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Weekly meal plan and Monday dinners

Posted October 20, 2014

Veggie Soup

 

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, our meal plan includes:

* Monday: Al Fresco Smoked Andouille chicken sausage with sauteed onions and zucchini, corn on the cob, sunflower sourdough bread and honeycrisp apple slices.  The zucchini, corn, bread and apples all came from the Farmer's Market this morning. The chicken sausage was bought during HT super doubles for .50 after coupon.

Rest of the week:

* Breakfast for dinner with scrambled eggs (including spinach, mushrooms and onions for some of us), turkey bacon, pancakes and fresh fruit. Eggs and Krusteaz pancake mix on sale at HT lately. Turkey bacon in freezer from previous sale.

* Homemade vegetable soup with pasta shells and grilled cheese sandwiches (I'll probably serve this on Wednesday since it will only get up to 65 degrees that day). You can see my recipe below.

* Shrimp and veggies served on a bed of fettuccini with a light cream sauce, side salad

* Chicken teriyaki and stir fry veggies on rice with egg rolls

 

Vegetable Soup with Pasta

This vegetable soup includes some of my favorite vegetables. You can add any veggies you like (green beans, potatoes, cauliflower, etc)

Ingredients:

2 cans (28 oz each) of diced tomatoes with liquid

4 - 6 cups chicken broth (I usually use 6 cups of water with 3 chicken bouillon cubes or 6 cups homemade chicken stock)

8 oz sliced mushrooms (although I often add 12 - 16 oz because I LOVE mushrooms!)

2 stalks celery, sliced

2 zucchini, sliced

2 yellow squash, sliced

2 carrots, sliced

1 onion, chopped

1 cup corn

1 tablespoon garlic, minced

1 bay leaf

Pepper to taste

Italian seasoning to taste (or fresh herbs at the end)

6 - 8 oz cooked pasta (I like to use medium shells)

Saute' the onions, celery and garlic in 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Add the rest of the veggies, canned tomatoes (including liquid in can) and chicken broth. Add any dry seasonings & pepper to taste. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer on low, covered, for 1 to 1.5 hours. Remove bay leaf and add in the cooked pasta. Garnish with Parmesan. Serve with crusty bread.


 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • Faye Prosser -WRAL Smart Shopper Oct 20, 2014

    ascherer & wildfrenchrose - you can change up the veggies for those you may prefer more. These just happen to be my favorite. If you like potatoes more than pasta, you can add them with the other veggies. I also included the recipe in the main post and will add to the recipe database on Tuesday.

  • Faye Prosser -WRAL Smart Shopper Oct 20, 2014

    Here is the veggie soup recipe I usually make:

    Vegetable and pasta soupIngredients:

    2 cans (28 oz each) of diced tomatoes with liquid

    4 - 6 cups chicken broth (I usually use 6 cups of water with 3 chicken bouillon cubes or 6 cups homemade chicken stock)

    8 oz sliced mushrooms (although I often add 16 oz because I LOVE mushrooms!)

    2 stalks celery, sliced

    2 zucchini, sliced

    2 yellow squash, sliced

    2 carrots, sliced

    1 onion, chopped

    1 cup corn

    1 tablespoon garlic, minced

    1 bay leaf

    Pepper to taste

    Italian seasoning to taste (or fresh herbs at the end)

    6 - 8 oz cooked pasta (I like to use medium shells)

    Saute' the onions, celery and garlic in 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Add the rest of the veggies including the canned tomatoes and chicken broth. Add any dry seasonings & pepper to taste. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer on low, covered, for 1 to 1.5 hours. Remove bay leaf and add in the cooked pasta. Garnish with Parmesan. Serve with crusty bread.

  • ascherer Oct 20, 2014

    I second WFR. I want the recipe for that soup! Please

  • wildfrenchrose Oct 20, 2014

    I want the recipe for that soup! Please?

  • Faye Prosser -WRAL Smart Shopper Oct 20, 2014

    Tonight we are having Al Fresco Smoked Andouille chicken sausage with sauteed onions and zucchini, corn on the cob, sunflower sourdough bread and honeycrisp apple slices. The zucchini, corn, bread and apples all came from the Farmer's Market this morning. The chicken sausage was bought during HT super doubles for .50 after coupon.

    raesmom1612 - so glad to hear your dad is recovering well from the surgery and that he is in good spirits.

    My-Humble-Opinion2 - thanks! My youngest and I are addicted to this soup. I will probably make it every week this winter!

    Thanks to all for sharing your meals today and this weekend!

  • My-Humble-Opinion2 Oct 20, 2014

    We are having Loin of Pork (marked down at FL) tonight, Mashed Potatoes and Brussel Spouts. But that Veggie soup looks Yummy!

  • raesmom1612 Oct 20, 2014

    Thanks RFB! Dad is pretty awesome!! He and DH were laughing so hard they were cracking jokes the whole time. Those two are a mess LOL

  • raesmom1612 Oct 20, 2014

    Thanks Nakabi! Yes the other matter was taken care of :) A bit of a waste of time lol

  • nakabi Oct 20, 2014

    Raesmom-glad the trip went well. Sorry about your dads foot though! Did D get the other matter taken care of?
    RFB-your timbale sounds good! Haven't made timbale in a long time. Last time I made it I used eggplant, spinach, and turkey sausage. Used a red wine in place of my normal chicken stock and it was so delicious! You have given me an idea for the 2 eggplants I have left. Thanks!

  • RaleighFoodBlogger Oct 20, 2014

    Raesmom- I'm so glad you were able to visit, and so sorry about what your dad and family are going through. He sounds like an amazing man, so positive. Sending some hugs your way.

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