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Monday meal plan 1/17

Posted January 17, 2011

On the menu this week we have beef soft tacos, mushroom and spinach crepes, Beef stew, spaghetti and turkey breast. What's on your menu?



Beef soft tacos (using leftover eye of round from last night’s roast)
Spanish rice
Tangerine slices


Pasta salad with veggies
Apple slices (on sale for .99/lb at Kroger through 1/22)


Beef Stew with carrots, potatoes, mushrooms and onions (beef stew on sale last week for $1.99/lb)
Egg noodles


Spaghetti (Ronzoni garden variety pasta free at Food Lion with $1 blinkie coupon found on shelf a few weeks ago and $1 sale good through 1/18)
Garlic bread


Turkey breast (was on sale at Lowes Foods through 1/16 for .99/lb)
Sweet potatoes
Corn casserole
Tangerine slices


Not sure yet – waiting for Wed sales


Mushroom and spinach crepes (recipe at link in box above. I omit the bacon included in that recipe)
Fruit salad


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  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Jan 17, 2011


    Your question definitely makes sense. I plan my meals based on what I already have in fridge, freezer and pantry (bought in last few weeks on sales - many with coupons) and what is on sale for that week. I shop deals at at least 2 grocery stores per week to get the best buys so I don't pay $2 for a green pepper. For more info on the way I meal plan, take a look at this article, found on the front page of the blog:

    I find that Aldi, Walmart and Kroger (especially with their 10 for $10 sales) usually have good prices on produce when you can't find them for a good deal at the other stores in the ads. I wish there was an Aldi closer to me in Johnston County. I usually go to Walmart when I need green peppers or bananas, etc. and they are not on sale for a good price at the grocery store(s) I am shopping that week.

    I hope that helps. Let me know if you have any other questions.

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Jan 17, 2011

    Hi Chris - Thanks for your interest! I will probably offer it again at JCC or Wake Tech in the fall. I may offer it this summer, but not sure yet. My spring evening and weekend class schedule is pretty much set so I am sure I won't be offering it before summer.

    If you work for a company that might be interested in having me do a 1 to 1.5 hour Lunch and Learn, I do have openings for classes during the day in the next few months. I can do either/both the Cut Your Grocery Bills in Half and the Meal Planning classes as Lunch and Learns. Just send me an e-mail if you want more info:

  • cjohnson1073 Jan 17, 2011


    I'm not sure were to post this where you'd see it so I figured this might be the best bet. I really wanted to attend your meal planning class but won't be able to due to work. I didn't see any other Meal Planning 101 classes on your schedule and was wondering if this is something you might be offering down the road? Thanks for all you do for us!


  • finesse187 Jan 17, 2011

    Ms. Faye,

    Okay, that helps (flexibility). I will start planning my meals. Thanks so much for all the information you put on the blog. I've started using alot more coupons!

  • allsnug Jan 17, 2011


    Do you plan your meals after checking the sale ads? My biggest frustration has been getting a good deal on a roast or other meat and whatever store I'm shopping at wants almost $2 for a green pepper or 1.97/lb for an onion! I'm not sure how to get my salad or fixings with the sale items without losing the amount I'm saving on my item. Does that make sense?

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Jan 17, 2011

    Oh - I almost forgot! I didn;t have one day last week where I was home in time to put it in the oven and then get it out 2-3 hours later so I ended up making it in the crockpot last night! It was still very tasty but the oven version will have to wait until the next time I buy a roast. I'll let you know when I do finally try that version. If you try it first - let us know!

    I am very flexible with my meal plan, finesse. If I decide I don't want what I had planned for that night, I switch it up with something else from another night on the plan. I still stick to the plan 90% of the time, I may just make the meals on different nights than originally planned. Being flexible definitely makes it easier to stick to the over all planned meals.

  • finesse187 Jan 17, 2011

    I really need to start doing a meal plan. I often find myself looking in the fridge saying, "okay what's for dinner tonight!" Do you find it hard to stick to your plan once you've written it?

  • tammyslr Jan 17, 2011

    Hey Faye- 1st of all I hope your daughter is feeling better. No fun being sick on a holiday. Did I miss a post or have you not commented on the eye of round in the oven. I really interested to see how it turned out. thanks

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Jan 17, 2011

    Sorry I am not posting very much today - youngest daughter woke up with funky eye thing and we had a visit to the CVS minute clinic. VERY nice nurse practitioner and the pharmacy filled her script very quickly. I was so impressed. Needless to say - with the kids home for the holiday and 1 sick, not much blogging getting done today. I'll be back in force tonight after they head to bed though!