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Monday meal plan 3/14

Posted March 14, 2011

This week on the menu we have Shrimp Voila, grilled chicken, salmon burgers, spinach enchiladas and more.  We are still in the process of moving so any free time is spent hauling stuff from one house to the other. My lack of time to spend in the kitchen is reflected in this week's menu. The good news is there is no take-out or fast food on the meal plan and I am using up some of the easy to fix meals in the freezer like Shrimp Voila and salmon burgers. 

What's on your menu?


Shrimp Voila (bought on sale BOGO a few weeks ago and I add about 4 more oz. of cooked pasta and a bag of Steamfresh to it to stretch it. Sometimes I add some tofu while stir frying it to increase the protein. Plus it’s not as oily with added pasta and veggies)

Orange slices (on sale just about everywhere right now including Kroger for $5.99 for an 8 lb bag)


Spinach enchiladas


Sugar snap peas


Breakfast for dinner: Scrambled eggs and pancakes

Fruit salad (Kroger has a bunch of fruit on sale with week including strawberries for $1.88/lb, mangoes for $1 each and cantaloupe for $1.50 each)


Soup & sandwich night while I work late and hubby is in charge of dinner


Baked cheese ravioli (BOGO at HT through 3/15)



Grilled chicken

Pasta salad with veggies

Cantaloupe (on sale at Kroger for $1.50 through 3/19)


Salmon burgers (on sale BOGO at Lowes Foods through 3/15 - we love these things and they are so easy to make on the skillet)



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  • Oxymoron02 Mar 14, 2011

    I appreciate that you, and many of your readers, are looking to lose a few pounds. Inspite of an open kitchen full of food, my kids, unlike myself, are both really skinny. I also don't buy much junk food, like 6 bags of chips a year, 6 packages of cookies a year, so if they want sweets, they gotta make 'em themselves.

    In all seriousness, the easiest way to avoid eating junk is to just not buy it. My kids can have sweets whenever they want, they just have to scratch bake them. Epic laziness prevent us from over-consuming sweets. The walking skeleton presented me with a shopping list, and per "Mom's rules of cooking" I went out and bought what he needed.

    This evening, my 14 year old son attempted Alton Brown's shoo-fly pie. Neither of us has ever had shoo-fly pie. I don't really like a lot of sugar, so I had a sliver about a half inch wide. I don't know if he did it right, having nothing to compare it to. He liked it. It was a bit sweet for my taste.

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Mar 14, 2011

    Good job on the raincheck Finesse!

    The dressing sounds delicious, jdouglas. Thanks for sharing.

    These salmon burgers sound pretty similar to your mom's except they are larger - the size of a hamburger, Karen. The nice thing is that since they are frozen, you can just cook one for yourself and put the rest back in the freezer for another time. They don't have to have salmon, but you get to enjoy it easily and frugally!

  • finesse187 Mar 14, 2011

    karenmorris17, I make those from time to time. I just had having to separate the bones, skin, etc. from the salmon.
    Faye, my LF were out of them. Did get my rain check!

  • jdouglas13 Mar 14, 2011

    An easy dinner for a future night when you already have the grill on is to grill a few extra boneless chicken breasts or thighs, and then slice them the next night and arrange over a salad. Top with a little blue cheese or gorgonzola if you like, then a simple homemade vinagrette dressing made out of cider vinegar, olive oil, a bit of honey, and little mustard, S&P. Put all the dressing into a screw-top jar, shake, and it's good to go. For extra flavor, marinate the chicken overnight or a few hours ahead before grilling in a mixture of olive oil, lemon juice, garlic powder, and Italian herb blend. Very simple and very delicious.

  • karenmorris17 Mar 14, 2011

    The salmon burgers sound great! I'll have to make a trip to Lowe's Food this week to buy some. I wonder if these are similar to the "Salmon Patties" my Mom makes. The ingredients for salmon patties include 1 can of salmon, 1 egg, about 1/4 cup cornmeal, and chopped onion (probably 1/4 cup or so). Mash them all together until well blended. Form sausage size patties out of the mixture and fry both sides of the patties in oil until browned. I still make these every once in a while (they are good!) but my husband and daughter refuse to eat them because they don't like fish.

  • finesse187 Mar 14, 2011

    Faye, Thanks!! I will certainly get one if they don't have any!

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Mar 14, 2011

    Ummm...pie = calories I really don't need right now so I will pass. The pizza I ate while moving yesterday did not help, either.

    I will however have 3.14159265 calories worth of dessert (equaling 1 gummy bear I believe) tonight after dinner. Happy? ;-)

  • Oxymoron02 Mar 14, 2011

    Y'know, I miss the days when the geeks owned the internet.

    It's Pi day.

    You're not having pie today.

    None of the daily deals make cheeky mention of offering pie.

    I'm disappointed. :(

    I need to get my son in the kitchen so he can bake us our obligatory Pi day pie. The kids usually each get to make one, but my daughter is too interested in friends to bake today.

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Mar 14, 2011

    Thanks, Finesse. Sometimes simple is best.

    I know you already know this - but make sure you get a rain check if they are out. They will be in stock next week and you can then get them at the BOGO price once they are re-stocked.

  • finesse187 Mar 14, 2011

    good menu!! I didn't see any salmon burgers at my local LF :( on Wed. when I went grocery shopping last week. Will check again before the sale ends!