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Weekly meal plans and Monday dinners

Posted December 28, 2015

Caprese salad

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, we'll be enjoying:

Monday: Having some friends over for heavy apps (stuffed mushrooms, bbq beef little smokies, veggie tray, herb & garlic Allouette cheese dip (from B2G3 HT sale), red pepper hummus, crackers, mixed nuts, lemon pound cake and more. And some fun drinks, as well. :-) Love appetizers for dinner!

Tuesday: Chicken and tortellini in marinara sauce with steamed carrots and garlic bread on the side

Wednesday: Shrimp and rice with a side salad

New Year's Eve: Various appetizers (crab rangoon, tortilla chips and salsa, Caprese salad), grilled chicken breasts and grilled beef hot dogs (at the request of my oldest daughter - Hebrew National light beef hot dogs on sale at Kroger for $3.99), roasted veggies (potatoes, carrots, onions, mushrooms, zucchini), homemade baked mac & cheese, coconut pie for dessert (one of my dad's favorites).

Friday: leftovers, leftovers and more leftovers


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  • ThomasG Dec 28, 2015

    GOOD to see you MEREDITH88 !
    Happy New Year and safe travels !
    jdouglas13 - your ham sounds wonderful !We cooked one in the slow cooker when our oven went out a few years ago . Turkey breast are great in the slow cooker too !! How did you & DW go a week without Mac & Cheese ??
    raesmom1612- I hope you continue to be able to eat good meals so you and "NBS" will be healthy when birth-day gets here !
    LINDABATES- egg rolls ! We need to add those to our meal plan soon - it has been a while. .Our blackeyed peas are waiting to be cooked this week - with a ham bone saved for the occasion !
    Tonight is PIZZA here - not sure if homemade or carry out " the main cook" is threatening to strike

  • meredith88 Dec 28, 2015

    Wow, it's been so long since I've taken the time to post anything on the blog. Tonight we are cooking soups! We are making vegetable beef soup, loaded baked potato soup and chili. We'll eat a bowl of one of them for supper tonight and put the rest of them in the freezer to take for lunches over the next couple months. Tomorrow night we are having leftovers from last week... turkey loin that I roasted with apples and sweet potatoes. Wednesday night we are going to Zaxby's to use a coupon that expires the end of the year. Thursday we are headed to Atlanta to visit family for the weekend so no cooking for 3 days :-)

  • lindabates Dec 28, 2015

    Monday: sweet& sour chicken and egg rolls
    Tuesday: baked chicken with mash potatoes and corn
    Wednesday: pork chops, Mac n cheese, green beans, rolls
    Thursday: appetizers or leftovers(kids will have leftovers)
    Friday: tone steak,salad, black eyed peas and collard greens, garlic toast

  • jdouglas13 Dec 28, 2015

    Raesmom, your stuffed meatballs sound SO good! We are totally out of chopped meat and HT has it on sale, so that is definitely something I will be making, at least to go in the freezer. Yum!

  • jdouglas13 Dec 28, 2015

    The pic of your caprese salad is gorgeous! :) What is the drizzle you use on it? The rest of your menu sounds yummy too.

    The best I've got in the way of a menu so far is one night we are going to have the ham that we didn't have the other night. I read about putting it in the slow cooker, so I thought I'd try that. Oven roasted pineapple slices with a little brown sugar on top to go with.

    I think we might have M&C one night as well. It has to be at least a week since it's been on the menu! LOL ;)

    More to come as I think of it....

  • raesmom1612 Dec 28, 2015

    I'm feeling like Italian today so we are doing homemade mozzarella stuffed meatballs with homemade sauce and penne noodles. Salad and garlic bread on the side. Last of the cheesecake and brownies for dessert :)