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Monday meal plan: French dip, pesto chicken wrap, veggie lasagna & more!

Posted March 4, 2013


On the menu this week, we have French dip sandwiches, pesto chicken club wraps, herb & garlic chicken, veggie lasagna and more! What's on your menu tonight or anytime this week?

The lemon herb chicken recipe I used for the whole chicken last week was a hit. You can see the picture above. Everyone loved it, including one of my daughter’s friends. She and my daughter just about picked it clean! You can find the recipe at

I am made some small changes to this recipe based on the comments including adding a quartered onion, 5 cloves of fresh garlic, fresh rosemary and the squeezed lemon halves to the cavity prior to roasting. I also omitted the mustard powder and doubled most of the other spices so I could rub them under and over the skin . In addition, I added some chicken broth at the bottom of the pan for basting every 30 minutes.

Meatless Monday!

Veggie lasagna


Steamed baby carrots with a little butter and parm


Herb & Garlic crockpot chicken (from the many pounds of chicken I batch cooked last week)

Saffron rice

Steamfresh broccoli florets


French dip sandwiches with French onion soup for dipping

Pasta salad with veggies



Pesto Chicken Club Wraps (see recipe at )
I am amending the recipe just a bit and using turkey bacon instead of pork.

Leftover pasta salad from Wednesday

Spinach salad


Pizza night!

Homemade veggie pizza using Harris Teeter dough ball



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  • kat08858 Mar 5, 2013

    getting a late start :) M-Inside out burgers with caramelized onions and cheddar, baked sweet potato fries, T-Portobello mushroom parmigiana (on sale @ HT), sautéed spinach with garlic chips and lemon, W-Chicken apple sausage (on sale @HT) with roasted red cabbage, Th-Leftovers, F-Roasted vegetable crustless quiche (with super cheap HT eggs)

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Mar 5, 2013

    Look at you with that super duper meal plan, jdouglas! Your chicken marsala sounds great.

  • jdouglas13 Mar 5, 2013

    Nakabi, I knew you would have a great recipe for saffron rice! :)

    1. Clean out the fridge soup-leftover steak, barley, veg

    2. Frittata with bacon, potatoes, scallions, asparagus and salad

    3. Yellow stuffed peppers filled with rice, spinach, proscuitto and parm

    4. Chicken marsala with mushrooms, sauteed green beans

    5. Baby back ribs from HT BOGO sale. Cole slaw would be nice if I get to the store to buy the cabbage.

    6. Pasta something one night, because I can't live without my pasta! :)

    7. Breakfast for dinner - homemade challah french toast with link breakfast sausage which I think (hope) I have in the freezer.

  • nakabi Mar 4, 2013

    foodgirl-yes, I do. It does take a lot of time though lol

  • foodgirl Mar 4, 2013

    M: Grilled Salmon with, quinoa BLT cakes Tues: tunasandwiches and green beans. Wed: Vegetable Minnestone Thurs: Crock pot Chicken Tortilla soup Friday: My son's basketball team celebration at the Pizza Inn

    Nakabi: do you make your saag paneer from scratch. I love the taste of the sauce and have been thinking about trying it at home. It just seems labor intensive

  • nakabi Mar 4, 2013

    M-came home late so ended up making chicken & pineapple quesadillas, sofrito rice, & salad
    T-Hubby's bday so he requested prawn curry with basmati rice & saag paneer
    W-Not sure yet. Was thinking of turkey burgers, but just found out we have no buns so we shall see...
    Th-Chicken mole, (I have some friends in Mexico ship the mole to me so I can make it) rice, homemade tortillas (if you don't know what mole is, it is a chocolate based sauce that you cook chicken in..may sound gross, but it's absolutely delicious! It's the only form of chocolate that I eat)
    F-Voetkoek, pap, & salad (Faye-your homework this week is to find out what voetkoek & pap is lol)..Hint: I've got a few school chums from boarding school in Suid Afrika visiting and they requested it.

  • nakabi Mar 4, 2013


    saffron rice is easy to make. just soak your safrron threads (make sure not to use the powdered saffron..ewww) in boiling hot water for at least 15 min)
    In the meantime heat vegetable oil (do not use EVOO), and fry tumeric, mustard seeds, corriander until seeds are toasted. Do not burn. Then add your basmati rice (it's the best kind for this) and fry a little longer. Add your water, saffron enfused hot water, half chicken builion cube, salt, & pepper. Cook until done.

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Mar 4, 2013

    Do you really need to ask, jdouglas? Ummm, yes, please on the stuffed mushrooms recipe.

  • jdouglas13 Mar 4, 2013

    Ps: I have a killer recipe for stuffed mushrooms Faye. Do you want me to email it to you?

  • jdouglas13 Mar 4, 2013

    LOL Faye. If I were making saffron rice, it would probably be a bit of a slant on rice pilaf -- saute your rice in a bit of butter with some chopped onion until fragrant and onions are translucent, add a 50-50 mixture of water and chicken broth, and a few threads of saffron. Cook on low, covered, for 20 minutes. Our friend, Nakabi, is the one who really knows how to make authentic saffron rice.

    As far as a menu, I can't even come up with dinner for tonight yet, at it's already 6:45 pm. I'm considering a potato-asparagus-bacon frittata, but between now and the time the food actually lands on the plate, anything could happen. Ha!

    I promise to try to come up with some semblance of a menu tonight or tomorrow. I know we will be having some version of stuffed peppers one night, I bought way too many yellow peppers, on sale at Kroger for $1 ea, just because they were so pretty. Oh. My. LOL