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Monday meal plan 1/31

Posted January 31, 2011

I am trying two new Indian recipes this week: Spinach Dhal and Indian Tofu Curry. I had the Spinach Dhal at a friend's house last week and it was fabulous! We also have some family favorites on the menu as well including an Italian pasta bake, beef stew and creamy baked chicken. What's on your menu?


Teriyaki tofu and veggie stir fry
(The regular price of Nasoya tofu is now $2.19 at Harris Teeter and I have .75/1 coupons that were sent when I joined the newsletter at nasoya.com so the total price is only .69 per container after doubled coupon– an excellent price! The veggies are Bird’s Eye frozen stir fry peppers mix on sale BOGO through 2/1 at HT - .50/2 coupon)

Long grain rice – free Comet rice from sale and coupon combo a couple months ago

Orange slices (on sale just about everywhere right now)


Beef stew with carrots and potatoes cooked in slow cooker

Egg noodles

Steamfresh peas (BOGO at HT through 2/1 - .50/2 coupon from a few weeks ago)


Sandwich night (Boca veggie burgers on sale at Kroger as part of the buy 10 get $5 off mega event and used $1/2 coupon. Total after sale, mega event discount and coupon = $2 per box)

Pasta salad

Orange slices


Italian pasta bake (see recipe below)

Garlic bread

Steamed broccoli


Baked chicken breast (bought on sale for $1.97/lb a couple weeks ago – frozen chicken breast is on sale through 2/1 at Harris Teeter and Food Lion)

Egg noodles

Steamed carrots (carrots on sale at Harris Teeter for $1.47 for a 2 lb bag - .73/lb)


Indian Tofu Curry (This is a new recipe for me but looked so tasty and I thought it would work well with the Spinach Dhal. As mentioned in the Monday meal, Harris Teeter has a great buy on tofu with the e-mailed coupons from the Nasoya newsletter. There are also a number of Chicken Curry recipes on allrecipes.com if tofu is not your thing)

Click HERE for the Tofu Curry recipe.

Click HERE for the Chicken Curry recipes.

Spinach Dhal (I had this Indian lentil soup at a friend’s house last week and it was wonderful. I am going to use a recipe similar to hers from Allrecipes.com.

Click HERE for the Spinach Dhal recipe.

Spicy Mahatma Saffron Yellow Rice


Super Bowl party at a friend’s house – I am bringing an appetizer and a dessert (not sure exactly what appetizer and dessert, yet!) I will be posting some Super Bowl Party recipe links on Tuesday on the blog.

Italian Pasta Bake


1 lb pasta (penne, ziti or rotini work well), cooked and drained
1 jar pasta sauce, 24 – 26 oz
1 can diced tomatoes, undrained (approx. 14 oz, plain or garlic and basil version work well)
4 oz can sliced mushrooms or 4 oz fresh mushrooms (fresh mushrooms cooked in microwave or sautéed to reduce water content)
½ onion, chopped
1 green pepper chopped
4 oz shredded mozzarella or Italian blend cheese (to use in casserole)
2 oz shredded mozzarella or Italian blend cheese (to sprinkle on top of casserole)
2 oz. parmesan cheese
Garlic powder, to taste
Italian seasoning, to taste
Pepper, to taste

Combine all ingredients in large casserole dish except parmesan cheese and 2 oz mozzarella cheese. Sprinkle 2 oz mozzarella and 2 oz. parmesan cheese on top. Bake for 35 minutes in 350 degree oven. Serve with side salad and garlic bread. Enjoy!

I have made this recipe many times with different variations including adding one of the following to the recipe above:
12 oz cottage cheese to make it more like lasagna
½ lb cooked chicken, chopped or shredded
½ lb cooked Italian sausage, sliced or cubed
1 package of tofu chopped
1 box frozen spinach, cooked and drained instead of green pepper


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  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Feb 1, 2011

    I admit - I am too cheap to buy crock pot liners! That's what husband's are for - scrubbing! LOL

  • Nancy Feb 1, 2011

    I agree, Faye, turkey breast in the crock pot is the only way to go. Just did one last week myself - on low for 12 hours LOL - overnight and when I got back from a Dr's appt it was still there, ready and moist as ever.

    Falls off the bone.

    And if you use crock pot liners (Reynolds) it's the easiest clean up ever!

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Feb 1, 2011

    Wow - you have quite the challenge at meal time, RCC! I feel for you and can see why meal planning may not always work for you.

    K - you have a great excuse since 1/2 your house is barely eating solid foods or is not even to that stage at all. I remember that during those blurry-2-in-diapers-at-the-same-time years, I was happy to get spaghetti on the table with a vegetable at the same time. Glad to hear you liked the chicken.

  • Oxymoron02 Feb 1, 2011

    Even if I was inclined to meal plan ... in my house there's just no point. My daughter is a vegetarian. My son thinks bacon is a food group. My husband's GI system was taken over by aliens and communication with the mothership has been scrambled for YEARS (there's no telling *if* he'll be up for eating AT ALL on any given day, forget at any given time). I had our anniversary "dinner" prepped and ready to cook by 11 am because "all day" was my best shot at getting it in him (he didn't ask for it until 10:30 pm, love midnight dinners).

  • kpeele Jan 31, 2011

    Still haven't made it to actual meal planning stage yet, but I'm making progress. Tonight we had the sour cream chicken Faye linked to last week and it was very yummy! I've made the Italian Pasta Bake recipe Faye gives here a few times now (since the last time she shared it)...and my husband really likes it when I add some ground beef and italian sausage.

  • Oxymoron02 Jan 31, 2011

    One down side to having teenagers is that no one wants to eat what you want to cook. One up side to having teenagers is that when they don't want to eat what you want to cook you get to point to the stove and say "mi appliances es su appliances" and they cook what they want.

    I don't meal plan so much as I anticipate what my kids will eat at any given time and try to keep it in the house. We go through a LOT of pasta, hummus, bacon and spinach.

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Jan 31, 2011

    Thanks for sharing kcampbell! I plan on having the BOGO HT ravioli on the meal plan next week. Forgot it was in the big freezer when I did the menu for this week. Thanks for the reminder! LOL

  • kcampbell113 Jan 31, 2011

    Monday - Baked Ravioli (BOGO at Lowes); melon from sales recently
    Tuesday - Veg Soup (have a bunch in the freezer made from ham leftovers); crkers, PB&J; leftover melon
    Weds - Baked Talapia (BOGO at Lowes a few weeks ago); a frozen veg from sales; boxed mac & cheese; orange slices
    Thurs - Bacon wrapped chicken in crockpot; egg noodles; frozen veg from sales; orange slices or canned pineapple
    Fri - DiGornio Pizza from Kroger sale with a $3 off 2 coupon found on a beer display; cut up veggies with dip
    Sat - Leftovers

  • t0tAlChA0s Jan 31, 2011

    Thanks for that info Faye. You just made my mouth water...is it dinner time yet? oohh that "yummy creamy noodle casserole". I will have to try that. OK hand over that recipe...lol for the yummy creamy part! Wonder how that would be with turkey in it. Looks like we might find out on Sat.

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Jan 31, 2011

    Sounds great, total! I always laugh at what the spam filter will not allow us to type!

    Thanks for sharing.

    FYI - in case I forgot to share - the turkey breast I made in the slow cooker 2 weeks ago was so delicious and we had leftovers in a yummy creamy noodle casserole the next night. First time making turkey breast in the slow cooker and I highly recommend it!