
Prep time:
20 minutes
Cook time:
65 to 70 minutes; standing time: 5 minutes
  • 2 pounds ground turkey breast
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  • 1 large green bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 ribs celery, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon salt-free Cajun seasoning (such as Tony Chachere's or McCormick)
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 2 pounds sweet potatoes, halved and cut into 1/2-inch slices
  • Coarse salt to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1/4 cup salsa

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a roasting pan with cooking spray. In a large bowl, mix turkey, oil, ketchup, bell pepper, celery, Cajun seasoning, onion powder and hot sauce. Shape into a 9-by-4-inch oval loaf. Place loaf in roasting pan. In another large bowl, combine potatoes, salt, pepper and oil and toss to coat. Arrange potatoes around meatloaf. Bake 65 to 70 minutes or until loaf's internal temperature reaches 165 degrees and potatoes are tender. Spoon salsa over meatloaf in the last 10 minutes of cooking. Remove from oven; let stand 5 minutes. Slice loaf and serve. (Adapted from Family Circle magazine.)

Per serving: 273 calories, 29 grams protein, 5 grams fat (16 percent calories from fat), 0.6 gram saturated fat, 27 grams carbohydrate, 77 milligrams cholesterol, 281 milligrams sodium, 4 grams fiber.

Thursday Meatless

Your no-meat dinner of PASTA PUTTANESCA WITH MIXED OLIVES AND WALNUTS is a flavorful way to skip meat. Alongside, add an ARUGULA SALAD and WHOLE-GRAIN ROLLS. A little STRAWBERRY ICE CREAM is dessert.

Save enough ice cream for Saturday.

Shopping List

spaghetti or linguine, extra-virgin olive oil, onion, garlic, no-salt-added diced tomatoes, pitted green olives, pitted black olives, capers, tomato paste, crushed red pepper, coarsely chopped walnuts, fresh basil, parmesan cheese, arugula, whole-grain rolls, strawberry ice cream.


makes 6 servings:
Prep time:
15 minutes
Cook time:
about 20 minutes plus pasta
  • 1 pound spaghetti or linguine
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 (14-ounce) cans no-salt-added diced tomatoes
  • 3/4 cup pitted and coarsely chopped mixed olives (green and black)
  • 2 tablespoons drained capers
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 3/4 cup coarsely chopped toasted walnuts
  • Fresh chopped basil
  • Freshly grated parmesan cheese

Cook pasta according to directions; drain. Heat oil in a large saucepan on medium. Add onion; cook 5 minutes or until softened. Add garlic; cook 1 more minute. Stir in tomatoes, olives, capers, tomato paste and red pepper; bring to a boil. Reduce to low heat; simmer 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Toss with hot pasta. Sprinkle with walnuts; garnish with basil and parmesan, and serve.

Per serving: 481 calories, 14 grams protein, 17 grams fat (32 percent calories from fat), 2 grams saturated fat, 69 grams carbohydrate, no cholesterol, 389 milligrams sodium, 5 grams fiber.

Friday Express

Try OVEN-BAKED OPEN-FACED TURKEY REUBEN SANDWICHES tonight. Heat a rimmed baking sheet to 450 degrees in the oven. Bring 1/3 cup cider vinegar and 2 tablespoons sugar to a boil in a large nonstick skillet on medium heat. Stir to dissolve sugar; add 1 (16-ounce) bag coleslaw mix; cover and cook, tossing occasionally, 8 to 10 minutes or until coleslaw is tender. Remove lid; simmer 1 to 2 minutes or until liquid has evaporated. Combine 3 tablespoons low-fat mayonnaise and 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard in a small bowl. Coat each of 8 slices of rye bread with cooking spray; divide and spread mayonnaise mixture on each slice. Divide and layer 8 slices Swiss cheese, coleslaw and 1 pound thinly sliced turkey on bread slices. Gently compress each sandwich; transfer to heated baking sheet. Bake 10 minutes or until toasted on bottom. Serve with SWEET POTATO CHIPS. For dessert, enjoy FRESH PINEAPPLE.

Shopping List

cider vinegar, sugar, coleslaw mix, low-fat mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, rye bread, cooking spray, Swiss cheese, sliced turkey, sweet potato chips, fresh pineapple.

Saturday Easy Entertaining

SAUTEED SCALLOPS make a great meal for guests as well as the host, thanks to the flavor and the simplicity. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a nonstick skillet on medium heat. Add 1 pound bay scallops and cook 1 to 2 minutes or until opaque throughout. Stir in 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, 1 tablespoon chopped flatleaf parsley, 3/4 teaspoon coarse salt and 3/4 teaspoon pepper. Serve over RICE. Garnish with fresh parsley. Add STEAMED ZUCCHINI, a BOSTON LETTUCE SALAD and BAGUETTES. Top the leftover ICE CREAM with warm FUDGE SAUCE for dessert.

Shopping List

butter, bay scallops, lemon, flatleaf parsley, coarse salt, pepper, rice, zucchini, Boston lettuce, baguettes, fudge sauce.

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