7 Day Menu Planner For September 16, 2018

Sunday Family

Enjoy family day with your own ROAST CHICKEN (5 to 7 pounds), MASHED POTATOES, GRAVY, PEAS WITH PEARL ONIONS (from frozen) and MIXED GREENS. For dessert, drizzle CREME FRAICHE or HALF-AND-HALF over BREAD PUDDING.

Look for creme fraiche in the dairy section.

Save enough chicken for Monday; save enough pudding for Tuesday.

Shopping List

roasting chicken, potatoes to mash, gravy, frozen peas with pearl onions, mixed greens, creme fraiche or half-and-half, bread pudding.

Monday Heat and Eat

Take it easy and enjoy Sunday's leftover chicken in your CHICKEN AND HAM ROLL-UPS. Add some OVEN FRIES (from frozen) on the side. For dessert, how about PEARS?

Shopping List

garlic-and-herb cheese spread (such as Boursin), roasted red bell peppers, flour tortillas, fresh baby spinach, sliced deli ham, frozen oven fries, pears.


makes 6 roll-ups
Prep time:
15 minutes
Cook time:
  • 1 cup garlic-and-herb cheese spread (such as Boursin)
  • 1/2 cup chopped roasted red bell peppers
  • 6 (8-inch) flour tortillas
  • 3 cups baby spinach leaves, firmly packed
  • 12 ounces sliced deli ham (see NOTE)
  • 12 ounces leftover sliced chicken or turkey breast
  • In a small bowl, mix together the cheese spread and peppers until smooth. Spread the mixture evenly over each tortilla. Place 1/2 cup spinach on each tortilla. Top evenly with ham and chicken or turkey. Roll, jelly-roll fashion, and cut in half on the diagonal. Secure each half with a wooden pick. (Adapted from "Quick-Fix Dinners," Oxmoor House.)

NOTE: To lower sodium, use all chicken and no ham.

Per roll-up: 540 calories, 54 grams protein, 16 grams fat (27 percent calories from fat), 7 grams saturated fat, 44 grams carbohydrate, 159 milligrams cholesterol, 1,611 milligrams sodium (the ham contributes 900 mg; the tortillas, 500 mg), 4 grams fiber.

Tuesday Budget

For a low-cost meal, try RUSTIC LENTIL MINESTRONE. In a 4-quart pan, cook 3 slices chopped bacon on medium until browned and crispy. Remove and set aside. Drain all but 1 to 2 tablespoons bacon drippings. Add 1 cup thinly sliced carrots, 1 cup thinly sliced celery, 1/2 cup chopped onion and 3 cloves minced garlic to pan. Reduce heat to low and cook 5 minutes or until onion is softened, stirring occasionally. Add 4 cups unsalted chicken broth, 2 cups water, 1 (14 1/2-ounce) can diced tomatoes with basil, garlic and oregano, and 1 package lentil pilaf mix (such as Near East), including seasoning packet. Bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat, cover pan and simmer 30 minutes. Stir in 2 tablespoons dry red wine, if desired, reserved bacon and 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley. Serve with a LETTUCE WEDGE and WHOLE-GRAIN ROLLS. For dessert, warm the leftover BREAD PUDDING.

Shopping List

bacon, carrots, celery, onion, garlic, unsalted chicken broth, canned diced tomatoes with basil, garlic and oregano, lentil pilaf mix, dry red wine (optional), parsley, lettuce, whole-grain rolls.

Wednesday Kids

The kids will come quickly for TAMALE PIE. Heat oven to 425 degrees. Coat a 7-by-11-inch baking dish with cooking spray. Heat a large nonstick skillet on medium and cook 1 pound lean ground beef for 5 minutes or until no longer pink; drain. In a large bowl, combine beef, 1 cup shredded 50 percent light cheddar cheese, 1 (8 1/2-ounce) package cornbread mix, 2 eggs, 1 cup frozen corn (thawed), 2 cups water and 1/2 teaspoon chili powder; mix until well-blended. Spoon mixture into baking dish. Bake 20 minutes; sprinkle with 1/2 cup more cheese. Bake 5 more minutes or until cheese is melted. Let stand 10 minutes. Serve with CARROT STICKS. For dessert, tempt the kids with BLUE FLOATS. Blend any fruit juice with frozen or fresh blueberries until smooth. Pour into tall glasses and add a little club soda; top with a scoop of frozen yogurt. Slurp away!

Shopping List

cooking spray, lean ground beef, 50 percent light cheddar cheese, cornbread mix, eggs, frozen corn, chili powder, carrot sticks, any fruit juice, frozen or fresh blueberries, club soda, frozen yogurt.

Thursday Meatless

For a perfect no-meat dinner, prepare PEANUT SESAME NOODLES. Serve with a SPINACH SALAD and CRUSTY ROLLS. Enjoy COCONUT PUDDING for dessert.

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linguine, smooth peanut butter, unsalted vegetable broth, unseasoned rice vinegar, reduced-sodium soy sauce, sugar, dark sesame oil, fresh ginger, garlic powder, crushed red pepper, sesame seeds, green onions, fresh spinach, crusty rolls, coconut pudding.


makes 8 servings
Prep time:
20 minutes
Cook time:
15 minutes, plus noodles
  • 1 pound linguine
  • 3/4 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup unsalted vegetable broth
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/4 cup unseasoned rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons dark sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons peeled, finely chopped fresh ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 3 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 2 green onions, trimmed and sliced on the diagonal

Cook linguine according to directions; drain and plunge into ice water; set aside. Meanwhile, in a medium pan, whisk together peanut butter, broth, water, rice vinegar, soy sauce, sugar, sesame oil, ginger, garlic powder and red pepper. Cook on medium-high heat about 10 minutes or until thickened. Remove from heat. While sauce simmers, toast seeds over medium heat for 5 minutes, shaking pan to keep from burning. Rinse and drain noodles again. Toss with half the dressing and allow to soak for a few minutes. Add remaining dressing and sesame seeds; toss until well-combined. Top with sliced green onions and serve cold.

Per serving: 404 calories, 14 grams protein, 16 grams fat (35 percent calories from fat), 2.9 grams saturated fat, 53 grams carbohydrate, no cholesterol, 226 milligrams sodium, 4 grams fiber.

Friday Express

GLAZED HAM STEAKS make a quick meal. Heat a large nonstick skillet to medium-high. Add a ham steak; cook 3 minutes or until lightly browned on both sides. Brush with 2 tablespoons honey mustard. Turn and cook 30 seconds until glazed. Divide ham into individual portions and serve with O'BRIEN POTATOES (from frozen), fresh BROCCOLI and BISCUITS. CHUNKY APPLESAUCE is good for dessert.

Shopping List

ham steak, honey mustard, frozen O'Brien potatoes, fresh broccoli, biscuits, chunky applesauce.

Saturday Easy Entertaining


Shopping List

flatleaf parsley, garlic, coarse salt, pepper, white vinegar, extra-virgin olive oil, pork tenderloins, sweet potatoes, green beans, sourdough bread, carrot cake.


makes 8 servings
Prep time:
15 minutes; marinating time: 30 to 60 minutes
Cook time:
15 to 25 minutes; standing time: 3 minutes
  • 1 cup flatleaf parsley leaves, lightly packed
  • 4 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarse salt
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 1/3 cup white vinegar
  • 2/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2 pork tenderloins (1 1/2 to 2 pounds total)

Place parsley, garlic, salt and pepper in food processor and process until finely chopped. Add vinegar and process to combine. Slowly add oil and water in a thin stream with machine running. Place pork in a large resealable plastic bag. Pour half of sauce over pork; close and turn to coat pork. Refrigerate 30 to 60 minutes, turning bag occasionally. Transfer remaining sauce to serving bowl and refrigerate. Remove pork and discard marinade. Place tenderloins diagonally on grill rack. Grill, uncovered, on direct heat for 15 to 25 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 145 degrees, turning every 3 or 4 minutes with tongs. Transfer pork to cutting board; tent with foil and let stand 3 minutes. Cut pork into thin slices and arrange on dinner plates. Serve with reserved sauce.

Per serving (pork): 112 calories, 18 grams protein, 4 grams fat (32 percent calories from fat), 1.3 grams saturated fat, no carbohydrate, 56 milligrams cholesterol, 53 milligrams sodium, no fiber.

Carb count: 0.

Per serving (sauce): 85 calories, no protein, 9 grams fat (97 percent calories from fat), 1.3 grams saturated fat, no carbohydrate, no cholesterol, 33 milligrams sodium, no fiber.

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