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Monday meal plan 11/14

Posted November 14, 2011


On the menu this week we have baked ravioli, homemade pizza, bbq chicken sandwiches, creamy beef stew and more! What's on your menu?


Baked ravioli (Celentano frozen ravioli is BOGO at Harris Teeter through Tuesday) - see recipe below



Homemade pizza with veggies on a whole wheat crust from Harris Teeter (.99 dough ball found in deli)



BBQ chicken (shredded) cooked in the slow cooker served on rolls (on sale at Lowes Foods for $1.77/lb a few weeks ago)

Macaroni salad with veggies

Peas (Steamfresh)


Egg, cheese and veggie bacon croissant sandwiches

Sweet potato fries (these were free during HT super doubles with sale and coupon)

Sliced tangerines


Creamy beef stew in slow cooker - see recipe below

Egg noodles (No Yolks noodles on sale BOGO at HT through Tuesday with coupon and digital HT coupon)

Steamed carrots


Baked Ravioli

This is a super simple, frugal and delicious dish our whole family loves! Serve with a veggie or salad and that’s all you need. Below is the basic recipe. Feel free to add favorite veggies or meats to enhance it even more. I often add sauteed green peppers, mushrooms and onions or fresh spinach. I usually use light cheese ravioli, but you could also use meat ravioli if you prefer. I have also made this without the cottage cheese and it is just as good. You can also add 1/2 a container of the Philadelphia cooking cream if you prefer a creamier sauce.


1 bag (approx 24 oz.) frozen light cheese ravioli (or 2 bags 13 oz.ravioli)

1 jar spaghetti sauce

12 oz light cottage cheese

6 oz. mozzarella cheese

2 oz. grated parmesan cheese

Italian spices and garlic to taste (I used about 1 tsp garlic powder and 1 tsp Italian seasonings)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spoon 1/3 jar over bottom of 13 X 9 pan. Place frozen ravioli on bottom of pan evenly. If you have a couple extra ravioli once bottom is covered, place them on top of other ravioli. Spoon 1/3 sauce over the top of the ravioli. Mix the cottage cheese, ½ of the mozzarella cheese and spices in a medium bowl. Spoon the cottage cheese mixture on top of the sauce and ravioli and spread to cover most of ravioli. Pour the remaining sauce around the edges to cover the ravioli. Sprinkle the remaining mozzarella cheese and the parmesan cheese over the top. Cover with tin foil and bake for 30 minutes. Remove foil and bake for another 10 minutes. Enjoy!


Creamy 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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  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Nov 15, 2011

    Thanks for sharing your meal plans everyone! I think my kids could eat the baked ravioli every night if I made it. LOL

  • shay1 Nov 15, 2011

    I have to defrost my big freezer this week as it is got ice around the seal - and not sealing well, so we are eating for the second week out of the back freezer -
    monday - chicken and rice soup (froze a few weeks ago)
    tuesday - son's soccer party at pizza joint
    wednesday - crockpot salsa chicken (chicken breasts from freezer)
    thursday - potstickers and eggrolls
    friday - salmon burgers
    saturday - crockpot autumn casserole (sausage from freezer)

  • karenmorris17 Nov 15, 2011

    Thanks for the recipes, Faye! These sound awesome. I've prepared slow cooker lasagna using a recipe you posted awhile back and my family and I really enjoy it. I'll give these recipes a try,too.

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Nov 14, 2011

    Clearly I am not the camera person you are singlelens. Very far from it, actually. I use my phone camera and that's as technical as I get. I did change the picture for you, though. :-)

  • ncsualum09 Nov 14, 2011

    so I NEVER do a meal plan, it is just me, if I plan, I end up NOT wanting ANYTHING on my menu for the week and instead of coming up with someone else, I'll go out, so lately, my big step has been to just eat at home, BUTTTT that baked ravioli sounds oh so good, I might just have to PLAN *gasp* far enough ahead to grab some ravioli before the sale ends tomorrow :)

  • April NC Born Nov 14, 2011

    Made snacks tonight.

    Haystacks (Peter Pan PB from HT deal, Nestle Butterscotch Baking Chips from HT, and Chow Mein Noddles)

    Homemade Chex Mix (bought the Chex cereals, cheese nips, and pretzels during HT super doubles)

    Meal Plan for the week

    Monday: Spaghetti with Veggie Sauce
    Tuesday: Leftover Spaghetti baked with Cheese
    Wednesday: Hillshire Farms Gourmet Smoked Sausage with Corn and Green Beans
    Thursday: Chicken baked with cream of chicken and cheese. Served with Steamfresh
    Friday: Leftovers

  • jdouglas13 Nov 14, 2011

    Did some batch cooking over the weekend with the chuck roasts on sale at FL. I use chuck roasts for ground beef so I can control the quality better (kinda squeemish about buying already ground beef). I portioned half of it into patties and the rest into meatballs which I baked and froze. Defrosted, the meatballs are wonderful in stuffed cabbage. Tonight we're having scalloped potatoes with some leftover chopped ham, shallots, rosemary and parm. And we were going to have the asparagus I bought yesterday at HT and left behind in the shopping cart!! :(

  • xo_cuppycake_xo Nov 14, 2011

    Monday - Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, and green beans

    Tuesday - Leftovers

    Wednesday - Pizza

    Thursday - Baked chicken, rice, and broccoli

    Friday - OUT

  • Nancy Nov 14, 2011

    Made a HUGE batch of meatballs in the crockpot - dinner tonight and dinner a few more times from the freezer :)

  • Supie Nov 14, 2011

    faye, you are wonderful, i do appreciate all you do more than you know... truly hoping this is helpful... look objectively at the food pic you posted. ty.