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Monday meal plan 3/26

Posted March 26, 2012

On the menu this week, I have a recipe for those of you who have the free tofu from Harris Teeter triples in your fridge and you have no idea what to do with it! We will also be enjoying salmon burgers, chicken quesadillas, mushroom veggie burgers and chicken and pasta. What's on your meal plan this week? Please share!


Chicken Voila (BOGO at Lowes Foods through 3/27 with $1.85/1 printable coupons from CouponNetwork.com)

Apples slices (.99/lb at Food Lion through 3/27)


Morningstar veggie burgers ($3.33 at Harris Teeter through 3/27 with .75/2 printable available recently)

Whole wheat pasta salad

Sugar snap peas


Stuffed peppers with tofu - see recipe below
(tofu free at HT triples, expecting a good peppers deal at Aldi when I go on Wednesday)

Herb bread

Orange slices (.99 for 4 lb bag at Aldi Wake Forest for grand opening specials)


Salmon burgers

Baked sweet potato fries

Spinach salad


Chicken and cheese quesadillas

Brown rice

Orange slices

Stuffed Red Peppers with Tofu Recipe

This is one of our favorite meals to eat when green or red peppers are on sale. There are many healthy variations of stuffed peppers. I usually make them with tofu or soy veggie crumbles as a hearty vegetarian meal. They are also great with cooked cubed chicken. 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, wrapped in dish towel to soak up water and then cubed
2.5 to 3 cups cooked brown rice
1 cup shredded reduced fat Mexican or cheddar cheese for inside of peppers
¼ cup shredded reduced fat cheese for top of peppers
1 can diced tomatoes with garlic and spices
½ cup reduced fat sour cream
1 can black olives (approx. 3.8 oz. sliced)
½ packet of taco or fajita seasoning
Garlic powder to taste
Pepper to taste

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Cut peppers in half and core. Place peppers in microwaveable glass pan. Add 1/2 cup water to bottom of pan and cover with paper towel or microwaveable plastic wrap. 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, sour cream, black olives, taco seasoning, garlic and pepper.

Remove steamed peppers from microwave, drain and place in baking dish so they sit like 8 little bowls. Fill each pepper 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 25 minutes. Sprinkle shredded cheese on top of peppers and bake for additional 5 minutes. Makes 4 servings. Serve with roll and side salad or vegetable.



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  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Mar 26, 2012

    Kathy - here's a salmon burger recipe from AllRecipes.com that looks great and has received high ratings. I am actually going to try it soon (Including the lemon basil mayo).


    If you make it, let us know what you think.

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Mar 26, 2012

    40andtired - for the pasta salad I use whole grain rotini, low fat mayo, a little low fat sour cream, tomatoes (chopped), green peppers (chopped), black olives, onions (chopped), carrots and McCormicks pasta salad seasoning - it has celery seed and all sorts of awesome spices and herbs that come together perfectly without my having to measure them. :-)

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Mar 26, 2012

    Whooo hoooo, Dstned! They really don't know you used tofu?? LOL! I am thrilled they liked it!

    Kathy, my very precious recipe for salmon burgers involves going to Lowes Foods when the Trident brand salmon burgers are BOGO and buying about 4 boxes. Frugal AND easy! :-)
    It's true, I am the poster child for semi-homemade cooking.

    Flying - you can hide anything in stuffed peppers...even pink slime! LOL (which you know I don't do....). Your scallops recipe sounds great! I am looking forward to going to the Wake Forest Aldi on Wednesday so I can stock up on the opening week deals. I hope there is one for scallops!

  • Dstned2BMe Mar 26, 2012

    Faye, I made the tofu according to your directions with the sesame ginger sauce, stir fry veggies and brown rice. It was awesome! It was a hit! And it's my secret! haha I'm going to make the stuffed peppers next week.

  • pooka Mar 26, 2012

    Faye, can you post your recipe for salmon burgers. My mom made salmon 'patties' for us growing up...can't seem to duplicate the recipe. We have 16 cans of Salmon when it was on sale for $1 at HT. (My hubby eats this instead of tuna sometimes, but it would be nice to have a good burger/pattie recipe). Thanks!

  • FlyingUnderTheRadar Mar 26, 2012

    Yayyy...a recipe!!
    Yes Faye, I AM one of those who has a block of tofu in the fridge and I had NO idea what to do with it, that would be me!! HA HA HA

    On the menu tomorrow is scallops (4.00 lb SALE @ Aldi) cassserole featuring baby bella mushrooms (1.29 Aldi), Panko Bread Crumbs (FREE @ Teeter), half & half (triples Teeter), lemons (sale Aldi couple of weeks back), Holland House sherry (SD's @ Teeter last year)...I love it when it all the great ingredients for recipes come together so at such a great price!!!

  • redsox Mar 26, 2012

    poeticallycorrect...please post after you have make the "mashed potatoes" and let us know how they are. I've wanted to try to make them..but I've been a little hesitant. Thanks!

  • drswayney Mar 26, 2012

    This week we are having: Mon - Chicken Breasts, Sweet Potatoes and a veggie. Tues - Ham and Navy Bean soup (I had frozen a bunch the last time I made it). Wed - Spagetti and breadsticks. Thurs - Ham and Swiss Quiche. Friday - Spicy Honey Chicken Leg Quarters...Not sure about Saturday yet as we will have family in town, so most likely we'll be eating out somewhere (with a coupon, of course!)

  • nakabi Mar 26, 2012

    M-Lentil tacos
    T-BBQ slow cooker ribs, quinoa, sugar snap peas
    W-Crab-stuffed flounder, parslied potatoes, Pecan green beans
    Thur-Pecan crusted chicken breast, Vegetable kabobs, Israeli couscous
    F-Venison chili, corn bread
    Sat-Lentil soup, whole wheat rolls
    Sun-Left overs

  • poeticallycorrect-InvNo1 Mar 26, 2012

    Monday I am making sausage jumbalya and chedder bisquits, Tueday I will probably have leftovers, Wednesday Grilled Chicken, green beans and mashed potatos made out of cauliflower(I have never had this before but I hear it is good and I hope mine turn out), Thursday I am making velveeta chicken and rice helper with green beans, Friday I am making BBQ ribs, baked macaroni and cheese, and we are going to have a taco night this weekend!