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Weekly meal plan and Monday dinners

Posted February 9, 2015


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?



Our meal plan for the week includes:

Monday: Beef roast in the slow cooker with lots of McCormick Montreal steak seasoning with carrots, onions, and potatoes served with rolls (roast on sale at HT through 2/10 for $3.99/lb and I used the $10 off $50 coupon to bring the cost down)

Tuesday: Chicken, cheese and veggie quesadillas, rice, cantaloupe (chicken on sale $1.99/lb at Lowes Foods through 2/10), tortillas on sale at HT recently for $1 per package, cheese on sale at HT Buy 2 Get 3 Free through 2/10, cantaloupe on sale for $1.79 each at Aldi through 2/10)

Wednesday: Baked Celentano cheese ravioli, garlic bread, salad (ravioli BOGO recently at HT)

Thursday: Creole rice, sausage and veggies with cornbread (using Butterball turkey sausage from HT sale through 2/10).  I am basically using the recipe from but adding twice the veggies including mushrooms (of course) and creole seasoning.

Friday: Homemade veggie soup with grilled cheese sandwiches (the high on Friday is supposed to be 38 degrees so nice warm soup will hit the spot)




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  • Faye Prosser -WRAL Smart Shopper Feb 9, 2015

    Pcb Douglas - that's what makes me so unpredictable and exciting - my varied soup choices! lol My oldest daughter has been complaining that she does not like cream sauces. Oy. She does like the broth through, just not a creamy one. Soooooo, I cook the meal and then once it is done I often take out some of the broth for her and then add in a can of Progresso creamy mushroom or some sour cream and flour to make it creamy. I have some progresso creamy mushroom soup left over from last night so I am going to add that tonight.

    You are so right about the garlic. You can never add too much garlic or mushrooms in my world. :-)

  • pcbdouglas Feb 9, 2015

    I didn't know you added progresso onion soup, Faye! I thought it was the mushroom. I usually use a can of progresso cream of mushroom, a package of Lipton dry onion, a few glugs of whatever red wine is around, and lots of sliced onions and mushrooms. The Montreal Seasoning is good too. I use the lower sodium version. And don't forget the garlic.

  • Faye Prosser -WRAL Smart Shopper Feb 9, 2015

    Packy - I cook beef roasts in the slow cooker often and pcb douglas is right- slow and low is the key. I like to cook london broil, bottom round, boneless eye of round, and beef stew meat in the crockpot. I lather it in McCormicks Montreal steak seasoning, garlic and pepper with lots of veggies. Today I also added a can of Progresso French onion soup. I'll cook it on low for about 8 hours.

    RFB - Honey Garlic Crock Pot Chicken sounds awesome - so does the steak!

    Thanks to everyone for sharing your meals today!

    Mrschizzy - I love breakfast for dinner!

  • twinredheads Feb 9, 2015

    Beef stew in the slow cooker served with bread and a green salad. The stew meat was on markdown at Kroger last week and the carrots on sale at Aldi's.

  • pcbdouglas Feb 9, 2015

    RFB, just read about Violet!! I am so excited for you! Pics, please :)

  • pcbdouglas Feb 9, 2015

    Hey everyone -- it looks like we have to use our FB account or something to post now?? So I just wanted to let you know of a bit of a change to my name. I am JDouglas13, but I will now be using the name PCB Douglas. The pic is my little Scottie girl. I hope I remember all this!! :p

    So, dinner. Tonight is leftovers. We have some of the beef roast and gravy, so maybe a beef pot pie since the chicken pot pie didn't happen last time, and I have veg to on hand to add to it including some beautiful mushrooms which I'll saute first.

    One other night, I am going to make a tomato based soup with mini ravioli (Buitoni on sale at HT), Italian sausage, kale, chicken broth, carrots, and maybe a can of rinsed chickpeas. I'm saving this for later in the week when it gets cold. I have some nice bread in the freezer to serve with that I got on sale.

    RFB, I LOVE lentil soup. Yum. DW won't touch it though. Sigh.

    Packy, a thick London broil also makes a good pot roast in the slow cooker.

  • ybaverage2003 Feb 9, 2015

    Packy, you may be using the wrong cut of beef in the crock pot. Look for a chuck roast; cooked low and slow, it should just pull apart with a fork when done.

  • Packy Feb 9, 2015

    I have yet to cook a beef roast in the crockpot that was good.... what am I doing wrong?? But I am cooking a pork roast today in the crockpot... BBQ'ed with mac and cheese I cooked a few weeks ago to freeze. Then I'll also add to that broccoli and cheese (we like cheese)...easy peasy dinner on this Monday.

  • ybaverage2003 Feb 9, 2015

    Tonight, country style (boneless) pork ribs, on sale from Lowes, with BBQ sauce, roasted potatoes and sauteed onions and yellow squash.

  • RaleighFoodBlogger Feb 9, 2015

    Faye and MrsChizzy- both your menus sound awesome!

    And for us-

    Monday- Lentil Soup with Homemade Honey Wheat Bread
    Tuesday- Chimichuri Steak with Roasted Potatoes and Asparagus
    Wednesday- Honey Garlic Crock Pot Chicken with Rice and Sautéed Zucchini
    Thursday- Brussels Sprouts and Green Bean Pasta
    Friday- Shepherds Pie with sweet potato topping and ground turkey
    Saturday- Brown Rice and Quinoa Spaghetti with Bolognese Sauce (leftover from last night)
    Sunday- Leftover Shepherds Pie

    *Also, just a note on the new brown rice and quinoa organic spaghetti from Trader Joes. We tried it for the first time last night, and it is REALLY good! I cooked it 11 minutes, then rinsed it quickly to stop the cooking process (I do this with all non-wheat pasta, or they tend to get gummy). We both liked it as well as regular pasta (actually better)... and no gluten!