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Monday meal plan: Grilled Tilapia, Chicken sausage, sweet potatoes & more!

Posted February 18, 2013


On the menu this week we will be having grilled tilapia, angel hair pasta, chicken sausage with sauteed veggies and more! What's on your menu for the week, the day or even just your next meal?!


Meatless Monday!

Angel hair pasta with creamy tomato sauce and Parmesan

Steamed baby carrots (from great Aldi price a couple weeks ago)

Fresh pineapple (from .99 pineapple priced matched from Aldi at Walmart)

Wheat rolls


Grilled tilapia

Baked sweet potatoes

Roasted asparagus (from Harris Teeter $1.47/lb sale through 2/19)

Wednesday - Sandwich Bar!

Sandwich bar with choice of turkey, roast beef, or tuna with toppings including cheese, tomato, onion, spinach, pickles, mayo, mustard, Italian dressing, black olives, green olives (for the husband), whole wheat buns. The kids like the sandwich bar - it's like they are at Quiznos or Jersey Mike's making their own subs.

Pasta salad with veggies

Apple slices (.99/lb at Food Lion through 2/19)


I am working late so my husband is in charge of dinner (I am guessing it will be frozen pizza or cheese and veggie quesadillas with a side of Steam fresh veggies)


Johnsonville chicken and cheese sausages with sautéed onions, mushrooms and green pepper slices

Saffron rice



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  • jdouglas13 Feb 19, 2013

    Well, I finally made it to HT today at 401/10-10, and bought about 5 lbs of asparagus. Great score on the raincheck, Faye! Truth be told, I was hoping for a RC myself. I'm also hoping it will not be the only time this spring that we see a good price on asparagus.

    Nakabi, you lamb sounds soooooo good. Where do you buy lamb? And do you buy a butterflied leg?

  • nakabi Feb 18, 2013

    jdouglas-I just marinate the lamb in EVOO, minced garlic, lots of rosemary, saffron, S&P. Grill and baste with the marinade. It's good dipped in tzazizki sauce.

    I had planned on getting some of the asparagus on Saturday morning and Friday night a friend stopped by and gave me 15 pounds of asparagus!!! lol...glad I hadn't already bought the 10 pounds I was planning on getting lol

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Feb 18, 2013

    I tried to buy the asparagus on Friday at the 401/1010 HT but they were out so I had to get a rain check. Hoping they have some in Cary tomorrow when I am there getting my car air bag recall fixed.

  • chipper4800 Feb 18, 2013

    jdouglas13, thanks for reminding me about the asparagus, got to work that in my menu, peas may have to stay frozen for a later date.

  • jdouglas13 Feb 18, 2013

    Nakabi, I have very fond memories of lamb kabobs on the grill that my Mom used to make when we were kids. I think she marinated the meat in soy sauce, oil, and garlic. Haven't had that in forever! How do you make yours?

  • jdouglas13 Feb 18, 2013

    I've been working on meal components this afternoon, and made some gnocchi and big crusty rolls to have with soup. I only a couple of actual menus in mind so far, though. Tonight we're having pasta/broccoli/ham in alfredo sauce. Tomorrow, beef/veg/barley soup served with homemade gnocchi. White pizza with proscuitto and a side salad sounds good too.

    At some point this week I'm really hoping to have something with asparagus if I ever make it to HT while it's still on sale! I just can't seem to get myself out of the house these days.

  • chipper4800 Feb 18, 2013

    They had Durian on one of the Food Shows (a secret ingredient). The cooks did not do well using it.
    Cooked chicken thighs and legs from the HT sale Sunday. Will be using them twice this week. m- chicken pie, collard greens t- salisbury steak w/onion gravy, smashed potatoes w- chicken and dumplins, green peas t- pork chow mein, chinese donuts f- leftover stuffed omelets, bread (fleischman's country white) - not sure the rest of the week - probably try a new recipe.

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Feb 18, 2013

    Thanks for the warnings, nakabi. Not sure I will ever enjoy those 2 delicacies, but now I know what to expect. :-)

  • nakabi Feb 18, 2013

    My husband loves saag so it's on our menu often :) If ever you are in Morrisville, Saffron has a very good paneer.

    When ordering balut, you have the options of 7, 14, and 21. Each is what age (in days) the embryo is. Obviously the 21 day old will have the beginnings of feathers and beak. While working as a midwife in Davao City, Phillipines I was introduced to it and given a 21 (unknown to me) to try. My advise: swallow very quickly lol...make sure if ever you are given the chance to try it, ask for a 7 and not a 21. lol

    Durian smells like "h3ll and tastes like heavel". It is banned in the city of Singapore because of how bad it smells (you can smell it probably a few km away). It is the national fruit of the Phillipines and if you can get over the smell, it tastes good. If given the opportunity, give it a try :)

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Feb 18, 2013

    You are welcome any time, Nakabi. :-)

    Your saag paneer sounds so good. Been a long time since I had any. Many many years ago, I lived in an apartment behind an Indian restaurant in Boulder, Co. and my roommates and I used to get it to go after work. Good memories of Indian food to go!

    Yes ma'am, I did:

    Balut: Balut is an egg that has been fertilized and contains a partially developed embryo. In countries where it is considered to be a delicacy, a duck egg or a chicken egg may be used to prepare the dish. The mode of preparation is very simple. Generally, the egg is boiled and eaten directly from the shell, in much the same manner that boiled and unfertilized eggs are eaten around the world.

    Durian: the highly esteemed, edible fruit of Durio zibethinus. The edible portions are the seeds found inside the large spiny fruits, which may weigh several pounds. The durian, is notoriously pungently malodorous (a mildly scented variety has been developed).It has a tasty seed covering.