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Monday meal plan: Falafel, chicken, penne & more!

Posted September 10, 2012



At the Prosser house this week, we'll be having falafels in pita bread, BBQ chicken, a delicious penne pasta with three-cheese sauce and more! What's on your menu this week or even just tonight?



Chicken sandwiches: Morningstar veggie breaded chicken patties with swiss, tomato, lettuce, onion and light mayo on wheat bread

(Morningstar veggie burgers/veggie chicken are $1.50 per box through 9/11 after .75/1 coupon and sale at Lowes Foods, Merita autumn wheat bread is BOGO for $1.40 at Lowes Foods, Swiss cheese slices BOGO at HT last week for $1.32 per package)

Penne pasta with three-cheese sauce - here's the recipe:

1 can Progresso Recipe Starters three-cheese sauce

¼ cup sour cream

¼ cup milk

1 cup shredded cheese (I used Kraft cheddar with touch of philly cream cheese)

pepper and garlic powder.

Cook pasta and drain. Mix all ingredients in an oven proof casserole with the cooked pasta. Bake uncovered at 400 degrees for 25 minutes. Top with bread crumbs if desired. 

(Progresso Recipe Starters 3-cheese sauce is on sale at Lowes Foods through 9/11 for $1.38 - .50 coupon in paper recently = .38 per can)

Update: I just finished baking the penne pasta and cheese sauce and it is delicious! It's like grown-up mac and cheese. I am sure the kids will love it! You can see the picture of the dish above.  I'll add the recipe to the recipe database (link is in box above).  It would also be good with added veggies like green peppers, mushrooms, onions, spinach or diced chicken.

Steamed carrots


Falafels in pita pockets with tzaziki sauce (cucumber, dill and yogurt sauce), shredded romaine lettuce and diced tomatoes.

I am making my own tzaziki using a recipe from HERE but Harris Teeter makes delicious tzaziki sauce found in the deli (it’s not on sale this week, but sometimes goes on sale BOGO)

The falafels are from Veggie Patch (found in produce section) and were marked down ½ price at Lowes Foods this morning because the container is expiring in a few days.  If you want to make your own (and I will be trying this recipe very soon), click HERE for a baked falafel recipe that you can bake in the oven or pan fry.





BBQ chicken in slow cooker

Sweet potato fries

Leftover salad



Pizza night! I am working late so hubby and kids are making pizza using a Harris Teeter whole wheat dough ball.

Tomato and cucumber salad

Pear slices



It’s my oldest daughter’s birthday so we are celebrating with ……..something. She hasn’t yet decided what she wants for dinner, so this meal is still up in the air. There will be cake and ice cream and that’s all I know right now. Although she has not decided what kind of cake she wants either.  Happy birthday, sweetie!


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  • nakabi Sep 10, 2012

    Faye-don't forget to drain your yoghurt when you make your tzaziki.
    My meal will be more impressive when I can make the manicotti from scratch as well :) as for now, I'll continue to buy it premade from the Italian restaurants

  • UNCW_Ash Sep 10, 2012

    I know you did this not long ago Faye, but could you please share your BBQ chicken slow cooker recipe again?

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Sep 10, 2012

    It will be more impressive when I make the falafel from scratch, as well. LOL :-)

    Your manicotti sounds fabulous! Thanks for sharing your meals each week, Nakabi!

  • nakabi Sep 10, 2012

    happy birthday to your daughter Faye!
    I'm impressed with your falafel meal plan :) homemade tzaziki is easy to make and tastes great; nice job!

    M-grilled chicken sandwiches (grilled chicken breast w/lots of red pepper,curry,cumin,lemon pepper) on top of arnold sandwich thins w/lettuce & tomato, veggie straws
    T-nkoko (Ugandan chicken stew), basmati rice, sukuma wiki (Ugandan style greens)
    W-fish & chips
    Th-venison burgers, baked beans, coleslaw
    F-spinach/mushroomo/goat cheese stuffed manicotti, garlic bread, caesar salad

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Sep 10, 2012

    That's so cute Lora! Thank you for sharing that story! I am guessing my daughter will want sushi (only cooked options) and ice cream cake, but we shall see.....

  • lorawatson Sep 10, 2012

    Faye, I have always let my kids chose their birthday meal as well. Sometimes it is going somewhere, but most it is something from the house. The weirdest dinner we had was for my son, he wanted honey bbq wings from KFC, grandma judy's macncheese, grandma aileene's pigsnblanket. I had to drive all over town picking up various items.