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Monday meal plan 5/16

Posted May 16, 2011

On the menu this week we have a request from my 11-year old: Baked Ravioli. I am also serving chicken tacos, shrimp poppers, spinach salad, sweet potatoes, breakfast for dinner and pizza. What's on your menu this week?






Baked spinach ravioli (on sale at Lowes Foods for $3.50) – see recipe below

Spinach salad with tomatoes, cukes, carrots, onions, olives and croutons and a light parmesan romano dressing


I am working late and hubby is taking kids to an end of season soccer party so no cooking tonight (I will probably have a veggie burger on 1 piece whole wheat bread with spinach, tomato and light mayo for dinner after I get home)


Palermo’s pizza (they are Buy 2 Get 3 Free at Lowes Foods through 5/17. There is a $1/2 coupon on their website at the link in the box above)

Chopped tomato and cucumber salad with light parmesan romano

Corn on cob (on sale at Kroger for .29 each through 5/21, .30 each at Lowes Foods through 5/17, .33 each at Harris Teeter and Food Lion through 5/17)


Chicken tacos (we do a chicken taco “buffet” with all the ingredients in different bowls and then everyone gets to create their ultimate tacos choosing from seasoned chicken breast, shredded cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, onion, black olives, salsa, sour cream and either hard taco shells or soft flour tortillas. The kids love it – so do I!
Chicken breasts were $1.99/lb a few weeks ago and I froze them until ready to use

Spanish rice

Cantaloupe (BOGO at Harris Teeter through 5/17 and $1.99 at Food Lion through 5/17)


Shrimp Poppers (from a BOGO Fisher Boy deal a few weeks ago)

Sweet potatoes (There are from the same batch of potatoes that we bought in a 40 lb box last fall from a local sweet potato farmer for 35 cents per lb. They have now ripened perfectly and taste amazing!)

Orange slices (on sale at Lowes Foods in 4 lb bag for $2.99 through 5/17)


Not sure yet…maybe something grilled


Breakfast for dinner!

Scrambled eggs with a little shredded cheese melted on top

Morningstar veggie bacon

Honey wheat toast (with fat free spray butter)

Fruit (depends on what is on sale starting Wednesday) – may do a fruit salad)

Baked Spinach and Cheese Ravioli

1 bag frozen light cheese, spinach and cheese, meat or cheese ravioli, approx. 24 oz
1 jar pasta sauce, approx. 26 oz
4 oz. shredded 2% mozzarella cheese or Italian cheese mix
2 oz. grated Parmesan cheese
Garlic powder and Italian spices to taste
Optional: 4 oz sliced mushrooms, ½ diced onion, 1 diced green pepper and/or 1 cup fresh spinach.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spoon 1/3 jar over bottom of 13 X 9 pan. Place frozen ravioli on bottom of pan evenly. If you have a couple extra ravioli once bottom is covered, place them on top of other ravioli. Pour the remaining sauce over ravioli and around the edges to cover the ravioli. Add spices to taste. Sprinkle the shredded cheese and the parmesan cheese over the top. Cover with tin foil & bake for 25 minutes. Remove foil and bake for another 10 minutes. Serve with garlic bread and salad. Enjoy!

Additions: Add your favorite veggies (preferably sautéed) like spinach, green peppers, onions and mushrooms or diced cooked chicken or cubed tofu to this dish. Place them on top of the ravioli before adding the sauce and cheese.


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  • BSW2MSW May 16, 2011

    We had corn on the cob from Lowe's Foods last night. It was SO good--very little butter needed, so it was healthier too! It was fun to shuck it with my little girl too!

  • prisskat May 16, 2011

    I made a "concoction" last night that turned out super yummy. kind of a take chinese chicken. Took 3 chicken breast cut into cubes cooked w/ red & yellow bell pepper, fresh ginger, & pinapple chuncks w/ juice. Added a little corn starch to thinken and poured over brown rice. My hubby loved it. Good way to stretch the chicken too! I'm starting to do a lot of veggies fron the Farmers market like squash, cucmbers & vinegar. A lot of time I will cook meat for my hubby but I end up just eating the veggies. :) I'll have to try your ravioli sounds good. With the salad I have had that combo but instead of organce used granny smith apples. :)

  • finesse187 May 16, 2011

    I really want to thank you for your weekly meal plans!! Due to a health issue I'm going to have to change up my diet. I feel that your meal plans will definitely be a big help in the weeks and months to come!! My hubby is a big meat eater (don't think my daughter would care either way). I figure I can still keep him happy and change my diet!! Faye, You Rock!!

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper May 16, 2011

    The spinach salad recipe with feta and cranberries sounds delicious! Thanks for the suggestion, thekeslings!

    Pss - sorry to hear about the squash. Were you using a recipe you created or one from online? I am not a butternut squash fan so I don't ever make it. I love crookneck and zucchini squash but not so much butternut.

    That is surprising about the chicken. I also freeze right away and have not had any issues with defrosting. You are probably right - it was already too far gone when you purchased it.

    Thanks for sharing your menus ladies!

  • thekeslings May 16, 2011

    The baked spinach and cheese ravioli sounds delicious!! Yum! :)

  • thekeslings May 16, 2011

    Monday.. leftovers from Saturday, grilled chicken, oven french fries (potatoes, canola oil, onion powder, garlic, Mrs. Dash, and red pepper) and pasta salad. Tuesday, turkey (turkey breast on sale at Kroger's) pasta and veggies... Wednesday eggs and turkey bacon, Thursday leftovers.. not sure yet for rest of week..

    Faye, you should try this spinach salad combo, it's one of our favorites.. spinach, mandarin oranges, dried cranberries, feta cheese and light raspberry vinaigrette for dressing. I think the official recipe also calls for walnuts but no one really likes the nuts here (well fortunately my husband does since he married one!! LOL).

  • pss3 May 16, 2011

    Our meal plan:
    Monday: Chicken BBQ pizza, garlic cauliflower. Tuesday: Hamburger helper, corn on the cob. Wednesday: Chicken nuggets with scalloped potato bake. Thursday: Orange chicken over brown rice and veggies. Friday: out to eat!

    The low-fat butternut squash was inedible last week. Also I had a package of reduced price chicken that went bad when I defrosted it last week. That has never happened before as I put reduced meats straight into the deep freezer after purchasing but I guess it was bad when I bought it.

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper May 16, 2011

    No, the savingstar coupons will not double or triple. No ecoupons will double or triple.

  • snbagley May 16, 2011

    Will the coupons on double or triple?