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Monday meal plan 6/13

Posted June 13, 2011

On the menu this week we have  crab cakes, stuffed zucchini, srambled egg and cheese melts, chicken enchiladas, BLT pita pockets and grilled chicken. What's on your menu?

Since it is going to be a little cooler this week, I will be batch cooking some dishes in the oven. I don’t like to run the oven on the hotter summer days but this week is a perfect time to make some batch meals. Then I will have a number of meals I can easily reheat in the microwave during those really scorching days.




Crab cakes (From The Meat House in Cary using a Twongo deal offered a month ago)

Stuffed Zucchini (zucchini on sale at HT for .79/lb through 6/14) Click HERE for the recipe.

Tomato and cucumber salad


I’m working late so hubby is in charge of turkey sandwiches using the Buy 2 Get 3 Free deli meat and cheese deal at Harris Teeter through 6/14

Pasta salad

Peach slices (peaches on sale everywhere: .77/lb at HT through 6/14)


Scrambled egg and cheese melts using .99/dozen eggs from Lowes Foods Fresh Rewards deal good through 6/14. I am making it healthier by using skim milk (instead of half and half) and veggie bacon (instead of regular bacon). Click HERE for the recipe.

Fruit salad


Chicken enchiladas (chicken breast on sale at Kroger for $1.79/lb through 6/18, $1.77/lb at Food Lion through 6/14)




BLT Pita Pockets (on whole wheat pita bread with veggie bacon and guacamole)

Cantaloupe ($1.66 at Kroger through 6/18)

Saturday – Not sure yet

Sunday – Father’s Day!

I am grilling chicken and veggies for my hubby and my Dad! I think we will also have a pasta salad and maybe a strawberry shortcake trifle. Chicken breast is on sale at Kroger for $1.79/lb through 6/18, $1.77/lb at Food Lion through 6/14.







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  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Jun 16, 2011

    The squash/zucchini recipe does sound great, pirategirl! Thanks for posting it.

  • pirategirl12 Jun 16, 2011

    I was reading a magazine last night and ran across a yummy sounding recipe to use some of my yellow squash and zucchini. Basically you cut the squash/Zuch into thin ribbons, add ribboned carrot, fresh parsley (I have basil so I'm using that), salt/pepper...mix. They also had dressing for it that used plain rice vinegar and EVOO but you could add anything (I have some italian that I got free). Mix the dressing in w/ the veggies and tops with grape tomatoes (or whatever kind of tomato u have) and feta cheese (I have colby jack and don't care for feta). To me this sounded like a yummy, light meal. I also pickled some yellow squash stripes. I made a huge batch of kosher dill pickles and ran out of cukes before I finished so added squash and fresh green beans to the jars.

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Jun 14, 2011

    Thanks wahaka - I really like the produce prices at Aldi and recommend them often. I just wish there was one near where I live!

  • wahaka63 Jun 14, 2011

    Aldi is having some great prices on produce. I got 16 oz pkgs of strawberries for $.99, blueberries for $.99, whole seedless watermelon for $2.99 and pineapple for $1.99. Everything was fresh and sweet, the pineapple was a little on the small side but all together made a great fresh, inexpensive fruit salad.

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Jun 13, 2011

    Marybeth - very very creative crab cakes (and oh, so frugal!)! I have some of the Crab Classic from SD as well. Maybe I'll have it on salad for lunch tomorrow.

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Jun 13, 2011

    I took a picture of our yummy crab cake dinner and added it to the top of the post above. The crab cakes from The Meat House in Cary were absolutely fabulous and I highly recommend them! Although they were a splurge, at least they were half off because of the Twongo deal and the rest of the meal was very frugal. I didn't have time to make the stuffed zucchini tonight as we got home too late from our adventures, but I will fit them into the menu soon, since I already have the zucchini.

    jcook - I love zucchini! One of my favorite ways to use zucchini from our garden is zucchini bread! The kids love it with light cream cheese.

    I also love sauteed sliced zucchini, squash and onions sauteed with a little extra virgin olive oil (EVOO).

    Zucchini is also delicious cut into long strips, marinated in Italian dressing and cooked on the grill until cooked.

  • Oxymoron02 Jun 13, 2011

    I have some Cherokee purple tomatoes *almost* ready to be picked. I have a ton of romas coming in too, but most are way too small yet. There are a few cukes begging me to pick them, I'm torn because they're big enough to pick, but I'd really like them a bit bigger. The basil that volunteered all over the place really wants to be chiffonaded on top of my tomatoes.

  • marybethwright06 Jun 13, 2011

    I don't plan ahead ... but this a.m. I saw your crab cakes and decided to make them. They were soooo good and soooo free-ish. I used the 4 free SD's crab meat I had frozen last month and instead of crushed Ritz cr*ck*rs (OMG ... I used the word that comes after Ritz and was told it was inappropriate to some! lol!) I used the free cheez nips from last months SD's ... combined with all the other ingredients I had on hand they were delicious and cost next to nothing! I made some dirty rice on the side ... from 2 free Uncle Bens, Free best life buttery spread, 1 bag of 25 cents Jimmy Dean crumbles and spices. Add in 2 boxes of 60 cents green giant honey carrots and I made a Faye priced meal!

  • asphinctersayswhat Jun 13, 2011

    Sloppy Joe Individual Pizza's, Slow Cooker Lemon Chicken, Pillsbury Grands Taco Melts, Spaghetti (I make my own sauce), EZ Chicken Tortilla Bake....all served with a salad or some cut fresh veggies and ice cream for dessert as FL had Breyers on sale for $1.99 a gallon last week, I have like 15 in our freezers :-)

  • snick1147 Jun 13, 2011

    The best way to save on groceries is....not to eat. I will probably not fix dinner 4 nights this week. Great for the waistline and the wallet!