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.
The Plan Monday: Butternut Squash and Smoky Black Bean Salad and Goat Cheese Crostini Tuesday: White Bean and Turkey Chili and Toasty Tomatoes Wednesday: Pasta with Bacon, Shredded Brussels Sprouts, and Lemon Zest and Simple Salad with Lemon Dressing Thursday: Pork Tenderloin Medallions and Balsamic Reduction with Goat Cheese Grits Friday: Teriyaki Salmon Rice Bowl Dessert Bonus: Double-Chocolate Cookies
Monday: Smoky adobo sauce lends flame-kissed heat to chewy, meaty beans in this meatless (but super filling) salad. Go ahead and buy a full log of goat cheese (8 ounces) for this week's meals. It lends a creamy coolness to the salad's kick of heat, and we're going to use it up throughout the week, starting tonight. Tonight, the tangy, grassy cheese tops Butternut Squash and Smoky Black Bean Salad, and it's spread over crispy baguette slices for Goat Cheese Crostini. 489 calories, 23.6g fat, 6.2g sat fat, 742mg sodium
Tuesday: Chili gets a bad rap for being super complicated and time-consuming. Our White Bean and Turkey Chili proves just how wrong that misconception is. This chili's ready in under 45 minutes, which you wouldn't suspect once you taste it. The recipes makes 8 servings, so you have leftovers for tomorrow's lunch or dinner another night this week if a busy schedule keeps you from cooking one night. Finish it off with a simple side like our Toasty Tomatoes. The acidity of the tomatoes cuts through the richenss of the chili, and the cheesy panko is a lovely partner to the warm and comforting chili. 383 calories, 11.6g fat, 2g sat fat, 613mg sodium
Wednesday: At first glance, this recipe for Pasta with Bacon, Shredded Brussels Sprouts, and Lemon Zest seems a bit "cleaning out the fridge." We already know Brussels sprouts and bacon are the new "it" couple. But pasta with bacon and Brussels sprouts? Oh, yes. Tossing those two ingredients with a little lemon and butter gives the pasta dish a luscious mouthfeel. Serve with Simple Salad with Lemon Dressing to finish out the meal. 474 calories, 21.6g fat, 6.3g sat fat, 514mg sodium
Thursday: Pork tenderloin is a true workhorse in the kitchen. It's fast, lean, and serves a lot at a decently low price. We're going to give the basic pork medallions an insanely flavorful kick in the pants with this Pork Tenderloin Medallions and Balsamic Reduction recipe. We'll finish up the rest of the goat cheese tonight with Goat Cheese Grits. It's creamy, which will be welcome against the tart and bright balsamic reduction. 321 calories, 9.6g fat, 3.7g sat fat, 637mg sodium
Friday: This looks almost too good to be true. Enjoy restaurant dining at its best in your own home with Teriyaki Salmon Rice Bowl. This is a great dish to end the week with because you can use up any leftover veggies you have hanging out in the fridge looking for a home. 469 calories, 23g fat, 4.2g sat fat, 693mg sodium
Dessert Bonus: Double-Chocolate Cookies for dessert. Because Friday. And you deserve chocolate. 99 calories, 4.7g fat, 2.2g sat fat, 40mg sodium
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If you like having a healthy meal plan but want something custom to your dietary or caloric needs, check out the Cooking Light Diet. It’s a calorie-driven weekly meal plan—breakfast, lunch, snacks, and dinner—based on your dieting goals and food preferences.