Every Sunday, we publish a week of Cooking Light dinner plans filled with our favorite recipes—both from current issues and classics. Each meal is designed to be ready and on the table in about an hour so that you have more time to enjoy the food you’ve prepared and the company of those you’ve prepared it for.
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The Plan Monday: Mushroom Bolognese over Spaghetti Squash + Kale Salad with Creamy Peppercorn Dressing Tuesday: Sweet and Tangy Glazed Pork Tenderloin + Sautéed Almond Green Beans Wednesday: Classic Slow Cooker Beef Stew + Garlic-Parmesan Toasts Thursday: Yogurt Sundaes + Crunchy Maple Granola Friday: Roast Turkey Pho + Cheddar, Broccoli, and Barley Sweet Potatoes Boozy Bonus: Cranberry Kir Royale
Monday: Try going meatless at least one night this week with our rich, filling, and satisfying Mushroom Bolognese over Spaghetti Squash. Full of exquisite flavors from the dried porcini mushrooms and soy sauce, this meal offers a pleasant palate of tastes and textures. Brighten the table with a simple green side, like our Kale Salad with Creamy Peppercorn Dressing.
Tuesday: We’re taking your favorite grape jelly beyond the typical PB&J. Our Sweet and Tangy Glazed Pork Tenderloin is table-ready in under 40 minutes, and the combination of sharp red wine vinegar and sweet grapes makes this a winning dish. On the side, enjoy our Sautéed Almond Green Beans. Just wait for the oohs and aahs to begin.
Wednesday: Don't have time to whip up a good ol' hearty batch of stew because you're busy prepping for Turkey Day? Think again. Throw the ingredients for our Classic Slow Cooker Beef Stew into a pot in the morning and come home to soothe your family with the simple joys of comfort food. You're going to need something to soak up that saucy goodness. Our Garlic-Parmesan Toast is a four-ingredient recipe that's warm, cheesy and perfect for busy weeknights.
Thursday: A bird's in the oven, a table needs to be set, and the last thing on your mind is breakfast. But, you need a quick and nutritious snack to make it through the morning's prep work, and we've got just the treat for you: Yogurt Sundaes with Crunchy Maple Granola. Serve your family a healthy breakfast, packed with whole grains that'll leave you feeling full longer.
Friday: The greatest perk of Turkey Day? Leftovers, of course. (If there are any!) But instead of turkey this year, I'm saying you should focus on the remaining sides. Have leftover mashed sweet potatoes? Give them new life by turning them into Sweet Potato Waffles. You can top with that leftover turkey you have, or be brave and try a fried egg, avocado, and a bit of sriracha.
Boozy Bonus: Welcome the weekend by giving thanks for this sweet twist on a French classic. Leftover cranberry sauce from Thursday helps concoct a fruity homemade cocktail in our Cranberry Peppercorn & Sage Shrub Soda. This fizzy cocktail will make you swoon and sway. We'll drink to that!
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