Sunday Strategist: A Week of Healthy Menus — February 3-7
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.The Plan
Monday: French Toast Peanut Butter and Jelly and fresh, seasonal fruitTuesday: Mussels Fra Diavolo with LinguineWednesday: Honey-Orange Pork Tenderloin and sautéed Brussels sproutsThursday: Buffalo Chicken SaladFriday: Greek-Seasoned Steak SandwichesBonus Dessert: Crunchy Chocolate Hazelnut Sandwich
This week’s menu features budget-friendly recipes that still ring in under 45 minutes. We’re not talking pasta and beans, we’re talking full-flavored, good-for-you recipes that will impress your family without breaking the bank. You’ll find mussels, pork, and even a hearty salad.Meatless Monday: In my book, Monday's should be fun. And that's just what these French Toast PB&Js are. A few of our favorite things wrapped up in a sandwich, for a family-friendly, protein-rich Meatless Monday. Serve with a side of fresh, seasonal fruit.
Tuesday: Make a splash into Tuesday with this jazzed up dish: Mussels Fra Diavolo with Linguine. Mussels and pasta in a spicy tomato sauce make this restaurant-worthy dish. We use store-bought pasta to speed up the cooking, and spice it up with fresh fennel, crushed red pepper, and garlic to make a dish that comes together in just 20 minutes.
Wednesday: I love pork tenderloin roasted in the oven. It makes for a no-fuss dinner that seems like it takes a lot more time and effort than it does. Try this one with a honey-orange marmalade and serve with Brussels sprouts sautéed in olive oil.
Thursday: Juicy, saucy, and tangy, Buffalo-style chicken wings are hard to resist as an appetizer. Here we've turned this favorite into a good-for-you salad. You still get all the sauciness and messiness of the original version, but with all the extra goodness of some veggies.
Friday: Skip the take out and throw these Greek-Seasoned Steak Sandwiches together. Flank steak tucked into a pita with oodles of veggies, topped with a homemade dressing.
Bonus: Celebrate the beginning of February with a 100-calorie chocolate treat. Break 1 chocolate graham cracker rectangle in half. Spread 1/2 tablespoon chocolate hazelnut spread (such as Nutella) onto one half. Top with remaining half.