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Meal plan 7-12

Posted July 12, 2010
Updated July 13, 2010

Now that the tomatoes have begun to ripen in the garden, I could seriously have homegrown tomato and cucumber sandwiches every single night this summer! But, alas, my family is not as tomato crazy as I am. So, here are the meals for the week but keep in mind that just about every day for lunch I am having that sandwich – including today!


Tuna salad served on a bed of romaine lettuce with tomatoes, cucumbers, onions and croutons

Wheat roll

Peach slices (.99/lb at Kroger this week)


Semi-homemade pizza with 2 Mama Mary’s pre-made crusts bought during super doubles a couple months ago, .49 bag of Kraft cheese from Kroger this week (with $5 promo and $1.00/2 coupon), garlic, onions, black olives and fresh spinach and tomato from the garden

Tomato and cucumber salad with light Italian dressing

Grapes (.97/lb at Lowes Foods through 7/13)

The crusts come in a package of 2, so I made 2 pizzas and used 4 oz cheese per pizza. There is enough leftover for lunch tomorrow!

Total cost of 2 pizzas, salad, grapes and milk for the kids: $4.00


Grilled herb and garlic chicken (on sale at Lowes Foods 2 weeks ago for $1.79/lb)

Grilled zucchini and squash from the garden (they are also on sale for .99/lb at Kroger this week)

No yolks noodles (.29 with sale and coupon at Lowes a few weeks ago) with a little butter (Bestlife free at Food Lion through 7/13), parmesan and chopped fresh tomatoes

Total cost of meal: less than $3.00!


Spinach quesadillas (tortillas on sale for $1 at Kroger this week, spinach and tomatoes from the garden, cheese .49/8 oz from Kroger this week with $5 promo and coupon)

Spanish rice


Salmon burgers

Sandwich buns ($1 on sale at Kroger this week)

Long grain and wild rice

Salad (because you can really never have enough homegrown tomatoes and cucmbers!)


Grilled London broil – on sale at Food Lion through 7/13 for $2.59/lb (see link to cooking directions in the box above)

Mashed potatoes (potatoes on sale at HT and Lowes through 7/13)



Not quite sure yet but I am guessing there will be tomatoes involved!


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  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Jul 14, 2010

    I wish there was an Aldi's closer to Clayton! Thanks for the info Amy!

  • amygdunn Jul 14, 2010

    Tortillas are $1 every day at Aldi's.

  • kpeele Jul 14, 2010

    Thanks, Faye! I use tortillas for breakfast burritos, quesadillas, enchilladas, and more so I'll definitely try freezing them. It's always great to find wheat burritos for a good price too!

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Jul 14, 2010

    The tortillas freeze really well. I just lay them flat in the freezer in the original unopened containers and they taste great when thawed. I usually use them within 3 months of freezing. You could put them in large freezer bags for added freezer burn protection, especially if you plan to freeze longer than 3 months. Hope that helps! :-)

  • kpeele Jul 14, 2010

    Faye already answered the question I was going to post: Can you freeze tortillas? Now that I know I'll be going back to Kroger this week! Is there anything special I need to consider when freezing tortillas?

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Jul 13, 2010

    I just updated the meal plan above to include a picture of the totally yummy tomato and cuke salad and the super easy and delicious veggie pizza we just ate. Hurray for leftover pizza!

    My almost 11 year old just finished making brownies for the neighbors as a thank you for taking care of our dog while we were out of town. Thankfully, she made the 13 x 9 size so there will be extras for "sampling" before we give the rest away. Hurray for daughters who like to bake!

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Jul 13, 2010

    lapizlady - thanks for reading the blog! I actually posted the Friday Freebies on Friday but it was after 3:00 pm when the e-mail newsletter is sent out each day. We were driving back from the mountains on Friday and I didn't get back in time to post the freebies until after the e-mail was sent. You can always check the blog directly if you don't see a post you are looking for on the newsletter.

    j3434 - You are so funny! Hurray for generous parents donating veggies! Best deal I have seen on the flour tortillas is at Kroger this week - $1.00. I have been on the lookout as well since we finished up the last of the super cheap tortillas I had in the freezer.

    I realized while writing the meal plan this week that tons of the ingredients were coming from Kroger, which is usually not the case. But - this week that was the way it was. They just happened to have more of the good buys on the stuff I was using this week. I'll try to spread the deal love next week for you, though! :-)

  • j3434 Jul 13, 2010

    Oh, and have to add...deals from stores other than Kroger are preferred.

  • j3434 Jul 13, 2010

    LOVE the Fri/Sat comment. Faye, no vacations for you! ;) We have not done a garden yet at our house...our soil's so bad it will take a lot of work to get one started. We will one day. Meanwhile we have very generous parents who donate some of their bounty. Green beans last night for us. But all we use is a little tiny bit of sugar and salt and pepper...no oil. Hey, Faye, I'm on the lookout for some really good tortilla deals. We are totally out, and the prices were appalling when I checked them at the store last! I know...I know. I got complacent when I had so many leftover from my last stockup. Thanks for the meal ideas!!

  • lapizlady Jul 13, 2010

    I like the smartshopper newsletter, but the Friday Smartshopper
    came on Saturday