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Monday meal plan 1/10

Posted January 10, 2011

On the menu this week we have a beef roast, spinach quesadillas, veggie burgers and Cajun chicken and shrimp. I'm thinking of trying a unique oven baked roast recipe and would love our opinion.

What's on your menu this week?


Tyson chicken breast tenders (25 oz bag was $3.55 with coupon doubled at HT this week – doubling good through 1/11)

Sweet potatoes (.39/lb bought from local farmer in bulk)

Spinach salad (free bag of Dole spinach from Food Lion with text offer I posted about a couple days ago – still valid so click on the link in the box above for the details)


Spinach, rice and cheese quesadillas with guacamole (free at Lowes Foods this week with $2 printable I posted last week)

Refried beans


Tangerine slices


Cajun chicken, shrimp and pasta frozen T.G.I. Friday’s meal that was BOGO a couple weeks ago (and I had a coupon, of course!). I’ll be adding extra whole wheat pasta and shrimp to stretch the meal for 4 people.

Sugar snap peas


Eye of round roast – I am trying to decide between a slow cooker recipe and a unique oven baked recipe. The oven baked one uses a new approach for me – cook on 475 degrees for 7 minutes per lb and then let sit in closed oven for 2 and 1/2 hours. The reviews are great for this version. The slow cooker recipe is so nice because I can include the veggies in with the roast, put it in the slow cooker that morning and it's ready for dinner.The recipes are in the box above. Take a look and let me know what you think.

Anyone ever bake a roast in the oven like this before?

Egg noodles




Veggie burgers

Pasta salad with veggies (green pepper, mushrooms, onion, tomato)

Tangerine slices


Out to dinner with a Groupon coupon


Not quite sure yet.


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  • mrsgranola Jan 12, 2011

    Well, just remember, a regular 'ole oven (or some version of one came) before the slow cookers. Oven roasts are wonderful!

  • Nancy Jan 11, 2011

    And during the winter, an oven recipe is nice because of the heat it generates :) Summer ... not so much lol

    Sounds fantastic though! I'm sure the meat stays juicy without being under constant heat.

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Jan 10, 2011

    Ok - You convinced me - I am going to try the oven recipe. I'll take pictures and report back about the great roast adventure.

    I hope the spinach coupon works in Pittsboro, cath. Bring in your phone and show them the text they sent saying you get the free Dole Salad. Since it does not specify type or size, they may take it off manually.

    Sarah - It was so nice to see you as well. Your little one is absolutely adorable!

  • pirategirl12 Jan 10, 2011

    Faye, on Christmas Day I cook a whole prime rib (boneless) in the oven similar to that. I was a HUGE skeptic! The directions were something like cook @ 450 for an hour and turn over off...do not open! When its time for dinner, turn on the oven to 350 and cook for 20 minutes. It didn't say how long until dinner or anything. I was thinking that I was about to ruin my "splurge" piece of meat! Not to mention that hubby and I like our prime medium rare so how in the world would it turn out correctly?? Guess what?!? PERFECT! It was amazing and melt-in-your-mouth good! Who would have thunk it??

  • JaredsMom Jan 10, 2011

    I always do the slow cooker thing with my roasts, but I'm curious to know how this oven version would be. Sounds good, but to me it's hard to beat the tenderness the slow cooker gives you!

  • t0tAlChA0s Jan 10, 2011

    On the roast....well....uummmm...hhmmmm...for me, I've never been one to eat any kind of meat that has ANY pink, red, purple, or orange (lol) in it. Mine has to be burnt to a crisp (as the hubby said). He said I don't know what I'm missing...yes I do...I'm missing the mooooo. =)

  • t0tAlChA0s Jan 10, 2011

    lol You are too funny Faye. When I read your first post, I thought ut-oh...Hopefully you corrected it in time. lol You know us regulars don't care how or what you type...Just as long as you keep typing those deals.

  • cathcartp Jan 10, 2011

    I got the texted Food Lion coupon too but my store in Siler City didn't recognize it for Spinach :(. Will try another store in Pittsboro....maybe I'll have better luck!

  • shall6 Jan 10, 2011

    That's exactly how my mom made beef roast growing up and it always came out delicious. Good to run into you at HT this morning Faye!

    Sarah (of Go Ask Mom)

  • CuriousT Jan 10, 2011

    I haven't tried that yet, but found something similar in Guideposts magazine for Turkey. Trisha Yearwood does the same thing with her turkey as this eye of round, though the time/weight ratios are a little different.