Sunday Strategist: A Week of Healthy Menus — Sept 16-20

September 15, 2013 | By | Comments (2)

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, we’re cooking up recipes from our new October issue—on newsstands and tablets now!

The Plan
 Sweet Potato and Chickpea Cakes with Avocado Salsa with Sautéed Lemony Broccolini
Tuesday:  Steak Pizzaiola on Ciabatta
Wednesday: Cumin-Crusted Sablefish and Bell Pepper and Corn Sauté
Thursday:  Roasted Chicken with Mustard Greens with Cumin and Chile Rice
Friday:  Quick and Easy Pork Fried Rice
Dessert Bonus: Double-Chocolate Chewy Crispy Bars

Monday: The perfect Meatless Monday meal, this full menu—cakes, salsa, and a veggie side—comes together in just 40 minutes. Prep pointer: Use a long, flat spatula to carefully flip the patties.

Tuesday: Combine a hearty steak sandwich with classic pizza flavor for a fun knife-and-fork meal ready in just 20 minutes.

Wednesday: One of our favorite dishes of all time, this Cumin-Crusted Sablefish is the most crazy-delicious reader-submitted recipes ever. It’s worth the tiny bit of effort to toast and grind your own cumin seeds—the flavor payoff is huge. Save a few cumin seeds for tomorrow’s side dish.

Thursday: Instead of buying separately, ask the butcher at your grocery store to break down a 3 1/2-pound chicken to get the breasts and leg-thigh quarters you need for this recipe.  If you’re cooking for kids, simply omit the crushed red pepper in the rice.

Friday: Crave takeout on Friday nights? Me too. This incredibly fast Pork Fried Rice fits the bill perfectly—and slashes sodium and calories to boot.

Dessert Bonus! Who doesn’t love a crispy bar? Make a batch of these super-chocolaty treats and pack in lunch boxes throughout the week. Yum!

Ready 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.


  1. Penelope

    that’s all well and good, But a 6 year old and a 72 year old both are picky eaters right now. What else do you have? I do all the cooking here. Even the 40 year old is starting to dictate her tastes. I lost 100 pounds 8 years ago and love your food.
    what to do

    September 17, 2013 at 7:56 am
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