Prepare your own baked turkey breast for the family today. Alongside, pear-almond couscous is perfect. In a medium saucepan, combine 1 (14-ounce) can fat-free chicken broth, 1/4 cup golden raisins, 1/4 teaspoon coarse salt, 1/4 teaspoon cumin and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat and stir in 1 (16-ounce) can drained chopped pear halves, 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice, 1 cup couscous, 1/3 cup sliced almonds, 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro and 1 teaspoon butter. Cover; let stand 10 minutes before serving. Add fresh green beans and dinner rolls to round out the meal. Buy a carrot cake for dessert. Plan ahead: Save enough turkey and cake for Monday.
MONDAY (Heat and Eat)
Use the leftover turkey for toasty tomatoes and turkey. Heat oven to 375 degrees. In a large bowl, combine 1 cup cooked (leftover) shredded turkey, 2 (141/2-ounce) cans diced undrained tomatoes with chiles, 1 small chopped onion, 21/2 cups fresh bread cubes and 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt. Spoon mixture into a 7-by-11-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Dot with 1 tablespoon butter. Bake 20 minutes. Sprinkle with 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese and bake 10 more minutes or until cheese begins to brown. Serve with a spinach salad and whole-grain rolls. Slice the leftover cake for dessert and skip the icing.
Pot roast soup (see recipe) is delicious and easy to make. Serve with a romaine salad and whole-grain bread. For dessert, fresh pineapple is all you need.
Kids can't eat enough lightly breaded chicken nuggets (frozen). Pair them with curly fries (frozen) and steamed fresh broccoli florets. Add bread sticks. For dessert, the kids will love banana pudding made with 1 percent milk. Tip: Look for nuggets lightly breaded with whole-grain (such as Perdue or another brand).
We’re always in the mood for grilled cheese sandwiches, especially when we have them with taco soup. Prepare your favorite canned tomato soup; stir in some salsa and reduced-fat sour cream and top with any shredded cheddar cheese and baked tortilla chips. Add a packaged green salad. For dessert, fat-free chocolate ice cream is easy. Plan ahead: Save enough ice cream for Saturday.
Serve these highly seasoned spicy baked potatoes (see recipe) in shallow bowls to catch the jam-packed flavors. Serve with a mixed greens salad and cornbread (from a mix). Plums are plum-good for dessert.
SATURDAY (Easy Entertaining)
Put tilapia fillets with capers and almonds (see recipe) in your favorites file like we did. Serve the fish with orzo to catch the sauce. Add fresh steamed carrots tossed with butter and minced parsley for a pretty plate. Sourdough rolls go in the breadbasket. For dessert, top leftover ice cream with crumbled meringue cookies from the bakery.