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Monday meal plan: Chicken stroganoff, stuffed peppers, tuna patties & more!

Posted September 3, 2012


This week, we are enjoying some recipes I haven't made in a while including chicken stroganoff, tuna patties & stuffed peppers. I've included recipes as well. We are also having a traditional BBQ for the Labor Day holiday with a non-traditional pumpkin cheesecake!

Please share your meal plan for the week or even just what you are having tonight!

Monday – Labor Day cookout with relatives

Hebrew National hot dogs ($3.50 per package at Food Lion through 9/4)

Hot dog buns (.88 at HT through 9/4)

Pasta salad with tri-colored pasta, tomatoes, green and red peppers, black olives, canned mushrooms

Tomato and cucumber salad


Pumpkin cheesecake (recipe from HERE ) - I amended the recipe by using chocolate chip cookies instead of Oreos for the crust. I am also not making ghosts out of the whipped topping, of course. I also used 1/3 less fat cream cheese instead of full fat cream cheese.



Stuffed green peppers with rice, tofu, cheese, canned tomatoes, mushrooms (green peppers are .50 each at Food Lion through 9/4) - for the Stuffed Peppers with Tofu recipe, click on the Search WRAL Recipes link in the box above. Then search for Stuffed Peppers with Tofu.

Garlic bread (from meal deal at Lowes Foods last week)

Apple slices



Tuna patties (see recipe at HERE . I’ll be amending the recipe slightly by using tuna in water, not oil as her recipe calls for.)

Here’s another tuna patty recipe using stuffing, if you like making tuna burgers with boxed stuffing, HERE

Chopped salad (just chop up the veggies into smaller pieces, add dressing and enjoy)



Chicken stroganoff on egg noodles using recipe HERE . My daughter was looking over my shoulder at the recipe and said, “That looks yummy!”

Steamed baby carrots (they were on sale at Kroger for .88 for 16 oz bag when I shopped yesterday, although it’s not in the ad)

Wheat rolls



Pizza night! Spinach and mushroom pizza using Harris Teeter wheat crust.


Fruit (depends on what is on sale starting Wednesday)


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  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Sep 4, 2012

    jdouglas - that's why we used chocolate chip cookies for the crust. We still had 1/2 a package of the refrg. Nestle toll house and I didn't have any Oreos. We all prefer the chocolate chip to the Oreos anyway. I love feeling comfortable enough in the kitchen to amend recipes these days! And surprisingly, most of them turn out well. LOL I am sure the cheesecake will be delicious with the graham crust. I also like that it is baked in an 8 x 8 pan so there isn't as much. I really don't need a bunch of leftover cheesecake in my house calling my name all hours of the night. ;-)

    And I can't imagine spending $10 on a can of tuna. That can't be legal!

  • jdouglas13 Sep 4, 2012

    Faye, your pumpkin cheesecake sounds yummy, and with a tweak or two, I have everything I need to make it. I'll be subbing graham crac*er crumbs for the cookies in the crust.

    Nakabi, is asparagus on sale somewhere? We love it grilled!

  • jdouglas13 Sep 4, 2012

    I'd bet that the tuna they are suggesting in the MS recipe is the imported stuff, and to the tune of ~$10 a can, times 3 cans? Nononono ;) At least not in my house! I just tried Starkist albacore in the pouch 6.5 oz and was really surprised how good it was and how much more flavorful than the Bumble Bee I usually get with CVS deals. Walmart had it for about $2.75. Kinda pricey, but nowhere near what HT was charging for it -- $4++.

    Faye, the chicken stroganoff sounds good and I have some mushrooms saying use me or lose me.

    As for the rest of the week, we had hamburgers cooked inside last night which created so much smoke you would have thought we were trying to burn down the house. Aside from that, we are continuing our freezer diving maneuvers. We got hit with an unexpected big bill this month which has cut the grocery budget to less than $200, so I'm glad the freezer is well stocked!

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Sep 4, 2012

    Sounds like a good plan to me, Karen! :-) Have I mentioned how good the pumpkin cheesecake was? ;-)

    Nakabi - thank you for sharing your plan each week! I love reading your menu. And thanks for reminding me I had the bag of red potatoes to use. I had totally forgotten I bought it at LF for .97 last week. We may have some roasted potatoes on the tuna patty night.

  • karenmorris17 Sep 4, 2012

    Your meal plan sounds like a great way to use up items in the pantry. I have lots of tuna, pumpkin, noodles, etc. So I might borrow your meal plan for my family next week :-)

  • nakabi Sep 3, 2012

    your pumpkin cheesecake sounds like something my husband would love! I'll definitely have to check out the recipe!
    M-grilled lamb chops/chicken, pasta salad made with tricolour pasta, green olives, diced tomatoes, feta/fresh mozzerella cheese, & Hidden valley italian dressing w/herbs, baked beans, chips, coleslaw
    T-Salad w/leftover grilled lamb, baguette
    W-Grilled prawns marinated in chile chipotle, grilled peppers, roasted red potatoes, grilled asparagus
    Th-Tostadas, Mexican rice, salsa verde
    F-Camping for the weekend..YAY!

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Sep 3, 2012

    Oh my - the pumpkin cheesecake was divine! Everyone loved it and requested it for every holiday get together and in between! lol For the crust we used about 12 Nestle toll house cookies baked and mashed up with about 2.5 tablespoons of melted butter. I cooked it per the recipe at the link above for 10 minutes and then poured the pumpkin cheesecake mixture in it and baked it for an additional 45 minutes. It was so creamy and delicious. I highly recommend this recipe!