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Monday meal plan 12/5

Posted December 5, 2011


This week we are busy, busy, busy so we will be enjoying some easy favorites including grilled chicken, ravioli, chicken tacos, and veggie burgers.



Sugar snap peas


Veggie burgers




Grilled chicken (unless it is raining too hard and then it will be baked chicken) – using $1.79/lb chicken from Lowes Foods. Sale good through 12/6.  I am batch cooking the whole value pack from the Lowes Foods sale and using the rest for the chicken tacos on Friday.

Pasta salad with veggies

Fruit – pears and apples on sale .99/lb at Kroger through 12/10


Ravioli – BOGO Celentano frozen light cheese ravioli on sale BOGO at HT recently

Garlic bread



Chicken tacos




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  • shay1 Dec 6, 2011

    Thanks everyone for the ground chicken ideas - I am going to pull it tonight and for Wed put it in the CP with some other ingredients and make Asian Lettuce Cups and also a batch of meatballs for later in the week!

  • Supie Dec 5, 2011

    appetizing pic !

  • Nancy Dec 5, 2011

    Here you all are being good kitchen stewards :) And my mind is on a rash of new cookie recipes for the holiday to package up and give away!

    although I do have to say I have lots of food precooked in the freezer, as well as those delish pizzas from HT that were the Saturday evic special.

    But I will be cooking pork chops in the crock pot today for lunch/dinner tomorrow, made with homemade applesauce over the chops and onion and wedges of potato - yum!

  • chipper4800 Dec 5, 2011

    Got a large roast that was marked down at HT. Got it in the slowcooker. Mon-Weds, gonna take half of it and make roast, mashed potatoes and green peas. The other half, gonna make a chunky homemade soup and serve with Nancy's bread rolls (thanks again for the recipe). Thursday is chicken pie made from the boneless thighs that were on sale at HT recently (make 2 freeze one). Friday is pizza that was on sale at HT and a salad. Sat is a treat - bought 2 steaks that were on sale at HT - gonna make philly cheese steaks. Not sure about Sunday.

  • carelesswhisper Dec 5, 2011

    Sun-spaghetti and meatballs

    Mon-Chicken breast, broccoli, and pasta-ron-i

    Tues-Steak, fries, green beans

    Wed-Smoked sausage, rice, broccoli and cheese

    Thurs-Turkey tacos (yes from Thanksgiving), fruit

    Fri-not sure, usually pizza night

  • watchhillgirl Dec 5, 2011

    Oxymoron02, that sounds a lot like Italian wedding soup! YUMMMM Add orzo instead of tortellini. I love escarole, but can't always find it, so I add spinach. I add the whole looks like alot, but it cooks down to nothing. I love soups! My favorite meal in the winter. My husband and I make soup a couple of times a week in the winter.

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Dec 5, 2011

    Happy Anniversary, Oxy! I have used GrouponNow many times and love it. Have a nice dinner...with leftovers for tomorrow!

  • Oxymoron02 Dec 5, 2011

    My Monday meal plan is that today is our anniversary, and I am not cooking. :P We'll probably go out for a bite, nothing super fancy or expensive, since it's December and money is tied up in Xmas.

    Might make our first attempt at GrouponNow, since we haven't yet, and there's always a few things up there that strike our fancy. We're just not fine dining people, we're massive plates of yummy food for a reasonable price with enough to have for lunch tomorrow kind of people.

  • Oxymoron02 Dec 5, 2011


    and don't take up freezer space. Boil until the tortellini floats.

    If you'd like, you can add veggies. A can of escarole in chicken broth is lovely as a soup green. I've also added carrots and celery.

    Serve hot with lots of parm.

  • Oxymoron02 Dec 5, 2011

    I make tortellini soup with ground turkey, and it should work out about the same.

    Start a couple quarts of stock on the stove. Get it up to a slow boil.

    Mix ground chicken with egg and italian seasoned bread crumbs, how much will depend on your meat, I eye-ball it to get the right consistency. I always start with 1 egg and 1/4 cup of crumbs per pound of meat, and add more dry if it's too wet, or wet if it's too dry, as needed. Form into bite size, or larger if you'd like, meatballs. Drop into boiling stock. Once they've risen to the top, drop in your tortellini. Frozen works fine, but I'm pressed for freezer space and the most cost effective dry tortellini I've found is at Trader Joe's, 12 oz package for $1.99 (they're also better than every other dried tortellini, including Barilla, that I've tried). You can use any small pasta you'd like, stuffed or not, I just really like stuffed pasta in this soup, and like I said the Trader Joe's tortellini are great, fairly inexpensive,