Here, another week’s worth of fast, healthy, and tasty menus. It’s not the love 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.
Monday: Whole Wheat Buttermilk Pancakes and Fruit Salad with Citrus-Mint Dressing
Tuesday: Prosciutto, Fresh Fig, and Manchego Sandwiches and Green Salad with Simple Vinaigrette
Wednesday: Thai Shrimp Cakes with Soba Noodle Salad and Sesame-Ginger Glazed Asparagus
Thursday: Mini Greek-Style Meat Loaves with Arugula Salad and Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Friday: Curried Coconut Mussels and Cucumber-Peanut Salad
Dessert bonus: Malt Shop Ice Cream Pie
Monday: For a fun twist on Meatless Monday, try brinner—breakfast for dinner. Our Whole Wheat Buttermilk Pancakes are a classic, an absolute reader favorite, cooking up fluffy and tender every time. Pair with easy Fruit Salad with Citrus-Mint Dressing, and you’ve got a no-fail family-friendly meal. If you want a meaty element, cook up some frozen meatless breakfast sausages (like those from MorningStar Farms—I’m a big fan).
Tuesday: Make sandwich night an event with Prosciutto, Fresh Fig, and Manchego Sandwiches—every bit as beautiful and delicious as something you’d order at a restaurant. The combination is irresistible: salty prosciutto and Manchego cheese combined with sweet figs and fig jam. Peppery arugula and spicy Dijon mustard round out the flavors and are the perfect complements. Green Salad with Simple Vinaigrette makes a nice sidekick.
Wednesday: Spice up humpday with a mash-up of bold Asian flavors. Thai Shrimp Cakes prove that great things come in small packages; they’re bursting with bold, spicy flavors from Sriracha and ginger that get tempered by sweet coconut. Soba Noodle Salad, with its intense sesame hit, offers relief from the heat, and Sesame-Ginger Glazed Asparagus is a fresh, crisp-tender side that rounds out the meal.
Thursday: If you’re hankerin’ for a meat-and-potatoes dinner, here’s one that delivers that satisfaction fast. Mini Greek-Style Meat Loaves with Arugula Salad is ready in only 20 minutes, thanks to the small size of the loaves; they cook in muffin tins, so they’re done in a flash. Kids will get a kick out of the small shape, and the whole family will enjoy the flavor twist. There’s a bit of lamb mixed in with the beef for added richness. If you’re not a fan of lamb, no problem—just use all beef. A meat loaf meal wouldn’t be complete without a nice pile of mashed potatoes, so serve Garlic Mashed Potatoes on the side.
Friday: Wind down and treat yourself to something that feels indulgent (but shhhh, it really isn’t). Curried Coconut Mussels cook in a rich, creamy, silky broth—but since it’s based on light coconut milk, the dish is much lighter than it seems. Mussels also feel like a splurge, but in fact they’re typically very inexpensive. Bonus: They’re a sustainable superstar. You simply must serve with crusty baguette, and instead of a leafy salad, try Cucumber-Peanut Salad for a change of pace. Don’t forget the white wine, and bring on the weekend!
Dessert Bonus: Summer is winding down, so now is the time for an ice cream pie! Malt Shop Ice Cream Pie is a winner, thanks to that incredible crust that’s made from crunched-up ice cream cones. Malted milk powder and hot fudge sauce boost store-bought ice cream here—the pie is just plain ol’ good. It does need some time to set up in the fridge, so it’s not a quickie. But it’s super-easy and a dessert your family will love.