Sunday Strategist: A Week of Healthy Menus — December 16-20
Here, another week’s worth of fast, healthy, and tasty menus. It’s not the dread of cooking that deters so many of us from the kitchen each night; it’s actually deciding what to cook from the millions of options bombarding us from so many different places. Here, we’ve done the planning for you. Not just menus, but healthy menus that are fast—on the table in less than 45 minutes.
This week, I've pulled our menu plan from our brand new Weeknight Meal Planner tool. If you haven't done so already, be sure to give it a try: Just drag and drop five dishes to create your weeknight dinner plan. Once you've made your selections, simply print one or all five of your recipe selections at once. For example, here's the printer-friendly page for this week's dinner recipes.
The PlanMonday: Kale and Caramelized Onion Grilled Cheese (serve with Poblano-Tomato Soup)Tuesday: Chipotle Pork Tacos (serve with Avocado-Tomato Salad)Wednesday: Shrimp Cobb SaladThursday: Thai Butternut Soup (serve with warm, crusty bread)Friday: White Pizza with Tomato and BasilDessert Bonus: Triple-Chocolate Muffins
Monday: I love an easy dinner on a Monday night and this comforting grilled cheese sandwich fits the bill perfectly. Even better, it sneaks in a bit of super-healthy kale into your meal. Serve with tomato soup for the perfect winter-weather combo.
Tuesday: Give pork a try for Taco Tuesday this week. This quick and easy recipe gets loads of fresh flavor from cilantro and lime, and a hit of smokiness from chipotle chiles. Serve with an avocado-tomato salad to round out the plate.
Wednesday: Yesterday's extra avocado and tomatoes get tossed into this hearty riff on Cobb salad. This superfast salad comes together from start to finish in just 20 minutes—no side dish needed.
Thursday: Another Superfast favorite, butternut squash soup goes Thai with the addition of curry paste, coconut milk, fish sauce, and a sprinkling of cilantro. Watch how to make this 20-minute soup in our new video.
Friday: Close out the week with a cracker-crisp white pizza. Tip: Heating a cookie sheet in the oven before you put the pizza on it gives you a perfectly crispy crust. Serve with a basic side salad.
Dessert Bonus: Have you started your holiday baking yet? We have a suggestion: make an extra batch of treats for friends, coworkers, charities, or just someone who could use a lift. Get started with our Triple-Chocolate Muffins and learn more about our Bake a Second Batch movement.