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Menu Planner, Sep. 21 - Sep. 27

FAMILY SUNDAY

Turkey Breast and

Pineapple-Orange Sauce

Perk up the family day meal with Turkey Breast and Pineapple-Orange Sauce (see recipe). On the side, serve jasmine rice, broccoli, a spinach salad and dinner rolls. For dessert, buy a deep-dish apple cobbler and sprinkle it with extra cinnamon.

Plan ahead: Save enough turkey and cobbler and prepare enough rice for Monday.

HEAT AND EAT MONDAY

Turkey Stir-Fry

Make a quick stir-fry using the leftover turkey (cut into strips), frozen stir-fry vegetables and stir-fry sauce. Serve your creation over leftover rice. Add a lettuce wedge and sesame bread sticks. Heat the leftover cobbler for dessert and top it with fat-free vanilla ice cream.

Plan ahead: Save enough ice cream for Tuesday and Thursday.

BUDGET TUESDAY

Mediterranean Tuna Salad

This Mediterranean Tuna Salad has lots of flavor and is easy on the pocketbook. Add 2 (6- to 8-ounce) packages of Mediterranean or other salad greens to a serving bowl. Toss with 8 ounces cooked green beans, 2 peeled, seeded and diced cucumbers, 1 pint halved grape tomatoes, 1 (12-ounce) can drained, flaked tuna in water, 12 pitted kalamata olives, 1/2 cup reduced-fat crumbled basil and tomato feta cheese and 1/2 cup Greek salad dressing; toss to mix. Coat with dressing. Serve with leftover ice cream for dessert.

EXPRESS WEDNESDAY

Sandwich Platter

It's easy and quick, which makes a Sandwich Platter of fixins' a popular meal. On the platter, include small bowls of hummus, low-fat mayonnaise and various mustards for spreads. Add deli roast beef, Swiss cheese and coleslaw. Complete the platter with sliced fennel, tomatoes, lettuce and whole wheat bread. Add chips, pickles and olives. Cookies are dessert..

KIDS' THURSDAY

Sloppy Joes

Make Sloppy Joes. Use a mix and your favorite ground meat. Spoon the kid-food on whole wheat buns. Serve with oven fries (frozen) and carrot sticks. Expect excitement when the kids see Root Beer Floats for dessert. Bring 1 cup water to boil. Add 3/4 cup sugar; stir until dissolved. Add 11/2 teaspoons root beer concentrate; stir until well-mixed. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Slowly pour 1-liter cold club soda into root beer mixture. Place 2 scoops leftover ice cream into each of 4 tall glasses. Slowly pour root beer mixture between ice cream and side of glass. Serve immediately.

Tip: Look for root beer concentrate on the spice aisle.

MEATLESS FRIDAY

Bow Tie Pasta

With Sun-Dried Tomatoes

and Arugula

Bow Tie Pasta With Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Arugula (see recipe) is another no-meat meal with great flavor. Serve with steamed zucchini and Italian bread. Peaches are dessert.

EASY ENTERTAINING SATURDAY

Greek Chicken and Vegetable Ragout

Serve your guests flavor-packed, Greek Chicken and Vegetable Ragout (see recipe). Add a romaine salad and flatbread. For dessert have raspberry sorbet and butter cookies.

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