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Monday meal plan 2/27

Posted February 27, 2012
Updated February 28, 2012

Our menu this week includes boneless eye of round, teriyaki tofu, baked ravioli, spinach salad, turkey sandwiches and more!

What's on your menu?


Baked ravioli – (Frozen Celentano ravioli is BOGO at HT through 2/28. We are having the light cheese ravioli.) - see recipe below

Herb bread



Teriyaki tofu – (Nasoya tofu on sale at HT for $2 through 2/28 and I used .55/1 coupons that they sent me because I e-mailed asking for coupons. You can also get them on their website when you join tofu U at

Stir-fry veggies


Egg rolls – Kahiki egg rolls that were on sale with coupon a couple weeks ago


Spinach salad bar


Orange slices


Turkey sandwiches

Pasta salad

Steamed carrots


Pizza night! Homemade veggie pizza using whole wheat crust from HT on sale for .99 through 2/28 in deli section.

Sugar snap peas

Fruit – depends on what goes on sale on Wednesday


Not sure yet- maybe breakfast for dinner


Boneless eye of round roast – they were on sale at Lowes foods a few weeks ago for $2.99/lb

Baked sweet potatoes


Bundt cake (using the Duncan Hines cake mix on sale this week at HT through 2/27)


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!


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  • nakabi Feb 29, 2012

    momssmallvictories: I love to cook and try to keep it simple (especially the cleanup part!)
    booty: I buy the quinoa at Big Lots. It seems to be the cheapest there and it's a large bag. I buy my wild rice, steel cut oats, & quinoa from there.
    I add it to soups, make quinoa salad, eat it as a side, or cook it like oatmeal if I run out of the steel cut oats for breakfast. just add peanut butter, raisins, blueberries, & sweeten with honey..mmmmmm :)
    email me at if you want any recipes :)

  • 10hummingbirds Feb 29, 2012

    pss3 - thanks for the ideas. Salad is good choice cause he and I both love salads and I could add some meat to mine. I've been trying to come up with more veggie ideas too since we like a lot of vegetables.
    We'll give it a try and see what happens. I think I'll try to make a meal plan for next week.

  • momssmallvictories Feb 28, 2012

    thanks faye , i love trying new recipes, last time i was pressed for time so couldn't bake the ravioli. still my kids devoured it but i think it will be even better and creamier baked. thanks for the eye of round recipe too. i love allrecipes website. i hope you are feeling better. I've come down with sore throat, headache and with rheumatoid arthritis anytime i get sick i can't do much of anything but rest. good thing its leftover night!!!

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Feb 28, 2012

    Meant to type gas OVEN (not over) in comment below.

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Feb 28, 2012

    momssmallvictories - I just added the baked ravioli recipe to the main post above.

    Here is the basic eye of round recipe I use:

    BUT - I have a gas over and it does not hold heat well so I keep it at 200 degrees instead of turnign oven off. I leave it in for less time (depending on size of roast) and check temp periodically with a meat thermometer. Remember that it will continue cooking after it comes out of the oven.

  • HeritigeGrl Feb 28, 2012

    Booty, I'm not Barbara, but I buy mine from Whole Foods. They sell it by weight in their bulk area. I can't remember how much it is though. I don't often find coupons for quinoa.

    I like to throw some in my soups. It makes them heartier and gives extra fiber. Quina has no taste to it so it doesn't change the flavor of chicken and rice, taco soup, or beaf stew. I've even put some in my tacos.

  • Kathy S. Feb 28, 2012


    Where do you get your quinoa from and how much is it? I want to try it but don't know where to begin. My daughter tried it at someone's house and said it was very good.


  • momssmallvictories Feb 27, 2012

    barbaranicholsmugf..i'd love some recipes if you'd be willing to share with us.

    faye- where's your baked ravioli recipe again and how do you make the eye of round roast?


  • momssmallvictories Feb 27, 2012're making me hungry with your gourmet menu and i've already had dinner.

    i love seeing everyone's meal plans, it definitely helps even though i've already figured out for this week what i'll be making. since i cooked a lot over the weekend, much of the week will be delicious leftovers

    Today - Chicken and cheese chimichangas, rice and beans (for the kids). Hubby and i had leftover a copycat recipe of Chipotle Barbacoa (mexican barbecue), pico de gallo and guacamole tacos because that's our favorite.

    Tues-leftover Cranberry Dijon chicken, biscuits and corn

    Wed-baked ziti. garlic bread and salad

    Thurs - leftovers

    Friday - homemade pizza. either barbecoa pizza or barbeuce chicken pizza for Superhubby and I and probably a meat and cheese for kids

    usually on weekends or for a weeknight dinner, i make a big breakfast so we can pop leftover french toast, waffles or pancakes into the toaster oven for a quick breakfast for kids during the week (when of

  • stephlw Feb 27, 2012

    I think the hardest part of planning for me is that my husband travels so much that it is only me & the girls. I usually end up eating way more pasta than I should because that is their major food group :) I have found making the chart helps and then having a reminder on my calendar alert me so I can get things ready the night before. (Take out the steak, chicken, etc.)

    If hubby doesn't like it, he is on his own but he can't do take out. That would be his go to once upon a time but with one income we can't afford that anymore! We still do take out once a week so that he can get his fix, but it is cheap because I usually fix something for myself and the girls hate fast food.