Sunday Strategist: A Week of Healthy Menus — March 2-6
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 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: Sweet and Sour Tofu-Vegetable Stir-FryTuesday: Sausage, Fennel, and Ricotta Pizza with Quick Parsley-Spinach SaladWednesday: Steak and Tomatoes with Herb Roasted Potatoes and Balsamic BroccoliniThursday: Charred Lemon Chicken Piccata and Green Beans with Toasted GarlicFriday: Shrimp Tacos with Corn Salsa and Cabbage with Mango Slaw VinaigretteDessert Bonus: Chocolate-Peanut Butter Pudding
Monday: Sweet and Sour Tofu-Vegetable Stir-FryEntailing crisped tofu, vibrant veggies, and brown rice to soak up all of the saucy goodness, this one bowl-whole dinner dish is the perfect meal to wrap up a Monday. Though the sweet and sour sauce definitely has a bit of a kick, you can omit the chile pepper for a more kid-friendly version. Go ahead an pick up a couple of extra bunches of broccolini when shopping to make one of our favorite wow-worthy side dishes on Wednesday.
Quick Parsley-Spinach SaladWednesday: Steak and Tomatoes with Herb Roasted Potatoes and Balsamic BroccoliniMaking it halfway through the week calls for an absolutely impressive, bistro-style dinner--you deserve it. Steak and potatoes is a classic for a reason, but throw some garlicky herbed tomatoes AND balsamic and Parmesan dressed broccolini into the mix... and you have yourself a winner winner, awesome steak dinner. Once you get the potatoes going in the oven and put a pot of water on the stove to boil, the steak just needs a quick sear for a few minutes on each side. While it rests (to help lock in all of those succulent juices), you can quickly saute your tomatoes in the same pan and cook the broccolini in your boiling water.
Balsamic Broccolini Thursday: Charred Lemon Chicken Piccata and Green Beans with Toasted GarlicLightly charring lemon rounds intensifies their flavor, infusing this dish with a distinct citrusy goodness. A simple, saucy, all-around comforting entree, our Charred Lemon Chicken Piccata is only made better by the fact that it's ready to eat in 37 minutes. To round out the plate, garlicky green beans make a super tasty match for the bright flavors of chicken piccata.
Green Beans with Toasted GarlicFriday: Shrimp Tacos with Corn Salsa and Cabbage with Mango Slaw VinaigretteWith loads of bold texture and taste going on, this is the kind of meal you make to trade your winter blues for a Friday fiesta. Plump shrimp with creamy rich avocado, sweet crisp corn, cilantro, and lime come together on tortillas for a truly beautiful taco experience. The sweet and tangy cabbage salad can be served alongside the tacos or even go right on top as an additional condiment.
Cabbage with Mango Slaw VinaigretteDessert Bonus: Chocolate-Peanut Butter PuddingIf anything says unadulterated bliss better than rich, creamy chocolate pudding... I'd imagine it would have to be rich, creamy chocolate pudding with peanut butter in it. This silky custard is prepared on the stove top, which means dessert is ready in a flash. Nothing to hate about that.
Chocolate-Peanut Butter PuddingReady to start shopping? View this week’s menu, which includes every recipe you see mentioned here. From there, you can add all the ingredients to your shopping list in one click when you sign into your MyRecipes account.
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.