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Weekly meal plan and Monday dinners

Posted December 29, 2014


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?

On the menu this week, we have:

Meatless Monday: Baked ziti (with sauteed mushrooms, onions and green peppers), French bread, salad, clementines

Tuesday: Beef stew (with carrots, mushrooms and onions) in slow cooker served on egg noodles, rolls

Wednesday: Not sure what we are doing for New Year's Eve yet......

Thursday: New Year's Day dinner including steaks, baked potatoes, salad, rolls and mini cheesecakes for dessert

Friday: Chicken parmesan on spaghetti noodles, broccoli


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  • Faye Prosser -WRAL Smart Shopper Dec 30, 2014

    Jdouglas - You had me at Ricotta Cake.... Glad you had a nice evening with friends.

  • jdouglas13 Dec 29, 2014

    Yay for baked ziti. Hope everyone is feeling better really soon. Faye 7 o'clock is not so bad for dinner LOL. You should have dinner at my house sometime like at 9:30 PM ha ha ha. Last night at my Dad's . We had some friends over which was really nice. Menu was chicken piccata , jasmine rice, and mix roasted veggie. Dessert was an amazing ricotta cake. Very NY!

  • Faye Prosser -WRAL Smart Shopper Dec 29, 2014

    ascherer - sorry to put that into your head. lol It's truly a contagious meal....

  • ascherer Dec 29, 2014

    I think baked ziti will be on the menu this week. Thanks Faye

  • Faye Prosser -WRAL Smart Shopper Dec 29, 2014

    Let me just say that Baked Ziti is so so so so so good. I am happy we have leftovers for lunch tomorrow. Can I have it for breakfast, too?! lol

  • Faye Prosser -WRAL Smart Shopper Dec 29, 2014

    nakabi - that is just pitiful!! I really hope the kids are doing better soon so you won't have sick kiddos while you are also sick. That is really no fun. I am sending you many healing vibes. Apparently they work at my house because my daughter is doing fine now. We think it was a reaction to some medication so nothing contagious.

    ascherer - bummer that you were sick during your Disney trip. :-( I hope you are doing better now.

    Pasta just finished cooking so time to make the ziti - late dinner tonight.

  • nakabi Dec 29, 2014

    Ascherer, Raesmom, Faye, and RFB- thanks for the well wishes. Princess Fiona got the stomach bug last week on Christmas night. Then Diva Eva got a nasty cough and cold on Friday. Saturday Joshy Bear got an ear ache. Saturday night Davie got the stomach bug and cough/cold. I now have 4 kids ages 5, 3.5, 2, and 7 months sick and not sleeping. It has been a LONG 5 days and nights!!! and now I can tell I'm coming down with the cold but trying to fight it. Its a losing battle I think. Its times like this when I appreciate Mr. Nichols even more; he helps as much as he can, even though he goes to work.at 2am.

  • ascherer Dec 29, 2014

    I hope all of your children are feeling better soon. I came down with a cold right before we left and am still fighting it. Being sick at Disney sucked. No clue what my meal plan is for the week. I guess a trip to the grocery store would help.

  • raesmom1612 Dec 29, 2014

    Oh goodness!! Im gonna lock Rae up and not let her leave the house for a few days lol When she gets sick its the worse!! It last 2-3 months,......not fun for anyone at home. Feel better soon everyone!!

    I pulled out a teryaki flavored tenderloin so we will have that with white rice and some veggies. If I can get to the stores today I may do my Take out Fake out with the teryaki tenderloin instead.....havent done that in a while!!

  • RaleighFoodBlogger Dec 29, 2014

    Faye- thanks... so glad to be almost 100%! And ziti... yum!!!

    Nakabi- hope your kids feel better soon, and your dinner sounds delicious!