Each day of the week offers a menu aimed at a different aspect of meal planning. There's a family or holiday meal, usually on Sunday, a kids' menu aimed at younger tastes, a heat-and-eat meal that recycles leftovers, a budget meal that employs a cost-cutting strategy, a meatless dish for people who may not be strict vegetarians but are trying to cut down on meat, an express meal that requires little or no preparation and an entertaining menu, usually the Saturday meal, that's quick but worthy of company.
The family will enjoy grilled beef kebabs. Serve with roasted new potatoes. Add a romaine salad and crusty bread.
Plan ahead: Save four kebabs for Monday.
Tip: Allow enough space at the end of skewers for tomatoes.
Monday/Heat and Eat
Make a quick beef stir-fry with Sunday's leftover kebabs. Heat the leftovers in a large, nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray and add prepared teriyaki sauce. Serve over rice. For dessert, make brownies from a mix.
Round up the kids for a turkey bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich. Cook the bacon in the microwave, toast dense whole-wheat bread and spread with low-fat mayonnaise. Layer the bacon, leafy green lettuce and ripe tomato slices on the toast. Add some pickles and baked corn chips on the side. Warm the leftover brownies and top with fat-free chocolate-chip frozen yogurt.
Check the refrigerated meat case for smoked pork chops and heat in a nonstick skillet. Serve with honey-mustard sauce. Try Kraft's new light macaroni and cheese dinner. The fat is about half that of the regular macaroni and cheese dinner, and the calories are slightly reduced. Microwave a package of frozen green beans as an accompaniment. Cinnamon apple sauce is a tasty addition.
Tip: For easier cleanup, combine the cooked macaroni and sauce in a separate container. (If combined in a hot pan, the cheese will "cook" onto pan.)
Meat will be a memory with herbed pasta and caramelized onions. By all means, use sweet onions (Vidalia or other) for this sauce for a richer flavor. Serve with a green salad and a light vinaigrette. Add crusty bread.
Boost your food-dollar savings and your complex carbohydrates and fiber with festive beans and rice. Serve a fresh fruit salad on the side. Accompany your meal with bread sticks.
Wow your guests with the delicious flavor of tuna steaks on warm spinach salad. Add fresh herb-roasted potato wedges. For dessert, make your own poached pears and serve with fat-free chocolate sauce.
Tip: To cut the fat and calories, use reduced-fat vinaigrette.
What you'll need for this week's menus (consult recipes for exact amounts)
top round steak
red bell peppers
dense whole-wheat bread
leafy green lettuce
baked corn chips
fat-free chocolate-chip or other frozen yogurt
smoked pork chops
packaged light macaroni and cheese
frozen green beans
prepared cinnamon apple sauce
hearty red wine (Burgundy or Cabernet Sauvignon)
fresh Italian parsley
long-grain brown rice
green bell pepper
prepared chunky pasta sauce
canned black beans
fresh fruit for salad
ingredients for your own poached pears
fat-free chocolate sauce
Pub Date: 5/10/98