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Monday meal plan 4-26

Posted April 26, 2010

This week we are enjoying some of the recent chicken and London broil deals as well as some tasty non-meat dishes. You will also find a number of great triples deals including free pasta, rice and salad dressing.

What frugal meals are on your menu this week?

Salmon burgers on bread with tomatoes and spinach
Mahatma Seasoned Rice (free at Lowes Foods triples with .75/2 coupon through 4/27)

Cheese Quesadillas
Mexican Rice

Chicken parmesan (using $1.89/lb chicken breast from last week)
Piccolini mini bowtie pasta (free with sale and coupon at Lowes Foods last week)
Spinach Salad

BBQ Beef Sandwiches (using BOGO London Broil from Lowe’s Foods in the crockpot)
No Yolks Noodles with a little butter and cheese (free at Lowes Foods triples with .75 coupon through 4/27)
Steamfresh Broccoli (free at Lowes Foods a few weeks ago with store coupon and manufacturer coupon)

Cost Breakdown:
Beef - $3.25
Pasta - Free
Butter and cheese - .50
Broccoli – Free
Bread - .50
BBQ Sauce – .25 using sales and coupons months ago
Milk for kids to drink - .50
Total for meal = $5.00

Homemade veggie calzones with cheese, sauce, mushrooms, onions and spinach
Steamfresh Peas

Hot dogs on the grill (Light Hebrew National beef hot dogs from Lowes Foods during triples with .75 coupon)
Pasta Salad (using more free pasta, of course and free Wishbone Italian dressing from Lowes Foods triples and .75 coupon!)
Grilled veggies cooked in a foil packet on the grill (squash, mushrooms and onions probably)

Not sure yet……. Waiting to see what’s on sale starting Wednesday.


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  • j3434 Apr 27, 2010

    Hi, Faye! I'll try it! Actually, no...the ricotta was not melted (if that's the right word) enough. I'll try an actual recipe next time. Actually my hubby made the pizza crust and sauce from scratch (I'm so lucky!). What we did in this case was to actually make pizza pockets and let the kids pick and place their ingredients. So theirs had the sauce inside while mine was an attempt at a more traditional calzone. They thought they were big stuff and devoured them after they patiently (yeah, right!) waited for them to cook and cool. Thanks for the help, and I'll let you know how it goes!

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Apr 27, 2010

    Hi j - I use the basic calzone recipe at since I am using pillsbury pizza crusts (on sale for .40 each a few weeks ago). I do change a number of ingredients though. I don't make it with the pepperoni and green olives and instead use mushrooms, black olives, spinach and onions. I also add lots of garlic powder and use mozz cheese instead of prov. On the top layer of crust, I brush on a little olive oil and add Italian Spices and parmesan to spice it up a bit. It might have been the ricotta that threw yours off. May have been too runny once cooked.

    Here is the link to the recipe:

    Let me know what you think if you make it!

  • j3434 Apr 27, 2010

    Hi, Faye! Do you have a recipe for your calzones? I tried to make one last week with no recipe. Crust was awesome...sauce was awesome....but I didn't get quite the right consistency on my cheese (I used ricotta and mozz) in the middle. Any suggestions?