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Monday meal plan 3/7

Posted March 7, 2011

This week is still a bit of a challenge as we continue to move over to the new house. Between the rain on Sunday and the soccer games and practices on Saturday, we did not get as much done as we had hoped. I vow to move the rest of the dishes and knives over today, though! I’ll do my best to provide balanced, healthy, tasty and frugal selections for the family. We’ll see how that goes!

What’s on your menu this week? Anyone trying any new recipes?


Baked ravioli and tofu (Ravioli is BOGO at HT this week through Tuesday, Nasoya tofu is on sale for $2 through Tuesday and I used the last of my .75/1 coupons from Tofu-u newsletter to make them .50 each, Prego sauce on sale as an e-vic at HT through Tuesday with .60/3 coupon)

Broccoli (Steamfresh on sale BOGO with $1/3 coupon at HT through Tuesday)

Apple slices


I am working late so hubby is in charge of soup and sandwich night!


Tuna casserole – it was on the menu for last week but it didn’t happen so guess what – here it is again this week!

Sugar snap peas

Orange slices (on sale at Kroger this week)


Spinach and cheese quesadillas

Spanish rice



Slow Cooker mushroom chicken (chicken breast $1.99/lb at Kroger through 3/12) - see recipe below

Egg Noodles

Steamed carrots (2 lb bag of fresh carrots $1.47 at HT)


Leftovers or breakfast for dinner – we’ll see


Date night – going out to dinner with hubby using a Groupon and then to see Colin Hay in concert at the Clayton Center! Can’t wait to see him live (he was the lead singer of Men in Black many, many years ago and is now a wonderful solo artist!). Anyone else going? Anyone else know who I am even talking about? LOL


Recipe for Creamy Mushroom Chicken in the Slow Cooker


3 boneless skinless chicken breasts (approx. 1.50 – 1.75 lbs)
½ can Progresso creamy mushroom soup (or a can of condensed Campbell's cream of mushroom soup and a can of milk mixed together)
4 -8 oz. mushrooms, sliced
Approx. 1 tsp garlic powder
½ tsp black pepper
½ tsp Italian spices

Put chicken in crockpot. Add mushrooms and spices. Pour soup over ingredients. Cook on low approx. 6- 7 hours or on high 3.5 – 4 hours until chicken is cooked. If sauce is too thin for you, add flour to thicken. Serve chicken breast slices in mushroom sauce on a bed of egg noodles and a side salad or veggie. Serves 4.



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  • LAXMom12 Mar 8, 2011

    The crescents are also great for the crust of a chicken pan pie or breakfast casserole and my kids like to take the individual triangles and put chocolate chips in the large end and roll them up and bake them - quick dessert with chocolate.

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Mar 8, 2011

    jlamick - I switch back and forth between a pre-made Spanish rice mix like Lipton/Knorr and a homemade rice mix with no real recipe. I usually throw in whatever rice I have on hand, a can of diced tomatoes, some green chilis and spices. Sometimes I use just garlic and pepper. Sometimes I use taco or fajita flavoring from the packets. Just depends what I have on hand. Nothing fancy but the kids like it so it works.

    Nancy - the Pillsbury crescent idea sounds great.

    happymomma - it's just pasta, butter and cheese (with a little garlic sprinkled on for added taste). We often use the Bestlife buttery spray (no cals or fat) and 2% shredded cheese. The kids like it simple. I like it simple. Simple is good! LOL My husband usually adds some Mrs Dash or Tabasco so his has a real kick.

  • Nancy Mar 7, 2011

    You could even use fajita mix of meat/veggies already cooked up, just add cheese! Even a full-on all veggie stuffing would be wonderful too, just precook any ingredients since the baking is strictly to bake the 'pockets' and melt the cheese.

  • Nancy Mar 7, 2011

    sheesh, I'm tired, lots of typos in that post :(

  • Nancy Mar 7, 2011

    Overwhelmed with free cans of Pillsbury crescent rolls? Here's a wonderful, quick idea!

    unroll an 8 count can, cut into four sections (rectangle containing two crescent rolls). Pinch the seam of the two crescents together to create a solid rectangle (you will have rectangles from one can)

    Fill with the following combinations to your liking:
    ~shaved deli lunch meat and shredded cheese
    ~ scrambled eggs and cooked bacon pieces and shredded cheese
    ~ cooked italian sausage, cooked pepperoni (micro 20 seconds to remove grease) and shredded cheese of your choosing and a touch of spagetti or pizza sauce

    Place on ingredients on half of the rectangle, not close to the edge. Fold closed, and use a fork tines to seal edges.

    Brush with whipped egg (whole egg, including yolk) and bake @350 for 12-14 minutes.

    Wonderful and quick to make!

  • happymomma Mar 7, 2011

    What is in your bow-tie noodles in the pic? Looks yummy!

  • jlamick86 Mar 7, 2011

    Faye, I was wondering if you used a pre-made Spanish rice mix or if you make your own. If you make your own do you mind sharing your recipe, I have not been able to find a good and healthy Spanish rice recipe.