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Monday dinners and weekly meal plan

Posted April 20, 2015

Chicken soft taco

Here's the place to share your meal ideas for the evening, post where you bought the ingredients frugally and even share a recipe if you would like. If you need some inspiration for your own dinner tonight, this may give you some helpful ideas.

What's on your menu tonight?

This week we are having:

Monday: Beef stew in slow cooker with carrots, onions and mushrooms, egg noodles, rolls

Tuesday: Baked chicken, mashed potatoes, steamed broccoli florets

Wednesday: Teriyaki tofu, stir fry veggies and rice

Thursday: Chicken tacos wth multiple veggies, cheese, salsa and sour cream topping choices. Sides of corn and orange slices.

Friday: Sandwich night with various options including chicken salad (using leftover chicken from Thursday), turkey or gilled cheese. Sides of pasta salad with veggies and fruit (depends on what fruit is on sale starting Wednesday)


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  • twinredheads Apr 20, 2015

    RAESMOM1612- I put the whole chicken atop a bed of potatoes, onions and carrots. I sprinkle liberally with McCormick's rotisserie chicken seasoning. Cook on low for 7 hours or so.

  • ascherer Apr 20, 2015

    Raesmom - I not a big fan of cooking a whole chicken but if I had to - I would treat it like a turkey. Jdouglas' spices sounds wonderful. In fact everyone's suggestions sound good.

    Yet again I have no meal plan. This is going to be another crazy week in our house. Softball season is always fun but it is hard to plan around. Especially with all the storms we have been having.

  • Faye Prosser -WRAL Smart Shopper Apr 20, 2015

    raesmom1612- yep - that is a very good price for the whole chicken! Just use the general rule of thumb to not pay more than about $1/lb for whole chicken and you are good.

    Jdouglas - I thought of you today when my oldest came home from school and made mac and cheese. Certainly her Horizon boxed pasta is not as good as your homemade version, but I did think of you and your Old Faithful just the same. lol

    And the beef stew stew tonight was so tasty. I poured some Harris Teeter brand steak and chop marinade on top of the beef stew meat, carrots, potato, onion and mushrooms as well as McCormick's Monreal Steak seasoning, pepper and garlic. Cooked on low for 7 hours. Delicious!

  • raesmom1612 Apr 20, 2015

    Ok so I just checked the is a 7lb chicken and I paid $7.44 for it......that's good right??? I'm so excited to try it!! Thanks again everyone :)

  • jdouglas13 Apr 20, 2015

    Tonight, speaking of chicken, we are having leftover breaded chicken cutlets, leftover M&C, and some of the Princess of Naughty's green beans. A gourmet delight! LOL

  • jdouglas13 Apr 20, 2015

    Raesmom - I usually roast whole chickens in the oven. Take a lemon and cut it in quarters, a whole head of garlic and cut it in half so the cloves are exposed, and a few nice size sprigs of fresh rosemary. Make sure you check the inside of the chicken (sometimes they put the neck or the back of gizzards in there -- just remove all of that), salt the inside of the chicken generously (Adobo is perfect), and stuff in the lemon, garlic, and rosemary. Rub the outside with a bit of olive oil, season with more Adobo or garlic salt, and bake it. I like chicken to be WELL done, so I'd say about 1.5 hours is plenty. You want the meat and skin on the leg to have moved up toward the body of the chicken and move easily if you wiggle it.

    Call me if you have questions! :)

  • Dr D Apr 20, 2015

    Raesmom, I've made the following recipe a few times in a Dutch oven with a whole chicken, and LOVE the citrus marinade flavors (lime and orange). I substitute a bag of baby carrots for the peppers, and cut the garlic back to only 2 cloves, and roast it longer than the instructions say - until it's falling apart tender. YUM!

  • Faye Prosser -WRAL Smart Shopper Apr 20, 2015

    Thanks to everyone for sharing your great menus for the week and the night! It is so wonderful to have you and your meals back! lol

    Raesmom, I prefer chicken breast so I do not cook whole chickens very often, but when I do, I cook them in the slow cooker or the oven. I usually coat it with McCormick's Montreal Chicken seasoning, garlic and pepper before I cook it. I have never poached a whole chicken, although I have poached chicken breasts many times when I make chicken salad. I use the same technique as RFB only I cook it about half the time since they are individual breasts. Let us know how you cook it and what you think.

    I agree with jtlnsw about for finding spices and a method that sounds good to you.

    My buy price is also .99/lb for a whole chicken, as B-Ran posted. Before you go buy anymore of the marked down ones, you may want to check the size of the one you got to see how much they charged you per lb. Stores put them on sale for .99/lb every few weeks.

  • B-Ran Apr 20, 2015

    my fat fingers accidentally posted too early!

    i meant to say that i won't buy whole chickens for anything more than $.99/lb

  • B-Ran Apr 20, 2015

    i always roast my whole chickens -- easy and delicious! i usually throw veggies in the pan, too. a complete meal in one pan? yes, please.

    how large are these chickens? $8 still seems very expensive to me! i won't buy ehole chickens