Yikes. December is cruising by and things are about to get crazy up in this house. Crunch time. We’re into the holiday season full force and time is precious. Thankfully, we can save you some time on menu planning. Yes, menu planning, people! It’s where it’s at! I’ve put together an amazing Menu Plan Your Butt Off this week, in my humble opinion. Everything is full of flavor and good for you. A few dishes are a little adventurous, but that’s a good thing!
If you’re stopping by for the first time today, we do this free menu plan (with printable grocery) list every single week! We’ve got tons of menus in the archive if this one isn’t what you’re looking for…check it out!
Have a wonderful week, and happy cooking!
Monday: Yellow Split Pea Curry served with quinoa.
Lightened Up Chicken Tetrazzini Tuesday: with a green salad.
Wednesday: Turkey Sliders with Plum Ketchup, served with carrot and celery sticks and your favorite dip.
Friday: Date night or take out – healthy of course!
Saturday: Skinny BBQ Chicken Pizza and a green salad.
Sunday: Sneaky Cheesy Taco Macaroni with steamed green beans.
Carrot Sticks with Dilly Ranch Dressing
For the Yellow Split Pea Curry:
1 large russet potato
1/2 cup yellow split peas
1 cup cauliflower florets
1 small (8 ounces) eggplant
1 medium carrot
1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
4 large cloves garlic
1-3 fresh green chiles, such as Thai or serrano chiles
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/4 cup fresh cilantro
1 medium lime
1 teaspoon butter
For the Lightened Up Chicken Tetrazzini:
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast tenders
1 teaspoon thyme
2 cloves garlic
1 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
3/4 cup skim milk
3/4 cup fat free chicken broth
1/4 pound whole grain fettuccine
1 cup frozen peas
2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan
head of leafy green lettuce
your choice of salad fixings
For the Turkey Slider with Plum Ketchup
1 pound organic ground turkey
1 teaspoon cumin
½ teaspoon coriander
1 Walla Walla sweet onion (or similar sweet onion)
2 medium heirloom or beef steak tomatoes
¼ cup carrots, finely shredded
1 bunch of fresh lettuce leaves
8 whole wheat slider buns
¼ cup ketchup
¼ cup plum jam
carrots, celery and your favorite dip
For the Skinny BBQ Chicken Pizza:
3/4 cup fat free Greek yogurt
1/4 cup lowfat buttermilk
1 teaspoon white or apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon dried dill
2 tablesppons fresh flatleaf parsley
1/4 teaspoon dried garlic
1 teaspoon dried onion flakes
1 bag baby carrots
For the Cookie Dough Bites:
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