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Monday meal plan 6/18

Posted June 18, 2012


On the menu this week we have pulled BBQ chicken sandwiches in the slow cooker, breakfast casserole, whole grain penne, spinach salad, grilled herb & garlic chicken, fat free turkey dogs and more! What's on your menu this week?


Fat free turkey hot dogs (from BOGO sale with coupon a couple weeks ago)

Sweet potato fries



Breakfast casserole (using eggs from HT on sale for .97 each with e-Vic price through 6/19)

You can see my recipe at the WRAL Recipe Search link in the box above. Search for Breakfast Casserole and pick the first recipe.

Fruit salad


BBQ chicken sandwiches (chicken cooked in slow cooker on low for 6-7 hours with ½ bottle BBQ sauce, diced onions and garlic and then pulled apart with a fork once they are cooked)


Leftover fruit salad


Whole Grain penne pasta with marinara sauce

Spinach salad



Grilled herb and garlic chicken (using Ken’s Herb and Garlic Marinade that was BOGO with coupon a couple weeks ago and chicken on sale recently)

Brown rice



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  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Jun 18, 2012

    What an interesting discussion on the meal plan thread today! Thanks to everyone for their insight and thoughts.

  • nakabi Jun 18, 2012

    I appreciate hearing about everyone's menus for the week and think you all have such great ideas! I don't see what the big deal is about carbs. As long as you are balancing them with vegetables & lean proteins, I think they are just fine to consume. Great job to everyone on their meal planning and trying to serve their families healthy but frugal meals!

  • jdouglas13 Jun 18, 2012

    Thanks for your good wishes, Faye :) and Nakabi, thanks for the store info!

  • ascherer Jun 18, 2012

    conrabdirdie1 - I understand what you are saying about carbs. There was no mention of bread with any of my dinners. Yes, potatoes and corn are carbs but there will be veggies added in. I didn't know what my husband grabbed at the store tonight. I have done South Beach for so long that I do know about hidden carbs.

  • conradbirdie1 Jun 18, 2012

    I would recommend that calories, particularly carbohydrates, actually be calculated. As a physician, I routinely discuss dietary modification with all my patients. They are frequently shocked when they discover the ratio of carbs to protein to fat they are ingesting. There are several free websites that will calculate these dietary parameters, along with cholesterol, sodium, and fiber. I highly recommend livestrong.com.
    Thank you, Faye, for the excellent community service you provide.

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Jun 18, 2012

    ashcherer - I agree about the mixes. This mix has all the spices in separate containers and you add what you want. This mix had packets of cumin, minced garlic, minced onion, pepper and a little red pepper. No salt or sugar.

    conradbirdie, you can easily leave out the bread.....problem solved if you are on a low carb diet. We eat a balance of lean proteins, carbs, fruits and veggies at most dinners.

  • ascherer Jun 18, 2012

    conradbirdie1 - I am not allowed to loose any more weight. So, carbs don't get counted in this household. Veggie do get added in but only the ones that look pretty the day I am going to use them.

  • ascherer Jun 18, 2012

    Faye - I have to say I don't like the season mixes. Most have to much salt and some times sugar for us. I prefer to make my own. Now some finely chopped onion; crushed garlic; white, black and red pepper (to taste); with Worcestershire sauce and marinate for a few hours. That how we do a good steak.

  • conradbirdie1 Jun 18, 2012

    I applaud everyone's efforts to prepare healthy, yet cost effective meals. Very clever! However, has anyone calculated the carbohydrate content of her meals?

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Jun 18, 2012

    Thanks for sharing, asherer! :-)

    We had grilled steak last night for Father's Day and it was delicious! I used the McCormick's Carribean Steak seasoning mix (the ones with all the herbs and spices in separate little plastic containers and you mix them together. I didn't even add the lime juice, just mixed the herbs together, brushed the meat with a little olive oil, covered the steak in the herbs on both sides, let it marinate for 30 minutes and grilled. It was a hit with my dad, brother, hubby and the kids!