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Monday meal plan 8/22

Posted August 22, 2011

On the menu this week we have Greek pasta and spinach salad, garlic shrimp, pulled BBQ chicken sandwiches, zucchini, spinach and tofu lasagna, and more!

What's on your menu this week?


Hot dogs (Hebrew National 97% fat free beef dogs were on sale BOGO a couple weeks ago)

Pasta Salad

Watermelon (on sale at Kroger this week)

I am also taking some time today to batch cook some blueberry pancakes and cinnamon French toast for the kids to enjoy once school starts on Thursday. On Tuesday, I'll be batch cooking some tortilla, scrambled egg and cheese roll-ups on Tuesday. I will cook them up, cool them off and freeze them in single serving foil packets. When the girls are ready for their early morning school breakfasts, we can either microwave or toast them and enjoy! No stress and a delicious, healthy, warm breakfast. Life is good.


Breakfast casserole – it was on the menu last week but we ended up having something else so here it is again on the menu this week.

Cantaloupe (HT has them on sale Buy 1 Get 2 Free making them only $1.31 per cantaloupe. We have eaten a lot of cantaloupe this week!)


Grilled chicken (on sale at Kroger through Saturday for $1.99/lb)

Greek pasta and spinach salad (found the recipe in my All You magazine and it’s also on their website. Click HERE for the recipe.


Garlic shrimp

Pasta with light butter and parmesan

Steamed carrots (regular price of carrots is $1.17 for a 2 lb bag at Harris Teeter - a good deal!)


Not sure yet – may have out of town guests joining us for dinner – will probably involve grilling something


Pulled BBQ chicken sandwiches (chicken cooked in slow cooker and on sale at Kroger through Saturday for $1.99/lb)

Long grain and wild rice



Zucchini, spinach and tofu lasagna (recipe is from Southern Living found HERE. I am also adding 1/2 block of cubed tofu to their recipe for added protein.

Fruit – waiting to see what is on sale starting Wednesday





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  • karenmorris17 Aug 23, 2011

    Thank you for sharing the link to the Greek Pasta and Spinach Salad recipe! I needed a way to use up my feta cheese from the Athenos Facebook Buy-One-Get-One free coupon. I made the salad last evening using pasta I had on hand (multi-color Wacky Mac bow tie pasta) and cheaper black olives. It turned out great!

  • pss3 Aug 23, 2011

    smallone0320- here is what I do: I place the pork chops in a large casserole dish. In a small mixing bowl, I combine the following: 1 can of cream of mushroom soup (do not add water), 2 TB of Worcestershire sauce, 2 TB dried onion flakes or 1/2 of a fresh chopped onion, ground black pepper to taste, garlic powder to taste, and 1 can of mushrooms and the water they are packed in. I pour that mixture over the pork chops, cover the dish, and bake at 375 for about 45 mins to an hour depending on the size of the chops. I then serve the pork chops and the sauce over rice or mashed potatoes...YUM!

  • smallone0320 Aug 22, 2011

    pss3- would you mind sharing the recipe for the Baked pork chops in a mushroom sauce? I've made something similar and it just doesn't have the taste I'm wanting. thanks

  • pss3 Aug 22, 2011

    Great job erinuncapher! Sushi is so expensive.

    Our meals for the week:

    Sunday: Baked pork chops in a mushroom sauce, mashed potatoes, green beans.

    Monday: Grilled turkey burgers, broccoli, fresh salad.

    Tuesday: TGIF frozen pasta meal, leftover salad, whole wheat rolls.

    Wednesday: Baked crispy chicken, mac and cheese, carrots.

    Thursday: Hamburger helper, green beans.

    Friday: Date night with hubby, going out to the Twisted Fork with a $40 GC bought for $20 and then to the movies with a GC from Christmas (when you have a baby, its amazing how hard it is to go to the movies:)).

  • erinlikescoupons Aug 22, 2011

    (2nd continued)....whew! If we had gone out for sushi both Saturday and Sunday, I'm sure we would have spent well over $100!

  • erinlikescoupons Aug 22, 2011

    (continued) Kikkoman Lite Soy Sauce (bought with a coupon for $0.50 several months ago). Eel Sauce (made myself with soy sauce and honey). Nori (aka Seaweed $1.99 per pack at the Asian supermarket). Bamboo mat - already had this. Rice vinegar - already had this. Sugar - already had this. Salt - already had this. So for a total of around $34 over the course of the last couple of months, my husband and I hosted a sushi dinner for our friends. We watched a video online, read a quick blog with instructions and everyone rolled their own sushi. We had some great combination of rolls! The four of us were STUFFED and ate a large amount of sushi on Saturday night! But there were also left overs, so my husband and I had sushi again on Sunday night and were stuffed to the gills. And there are still leftovers, so I made a spicy crab salad with crab, carrots, cucumber, asparagus, and spicy mayo for us to eat this week for lunch. If we had gone out for sushi both Saturday and Sunday, I'

  • erinlikescoupons Aug 22, 2011

    I have to tell you of the super frugal Saturday dinner we had with friends! We decided to have a roll your own sushi night. I bought sushi grade tuna from Anet's Katch in Knightdale where I had a $20 groupon thingy for that I bought several months ago (3 sushi grade tuna steaks cost me $10). I bought smoked salmon ($5.49 on sale at the HT). Asparagus ($2.99 at Food Lion and only use a portion of it - the rest will be used this week for dinner). Avocado (my friends brought this). Sushi Rice ($1.99 for a 2 lb bag at the Asian supermarket). Wasabi ($1.49 closeout sale at Food Lion). Ginger ($1.99 closeout sale at Food Lion). Fried Tofu ($1.99 at the Asian supermarket). Carrots ($0.79 at Food Lion). Cucumber ($0.79 at Food Lion). Cream Cheese ($0.50 a few months ago...took it out of the freezer). Crab (BOGO at Food Lion, so $1.50 per package). Spicy Mayo (made myself with Hellmann's I already had that I bought when it was on sale and Srarachi sauce that I already had). Kikkoman Li

  • kket02 Aug 22, 2011

    Faye, can you explain the exact process for making the breakfast wraps and freezing them and how long to cook them when ready to eat. This sounds like a great inxpensive idea. I am really not much of a cook. Lucky for me my hubby does 90% of it.

  • jkbfrench55 Aug 22, 2011

    Thanks for the roll-up idea! So much better for my teen and alot cheaper than any store bought one! With eggs and cheese on sale at HT this week, it's a win, win!!