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Monday meal plan 9/19

Posted September 19, 2011

This week, we will be enjoying Slow Cooker Lasagna, Baked Sour Cream and Mushroom Chicken, Stuffed Peppers and more! I have also included recipes for many of the dishes this week.

What's on your menu?


Slow cooker lasagna Click HERE for the recipe on BettyCrocker.com

I made this yesterday and it was delicious and very easy. Everyone loved it and we are looking forward to leftovers today.

I changed a few things in the recipe to make it more Prosser-friendly using things we already had in the house including:

Used ½ bag Morningstar veggie crumbles instead of real sausage (MUCH less fat) – on sale at HT triples. Amount used cost 50 cents.

Used 1 can diced garlic and basil tomatoes drained and 1.5 jars pasta sauce instead of tomato sauce (free pasta sace at HT with triples)

Used lowfat cottage cheese instead of ricotta (less expensive and less fat) – HT brand $1.97 everyday price for 24 oz. I used the entire 24 oz container.

Added garlic powder, Italian seasoning and pepper to taste

Did not end up using the full 15 lasagna noodles – only about 12 fit (broken up to fit)

If you read the comments section after the recipe, there are a number of good ideas for substitutions and additions.




Baked sour cream and mushroom chicken (HT chicken bought a few weeks ago with sale)
Click HERE for the recipe on AllRecipes.com.

Cornbread dressing (Stove Top bought a couple months ago with sale and coupon)

Sugar snap peas (Green Giant on sale at HT and Lowes Foods this week with coupon)


Stuffed tofu and rice green peppers (see recipe below) - peppers on sale at Food Lion for .50 each through 9/20



I am working late so it is veggie burger or turkey sandwich night

Pasta salad



Something on the grill – either chicken or low fat Hebrew National beef hot dogs

Leftover pasta salad

Sauteed squash and onions

Saturday and Sunday

Dinner with mother-in-law one night and not sure about the other yet – will see what is on sale starting Wednesday.


Stuffed Red Peppers

This is one of our favorite meals to eat when green or red peppers are on sale. Through 9/20, Food Lion has green peppers on sale for .50 each. There are many variations on stuffed peppers. I usually make them with tofu or crumbled veggie burgers as a hearty vegetarian meal. They are also great with cooked diced chicken or ground beef. Steam the peppers in the microwave to soften and lesson cooking time in the oven.

4 red or green peppers
1 block firm or extra firm tofu, patted dry with towel and cubed
2.5 cups cooked mexican rice (1 pouch Knorr Fiesta Sides Mexican Rice works well)
1 cup shredded Mexican or cheddar cheese for inside of peppers
¼ cup shredded cheese for top of peppers
1 can diced tomatoes with garlic and spices
Garlic powder to taste
Pepper to taste

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Cut off top of peppers and core. Place peppers standing up in microwaveable glass pan. Add 1/3 cup water to bottom of pan. Microwave on high approximately 3-4 minutes until softened (length of time depends on size of peppers). Do not overcook or peppers will be too mushy to stuff.

In medium mixing bowl, combine the cubed tofu, cooked rice, 1 cup shredded cheese, diced tomatoes including juice in can, garlic and pepper. Remove steamed peppers from microwave, empty any water still in them and place upright in baking dish. Fill with tofu and rice mixture. If there is extra mixture (because the peppers are smaller), place it in the pan around the peppers. Bake at 350 degrees uncovered for 20 minutes. Sprinkle shredded cheese on top of peppers and bake for additional 5 minutes. Makes 4 servings.


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  • shelleycole Sep 19, 2011

    Easiest dinner in my book is santa fe chicken. Can of corn (drained), can of black beans (rinsed and drained), cup of salsa, and 1 bag of precooked chicked pieces (I cut mine up in smaller pieces). Mix it all together and heat, serve over rice with shredded cheese and slice green onions. My kids like to eat it with sour cream and chips. Takes 10 minutes to make start to finish. Yum!!

  • heremeaj Sep 19, 2011

    I totally LOVE the fact that you share recipes and esp. am interested in any slow cooker recipes that are good. Please keep them coming!!

  • mrschizzy Sep 19, 2011

    Yes, Faye...thank you for the Lasagna and the chicken recipe! Both sound really yummy and can't wait to try them out!

  • kcampbell113 Sep 19, 2011

    In an unusual event for me I am winging it this week. I have some general ideas.

    Tonight is a going to be rotini pasta topped with a sauce I made and froze. The sauce has italian sausage, eggplant for our garden, tomato sauce I made with extra tomatoes. I will thin this out with some spaghetti sauce from triples. French bread from triples and salad made from FL lettuce.

    I try to make a big salad at the beginning of the week and keep it in an air tight container. If the lettuce is really fresh it will last fine. I leave the tomatoes out if chopped since they are wet but add carrots, bell pepper, cucumber.

    Faye - glad to see your comments on the lasagna; I printed the recipe out to try

  • mrschizzy Sep 19, 2011

    Our meal plans are sort of disorganized ever since I had my weight loss surgery. But here is what I have planned for my family (and me when I can eat it):

    Monday - vegetarian chili in the crockpot (with black and kidney beans)

    Tuesday - hubby works late so it's just cooking for my son - fish sticks (bought on sale at HT a while back) and salad

    Wednesday - salsa chicken in the crockpot (with chicken bought on sale at Lowes)
    Thursday - just my hubby and I, so probably sandwich night for him
    Friday - breakfast for dinner night

  • Nancy Sep 19, 2011

    I came across a recipe for slow cooker stuffed peppers! Of course I love them, but love stuffed cabbage rolls too - my mother being Hungarian and all :)

    And I checked my stock of crock pot liners and I'm good to go LOL So easy to clean up!

    In my 'stuffing' for cabbage rolls or peppers, I use ground turkey most of the time, tastes just as good as ground beef!

    Faye, don't think I'll ever get into tofu - sigh -

  • pss3 Sep 19, 2011

    I love good slow cooker recipes!!!

    Our meal plan:
    Sunday: Turkey burgers, salad, and steamed carrots.

    Monday: Sirloin steaks (bought marked down and on sale), roasted baby potatoes, and broccoli.

    Tuesday: Pork country style ribs with bbq sauce, corn, and mashed potatoes.

    Wednesday: Chicken bbq pizza, salad.

    Thursday: Hamburger helper, green beans.

    Friday: My night off...hubby will cook or we will go out (with a coupon of course!).

    Saturday: teriyaki chicken, brown rice, egg rolls.