7 Day Menu Planner by Susan Nicholson

7 Day Menu Planner For August 02, 2020

Sunday Family

Plan to relax on family day and buy an easy-to-prepare SPIRAL-SLICED HAM. Add GERMAN POTATO SALAD and COLESLAW from the deli, along with PICKLED BEETS and RYE BREAD.

Make BLUEBERRY-VANILLA NAPOLEONS for dessert: In a large bowl, beat 1 (3.4-ounce) package vanilla instant pudding mix into 1 1/2 cups cold 1% milk for 2 minutes or until well-blended; let stand 5 minutes. Add 1/3 cup pudding to a small bowl; cover and refrigerate. Into the remaining pudding, fold 1 cup (of 1 1/3 cups total) fresh blueberries. Reserve remaining blueberries. Thaw 1 (11 3/4-ounce) frozen pound cake and cut into 12 thin slices; toast until golden. Place 1 slice on each of 6 dessert plates. Spoon blueberry-pudding mixture onto slices, dividing evenly. Top each piece with another slice of cake. Garnish with reserved pudding and reserved blueberries. Serve immediately.

Save enough ham, coleslaw and blueberries for Monday. Save enough ham for Wednesday.

Shopping List

spiral-sliced ham, deli German potato salad, deli coleslaw, pickled beets, rye bread, vanilla instant pudding mix, 1% milk, fresh blueberries, frozen pound cake.

Monday Heat and Eat

Use some of the leftover ham for delicious HAM, ASPARAGUS AND SWISS QUICHE. Serve with leftover COLESLAW and CRUSTY ROLLS. Keep dessert light with leftover BLUEBERRIES.

Shopping List

refrigerated piecrust, butter, onion, fresh asparagus, tomatoes, eggs, 1% milk, nutmeg, hot sauce, reduced-fat Swiss cheese, crusty rolls.

HAM, ASPARAGUS AND SWISS QUICHE

Servings:
makes 6 servings
Prep time:
15 minutes
Cook time:
50 to 60 minutes
  • 1 refrigerated piecrust (from a 15-ounce package)
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 8 ounces fresh asparagus, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 8 ounces ham, cubed
  • 2 medium tomatoes, coarsely chopped
  • 3 whole eggs
  • 1/2 cup 1% milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • Dash hot sauce
  • 8 ounces shredded reduced-fat Swiss cheese

Heat oven to 375 degrees. Use a 10-inch quiche pan and prepare crust according to package directions for a 1-crust pie. Trim excess dough and refrigerate pan. In a large nonstick skillet, melt butter on medium-low and cook onion and asparagus 5 minutes or until softened. Reduce heat to low. Add ham and heat through. Remove from heat and stir in tomatoes. In a separate bowl, combine eggs, milk, nutmeg and hot sauce. Spoon ham mixture into prepared piecrust. Add Swiss cheese and pour egg mixture over all. Bake 45 to 55 minutes or until center is set.

Per serving: 428 calories, 27 grams protein, 27 grams fat (54% calories from fat), 12 grams saturated fat, 24 grams carbohydrate, 145 milligrams cholesterol, 751 milligrams sodium, 2 grams fiber.

Tuesday Express

For an easy meal, buy a packaged MEXICAN DINNER KIT and follow the directions. Serve with reduced-sodium rinsed PINTO BEANS and GUACAMOLE. Fresh PINEAPPLE SPEARS are good for dessert.

Shopping List

Mexican dinner kit (such as Old El Paso or another brand), reduced-sodium pinto beans, guacamole, fresh pineapple spears.

Wednesday Kids

Treat the kids to MACARONI AND CHEESE WITH HAM by stirring cubed leftover ham into hot macaroni and cheese. Cover and let stand 5 minutes to heat through. Add BABY CARROTS on the side for some crunch, along with BREAD STICKS. STRAWBERRIES are good for dessert.

Save enough carrots for Friday.

Shopping List

macaroni and cheese, baby carrots, bread sticks, strawberries.

Thursday Meatless

SPICY CHEESE AND RICE BAKE has plenty of flavor without any fuss. Serve it with a SPINACH SALAD with thinly sliced red onion and toasted walnuts. Add WHOLE-GRAIN BREAD. How about some juicy FRESH APRICOTS for dessert?

Shopping List

cooking spray, canned diced tomatoes with green chilies, reduced-fat sour cream, rice, 50% reduced-fat cheddar cheese, pickled jalapeno peppers, fresh cilantro, fresh spinach, red onion, walnuts, whole-grain bread, fresh apricots.

SPICY CHEESE AND RICE BAKE

Servings:
makes 4 servings
Prep time:
10 minutes
Cook time:
35 to 40 minutes, plus rice
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes with green chilies
  • 6 ounces reduced-fat sour cream
  • 4 cups cooked rice
  • 4 ounces grated 50% reduced-fat cheddar cheese
  • 3 tablespoons sliced pickled jalapeno peppers
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a 2-quart baking dish with cooking spray. In a small bowl, combine tomatoes and sour cream. Layer half of rice, half of tomato mixture and half of cheese in the baking dish. Repeat layers. Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until cheese is lightly browned and casserole is bubbly. Garnish with jalapeno peppers and cilantro.

Per serving: 359 calories, 15 grams protein, 10 grams fat (25% calories from fat), 6.4 grams saturated fat, 53 grams carbohydrate, 36 milligrams cholesterol, 759 milligrams sodium, 2 grams fiber.

Friday Budget

We can’t get enough tomatoes during the summer, so TOMATO BASIL FETTUCCINE is welcome and easy on the budget. Add GARLIC BREAD and leftover BABY CARROTS. WATERMELON WEDGES are a messy, fun dessert.

Shopping List

fettuccine, butter, Vidalia onion, garlic, coarse salt, pepper, cherry tomatoes, dry white wine, fresh basil, garlic bread, watermelon.

TOMATO BASIL FETTUCCINE

Servings:
makes 4 servings
Prep time:
10 minutes
Cook time:
less than 10 minutes, plus pasta
  • 8 ounces fettuccine
  • 4 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1 cup chopped Vidalia onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved lengthwise
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil leaves

Cook pasta according to directions; reserve 1/2 cup pasta water. In a large nonstick skillet, melt 2 tablespoons butter on medium-high and add onion, garlic, salt and pepper. Cook 2 minutes or just until softened. Add tomatoes and cook 2 minutes or just until tomatoes begin to wilt. Add wine; cook 1 minute. Stir in reserved pasta water and remaining butter and cook until sauce forms. Stir in fresh basil and cooked pasta, tossing until evenly coated; cook 1 minute or until heated through. (Adapted from www.swirlsofflavor.com.)

Per serving: 366 calories, 9 grams protein, 13 grams fat (31% calories from fat), 7.5 grams saturated fat, 52 grams carbohydrate, 31 milligrams cholesterol, 359 milligrams sodium, 3 grams fiber.

Saturday Entertain the Family

Treat the family as you would guests when you serve them your GRILLED TUNA tonight. Add packaged LONG-GRAIN AND WILD RICE. Summery sliced TOMATOES garnished with fresh basil and drizzled with olive oil is our favorite salad. Add a BAGUETTE. Buy FRUIT TARTS for dessert.

Shopping List

tuna to grill, packaged long-grain and wild rice, tomatoes, fresh basil, olive oil, baguette, fruit tarts.