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Monday meal plan

Posted May 17, 2010

It's Monday and time to plan your frugal meals around what you already have in your pantry, fridge and freezer and what's on sale at the stores this week. This is a week of eating some tried and true dishes the whole family enjoys. I already have a number of the main ingredients in the freezer (like chicken breast, salmon burgers, veggie burgers and pierogies).  I purchased them in the last few weeks on sale so I will have very little to buy for this weeks meals other than fresh produce.  I have included a couple recipes at the bottom. If you have any frugal recipes to share, I would love to read them!

What's on your menu this week?


Spinach and Feta Pierogie Casserole


Salmon Burgers
Whole Wheat Bread
Corn on the cob (.25 each on sale at Lowes Foods through 5/18)
Long grain Rice


BBQ Chicken in the Crockpot (chicken was $1.99/lb at Kroger last week)
Pasta Salad (using free Wacky Mac from Lowes Foods with printable .50 coupon from and sale good through 5/18)
Fruit - probably apples (.99/lb on sale at HT through 5/18) or grapes (.99/lb on sale at Food Lion through 5/18)


Veggie Burgers on whole wheat bread (Nature’s Own Premium bread on sale at Lowes Foods this week with .75 coupon from Sunday paper or printable coupon listed in grocery deals post from Wednesday.Total for loaf = $1.00)
Mac and Cheese
Broccoli (free Steamfresh with sale and coupons at Lowes Foods a while ago)


Semi-homemade pizza using Pillsbury pizza crust


End of season soccer team cookout!


Tofu Stir Fry
Steamfresh Asian Vegetable Medley

BBQ Chicken Recipe

You can use beef, chicken, pork, or other meat in this very easy and delicious crockpot recipe.


1.5 - 2 pounds chicken breast, beef stew meat, London broil or lean pork

½ bottle of your favorite barbecue sauce

½ onion, chopped

Salt, pepper and garlic to taste

Put chicken in crockpot. Season with spices. Pour barbecue sauce over meat and then add onion. Cover and cook on low for 7 to 8 hours, until tender. If you don’t have 7 hours to cook the meat, cook on high for 3 – 4 hours until done. It won’t be quite as tender as cooking on low for a longer period but it is still very tasty! Once cooked, take out chicken and pull apart with 2 forks. Mix with sauce and serve on rolls. Enjoy!

Pierogie Casserole Recipe

This recipe is actually on the back of the Mrs. T's Pierogies box so I didn't come up with this one myself. I did change a couple things though. It’s a great weeknight recipe because it is so easy to put together, tastes great and is done in 35 minutes.


1 box frozen pierogies

1 jar pasta sauce

4 oz. shredded cheese

1 green pepper diced

1/2 vidalia onion diced

Garlic powder and Italian seasonings to taste

Put frozen pierogies on bottom of 9 x 13' pan. Sprinkle veggies on top of pierogies. Pour sauce on top. Sprinkle cheese evenly over sauce. Finally, spice to taste with garlic powder and Italian seasoning. Sometimes I add diced chicken, shredded beef or tofu cubes for extra protein. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes uncovered until bubbling.

Cost Breakdown:

1 box frozen pierogies - using Cheemo Spinach and Feta Pierogies bought on sale BOGO with a $1 coupon = .50 for the box
1 jar pasta sauce - using Bertolli purchased during last triples for .60 with sale and .75 coupon tripled = .60
4 oz. shredded cheese - using Sargento low sodium cheddar bought on sale at Lowes Foods for $1.88 with .75 coupon doubled = .38!
1 green pepper diced - on sale .99 at Food Lion through 5/18 and usually the regular price at Walmart = .99
1/2 vidalia onion diced - bought 3 lbs for $1.99 at Lowes Foods 3-day sale last weekend - .22 per onion = .11 for ½ onion
Garlic powder and Italian seasonings to taste = .05

Total cost for Casserole: $2.63
Steamfresh Peas (bought on sale with coupon at Lowes Foods weeks ago = FREE
Grapes (.99/lb at Food Lion through 5/18) = .50
Milk for kids to drink = .50
Total cost for meal: $3.63

Even if I added 1 lb of cooked chicken breast to the dish it would only be $5.63 for the whole meal!


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  • t0tAlChA0s May 18, 2010

    My household is split on the pierogie casserole. Me and my lil one like it. My hubby told me is so many words, he didn't care for it, but he was not going to complain. And my 12yr old just out right told me she did not like it! sniff sniff =/ However, she does take alot of left overs for lunch and saids they are just as good cold.

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper May 18, 2010

    I had to share this surprising request from my 8-year old last night. We were discussing what she was going to bring for lunch today and she said she wanted leftover pierogie casserole! She said it's great cold. Yes, she took leftover casserole for lunch today. Clearly, this is a recipe my family likes!

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper May 17, 2010

    You are rockin' that meal plan, total! Yummm...homemade fries. I may need to throw in some sweet tater homemade fries in the meal plan this week.

  • t0tAlChA0s May 17, 2010

    You know...Pieroges sound good, thank you Faye! and I still have a box in the freezer from the last sale. I also have pasta sauce from HT triples. Lucked up last week and found some 97/3 ground beef at Walmart marked down to $2.65. (my best find of the month!) I bought about 5 packs. Cheese from Lowes triples. and garlic Texas toast from Lowes triples again. My meal for tonight under $5. For family of 5. Tues. night will be Boston But from HT last week (i think) it was only $5.44 and it will last us 2 meals. In the roaster, chopped up with homemade bbq sauce (free from dad). Free Nature's loaf of bread from HT for sandwiches. Maybe some homemade fries with potatoes on sale at Lowes. Under $5 again. I'm getting the hang of this!!

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper May 17, 2010

    I am sure the homemade version is fabulous. I have never made them from scratch. On a busy school night, we stick to the frozen variety - which tastes quite good (but maybe not as good as the homemade). My girls also like them sauteed in butter, as you suggested. I have never heard of them being served for breakfast before with eggs. Sounds good to me! Thanks for the info, boomer.

  • boomer3145 May 17, 2010

    Pierogies are a prized Polish food. Traditionally they are first boiled, until they float, and then sauteed in butter with thinly chopped onions, until lightly browned. They are also served with eggs for breakfast. They are a treat since they are labor intensive but well worth it.

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper May 17, 2010

    Sounds yummy! I am all about cooking a meal and using the leftovers for another meal or two. Thanks for sharing!

  • SKYz the limit May 17, 2010

    I made pot roast last night which will be lunch and dinner for me today. Also made a meatloaf which will feed the husband dinner tonight and me lunch for tomorrow. Have a pork roast on deck to cook for Wed. I have Thursday off, so it will be chicken breasts and.....something....