WRAL SmartShopper

WRAL SmartShopper

Weekly meal plan and Monday meals

Posted November 18, 2013

Chicken sausage with asparagus, rice and sauteed veggies


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 for what to make with all the great deals you have bought on sale recently.

What's on your menu tonight?

Here is our weekly mean plan:


Sunday night we had teriyaki sesame tofu with veggie stir fry including asparagus, mushrooms, squash and zucchini. Also had egg rolls.



Garlic chicken on pasta with broccoli florets



Al Fresco smoked andouille chicken sausage on rice with sautéed veggies

(sausage free with sale and coupon at last super doubles, rice free with coupon)



BBQ chicken sliders on rolls (chicken cooked in slow cooker and on sale for $1.99/lb at Lowes Foods last week)

Mac and cheese

Steamed carrots (baby carrots on sale for .69/lb through Tuesday, 11/19)


Chicken and veggie quesadillas with sauteed peppers and onions, topped with lettuce, tomatoes and sour cream

Spanish rice

Tangerine slices


Breakfast casserole with turkey bacon, green peppers, onions, mushrooms and seasoned croutons (See recipe in Recipe Database link above. Search for breakfast casserole)


Pear slices


Please with your WRAL.com account to comment on this story. You also will need a Facebook account to comment.

Oldest First
View all
  • jdouglas13 Nov 18, 2013

    PS dinner is the pasta-ricotta-mozz-spinach concoction. I added browned Italian sausage (out of the casing) instead of prosciutto so DW would like it better. I thought about adding a salad, but that may be pushing it with way too much green stuff ;)

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Nov 18, 2013

    De nada, jdouglas.

  • jdouglas13 Nov 18, 2013

    twoboys, Faye, and RFB -- thanks so much for your help! Clearly I know nothing about this genre of cooking and would not have known any of the tips you shared with me.

    I see enchilada night in our future! Muchas gracias mi amigas :)

  • RaleighFoodBlogger Nov 18, 2013

    jdouglas- I use old el paso too :-) I'm also not a big fan of spicy, and the mild is just fine for me. The only thing I do differently is put some sauce in a small sauce pan and heat up. Then I dip each corn tortilla in it to soften a bit and then roll up, top w/sauce, cheese and green onions. Messy, but that way you don't have to put quite as much sauce on top, which also help keep it a bit milder.

  • kat08858 Nov 18, 2013

    tonight is chicken alfredo lasagna - using rotisserie chicken on sale from HT, almost free lasagna noodles, and lots of delicious cheese from the HT 20% off sale recently.

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Nov 18, 2013

    jdouglas, I do not make my enchilada sauce. I go to the taco aisle in the grocery store and get Old El Paso or store brand red enchilada sauce. I include some in the filling and some on the top of the enchiladas before I add more cheese to the top of them and bake them. The filling includes whatever I have on hand and varies often. I usually include veggies of some kind (spinach in your case), cheese, and sauce in every enchilada dish I make. Then, depending on what I have on hand, I may also add chicken, rice, cream of mushroom soup (if I want a creamier filling) or whatever else I may have. Then put a line of filling across the middle of the tortilla, roll it up and place in pan. Top with enchilada sauce and cheese and bake at 350 for about 30 minutes until hot and edges of tortillas are a little crispy. Es muy bien!

  • twoboysandadog Nov 18, 2013

    jdouglas...i use the old es paso store bought out of the can enchilada sauce and it is good. you can get mild or regular

  • jdouglas13 Nov 18, 2013

    Great spinach ideas, everyone! Thanks!

    OK, now I have never made an enchilada in my life, although I have had cheese enchiladas and loved them. The ones with spinach and cheese sound good too. I'm not a fan of much spice or heat (aka hot peppers), so how do I make the sauce for the top? And is the green sauce spicy? And what brand should I buy, assuming I should not attempt to make it from scratch with fresh tomatillos??

    Do y'all want me to go away now? lol ;)

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Nov 18, 2013

    RaleighFoodBlogger - omelet is definitely a good idea for the spinach as well.

    Your rigatoni sounds delicious as well, jdouglas. Let us know what you end up making.

  • RaleighFoodBlogger Nov 18, 2013

    jdouglas- another fun option w/spinach is my Cheesy Chicken Spinach and Artichoke Dip Casserole. I like it because it is fresher than the regular dip, but still feels like comfort food. Plus it's really simple! :-) http://balsinfullygooddrizzles.blogspot.com/2013/02/cheesy-chicken-spinach-and-artichoke.html

    And wow- love the enchilada or calzone idea too! One more idea is a baked omelette. I make one w/spinach, cilantro, jack cheese, cream cheese... breakfast for dinner :-)