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Monday meal plan: Spring Break edition!

Posted April 1, 2013


Our Spring Break menu is simple and very kid-friendly this week (thanks to their input!). Since we are taking a few day trips, I made most of the meals easy to prepare when we return from our adventures. What's on your menu?



I am taking the kids to the zoo all day so we will probably grab something on the way home. We have an annual membership from the aquarium at Ft. Fisher (which is less expensive than the zoo membership), but we can get into the zoo for free with the aquarium membership because they have a reciprocal agreement. I am planning on packing sandwiches, etc. for lunch and snacks because they have some very nice picnic areas at the zoo.

Meatless Tuesday

Pasta with light alfredo sauce and sauteed mushrooms, onions and green peppers

Garlic bread



Chicken tacos with all the fixings including lettuce, tomatoes, onions, shredded cheese, sour cream, salsa! (chicken breast is $1.79/lb at Food Lion through 4/2). I am cooking a double batch of chicken so we can have chicken salad sandwiches Thursday night.

Spanish rice

Steamed carrots (baby carrots on sale at Aldi through 4/2 and 2 lb bag is always $1.17 at Harris Teeter)


Chicken salad with chopped up dried cranberries, celery and light mayo on crescent rolls (chicken breast is $1.79/lb at Food Lion through 4/2)

Sweet potato fries

Apple slices


Homemade veggie pizza using the Harris Teeter dough balls (dough balls on sale recently for $1 and put in the freezer). You can find the recipe for makign pizza dough out of the dough balls in the WRAL Recipe Database link above. Search for "pizza crust".

Steamfresh broccoli florets (on sale BOGO at Lowes Foods through 4/2 - .50/2 coupon from inserts)

Orange slices


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  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Apr 1, 2013

    Jdouglas - thankfully this is not a migraine. After a couple excedrin and 3 hours in the dark, I am a functioning adult again. I hope your migraine's have ceased. My mother used to get them and they were completely debilitating. But thanks for the good advice! :-)

  • jdouglas13 Apr 1, 2013

    Faye, please go back to bad. I suffered from awful migraines for many years. A computer screen and a wicked headache are an awful combination. A cool dark room, a comfy bed, a couple of excedrin migraine, and a nice caffeinated drink are all you need to focus on right now. No arguing, please. Dr. CS's orders. Feel better!

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Apr 1, 2013

    Thanks for sharing all your menus, everyone!

    Jdouglas, have a good trip up north and enjoy the birthday bash!

    Astamper, thanks for the info on the Morningstar veggie burger. We have not tried it yet but now I will based on your recommendation.

    stephanies321 - I take it one day at a time for dinner. Take tonight. We got home from the zoo in time for dinner but I had such a splitting headache that I went straight to bed in the darkest room I could find and everyone had to fend for themselves. So I couldn't even manage chicken and vegetables on a plate tonight! LOL I do recommend website like for frugal menu ideas.

  • dee7 Apr 1, 2013

    M- Leftover ham, brussels sprouts, mashed turnips

    T- Baked tilapia, quiona, garlic spinach

    W- Pancakes, scrambled eggs, veggie sausage

    TH- Chicken marsala, broccoli with parmasean

    F- Garlic salmon, mashed cauliflower green beans

  • astamper Apr 1, 2013

    M: Frozen pizza/salad T: Tilapia, tri-color pasta, peas W:Veggie Burgers/homemade fries Th: Salmon patties, mashed potatoes, green beans F: Penne alla Vodka, salad, garlic bread

    MSF has a new "turkey" burger with tomato and avocado that is REALLY's our favorite.

  • scoutmomof2 Apr 1, 2013


    YOu could make turkey pot pie with that turkey and use the cream of mushroom soup as part of the gravy in it, add whatever veggies and a crust and you have a complete meal.

  • scoutmomof2 Apr 1, 2013

    M- meat pie and salad, T - Chicken Fajitas with apple empanadas, W- chili or cheesburgers, fruit Th - homemade calzone w/salad, F- Papa John's pizza (we have enough points for a free one!). At least that is what I am thinking right now.

  • jdouglas13 Apr 1, 2013

    mrsschizzy, I've successfully frozen cooked turkey if you need a break from it. I pull it off the bones, and just wrap it really well. Good in soup, future casseroles, etc.

  • jdouglas13 Apr 1, 2013

    mys, it depends on what kind of cream of mushroom soup you have. To me, the Campbell's is unbearably salty, but the Progresso is supposed to be good. A really easy recipe would be to season your chicken with garlic powder (not salt) and pepper, dredge in a little flour, and brown well in a frying pan. Deglaze with a little white wine (optional), pour mushroom soup over it and mix gently. If you need more liquid, you can add water, wine, milk, or chicken broth. A little dried tarragon crumbled in at this point would add nice flavor. Simmer until chicken is done, and serve over noodles, with a side of whatever veg you like. If you have any mushrooms and shallots, you can saute those in the same pan after the chicken has browned, and before you add the soup. You can also stir in a dollop of sour cream into the sauce just before you serve it. Obviously, a very flexible recipe.

  • stephanies321 Apr 1, 2013

    You guys cook incredibly delicious things. I'm lucky to get some chicken and veggies on a plate for dinner.