7 Day Menu Planner For April 01, 2018

Sunday Family

Present LAMB SKEWERS WITH MINT YOGURT for family day. Serve it with HERB-ROASTED POTATOES: Heat oven to 425 degrees. Mix together 5 tablespoons Dijon mustard, 2 tablespoons olive oil, 1 clove minced garlic and 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning. Add 2 pounds red potatoes, cut into bite-size chunks; toss to coat. Spoon into a shallow baking pan lined with nonstick foil. Bake 25 to 30 minutes, or until fork tender; stir occasionally.

Add a TOMATO AND BROCCOLI FLORET SALAD (buy extra cherry tomatoes and halve them), tossed with a light vinaigrette. Add DINNER ROLLS. For dessert, top slices of ANGEL FOOD CAKE with PEACHES and VANILLA ICE CREAM.

Save enough lamb, tomato-broccoli salad and cake for Monday. Save enough peaches for Tuesday and enough ice cream for Tuesday and Friday.

Shopping List

plain low-fat yogurt, fresh mint, cumin, lemons, olive oil, dried rosemary, dried thyme, garlic powder, coarse salt, coarse ground black pepper, lean boneless leg of lamb, cherry tomatoes, onions, Dijon mustard, garlic, Italian seasoning, red potatoes, fresh broccoli, light vinaigrette, dinner rolls, angel food cake, peaches, vanilla ice cream.


makes 8 servings
Prep time:
20 minutes; refrigeration time: 1 to 2 hours
Cook time:
10 to 12 minutes
  • 1 cup plain low-fat yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons fresh mint
  • 1/8 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons dried rosemary
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper
  • 2 pounds lean boneless leg of lamb, cut into 1 1/2-inch cubes
  • 8 ounces cherry tomatoes
  • 2 small onions, cut into wedges

For the mint yogurt: Combine yogurt, mint and cumin in a small bowl; refrigerate until ready to serve.

For the skewers: Mix juice, oil, rosemary, thyme, garlic powder, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Reserve half for basting. Place lamb in large resealable plastic bag. Add half marinade; toss to coat. Refrigerate 1 to 2 hours. Remove lamb; discard marinade from bag. Alternately thread lamb, tomatoes and onion wedges onto skewers. Grill on medium-high heat 10 to 12 minutes or until desired doneness, turning occasionally and brushing with reserved marinade. Serve with mint yogurt.

Per serving: 186 calories, 23 grams protein, 8 grams fat (37 percent calories from fat), 2.3 grams saturated fat, 6 grams carbohydrate, 66 milligrams cholesterol, 197 milligrams sodium, 1 gram fiber.

Monday Heat and Eat

Make LAMB SANDWICHES ON FOCACCIA (or another) BREAD. Brush the bread with olive oil and layer it with leftover lamb, roasted red peppers, goat cheese and arugula. Serve with leftover TOMATO-BROCCOLI SALAD. Drizzle CHOCOLATE SYRUP over the leftover CAKE for dessert.

Shopping List

focaccia or other bread for sandwiches, olive oil, roasted red peppers, goat cheese, arugula, chocolate syrup.

Tuesday Meatless

Prepare TOMATO SOUP WITH ORZO for a flavorful no-meat entree. In a medium pot, cook 1 large chopped onion, 1 small chopped green bell pepper, 2 cloves minced garlic and 1 teaspoon dried oregano in 1 tablespoon olive oil for 6 minutes or until softened. Add 1/3 cup orzo, 2 (14.5-ounce) cans undrained diced tomatoes with basil, garlic and oregano, 1 (15-ounce) can rinsed white beans, 2 (14-ounce) cans unsalted vegetable broth, coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and cook 7 to 9 minutes or until orzo is tender but still firm. Stir 3 tablespoons parmesan into the soup and ladle into bowls.

Serve with GRILLED CHEESE SANDWICHES. For dessert, spoon leftover PEACHES over leftover ICE CREAM.

Shopping List

onion, green bell pepper, garlic, dried oregano, olive oil, orzo, canned diced tomatoes with basil, garlic and oregano, canned white beans, canned unsalted vegetable broth, coarse salt, black pepper, parmesan cheese, bread and cheese for sandwiches.

Wednesday Microwave

For this week's wild card, use your microwave to help prepare a TUNA CASSEROLE. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a 2-quart baking dish with cooking spray; set aside. Cook 6 ounces medium no-yolk egg noodles according to package directions; drain.

Meanwhile, combine 1 teaspoon butter, 1 small chopped red bell pepper, 1/2 medium chopped onion and 1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms in a large microwavable container. Microwave on high (100 percent power) 5 minutes or until softened; drain. In a small bowl, whisk together 2 tablespoons flour and 1 1/4 cups 1 percent milk until smooth. Stir into vegetable mixture; cover and microwave on high 2 minutes. Stir, then cover and cook 1 minute. Stir and continue cooking in 30-second increments until thickened.

Remove from microwave, add 1/2 cup shredded 50 percent light cheddar cheese and stir until melted. Stir in 1 (9-ounce) can drained water-packed light tuna (flaked), 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt, 1/2 teaspoon black pepper and cooked noodles; spoon into baking dish. Bake, covered, 25 minutes. Mix together 1/3 cup dried bread crumbs and 1 teaspoon melted butter; sprinkle over casserole and bake 5 more minutes or until bubbly.

Serve this update of a family favorite with a ROMAINE SALAD and WHOLE-GRAIN BREAD. PEARS are good for dessert.

Shopping List

cooking spray, medium no-yolk egg noodles, butter, red bell pepper, onion, fresh mushrooms, flour, 1 percent milk, 50 percent light cheddar cheese, canned water-packed light tuna, coarse salt, black pepper, dried bread crumbs, romaine, whole-grain bread, pears.

Thursday Express

Pick up a ROTISSERIE CHICKEN and serve it with STUFFED POTATOES (from frozen) and BROCCOLI WITH CHEESE SAUCE (from frozen). Add MIXED GREENS and WHOLE-GRAIN ROLLS. Stop by the bakery for PEANUT BUTTER COOKIES for a sweet.

Buy an extra chicken and save 2 cups chopped chicken for Friday.

Shopping List

rotisserie chickens, frozen stuffed potatoes, frozen broccoli with cheese sauce, mixed greens, whole-grain rolls, peanut butter cookies.

Friday Kids

Let the kids help prepare CHICKEN POT PIE from the leftover chicken. The whole family will enjoy it with a LETTUCE-AND-TOMATO SALAD. Then, everyone will line up for warmed deli BROWNIES topped with leftover ICE CREAM and CHOCOLATE SPRINKLES.

Shopping List

burrito-size flour tortillas, canned condensed reduced-fat cream of mushroom soup, packaged frozen vegetables for soup, canned chopped mild green chilies, fresh cilantro, cooking spray, lettuce, tomatoes, deli brownies, chocolate sprinkles.


makes 6 servings
Prep time:
15 minutes
Cook time:
45 minutes
  • 2 burrito-sized flour tortillas
  • 1 (10 3/4-ounce) can condensed reduced-fat cream of mushroom soup
  • 2 cups cooked chopped chicken
  • 1 (16-ounce) package frozen vegetables for soup, thawed and drained
  • 1 (4-ounce) can chopped mild green chilies
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro

Heat oven to 375 degrees. Line the bottom of a 9-inch pie plate with 1 warmed (see note) tortilla. In a large bowl, mix soup, chicken, vegetables, chilies and cilantro. Spoon into tortilla-lined pie plate. Top with the other warmed tortilla. Coat with cooking spray. Cover with foil and bake 20 minutes. Uncover and bake 25 more minutes or until top is golden and filling is hot. Cut into 6 wedges and serve immediately.

NOTE: To warm tortillas, roll them in damp white paper towels and microwave on high (100 percent power) 20 seconds or until warm.

Per serving: 209 calories, 19 grams protein, 3 grams fat (15 percent calories from fat), 0.9 gram saturated fat, 26 grams carbohydrate, 42 milligrams cholesterol, 649 milligrams sodium, 4 grams fiber.

Saturday Easy Entertaining

Serve your guests WALNUT CRUSTED SALMON FILLETS and add RICE, FRESH GREEN BEANS and BAGUETTES. For dessert, buy a CHEESECAKE to keep it simple.

Shopping List

walnuts, dry breadcrumbs, lemons, extra-virgin olive oil, fresh dill, coarse salt, pepper, skin-on salmon fillets, Dijon mustard, rice, fresh green beans, baguettes, cheesecake.


makes 6 servings
Prep time:
about 15 minutes; refrigeration time: 2 hours
Cook time:
15 minutes
  • 1 1/2 cups walnuts
  • 3 tablespoons dry breadcrumbs
  • 3 tablespoons finely grated lemon zest
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
  • Coarse salt and pepper to taste
  • 6 (3-ounce) skin-on salmon fillets
  • Dijon mustard to taste
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

Place walnuts in food processor; coarsely chop. Add breadcrumbs, lemon zest, oil and dill; pulse until crumbly (mixture should stick together). Season with salt and pepper; set aside. Arrange salmon, skin side down, on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Brush tops with mustard. Spoon 1/3 cup walnut mixture over each fillet; gently press mixture into surface of salmon. Cover with plastic wrap; refrigerate up to 2 hours. Unwrap and bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes, or until salmon flakes with a fork. Just before serving, sprinkle each piece with 1 teaspoon lemon juice.

Per serving: 327 calories, 23 grams protein, 24 grams fat (64 percent calories from fat), 2.7 grams saturated fat, 8 grams carbohydrate, 40 milligrams cholesterol, 145 milligrams sodium, 3 grams fiber.

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