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Monday meal plan 5/30

Posted May 31, 2011

As I type this meal plan, it is a balmy 95 degrees outside. Summer temperatures are officially here which means I am cooking a lot less in the oven. I don’t like heating up my house with the oven or paying the high cost of cooling the house back down once I have heated it up. When I do need to cook in the oven during the summer, I try to do it at night (if possible) and then reheat in the microwave the next day. Over the next few months you will see many more slow cooker and stovetop meals as well as sandwiches and other cold dishes.

What are your favorite summer meals?


Grilled tenderloin steak that my Dad brought over (thanks Dad!)

Corn on the cob

Pasta salad with veggies

Ice cream cake

Local strawberries with whipped cream


Grilled smoked lowfat turkey hot dogs (Butterball deal from a couple weeks ago)

Buns (on sale at Food Lion through 5/31)

Leftover pasta salad with veggies

Leftover corn on the cob (6 for $1 at Food Lion through 5/31)

Local strawberries


Creamy chicken breast in the slow cooker(chicken breast on sale at Kroger for $1.99/lb, Philly cooking cream was free during recent HT super doubles promo)

Egg noodles

Sautéed green pepper, mushrooms and onions

Tomato and cucumber salad (chopped tomatoes and cumbers with Italian dressing and a little shredded mozzarella)


Contessa Sweet and Sour Shrimp (found it in my extra freezer – can’t remember when I got it or how much it was but you know it was on sale with a coupon!)

Brown rice

Sugar snap peas


Sandwich night


Not sure yet – maybe out to dinner with a Groupon or Twongo deal!


Not sure yet – maybe breakfast for dinner



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  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Jun 1, 2011

    smerony - we didn't have the chicken tonight so it's on the menu for tomorrow night. I'll post the recipe soon.

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper May 31, 2011

    smerony - I'll post the recipe when I make it. I change ingredients a lot.

    Melissa - we are a salad bar kind of family too (the kind at our house - not at restaurants). The kids and hubby all like different things on their salads so they get to piece them together. My kids are also much more likely to eat their salads when they "create" their own.

  • Oxymoron02 May 31, 2011

    Hehe, melissa, at my house people would be complaining that you put anything on the lettuce at all. Mmm, greens. I could eat salad for breakfast, lunch and dinner, so long as you don't try to smoother it in toppings. My favorite is a big bowl of baby spinach with a little ceasar dressing.

  • twinredheads May 31, 2011

    A favorite summer meal for us is make your own salad. I cut up a bunch of ingredients (tonight it's ham, cheese, mushrooms, grn. onions, boiled egg, croutons, carrots, sundried tomatoes) and let everyone fix their own. That way there is no whining about not liking what is on their lettuce.

  • smeroney May 31, 2011

    Can you post the recipe for the creamy chicken? I got some free cooking cream & have tons of chicken in the freezer. Thanks!