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Monday meal plan 1-3

Posted January 3, 2011

It's the first meal plan of the new year with a good variety of tasty, frugal and healthy meals. Enjoy and feel free to share your menu as well!


BBQ Beef in slow cooker

Baked beans

Steamed carrots (baby carrots on sale at Lowes Foods for .98/lb through 1-4)


Soup and salad

Crusty bread


Chicken parmesan (boneless chicken breast $1.99/lb at Lowes Foods through 1-4) There is a link to an easy recipe in the box above.




Baked tilapia

Long grain and wild rice

Sugar snap peas

Clementine slices (on sale just about everywhere for $1 - $1.33/lb)


Pizza night! Palermos pizza on sale BOGO at Lowes Foods through 1-4 for $3.50 - $1 printable coupon (coupon exp 12/31) = $2.50


Apple slices (.99/lb at Kroger through 1-8)


Not sure yet – waiting for Wednesday sales to decide


Maybe breakfast for dinner, possibly crepes



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  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Jan 4, 2011

    steph - like K, I plan my meals based primarily on what I already have in my fridge, freezer & pantry that I bought on sale (many with coupons) when they were a good deal. I also shop for those additional items I need to complete the meal plan each week as well as fresh produce & meat. For more details on how I meal plan, copy and paste this link (which you can also find on the main page of this blog in the Meal Planning 101 box).

    You can also find a link to my meal planner and some recipes and meal photos on my website at:

    Meal planning has been such a stress reducer because I no longer have that panic moment at 5 when everyone starts asking what's for dinner and I have to throw something together asap. We eat healthier because I plan the high quality proteins & veggies & we spend less because we don't have any emergency trips to the drive through.

  • kcampbell113 Jan 3, 2011

    To stephkenner - you can save a lot if you have a menu! A preplanned menu means you buy only what you need and you also get everything you need so you don't realize you're missing an ingredient at the last minute and wind up eating out. I have a freezer now and a large pantry that I keep stocked with things bought on sale and base my menu plans off of what I have on hand then just shop for whatever is needed to round out the meal - fresh produce, rolls, etc. I think this saves more money because you can't always get what you need for a recipe on sale in a given week - you will get some of the ingredients but not all.

  • j3434 Jan 3, 2011

    faye, i'm just going to come to your house one of these weeks. ;) i am SUPER excited b/c i have an unexpected "free" meal for myself coming up. got an outback gift card from an appreciative coach this season, used it last night on takeout. they were out of baked potatoes! is that possible?! :) got mashed potatoes instead. that's practically DOUBLE the amt of potatoes as a baked and got all the cheese and green onions, etc that go with it. as i can never eat all my steak in one night, i now have steak and potatoes along with some leftover 99 cent salad from lowe's foods last week. yippee for me!!! (doesn't take much!)

  • stephkenner Jan 3, 2011

    Is it easier to shop better & save money if you have a menu? And when do you plan your menu? Is it stuff you already have or do you plan your menu by the weekly sales?