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Monday meal plan 10-11

Posted October 11, 2010

On the menu this week we have baked flounder, chicken tacos, stuffed peppers and grilled chicken. The kids always love taco night. I am looking forward to the stuffed peppers! What's on your menu this week?


Baked Flounder with Parmesan (Beacon Light frozen fish BOGO from Lowes Foods a few weeks ago)
Uncle Ben’s Roasted Garlic and Olive Oil long grain and wild rice
Sugar snap peas
Grapes (.99/lb at Food Lion through 10/12)


Chicken tacos (Using $1.79/lb boneless chicken breasts from Lowes Foods on sale a couple weeks ago and Old El Paso taco shells from Lowes Foods with store and manufacturer’s coupons. Split chicken breasts are on sale at Kroger this week for .99/lb through 10/16)
Lettuce, tomatoes, shredded cheese and sour cream on tacos
Pear slices (.99/lb at Kroger through 10/16)


Tofu stuffed green peppers with rice, cheese, tofu, onion– see recipe below
Croissants (Pillsbury croissants on sale with coupon during HT super doubles last month)


I am working late so it’s sandwich night
Pasta Salad (which I will make the night before)
Steamfresh peas


Pizza night! – DiGiorno pizza from Kroger using $1 coupon and Kroger Mega sale = $2.99
Creamy spinach
Apple slices (Gala apples on sale at Kroger through 10/16 for $3.99 for a 5 lb bag = .80/lb)


Grilled chicken with Italian dressing
Baked sweet potatoes


Possibly mushroom crepes (not quite sure yet...)

Tofu Stuffed Peppers Recipe

There are many variations on stuffed peppers. I usually make them with tofu or crumbled veggie burgers as a hearty vegetarian meal. They are also great with cooked chicken or ground beef. Steam the peppers in the microwave to soften and lesson cooking time in the oven.


4 red or green peppers
1 block firm or extra firm tofu, patted dry with towel and cubed
2.5 cups cooked mexican rice (1 pouch Knorr Fiesta Sides Mexican Rice works well)
1 cup shredded Mexican or cheddar cheese for inside of peppers
¼ cup shredded cheese for top of peppers
1 can diced tomatoes with garlic and spices
½ onion chopped
Garlic powder to taste
Pepper to taste

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Cut off top of peppers and core. Place peppers standing up in microwaveable glass pan. Add 1/3 cup water to bottom of pan. Microwave on high approximately 3-4 minutes until softened (length of time depends on size of peppers). Do not overcook or peppers will be too mushy to stuff. In medium mixing bowl, combine the cubed tofu, cooked rice, 1 cup shredded cheese, diced tomatoes including juice in can, chopped onion, garlic and pepper. Remove steamed peppers from microwave, empty any water still in them and place upright in baking dish. Fill peppers with tofu and rice mixture. If there is extra mixture (because the peppers are smaller), place it in the pan around the peppers. Bake at 350 degrees uncovered for 20 minutes. Sprinkle shredded cheese on top of peppers and bake for additional 5 minutes. Makes 4 servings.

Cost breakdown:

Whole Foods Firm Tofu: $1.20
Green Peppers: $4.00 (usually $1 each at Walmart)
Knorr Fiesta Sides Mexican Rice Pouch: $0.50 with sale and coupon
Shredded Cheese: Free from Kroger sale months ago – cheese stored in freezer
Can of diced tomatoes: $0.25 with sale and coupon
½ onion, chopped $.30
Garlic powder and pepper: $.05

Total cost for dish: $6.30
Cost per serving: $1.57

**If the peppers are large, we usually have 1 stuffed pepper left over to share for lunch the next day since most of us don’t eat an entire stuffed pepper at one meal (as much as I might like to eat a whole one!). The total cost for the dish ends up being closer to $4.72 ($1.18 per person) since we only use 3 stuffed peppers for dinner.


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  • j3434 Oct 12, 2010

    bob, that is the most random game i have ever played. i never did get the hang of it, but i did win 2 q's, so i must've done well enough. thanks!!!

  • BobDole2012 Oct 12, 2010

    Didn't know where to put this but if you like Kraft Macaroni & Cheese then you can go to their website and play a spinning game to win coupons. You can also Play as many times as you want.

  • kcampbell113 Oct 11, 2010

    We are having smoked sausage bought on sale with a coupon, perogies, and applesauce tomorrow. Weds will probably be soup or sandwiches as we have a 5pm airport pickup and I keep homemade soup in the freezer. Thursday is stouffers lasagna from the recent sales with the $1 coupon.

    A favorite taco filling of mine is a crockpot recipe:layer 1 bag of frozen corn, 1 can drained black beans, 2 lbs boneless/skinless chicken breast, sprinkle a packet of taco seasoning mix over the chicken breast, pour 2 cups salsa over. cook all day on low - I usually use frozen chicken breast as mine cooks 10-11 hours. Shred the chicken breast and mix all together. This makes a few meals for us and the leftovers can be used a variety of ways. I some in the freezer that I want to make enchiladas with.

  • autumn_nut Oct 11, 2010

    I'm having Potato, Broccoli and Sausage skillet one night. Prep time is 25 min. and total time is 35 min. And only 200 calories per serving with 6 grams of fat. It's my total dream dinner and I've been waiting for it to turn a little cool so I can make it!

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Oct 11, 2010

    That is so funny erin - he doesn't realize it's not chicken! Shhh - nobody tell him. :-)

    For a while Whole Foods and TJ's extra firm tofu was about the same price - about $1.79 (within .10 of each other) When I was at Whole Foods last week, I saw that their firm tofu was only $1.19. Needless to say, I bought plenty to hold us over for a little while.

    I think I need to try the pad thai soon. Thanks!

  • j3434 Oct 11, 2010

    i'm comin' to your house. :)

  • erinlikescoupons Oct 11, 2010

    I'll have to check it out at Whole Foods next time. We usually end up getting it at Trader Joe's. I make pad thai about once a month and put it in that. That's my husband's favorite meal. I've also made curry "chicken" salad like the one they have at Earth Fare. Every other time, I use tofu. My husband still doesn't realize it's not chicken. :)

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Oct 11, 2010

    Thanks Erin! I have printed that coupon and keep waiting for a Nasoya sale to match with it. Until then, the $1.19 tofu at Whole Foods is a great deal. I wish the grocery store tofu prices would come down.

    Do you eat tofu, Erin? If so, how do you like to prepare it?

  • erinlikescoupons Oct 11, 2010

    If you use tofu often, Nosoya has a coupon on Mambo Sprouts...