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Monday meal plan: New quinoa recipe!

Posted July 16, 2012


On the menu this week I have a new Quinoa recipe, grown-up grilled cheese, teriyaki noodles and tofu, Southweastern egg & cheese tortilla roll-ups, salmon and more!



Grown-up grilled cheese: Whole wheat bread with Sargento thin sliced Swiss cheese, spinach and tomatoes topped off with a delicious red pepper spread from Trader Joes

Tomato soup (Trader Joe’s Creamy Tomato Soup – it’s incredible)

Apple slices


Grilled chicken (on sale at Kroger)

Whole wheat rolls



Egg & cheese tortilla roll-ups (Southwestern style with sautéed green peppers and onions and salsa)

Oreida peppers and onion hash browns

Cantaloupe ($1.50 at Food Lion through Tuesday)


Teriyaki tofu, broccoli slaw and whole wheat noodles

Tomato and cucumber salad in Italian dressing


Baked or grilled salmon (not sure yet)

Cucumber and Red Bell Pepper Quinoa (I will probably use the easy and light recipe from Food Network found HERE )



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  • foodgirl Jul 17, 2012

    another way to get xtra water out of tofu is to put it between two plates and then stack a couple of cookbooks on top of the top plate to help drain excess water off of the tofu. I usually dump the water a couple of times from the tofu before cooking.

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Jul 16, 2012

    djoyner - I usually get firm or extra firm (often Nasoya brand usually found in produce department at Harris Teeter or Trader Joe's brand). I take it out of the water container it comes in and wrap it in a couple paper towels. I then wrap that in a dishtowel and let it sit for a little while until most of the water is absorbed in the towel. Then I slice it into about 6 slices and then cube it. I put it in the skillet with a little teriyaki sauce and cook until a little crispy. So easy, so yummy (at least to me, the kids and hubby). has coupons when you join their free Tofu University e-mail newsletter. During a couple HT promotions I got free tofu with the coupon super doubled or tripled (depending on the coupon).

    Hope that helps. :-)

  • djoyner636 Jul 16, 2012

    FAYE-what kind of tofu do u buy and how do u cook yours?

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Jul 16, 2012

    lovetherascals - the quinoa zucchini burgers sound fabulous. I think that's on the menu for next week!

  • pirategirl12 Jul 16, 2012

    M - Spaghetti (sauce made w/ tomatoes from the garden), garlic bread, tomatoes/cukes w/ EVOO & fresh basil T - veg/beef soup (by request)...w/ all of the veggies I'm putting in it, that is all we're having! W - Italian-styled Paninis and pan-seared polenta fries Th - homemade pizza & banana cookies for dessert...yum! F - grilled cheese (hubby's fave) with sharp cheddar, torn basil leaves, thin slice of ham and tomato on pumpernickle/rye swirl bread & roasted garlic potatoes (last from the garden) The REAL trick is sticking to it!! :)

  • foodgirl Jul 16, 2012

    Mon: Leftover Indian with tofu, rice and naan Tues: black bean and quinoa salad Wed: tuna salad sandwiches and broccoli, Thurs: Grilled chicken and ceasar salad Friday: baked ziti

  • Harry Bush Jul 16, 2012

    Mon: #1 at Taco Bell
    Tue: #3 at McDonalds
    Wed: #3 at McDonalds
    Thu: #1 at Taco Bell
    Fri: #2 at McDonalds

    Oh and I got some coupons in the mail to use at Dunkin Donuts

  • Lasata Jul 16, 2012

    Thanks I'll try those ideas out.

  • lkg8 Jul 16, 2012

    Lasata, we make italian sausage on the stove by putting them in a pan over medium heat and browning both sides then turning the heat to low/medium low and simmering with a lid for 30 or so minutes until cooked through. Keep an eye on them and turn them occasionally if they are getting too brown on one side. Grilling them is also delicious, too and much less greasy.

  • nakabi Jul 16, 2012

    lasata-I would microwave them first and then pan fry them on the stovetop. That way you ensure they are cooked thoroughly.