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. Our May 2016 issue hit stands two weeks ago, so each main this week features a gorgeous and nutritious dish from the issue. Enjoy!
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The Plan Monday: Soba-Edamame Noodle Bowl and Seared Baby Bok Choy Tuesday: Chicken Gyro Bowls Wednesday: Mini Bow Ties with Bacon and Peas Thursday: Strawberry-Chicken Salad with Pecans and Toasted Farro with Thyme Friday: BBQ Chicken Sandwiches with Coleslaw and Lemony Broccoli Spears Friday Night Appetizer Bonus: Bacon-Goat Cheese Jalapeno Poppers
Monday: Start the week off with this fresh and fast Soba-Edamame Noodle Bowl. Serve with Seared Baby Bok Choy to round out the meal and get dinner on the table in 40 minutes. A sprinkle of sugar and a thorough sear give the bok choy a beautifully caramelized crust. A little water steams the veggie to the perfect crisp-tender texture. Make sure to add the yellow miso which adds savory depth to the dressing.
Tuesday: Keep the week interesting with this healthier (and tastier) twist on a classic. Flip a gyro into whole-grain Chicken Gyro Bowl layered with kale, veggies, herbs, and chickpeas. We top it with lean, spice-packed chicken, feta cheese, and tahini-spiked yogurt. It's everything you want from the hearty Greek platter with less than 400 calories—a sum of parts you feel good about finishing.
Wednesday: Picky kids? No problem! Finishing your peas and carrots is exponentially more exciting when bacon is involved. In fact, almost every dish is more exciting when bacon comes to play, so feel free to swap your family's favorite veggies into Mini Bow Ties with Bacon and Peas recipe.
Thursday: Highlight the season's finest berry in this delightful Strawberry-Chicken Salad with Pecans. Combine with a hearty serving of Toasted Farro with Thyme and you have an entrée salad that's ready in less than 30 minutes. We suggest you make an extra batch of the vibrant strawberry vinegar mixture and spoon over frozen Greek yogurt, pound cake, or whipped ricotta cheese.
Friday: Sail into the weekend with our BBQ Chicken Sandwiches with Coleslaw. This no-fail sandwich is so good and decadent, you'll never actually believe it's light. Good news! It is. With less than 400 calories per serving, you'll want to make this recipe time and time again. Definitely a winner you'll want to keep in your back pocket. Serve with a healthy dose of Lemony Broccoli Spears to bring a pop of color and a boost of nutrition to your plate.
Appetizer Bonus: Salty bacon, rich goat cheese, savory-sweet jelly, and roasted jalapeño—it takes teamwork to make the dream work. If you already have the grill going, these dreamy little Bacon-Goat Cheese Jalapeño Poppers are equally easy to cook outdoors.
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