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Monday meal plan: Southwestern chicken, shrimp, salmon & more!

Posted August 27, 2012


On the menu for the first week of school we have Southwestern chicken, creamy shrimp & pasta casserole, omelet night, salmon burgers and more! What's on your menu this week....or even just tonight?


Baked Southwestern Chicken Breasts (using Kraft Southwestern Fresh Take) – I cut the boneless skinless chicken breasts in half so they are like large chicken tenders and then coat each tender with the cheese and breadcrumb mixture. (chicken breast is on sale this week at Lowes Foods through 8/28 for $1.97/lb and was a very good deal last week at HT with the Buy 2 Get 3 Free deal)

Spanish rice

Creamed spinach

Cantaloupe ($1.50 at Food Lion through Tuesday 8/28)

After school today, my youngest and I are going to make homemade banana bread - yum!



Omelet night (with a variety of fillings to choose from like mushrooms, green peppers, spinach, onions, black olives, cheese, Morningstar veggie bacon) – Using Davidson’s Eggs on sale BOGO at Harris Teeter through Tuesday 8/28 using .75/1 printable coupon

Sweet potato fries (bought with Lowes Foods meal deal this week through 8/28)

Apple slices


BBQ chicken in the slow cooker served on Bolillo rolls

Pasta salad with green peppers, onion, tomato, black olives and light mayo (and pasta salad seasoning from McCormick)

Tomato and cucumber salad


Shrimp and pasta casserole with Classico light alfredo sauce (on sale at HT this week), corn, mushrooms and broccoli with garlic, pepper and some fresh basil from my daughter’s basil plant

Garlic bread (from the Lowes Foods meal deal through 8/28)



Salmon burgers on wheat rolls



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  • jdouglas13 Aug 28, 2012

    Nakabi, thanks for posting the naan recipe! I agree about garlic -- it makes everything taste better ;) I do have a question, though -- roughly how much is 7 grams of yeast? I don't think my kitchen scale does grams. I'm guessing about 2 to 2 1/2 teaspoons?

    I'm waiting to hear what midnight pasta is too. I'm thinking it's either A) something really quick like a garlic and oil yum! or B) pasta made with squid ink? I've never been able to bring myself to try the latter.

    Faye, your banana bread sounds like a hit! Thanks for the link :)

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Aug 28, 2012

    Wifeandkids, my oldest has braces and doesn't eat nuts so I leave them out of baked good for now. I love walnuts in banana bread, normally.

  • Wifeandkids Aug 28, 2012

    Faye, do you ever put nuts in your banana bread? Thanks for the recipe link.

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Aug 27, 2012

    I'm with foodgirl - what is midnight pasta, clabeff??

    The banana bread my daughter and I made this afternoon was AMAZING! Hubby already begged me to make another loaf tomorrow. We plowed through 1/2 a loaf today! I told everyone they had to leave the rest alone so we had some for tomorrow. Below is a link to the recipe. I usually use 1/2 white and 1/2 whole wheat flour, but I was out of ww flour so used all white flour. I also lowered the sugar amount to 3/4 cup. I cooked it in a 5" x 9" loaf pan for 50 minutes.

    smolder - I agree - Nakabi could definitely give cooking lessons! Maybe you could start teaching African cooking at the community college (in your spare time between work and the kids! lol). Seriously, you really have such interesting meals!

  • nakabi Aug 27, 2012

    in a large bowl mix together everything except for vegetable oil until it is a smooth dough. cover with a wet cloth and leave for one hour until it rises. after one hour add vegetable oil, knead until oil mixed in. pull of pieces to desired size and roll out on floured surface to size you want. cook on grill in cast iron pan until slightly charred to desired crispiness. make sure to watch carefully since they will burn easy. once finished, spread a little melted garlic butter on them. if you have questions or this didnt make sense, let me know. enjoy :)

  • nakabi Aug 27, 2012

    foodgirl, jdouglas, & smolder-thank you for your nice comments!
    roti is a bit easier to make than naan, but garlic naan tastes better to me.
    you will need
    3 cups white flour, 1/2 cup water, 3/4 wholemilk, 2 tablespoon garlic paste, 4 1/4 tablespoon vegetable oil, 1/2 teaspoon cumin, 3 tablesppon butter, 1/2 teaspoon white sugar, pinch of salt, 7 gram dry yeast. recipe following

  • foodgirl Aug 27, 2012

    clabeff: I have to ask what is midnight pasta?

  • clabeff Aug 27, 2012

    Parmesan encrusted chicken breasts ( $1.97/lb at lowes foods) midnight pasta, and fresh bruchetta!

  • smolder13 Aug 27, 2012

    I think nakabi should give cooking lessons. :)

  • jdouglas13 Aug 27, 2012

    Ooooh, nakabi, please share a recipe for naan!