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Sunday Strategist: A Week of Healthy Menus--May 1-6

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.

If you like having a healthy meal plan but want something customized 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.

The Plan Monday: Fresh Thai Noodle Bowl with Ginger-Sesame Green Beans Tuesday: Sheet Pan Chicken with Roasted Baby Potatoes with Roasted Broccoli with Garlic and Lemon Wednesday: Shrimp Arrabbiata with Arugula and Spinach Salad Thursday: Swiss Chard and White Bean Soup with Poached Eggs with Herbed Goat Cheese Toasts Friday: Parm-Style Chicken Sliders with Caprese Zucchini Dessert Bonus: Raspberry-Mint Ice Pops

Monday: Go meatless to start off the week with a fragrant, slurp-able Fresh Thai Noodle Bowl. Colorful, crisp-tender vegetables anchor the dish, perfect as breezy spring days transition into warm summer ones. Serve with quick sautéed Ginger-Sesame Green Beans.

Fresh Thai Noodle Bowl

Ginger-Sesame Green Beans

Tuesday: Sheet pan cooking is the new one-dish meal. An herby, whole-grain mustard spread coats roasted chicken breasts and potatoes (Sheet Pan Chicken with Roasted Baby Potatoes) that cook together until perfectly done. Round out the plate with zingy Roasted Roasted Broccoli with Garlic and Lemon.

Sheet Pan Chicken with Roasted Baby Potatoes

Roasted Broccoli with Garlic and Lemon

Wednesday: A little crushed red pepper provides the lick of heat in this Shrimp Arrabbiata (shrimp with spicy tomato sauce). Sweet shrimp are an excellent contrast, and fresh basil brings the whole dish together. Serve with a quick Arugula and Spinach Salad, a rustic side that one compete with the big flavors in the main.

Shrimp Arrabbiata

Arugula and Spinach Salad

Thursday: Simple, easy, hearty. This Swiss Chard and White Bean Soup with Poached Eggs is just what you and your family need after a long day (you can even make the soup and poach the eggs in advance). Serve with cheesy Herbed Goat Cheese Toasts that are ideal for dunking.

Swiss Chard and White Bean Soup with Poached Eggs

Herbed Goat Cheese Toasts

Friday: Chicken Parmesan gets a fun, fast, kid-friendly twist with these Parm-Style Chicken Sliders. Onion, garlic, and oregano infuse ground chicken patties. Top off with marinara, melty mozzarella, and fresh basil leaves. For a side, try Caprese Zucchini, another twist on an Italian favorite.

Parm-Style Chicken Sliders

Caprese Zucchini

Dessert Bonus: Make these 4-ingredient Raspberry-Mint Ice Pops the night before, and freeze overnight for a refreshing dessert everyone will love.

Raspberry-Mint Ice Pops | Photo: Randy Mayor; Stylist: Cindy Barr
Raspberry-Mint Ice Pops

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