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Monday meal plan 10-18

Posted October 18, 2010

Salmon burgers, baked tofu and ravioli, baked mushroom chicken and breakfast for dinner this week! What's on your menu?


Baked tofu and ravioli (tofu $1.19 at Whole Foods, Celantano Frozen Light Cheese Ravioli BOGO at HT for $2.10 through 10/19, Lowes Foods brand pasta sauce $1.39 through 10/19, garlic powder)



Salmon burgers (Trident salmon burgers BOGO at Lowes Foods for $3.00 for 4 burgers through 10/19)

Broccoli slaw


Baked mushroom chicken (Sanderson Farms boneless chicken breast on sale for $1.99 at Lowes Foods through 10/19 and Tyson boneless chicken breast on sale at Kroger for $1.99 through 10/23)

Mahatma rice (free at Lowes Foods with .75/2 coupon from 8/29 and sale through 10/19)

Broccoli (on sale for $1.50 a bunch at Kroger through 10/23)


I'm working late so it's spaghetti, garlic bread, sugar snap peas and tangerine slices for dinner (Ronzoni garden pasta free with $1 coupon found at coupon box on shelves and $1 sale at FL,  tangerines on sale at Kroger through 10/19 for $2.99 for a 3 lb bag)


Bagels and cream cheese (cream cheese free from Food Lion a couple weeks ago using sale and $5/5 Kraft coupon)

Broccoli slaw (see recipe below, this is the ramen noodle slaw recipe - the kids love this salad and it pairs very well with the bagels)


Not quite sure yet


Breakfast for dinner!

French toast

Scrambled eggs (Davidson eggs on sale BOGO at Lowes Foods through 10/19 for $1.75 per dozen - use .75/1 printable coupon doubled  = .25 per dozen! - link is in box above)

Boca veggie sausage (on at Kroger last week with $1 coupon)

Fruit salad (waiting to see what fruit is on sale starting Wednesday)


Broccoli Slaw with Ramen Noodles Recipe

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 apple cider 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 Oct 20, 2010

    Meal plan took a detour tonight. Didn't get home in time to make the chicken so we had turkey sandwiches, sugar snap peas and popcicles! Mushroom chicken is now on the menu for Saturday night!

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Oct 19, 2010

    Rebecca, your beef stew sounds great! We all love breakfast for dinner as well - especially with those 25 cent/dozen eggs!

    We definitely do leftovers. I leave at least one night open on the meal plan which is sometimes a leftover night.Sometimes we ditch one of the nights on the planned menu if we have leftovers. Sometimes we have the leftovers for lunch, instead. Sometimes I freeze the leftovers to eat another night. the case of cold pizza....we have leftovers for breakfast! LOL :-)

    Thanks for sharing your menu!

  • swirlgirl027 Oct 19, 2010

    We had crockpot beef stew yesterday - wonderful to come home from the fair to a nice hearty meal. We're also having breakfast for dinner with eggs, pancakes and veggie sausage patties. And, salmon filets with baked potatoes.

    I always look for your meal plans and I love getting new ideas from them. In fact - my family loves the baked ravioli recipe I tried because of you and it is now a staple on our menu.

    Faye - I have a question - does your family ever have leftover night? It seems like there is always some leftovers for us and it makes it nice to "use up" a day with a family smorgasboard.

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Oct 19, 2010

    The tofu in the baked ravioli was a hit last night. Since tofu takes on the flavor of whatever you are cooking, it just tasted like the rest of the ravioli and added a nice, lean, frugal protein boost to the meal. Kids and hubby all liked it and ate seconds! In addition to the peas on the menu, I also served creamed spinach and added that to my ravioli. So delicious. Even my 9 year old added some to hers!

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Oct 18, 2010

    You are so right - the broccoli slaw is surprisingly delicious, Booster!

  • Boostershot Oct 18, 2010

    I've had the Broccoli Slaw with Ramen Noodles before and it is absolutely delicious.

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Oct 18, 2010

    Hi Elayne,
    The sale is at Lowes Foods through tomorrow (Tuesday) and the printable coupon link is now at the top of the age in the box. Hope that helps!

  • elaynerauch Oct 18, 2010

    I have forgotten where to find the Davidson egg deal and coupon. Thanks for the help.