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Monday meal plan 9/5

Posted September 5, 2011

The weather is turning just a bit cooler which means I am back to using the oven a few days a week! On the menu we have spinach enchiladas, Italian pasta bake with tofu & veggies, slow cooker beef stew & noodles, grilled chicken and more! What's on your menu?


Grilled (or baked depending on the rain) chicken breasts with Italian dressing marinade

Pasta salad with green peppers, mushrooms, onions and black olives

Tomatoes and cucumber salad


Italian pasta bake with tofu and veggies



Spinach enchiladas

Spanish rice



Slow Cooker creamy beef stew (see recipe below)

Egg noodles

Steamed carrots (for the kids who like plain veggies with parmesan, and not the ones cooked with the sauce in the crockpot. Either way is fine with me – I am just happy they like veggies so much!)


Our traditional Pizza Night (either homemade or Palermos we have in the freezer)


Saturday and Sunday

Breakfast for dinner one night and probably something on the grill the other

Slow Cooker Beef Stew and Noodles


1.5 – 2 lbs beef stew meat
1 onion chopped
8 oz. mushrooms, sliced
3 carrots sliced
16 oz. beef broth (or water with bullion)
1 tsp garlic powder
2 bay leaves
splash of pepper
splash of Italian spices
8 oz. sour cream (I always use light sour cream and it tastes great)
½ cup flour
¼ cup water
12 – 16 oz egg noodles, cooked (I usually use No Yolks noodles)

Place stew meat in crockpot. Add carrots, onion, mushrooms, spices and both bay leaves. Pour broth over meat and vegetables. Cook on low for 7 hours. Take out bay leaves. In a separate bowl mix sour cream, flour and ½ cup water together. Then pour approx. 1 cup of broth from crockpot into sour cream mixture. Mix well. Pour sour cream mixture into crockpot and mix well. Turn crockpot to high and cook for 20-30 minutes to thicken gravy. Serve over cooked noodles with a roll and a side salad or green vegetable and enjoy!


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  • wildfrenchrose Sep 7, 2011

    Faye, it may be a little cooler, but I don't have central air and use window units--but don't have one in the kitchen. Therefore, I will NOT turn my oven on until the kitchen needs heat! I have successfully in the past two days cooked a small meatloaf (enough to feed three adults) in my toaster oven, and stuffed chicken breasts in my slow-cooker! Who needs an oven?

  • Nancy Sep 6, 2011

    For those who buy bagged salad, or even fresh greens for salads, if you don't use it all at once there IS a way to keep it fresh :)

    If you have a vacuum sealing system of any kind, vacuum seal your greens! I've been doing it for over a year now and it's fantastic - I buy my greens and make my own salad mix, then bag it up in 1 or 2 person serving amounts and vacuum seal them. Then just toss them in the crisper drawer. They stay fresh for over a week! It's great because we love salads and HATE to have it go mushy so quick :)

  • shay1 Sep 6, 2011

    That CP recipe does look yummy!

    Mon: Pizza homemade
    Tue: Crockpot Applesauce chicken, brown rice, zucchini
    Wed: Spaghetti w meatballs, salad, bread
    Thurs: Breakfast - omelets, sausage
    Fri: Chicken enchiladas or tacos (depends if I have time to make the enchiladas)
    Sat: BTS picnic
    Sun: Grill something

  • Nanee Lion Sep 6, 2011

    Faye, do you use just Italian Dressing for your marinade
    or do you mix some of your magic with it? Thanks, I would like to try that. Will be retiring again soon and need to try some new recipes and find more ways to save. BTW I have coupons for you, call me to meet.


  • momssmallvictories Sep 5, 2011

    Oohhh tacos are a good idea...

  • lovetherascals Sep 5, 2011

    Funny that you mentioned being able to stand using the oven once in a while- we had the same conversation at our house. I then pulled a turkey out of the freezer that I got on sale last Christmas. We had Labor Day turkey dinner today and plan to use leftovers for lunch sandwiches the rest of the week!

  • schoonie79 Sep 5, 2011

    Tonight-chili (ground beef, onions, stewed tomatoes, shredded cheese, and saltine all on sale this week at Lowes Foods)

    Tuesday-Salmon and wild rice

    Wednesday-Chicken Bowtie pasta

    Thursday-Ribs, mashed potatoes and corn on the cob

    Friday-Steaks, baked potato, asparagus



    We've got salad from last night to eat throughout the week as long as it doesn't go bad.

  • momssmallvictories Sep 5, 2011

    I am glad you posted this reminder faye as i had completely forgotten i needed to plan next weeks menu.

    Tonight - Bbq chicken pizza (sweet baby rays Bbq sauce BOGO lion), salad

    Tuesday - salmon burgers, fries, mixed vegs

    Wednesday - fayes slow cooker beef stroganoff (I've been wanting to try it)

    Thursday - maybe breakfast for dinner...probably pancakes

    Friday - shrimp with corn and lime packets

    Saturday & Sunday - havent figured out that far ahead but hoping my family treats me to a birthday dinner one night :) carrabas coupons need to be used!

    I did pretty good keeping to my plan last week...lets hope i can do it again!

  • heremeaj Sep 5, 2011

    I am having that slow cooker recipe on Wed, have already copied and printed it. Would love to see more crock pot recipes for chicken that are easy.

  • sunruner13 Sep 5, 2011

    I'd like the recipe for the italian pasta bake with tofu and veggies! Any chance I can get that?