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Monday meal plan 10/17

Posted October 17, 2011
Updated October 19, 2011


On the menu this week we have homemade vegetable soup, lowfat turkey hot dogs, honey chicken, spinach and tofu enchiladas, baked chicken and sandwiches.

What's on your menu this week?





Lowfat Oscar Mayer turkey hot dogs (free with coupon from Facebook promotion about a month ago) If you want hot dogs this week, Hebrew National all beef hot dogs are on sale BOGO at Harris Teeter for $2.67 through 10/18.

Mashed potatoes


Orange slices


Sandwich night with choice of turkey, tuna or veggie burger

Pasta salad with veggies

Steamed carrots


Kahiki Honey Chicken (BOGO with coupon at Lowes Foods through 10/18)

Brown rice

Teriyaki veggies


Spinach enchiladas with tofu (this was on the menu last week as well and the kids requested it again for this week! Love it when they ask for more spinach!)


Tangerine slices (on sale at Food Lion for $2.99 for a 3 lb bag through 10/18 and at Kroger for the same price through 10/22)


Baked chicken (boneless breasts are $1.99/lb at Kroger through 10/22, split chicken breasts are .99/lb at Lowes Foods through 10/18

Cornbread dressing



Homemade vegetable soup with pasta (I am making a big batch of soup and freezing in meal portions to enjoy during the next month or so). I don't really follow an exact recipe when I make veggie soup. I usually saute the onions, fresh garlic, celery, carrots and mushrooms before adding the broth, tomatoes and other veggies. I then throw a bunch of veggies (canned tomatoes, squash, zucchini, mushrooms, onions, carrots, celery, corn) into a big pot of veggie broth. Simmer for hours, then add cooked pasta at the end. I season with bay leaves, oregano, parsley, pepper. I top it off with a little Parmesan once it is in the individual bowls.  Click HERE for a good basic vegetable soup recipe.

Bread (free using free product coupon for Fleischmann’s multi-grain bread mix in paper recently)


Not sure yet – maybe breakfast for dinner or leftover soup and grilled cheese sandwiches.


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  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Oct 19, 2011

    I think it's great that your family is involved in your couponing!

    I batch cooked some French toast for breakfast meals tonight. The picture is above. I'll batch cook the soup this weekend as well.

  • momssmallvictories Oct 19, 2011

    Thanks Faye, Mexican bbq is an easy crock pot meal and my go to recipe when chuck roast is on sale. I am finding 101 ways to use the leftover meat. Yes, i am lucky my hubby gives me a night off and i give him Thursday nights off. It really does help us reset and recharge or in my case yesterday, catch up on coupons! my oldest son helped but he decided to stop as it was making him too hungry right before bed! Couponing has become a family affair! thanks to you Faye and all your followers for sharing!

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Oct 19, 2011

    Great menus everyone! The bbq pizza sounds so delicious, momssmallvictories (so does mom's night off! lol).

    jdouglas - clam chowder sounds good - I think I'll have it for lunch once it gets cooler later this week. Thanks for the idea. :-)

  • momssmallvictories Oct 18, 2011

    That pork and applesauce sound great Nancy. Here's my meal "plan" now that we are half way through the week.

    Sunday we had homemade pizza (I used store bought crust) but topped it with Mexican Barbacoa (beef barbecue), some leftover tomatillo salsa, cheese and hubby loved it (came out like CPK's Carnegie asada pizza which was his favorite but they no longer have it on the menu). For kids I just made cheese pizza.

    Monday we had breakfast for dinner, French toast, hash browns and sausage

    Tonight was mommy's night off so I watched faye's DVD and caught up on coupons, Superhubby took kids for free kids meals at chick fila. I am all motivated now

    Wed, Philly cheesesteaks (hoagie Philly bread on sale 1.99 at HT, green pepper 1.79 and onion 1.59), spinach salad ($2) and sweet potato fries (on sale for $2.85 - $1 rebate)

    Thurs, tilapia with lemon sauce, broccoli and rice, my go to casserole for tilapia, kids gobble this one up!
    Fri, chuck roast in crockpot or pasta

  • April NC Born Oct 17, 2011

    Right now I have Mon-Wed planned.

    Monday - Vegetarian Black Bean Chili
    Had most everything in the pantry anyway, was only missing fresh peppers and onions)

    Tuesday - Chili Pie
    (Taking left over black bean chili and baking it with a cheesy cornbread crust)

    Wednesday - Smoked Sausage with cheese, broccoli and peppers. (May add left over onions too)

    Thursday/Friday not planned yet.

  • kcampbell113 Oct 17, 2011

    I grew up with homemade applesauce and now make it for my kids. Once in a while my mom would mix in redhots - they would melt and flavor the applesauce. Also turned it red/pink! Great around Christmas and Valentines day. My kids like it plain right now.

  • Nancy Oct 17, 2011

    jwstevens. Really simple, cut two large sweet onions into wedges, put that in the crockpot first. Lay the pork loin on top, sprinkle with black pepper and just a smidge of salt. Homemade applesauce (tons of cinnamon in it) mixed with 1/4 tsp of nutmeg mixed in, spoon over pork loin. Cook on low 10-12 hours (I usually put it in the crockpot and let it cook overnight).

    My homemade applesauce is simply apples peeled, sliced up and throw away the cores, toss in as much cinnamon as you like, cook on low/low-medium) stirring occasionally - takes about 90 minutes for 10 lbs worth of apples. No sugar needed because I use a mix of sweet apples. I pour apples into a large bowl and press with a wide prong meat fork to break up the apples to the consistency we like. Done and YUM! Much more flavor than any applesauce bought in a jar.

  • jdouglas13 Oct 17, 2011

    I'm not disciplined enough to stick to a menu, so I try to keep the pantry and freezer stocked well enough to wing it most nights. But I think a few of us are on the same page... tonight is homemade white pizza topped with proscuitto and later this week we are having homemade soup -- New England clam chowder, I think, although rebeccakeenan's veg beef barley sounds very good too! See why I can't stick to a menu! ;) I've also been craving kale from the farmer's market and will probably turn it into a pasta and kale with garlic and EVOO concoction as well as freeze some. To freeze, just steam a few seconds until just collapsed, cool, and freeze in ziploc bags. Add to soup, pasta, stuffed peppers, etc.

  • jwstevens04 Oct 17, 2011

    Nancy...if you don't mind, could you post that crockpot recipe? I use mine about 3 times a week and would love to try somethign new. :)

  • kcampbell113 Oct 17, 2011


    Thanks for the comment that the dough can be frozen. I have a raincheck and was wondering.

    Mon - Baked French toast (left over bread from Lowes 99c), melon, bacon (in the freezer from sales)

    Tues - baked pasta dish, salad, Pillsbury bread twists, sliced apples

    Weds - Black beans and rice in crockpot; using a ham bone from the freezer and dried beans that were on saled this week for $1 at HT and Lowes

    Thurs - not sure yet; either soup from the freezer or a crockpot meal using pork chops

    Fri - whatever we don't have Thursday