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 45 minutes or less 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: Chicken with Honey-Beer Sauce + Roasted Baby Beets and Blood Orange Salad with Blue Cheese Tuesday: Spiced Pork Tenderloin with Sautéed Apples + Buttermilk-Parmesan Mashed Potatoes Wednesday: Tilapia with Lemon-Garlic Sauce + Green Beans with Caramelized Onions and Walnuts Thursday: Fettuccine with Pumpkin Sauce + Arugula Salad with Caesar Vinaigrette Friday: Fast Chicken Chili with Butternut Squash + Parmesan Corn Muffins Dessert Bonus: Orange Gratin
Monday: Kick off your week with a winner, winner chicken dinner. Beer, soy sauce, mustard, honey, and caramelized onions join forces to create the perfect meal in our Chicken with Honey-Beer Sauce. The tangy blue cheese in our Roasted Baby Beets and Blood Orange Salad delivers a tangy punch you'll love.
Tuesday: Say goodbye to mess! Our Spiced Pork Tenderloin with Sautéed Apples is a one-dish entrée that's simply perfect for fall. Spices coating lean pork tenderloin lend a sweetness that complements the salty flavor of our melt-in-your-mouth Buttermilk-Parmesan Mashed Potatoes.
Wednesday: Pull out that bottle of wine you save for special occasions (like Wednesday, obviously!) and raise your glass to a dinner that's easy on the wallet. Our Tilapia with Lemon-Garlic Sauce uses a budget-friendly fish to create an entrée that's incredibly simple, yet remarkably delicious. Our Green Beans with Caramelized Onions and Walnuts are just 67 cents per serving! Seconds, please!
Thursday: Searching for a twist on pasta night? Look no further. Celebrate the flavors of the fall season with our Fettuccine with Pumpkin Sauce. This superfast Italian dinner introduces a new way to enjoy pumpkin with a rich, savory sauce. Pair with our Arugula Salad with Caesar Vinaigrette for an added sharp, pleasant bite.
Friday: Nothing says fall comfort like sipping on a steamy bowl of chili in the company of loved ones. Rotisserie chicken helps make our Fast Chicken Chili with Butternut Squash superspeedy without sacrificing rich, deep, and complex flavor. It's the ideal way to please everyone, while only dirtying one pot in the process. Our irresistible Parmesan Corn Muffins will round out the meal.
Dessert Bonus: Just look at the fresh produce aisle in your grocery store—citrus galore! Whether you prefer lemons, limes, oranges, or grapefruit, adding the season's best zest to your dessert will end any meal on a sweet note. Proof: Our Orange Gratin unites peppery ginger and sweet citrus for a simple treat that will wow everyone at the dinner table.
More Sunday Strategists:
- Sunday Strategist: A Week of Healthy Dinners—October 5-9
- Sunday Strategist: A Week of Healthy Dinners – September 28-October 2
- Sunday Strategist: A Week of Healthy Dinners - September 21-25