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Family Sunday

Make it an easy meal today with baked ham. Accompany it with a delicious dish, green beans and potatoes with rosemary and lemon zest (see recipe). Alongside, add tomato wedges and deviled eggs.

Dessert will be special with ambrosia. In a large bowl, combine 1 (24-ounce) jar drained, refrigerated citrus salad in extra-light syrup, 2 cups fresh pineapple chunks, 1 cup seedless red grapes (halved), ½ cup orange juice and 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract; toss gently to mix. To serve, add v cup miniature marshmallows and 2 tablespoons shredded coconut. Spoon into dessert dishes. Top with more marshmallows and coconut. Garnish with maraschino cherries.

Plan ahead: Save enough ham and ambrosia for Monday.

Shopping list: Ham to bake, red potatoes, olive oil, garlic, fresh rosemary, lemon, crushed red pepper, fresh green beans, coarse salt, tomatoes, deviled eggs, jarred refrigerated citrus salad in extra-light syrup, fresh pineapple, seedless red grapes, orange juice, pure vanilla extract, miniature marshmallows, shredded coconut, maraschino cherries.

Heat and eat Monday

Make ham and brie sandwiches for an easy meal. Spread pesto on sliced Italian bread, top with the leftover ham, brie slices and arugula. Serve with baked chips. Enjoy the leftover ambrosia for dessert.

Shopping list: Pesto, Italian bread, brie, arugula, baked chips.

Express Tuesday

You can have tomato soup with spinach and corn on the table in no time. Prepare 2 (10b-ounce) cans condensed tomato soup according to directions using 1 percent milk. Add 1 (10-ounce) package frozen (thawed) chopped spinach and 1 cup frozen (thawed) corn. Heat through.

Serve with a lettuce wedge and cheese toast. Enjoy pears for dessert.

Shopping list: Canned condensed tomato soup, 1 percent milk, frozen chopped spinach, frozen corn, lettuce, any bread and any cheese for cheese toast, pears.

Meatless Wednesday

Ziti with red peppers and almonds (see recipe) makes a great no-meat meal. Serve the pasta with a mixed green salad and garlic bread. For a light dessert, raspberry sorbet is perfect.

Plan ahead: Save enough sorbet for Saturday.

Shopping list: Ziti pasta, panko bread crumbs, slivered almonds, jarred roasted red bell peppers, olive oil, Italian seasoning, Parmesan cheese, fresh basil, salad greens, garlic bread, raspberry sorbet.

Budget Thursday

It’s fun to save money, especially when the results are as good as crunchy catfish. Heat oven to 425 degrees. Dip catfish fillets in cornmeal seasoned with garlic powder, coarse salt and pepper. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until browned and opaque throughout. Serve with oven fries (frozen) and a green salad. Make cornbread from a mix. For dessert, kiwifruit is easy.

Shopping list: Catfish fillets, cornmeal, garlic powder, coarse salt, pepper, frozen oven fries, salad greens, cornbread mix, kiwifruit.

Kids Friday

Wrap burger dogs with a whole-grain hot dog bun, and the kids will love them. Season ground turkey with chili powder, cumin and coarse salt and pepper to taste. Form into hot dog shapes. Broil or pan-fry until no longer pink and serve on a bun. Top with salsa and reduced-fat sour cream. Serve with baked beans and celery sticks stuffed with fat-free cream cheese and raisins. Serve oatmeal cookies for dessert.

Shopping list: Whole-grain hot dog buns, ground turkey, chili powder, cumin, coarse salt, pepper, salsa, reduced-fat sour cream, baked beans, celery sticks, fat-free cream cheese, raisins, oatmeal cookies.

Easy entertaining Saturday

Your guests will want your recipe for chicken and penne with creamy Parmesan and sun-dried tomatoes (see recipe). Serve the flavorful entree with fresh broccoli and a spinach salad. Add baguettes. For dessert, top chocolate cake with leftover sorbet.

Shopping list: Penne pasta, butter, chicken tenders, package Gourmet Creamy Parmesan and Sun-Dried Tomato Chicken Penne Recipe and Seasoning Mix (such as McCormick), canned no-salt-added petite diced tomatoes, half-and-half, Parmesan cheese, fresh broccoli, fresh spinach, baguettes, chocolate cake.

The Recipes

Green beans and potatoes with rosemary and lemon zest (Sunday)

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: About 5 minutes

1a pounds cooked red potatoes

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 tablespoon garlic, minced

1a tablespoons finely chopped fresh rosemary

1 teaspoon lemon zest (yellow part only)

f teaspoon crushed red pepper

1 pound fresh green beans,

trimmed and blanched

2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice

Coarse salt to taste

Quarter cooked potatoes lengthwise; set aside. In a large nonstick skillet, heat oil on medium; add garlic and cook 30 seconds. Add rosemary, lemon zest and crushed red pepper; cook 1 minute or until fragrant. Add potatoes and green beans; cook vegetables 4 minutes or until hot and coated with seasoning. Sprinkle with lemon juice. Season with salt. Serve warm. Makes 6 servings

Per serving: 154 calories, 4g protein, 5g fat (27 percent calories from fat), 0.7g saturated fat, 26g carbohydrate, no cholesterol, 12mg sodium, 5g fiber.

Ziti with red peppers and almonds (Wednesday)

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: for the pasta

1 pound ziti pasta

1 cup panko bread crumbs

f cup toasted slivered almonds,

chopped

1 cup roasted red bell peppers,

julienned

3 tablespoons olive oil

1 teaspoon Italian seasoning

g cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

a cup chopped fresh basil

Cook pasta according to directions; drain and place in a large bowl. Add bread crumbs, almonds, peppers, oil and Italian seasoning to pasta; toss to mix. Garnish each serving with cheese and basil. Makes 6 servings

Per serving: 446 calories, 16g protein, 13g fat (27 percent calories from fat), 3g saturated fat, 66g carbohydrate, 9mg cholesterol, 194mg sodium, 3g fiber.

Chicken and penne with creamy Parmesan and sun-dried tomatoes (Saturday)

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: Less than 15 minutes, plus pasta

8 ounces penne pasta

2 tablespoons butter

1 pound chicken tenders, cut into 1-inch pieces

1 package Gourmet Creamy Parmesan and

Sun-Dried Tomato Chicken Penne Recipe and

Seasoning Mix (such as McCormick)

1 (14.5-ounce) can undrained no-salt-added

petite diced tomatoes

1 cup half-and-half

a cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Cook pasta according to directions; drain. Meanwhile, melt butter in a large skillet on medium heat. Add chicken; cook and stir 5 to 6 minutes, or until lightly browned. Add seasoning mix, tomatoes and half-and-half. Bring to boil, stirring constantly with wire whisk until well blended. Reduce heat to low; simmer 5 minutes. Stir in pasta and Parmesan; toss to coat. Makes 5 servings.

Per serving: 451 calories, 30g protein, 15g fat (32 percent calories from fat), 8.4g saturated fat, 43g carbohydrate, 95mg cholesterol, 796mg sodium, 2g fiber.