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Monday meal plan

Posted February 11, 2013



Do you have a special menu planned for Valentine's Day? Here's our red-themed meal as well as the rest of the meals we'll be enjoying this week. What's on your menu?



Meatless Monday

Tomato soup

I think I am going to use the recipe for Easy Creamy Tomato Soup.   I plan to use less butter and then puree it all in the blender for a smooth creamy soup.

Spinach salad

Wheat rolls


Sesame ginger tofu with spinach and saffron rice

Vegetable stir fry (using Steamfresh veggies on sale BOGO with .50 coupon through 2/12 at Harris Teeter)

Veggie egg rolls


Veggie Boca chicken sandwiches

Garlic and herb hash browns (from Simply Potatoes BOGO sale with coupon at HT last week)

Steamed carrots (from baby carrots deal at Aldi’s last week)

Thursday – Valentine’s Day!

I'll be serving dinner on the special dishes with candles for our Valentine’s themed family meal including:

Parmesan Garlic baked chicken breast (using the Kraft Fresh Take Rosemary Garlic breadcrumb mix) – we had it recently and the kids and hubby raved about it – so here it is again!

Baked sweet potatoes (hubby adores sweet potatoes so those are made especially for him)

Valentine’s crudités with sliced red peppers, grape tomatoes and radishes with a bowl of light ranch dressing tinted pink with some pureed red peppers.

Sparkly cranberry punch (cranberry ginger ale mixed and a splash of orange juice)

Strawberry cheesecake
I am making a somewhat lighter and smaller version of the traditional cheesecake using a recipe on the Kraft website. Instead of fat free cream cheese, though, I am using 1/3 less fat Neufchâtel cream cheese. I bought the cream cheese a few weeks ago when it was on sale for $1.00 per 8 oz package. The strawberries are a very good price at Aldi and Lowes Foods through 2/12.

For breakfast, I am serving the kids heart shaped pancakes (using a big cookie cutter) and outlining them in strawberries. I am making the pancakes the night before since mornings are so busy on school days.

We also have a Valentine’s tradition that when the kids wake up on Valentine’s morning, there is a little gift bag with some Valentine’s treats and some kind of small gift (like a stuffed animal or piece of jewelry) waiting on the kitchen table. This year I am also picking up a few Valentine’s Day balloons at the Dollar Tree to put on their gift bags for some extra fun.


Breakfast for dinner!

French toast (using eggs from the Davidson's egg deal at Lowes Foods through 2/12)

Turkey bacon (using Butterball turkey bacon on sale through 2/12 at Lowes Foods for $2.69 - .55 coupon in paper recently = $1.59)

Fruit salad



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  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Feb 13, 2013

    I am amending my Valentine's menu and adding roasted asparagus - on sale at HT for $1.49/lb! Best price I think we have seen in a year for fresh asparagus!

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Feb 12, 2013

    Oxy - sitting anywhere eating froyo is a great way to finish off the evening!

    Thanks for sharing your menus, everyone!

    wfmjr - steak and lobster....yum....

  • Oxymoron02 Feb 12, 2013

    Had smoked pork chops from Mae Farms Monday. Not cheap, but to die for.

    Tues - I have chicken breast in the fridge, and I think I'm going to crockpot them with some rotel and seasonings for chicken tacos tonight.

    As per usual, I don't really have a meal plan. :D

    Wed - who knows, maybe I'll find something awesome marked down this week, but probably just sausage (Mae Farms again! uber-noms) since I restocked last week. If not, there's pizza in the freezer.

    Thursday we'll be dining out in our usual fashion, walking Hillsboro St, grabbing pizza at I Love NY Pizza, a coffee at Dunks, and finishing off with with some frozen yogurt at ... I don't remember the name of the place, it's where the gelato place used to be, near Foundations Edge and Amore's Pizza. Hope the weather is nice, because sitting outside eating fro-yo is a great way to finish off the evening.

  • wfmjr81 Feb 11, 2013

    M-Thai green curry chicken, rice, zuccini T-turkey italian sausage,carmelized onion & spinach pasta & salad, W-salmon, baked sweet potatoes & cauliflower, Th-steak & lobster, twice baked potatoes & broccoli, F-baked ziti & salad

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Feb 11, 2013

    Oh my! The creamy tomato soup was so delicious! I sort of made up my own recipe using the 2 recipes I posted and I'll post the recipe and pictures on Tuesday. I will be making a triple batch and freezing some next time!

  • chipper4800 Feb 11, 2013

    M- Chili cheese dogs w/homemade chili T- $2.99 lb roast from HT cooked atop carrots, onions and potatoes W- Southwestern chicken breast w/mexican corn and rice/pigeon peas T- Philly cheesesteaks, roasted mixed vegetables F- dump soup S- Cheeseburgers, baked sweet potato fries S- not sure yet

  • carelesswhisper Feb 11, 2013

    Mon- Chicken legs, rice, pears, oranges

    Tues-Corned beef, potatoes, green beans


    Thurs-Pizza, salad, brownies

    Fri-not sure, maybe hot dogs and fries

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Feb 11, 2013

    Thanks for the recipe floomamia!

  • kat08858 Feb 11, 2013

    We have been gravitating toward a paleo diet recently - here is our 'paleoesque' menu for the week :)

    M-Stuffed cabbage 'lasagna' and greek salad T-Horseradish crusted salmon, baked sweet potatoes, W-Butternut squash bisque (with coconut milk, Th- Green eggs and steak, F- left overs with a valentines day helping of almond flour, walnut, and dark chocolate chip cookies

  • floomamia Feb 11, 2013

    Potato Soup

    8 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
    6 cups chicken broth
    1 large onion, chopped
    1 jar (7 ounces) roasted sweet red peppers, drained and chopped
    1 small celery rib, chopped
    1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
    1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt 1/2 teaspoon pepper 1/8 teaspoon rubbed sage 1/3 cup all-purpose flour 2 cups heavy whipping cream, divided 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided 8 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled 2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro

    In a 5- or 6-qt. slow cooker, combine the first nine ingredients. Cover and cook on low for 5-6 hours or until vegetables are tender. In a small bowl, combine flour and 1/2 cup cream until smooth; add to slow cooker. Stir in 3/4 cup cheese, bacon, cilantro and remaining cream. Cover and cook for 30 minutes or until slightly thickened.