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Monday meal plan 3-29

Posted March 29, 2010

Monday

Brisket
Broccoli Slaw
Chicken Soup
Cheesecake

Tuesday

General Tsao Shrimp and Vegetables (Contessa frozen shrimp and veggies I bought BOGO with a coupon a few weeks ago. I have never tried the Contessa meals but it looks good so we’ll see)
Long Grain and Wild Rice
Hopefully some leftover cheesecake! J

Wednesday

Baked Tilapia (bought BOGO at Lowe’s Foods a few weeks ago)
Sweet potatoes (.39/lb from local farmer a couple months ago)
Sugar snap peas (Green Giant frozen on sale at Lowe’s Foods through 3/30 for $1 each - .60/3 coupon that is doubled = .60 for box)

Thursday

Pizza at friend’s house

Friday – Tuesday
Visiting relatives in Florida (Disney – here we come!) so no meal plan for those evenings (gasp!)

 

Broccoli Slaw with Ramen Noodles

If you have never had this salad, you may be raising your eyebrows at the mention of ramen noodles in a cold salad. I promise - you are in for a treat. The ramen noodles become perfectly soft in the delicious dressing and the nuts add an excellent flavor. It's ideal for a potluck or picnic, because it has no dairy products.

This salad sits overnight and is eaten the next day. It takes a good 8 hours for the noodles to soak up the dressing and become nice and soft.

Dressing Ingredients:
1/2 to 2/3 cup olive oil (if you like an oily dressing, use 2/3 cup oil. If you like it more dry, use ½ cup. I measure halfway between the two for my slaw)
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup vinegar
Seasoning packets from ramen noodles

Dry Ingredients:
1 pkg. broccoli slaw mix (found in the refrigerated packaged salad section in the produce dept.)
1/3 cup sliced, blanched almonds
1 cup roasted, salted sunflower seeds
2 packages beef ramen noodles (broken into small pieces – but not crushed)
1 bunch green onions sliced

Mix oil, sugar, vinegar and seasoning packets together in a medium bowl. In a large bowl, mix together broccoli mix, almonds, sunflower seeds, sliced green onions and ramen noodles (broken up). Add dressing to broccoli and noodles and mix well. Let stand for a few hours and toss again so all the noodles are coated with the dressing. I usually make this the night before I am serving it. When I get up in the morning, I mix it up again. A few hours later I mix it again. Just before I serve it, I mix it one more time. Serve cold and enjoy!

 

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  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Mar 31, 2010

    So we all liked the Contessa General Tsao Shrimp meal but I needed to add extra rice (it comes with white rice) and extra sugar snap peas so there was enough food for 4 people. It was good for a packaged meal, but not something I would probably buy again because of the sodium and small amount of food.

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Mar 31, 2010

    Hi Carla! Apple Cider Vinegar. :-)

  • nccarla Mar 31, 2010

    what type of vinegar do you use?

    thanks

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Mar 30, 2010

    People always ask me for the recipe as well and I asked for the recipe when I had it at a party many years ago!

  • martiniandrossi Mar 30, 2010

    I've made this before, and it's great. I always get asked for the recipe

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Mar 30, 2010

    You do NOT cook the noodles at all. The oil softens them perfectly.

    The flavor packets from the ramen noodles are added to the dressing ingredients and is listed in the recipe above under the dressing ingredients (oil, vinegar, sugar, etc).

    tot - can't wait to hear what you think!

    I will admit that this is not the most frugal salad you will ever prepare but it is one of my family's favorites and I always double it because everyone wants to eat it for multiple meals when I make it. The cost for a single batch is about $6.00 for all the imgredients. Enjoy!

  • t0tAlChA0s Mar 30, 2010

    You're on! =) I'll let you know how it goes.

  • oscardw Mar 29, 2010

    Do you use the flavor packet from the ramen noodles?

  • CuriousT Mar 29, 2010

    Faye -

    Do you cook the noodles before adding them OR does the dressing "cook" them for you?

    Thanks!

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Mar 29, 2010

    tot - the best part is that it doesn't even taste like broccoli. The packaged broccoli slaw uses the stalks not the top of the broccoli as well as carrots and it's more like a regular salad than broccoli. My 10 year old just had some for snack and asked to take it for lunch to school tomorrow! I dare you to try it! If they like coleslaw I bet they will like this. :-)

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