Sunday Strategist: A Week of Healthy Menus—January 5-9
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 PlanMonday: Quick Tex-Mex Confetti PizzaTuesday: Manhattan-Glazed Chicken with Lemony Snap PeasWednesday: Pan-Seared Steak with Chive-Horseradish Butter and Roasted Sweet Potatoes and BroccoliniThursday: Potato, Poblano, and Chorizo Tacos with Mardi Gras SlawFriday: Roasted Shrimp with White Beans and Feta with Spicy Brown RiceDessert Bonus: Chocolate-Dipped Cannoli with Pistachios
Welcome to a new year and to the first full work week since the holidays. If you are ready to commit to a wonderfully healthy 2015, you've come to the right place. Our Sunday Strategist blog column can help you plan your meals each and every week. This is just one week. You can view all previous weeks, too. Pick and choose from all our menus, or just use it as written. Either way, you can't go wrong.
Monday: Yes, it's probably going to be a crazy day back to work and school. Don't let dinner be too complicated. Make Monday night a pizza night with our Quick Tex-Mex Confetti Pizza. Kick up canned black beans and frozen corn with smoky paprika and tangy-salty queso fresco. Oh, and did we mention it's a Meatless Monday dish? 'Cause it is!
Also, it's over our calorie limit (barely), but if you've got the time to prepare a side while the pizza cooks, go for something super fresh like our Lemon-Garlic Asparagus or Zucchini Ribbons with Lemon and Pecorino.353 calories, 9.7g fat, 2.3g sat fat, 721mg sodium
Tuesday: Inspired by the classic cocktail, we created our Manhattan-Glazed Chicken to have a boozy-syrupy glaze that you'll crave because it's so simple but so complex. If you're not a fan of the bourbon kick, boil the liquor in the sauce for about a minute before you spoon the sauce over your chicken breast halves.(Or leave it out altogether. It's still delicious without the bourbon.) Serve with a bright and crispy side like our Lemony Snap Peas to finish off the plate.389 calories, 10.7g fat, 2.3g sat fat, 566mg sodium
Wednesday: Our Pan-Seared Steak with Chive-Horseradish Butter may seem super swanky, but don't be fooled. You can make this decadent meal in the comfort of your own kitchen. On the side, we like roasted veggies--they roast while you cook steaks and prepare the butter. Try our Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Broccolini. And get this: the whole meal is under 360 calories! Wow!358 calories, 19.2g fat, 6.8g sat fat, 519mg sodium
Thursday: Taco night might be most regularly practiced on Tuesday, but let's swap and go for tonight instead with our Potato, Poblano, and Chorizo Tacos. Mexican chorizo is a raw pork sausage flavored with cumin and garlic. If you can't find it at your grocery store or Mexican market, opt for regular American breakfast sausage. It'll be just as tasty. Chorizo might have a little kick, so let's cool down with a side of our Mardi Gras Slaw.397 calories, 18.1g fat, 5.8g sat fat, 642mg sodium
Friday: Roasting shrimp is a surprisingly easy way to cook the succulent shellfish while maximizing flavor. See for yourself with our Roasted Shrimp with White Beans and Feta. You've got room for a starchy side, so try our Spicy Brown Rice. Brown rice is a whole grain (bonus!), and the chile paste with garlic is more mouth-tingling warm than spicy mouth-on-fire hot. It's the perfect side for this shrimp dish and completes a meal to round off a wonderful back-to-work week.393 calories, 16g fat, 3.1g sat fat, 688mg sodium
Dessert Bonus: You've earned a dessert night. I promise. Our version of the Sicilian treat--Chocolate-Dipped Cannoli with Pistachios---has all the classic crunch and creaminess without the fuss or fat. You can sometimes find pre-made cannoli shells in the bakery of your grocery store. Check the freezer aisle, too. If you don't like or don't have pistachios, you can substitute with peanuts or even almonds. But be sure to add the nuts, though. You'll really miss the crunch if you don't.240 calories, 13g fat, 5.2g sat fat, 109mg sodium