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Monday meal plan 6/4

Posted June 4, 2012


It's Monday again and that means it is time to plan our meals for the week. It is so nice to have stress-free mealtimes because I know ahead of time what we are having each night and I am not caught in that last minute meal-time panic! We have a menu full of healthy and frugal options this week. What's on your meal plan?

Recipe database! In case you missed my post last week, we now have a great new Recipe Database with recipes I refer to in the meal plan often as well as recipes from Brian Shrader and Lisa, Sarah at Go Ask Mom and more! Click the "Search WRAL Recipes" in the box above to see available recipes.


Grilled fat free turkey hot dogs

Sautéed zucchini, squash, mushrooms and onions (all deals at Aldi this week)

Pasta salad with tomatoes, black olives, and yellow peppers


Out to dinner with the family using a Groupon to celebrate my 5th grader “graduating” from elementary school (yes, they actually have a graduation ceremony at the high school for elementary school kids) and my 7th grader getting through her Algebra EOC. We are all so happy this school year is coming to a close that we simply have to celebrate!


Baked salmon (bought frozen at Aldi for $4.49 for a 16 oz package)

Wild rice

Steamed carrots (baby carrots 1 lb bag .99 at Aldi)


Spinach enchiladas (Old El Paso enchilada sauce bought at HT using .75/1 printable coupon from coupons.com makes it .39 after coupon doubled, fresh spinach $1.69/bag at Aldi)

Spanish rice



BBQ chicken sandwiches (chicken cooked in slow cooker)

Sweet potato fries (thanks to my sister-in-law for the local sweet potatoes from her CSA box this week!)

Tomato and cucumber salad (cukes also from CSA box)


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  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Jun 6, 2012

    drajregister - I chop up cucumbers and tomatoes into chunks and top them off with a little Italian dressing and parmesan. Easy as that. If I have fresh mozzarella in the house, I will throw in some chunks of that as well. The kids love it.

  • drajregister Jun 6, 2012

    Hey Faye,
    How do you do your cucumber and tomato salad??

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Jun 5, 2012

    Rebecca, it's from a Lipton mix - sorry. Try allrecipes.com - they have great recipes.

  • rebeccapatel Jun 5, 2012

    Faye- just curious about your Spanish rice. Is it a recipe or from a box? I am looking for a good recipe.

    Thank you!

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Jun 5, 2012

    I think it was your recipe I saw, jdouglas! LOL Thanks for the additional info. :-)

  • jdouglas13 Jun 5, 2012

    No menu (as usual), but another recipe. We had a rift on my Mom's spinach salad from the 60's last night. Fresh spinach, sliced fresh mushrooms, cooked bacon cut into 1 inch pieces, sliced hard boiled eggs (use one of the egg slicer thingys - pretty!), halved grape tomatoes, sliced radishes, Marie's super blue cheese dressing, and homemade bacon-garlic croutons that made the whole salad. Cut whatever leftover bread you have around into 1/2 inch cubes (I had ciabatta). In the grease in the pan you cooked the bacon, add the bread cubes, and season very generously with garlic powder. Saute, stirring, until lightly toasted. Remove from pan and drain on paper towels. Season with more garlic. They were sooooo good!

  • jdouglas13 Jun 5, 2012

    Hey Faye, I think it my my pesto recipe with the walnuts you saw. I tried walnuts after the price of pine nuts got so high, and I really couldn't tell the difference. If you like, you can toast them in a 350 oven for about 7-10 minutes first. Cool before your process them. I love the idea of cheap nuts at TJ, but have gotten rancid ones so many times, that I gave up. Sometimes Kroger will have somewhat cheaper walnuts and pecans, and I think, almonds.

  • foodgirl Jun 5, 2012

    I always use pine nuts and toast them in the toaster before using them. Walnuts are another alternative, I have never tried. I get cheap pine nuts at Trader Joe's.

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Jun 4, 2012

    I love French onion soup and haven't had it in a long time. Thanks for the idea, foodgirl.

    Do you use pine nuts or a different kind of nut in your pesto? I saw a recipe using walnuts the other day and wondered how it would taste.

  • foodgirl Jun 4, 2012

    M: French Onion Soup Grilled Cheese and Salad T: Chicken Tiki Masala, Rice and Naan W: Tilapia, quinoa and green beans Th: Pasta and homemade pesto Fr: Homemade Pizza