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Weekly meal plan & Monday dinners

Posted April 11, 2016

Veggie soup

Here's the place to share your meal ideas for the evening or the week, post where you bought the ingredients frugally and even share a recipe if you would like.

If you aren't sure what to have for dinner, take a look at the comments and you may find some inspiration.

What's on your menu for the week?

This week, we are having:

Salmon burgers, rice, salad

Grilled cheese, turkey and avocado sandwiches and veggie soup

Ginger soy tofu with stir fry veggies and veggie egg rolls

BBQ chicken sliders, mac & cheese, steamed carrots

Spaghetti with marinara, salad


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  • thrift Apr 11, 2016

    I bet Lindabates uses mustard...that's what I use. As soon as I feel a cramp coming I get up and squirt an overflowing amount of the plain yellow stuff onto a teaspoon and swallow it. Seems to clear up the cramp immediately. I also keep a bar of soap (brand doesn't matter) between the mattress & fitted old wives tale, but somehow it seems to help!:)

  • jdouglas13 Apr 11, 2016

    Lindabates, what is it you use for leg cramps?

  • Faye Prosser -WRAL Smart Shopper Apr 11, 2016

    Great menus, suggestions and recipes from everyone today! Thank you!

    Tonight we are having grilled cheese and turkey sandwiches with avocado and tomato. Sides of veggie soup and grapes.

    Gator Girll - You already got some super ideas for freeze ahead dinners to make before your surgery. Don't forget about breakfast foods (which can also be enjoyed at dinner) like pancakes, waffles, French toast, quiche, breakfast burritos, breakfast casseroles, etc.

    Here are some sites with make ahead breakfast recipes:

  • Kathy S. Apr 11, 2016

    Finished up leftovers. Minestrone soup. Made pork chops for the main meat. MIL and myself had Minestrone and pork chops. DH had pork chop, leftover corn and potato salad. DD had rotisserie chicken and strawberries. Tomorrow I can start cooking again. Now, what to have? Did promise my DD that I would make her shrimp scampi if she bought some shrimp. Other daughter wants homemade beefaroni so may have to make that this week. Rest TBD.

  • lindabates Apr 11, 2016

    Saw people talking about muscle cramps.... I use us tardy for mine. Straight from the fridge onto a spoon and legs cramps disappear. ..
    I used to use bananas but since having my 2nd child, I can not eat bananas or drink smoothies w bananas in them, they may me sick as a dog!

  • jdouglas13 Apr 11, 2016

    Momoffi, another tip for storing foods so they defrost easily is to put them in a Ziploc bag (not the kind with the slider!!). I ALWAYS double bag it -- trust me on this -- and then you can lay it flat in the freezer. It defrosts a lot faster that way. It's also faster and easier to defrost two smaller bags than one big one. I label food like this by jotting down the contents and date on a piece of paper and then slipping it between the two bags. I keep a stash of outer bags which I can reuse for this same purpose multiple times.

  • jdouglas13 Apr 11, 2016

    Thanks for posting your menus -- I need all the inspiration I can get! I have no clue what the menu is going to look like this week other than super easy. This week is full of Dr. appointments, and The Princess may have surgery on Thursday.

    Thanks also for the tips about muscle cramps. My DW has horrible cramps, so we will check to see if she can do any of these remedies.

    Gatorgirll, good luck with your surgery. I know you said recently you were off your feet. When I had my knee surgery, I was in a wheelchair for 4 months, so I feel for you. My DW is a disaster in the kitchen, literally. Sandwiches are always an easy option, and it does not involve using a stove or microwave, neither of which DW is allowed to touch. ;) I got really good at cooking from the wheelchair really fast.

    Ascherer, your family reunion sounds like so much fun!! Enjoy! :) I also hear you about sending the spouse shopping. Opening the bag when they get home is like opening a box of chocolate per Forrest Gump

  • ascherer Apr 11, 2016

    MOMOFFl - I freeze it in 1 or 3 cup containers. The 3 cup containers, I put it in the fridge a day or two before I want to use it or thaw it in the microwave on the defrost setting. When I microwave it, I set it for a higher weight. Once it is at least half thawed, you can put it in a pot and finish cooking it that way. The one cup containers (lunch size) I just put in the fridge the night before and leave in my lunch box. Then I just microwave it at work. A lot depends on your fridge. Ours runs very cold. Also a top shelf in the fridge will thaw things faster than the bottom shelf. I hope this helps.

  • mothar1 Apr 11, 2016

    Gator Girll, if you go the crockpot route, make sure you too your hubby to empty the plastic bag into it, I saw a facebook post of two plastic bags, sitting in a crockpot, with many amusing comments about hubbies and the things they need to be told, lol...

  • Momoffi Apr 11, 2016

    Ascherer- if I make chili for the freezer, how long does it need to thaw? Or can I put in microwave or stove frozen? I'm new to this freeze-and-heat type of thing.