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Weekly meal plans and Monday menus

Posted September 4

Crab Cakes and slaw

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 need some inspiration for your own dinner tonight, take a look at the Comments section to see the meals posted by other readers.

What's on your menu tonight?

This week we are having:

Crab cakes, cole slaw, corn, salad

Chicken tikka masala, rice, sauteed zucchini, mushrooms and onions

Baked salmon, sauteed squash & onions, sweet potatoes

Slow cooker Italian chicken, whole wheat pasta, salad


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  • Faye Prosser -WRAL Smart Shopper Sep 4, 7:02 p.m.

    twinredheads - You are right - that is WAY too much for brisket! Food Lion had it for $5.99/lb the last time I bought it in April and that was the regular price. It is shrink wrapped and the quality was surprisingly good. I have since stopped eating red meat so I haven't bought it in a long time, but anything more than $6/lb is too much for me.

    lindabates - great weekly meal plan!

  • twinredheads Sep 4, 4:53 p.m.

    Thanks for the recipe Faye. What is a good price for beef brisket? I thought $13 a pound was a bit steep.

  • lindabates Sep 4, 4:14 p.m.

    Tonight: chicken tenders, mac n cheese,and biscuits(kids) or tacos(hubby)

    Tomorrow: crockpot ranch pork chops and gravy, mash potatoes, green beans, corn,rolls

    Wednesday: sandwiches and chips

    Thursday: steak and baked potato
    Friday: TBD

  • Faye Prosser -WRAL Smart Shopper Sep 4, 4:13 p.m.

    ascherer - Will do. I love hushpuppies as well! And leftover grilled steak is great on a salad cold. Or you could thin slice it and add it to grilled onions and mushrooms then put in a roll and broil with cheese on top for a philly cheese steak. Now I am getting hungry. lol

  • ascherer Sep 4, 3:27 p.m.

    Faye - Please swing by and pick me up. Twinredheads said the magic word - hushpuppies.

    We grilled last night. So I need to figure out how to repurpose a grilled steak. Once I figure that out, I can determine the sides.

  • Faye Prosser -WRAL Smart Shopper Sep 4, 3:01 p.m.

    twinredheads - Change of plans...I'm starting the meal train at your house tonight! :-D

    I usually cook my brisket in the slow cooker or oven. It's really good with BBQ sauce and lots of onions, pepper and garlic in the slow cooker.

  • twinredheads Sep 4, 2:52 p.m.

    My husband LOVES brisket but in looking for a recipe I found that it takes anywhere from 6-24+ hours to grill it (and it costs $13 a pound!) that I decided to buy it from City BBQ instead. Ordered 1/2 pound each of pulled pork and brisket along with hushpuppies (for a little under $20). Will add baked beans, cornbread, veggie tray and chips that I already have on hand. Happy Labor day all!

  • Faye Prosser -WRAL Smart Shopper Sep 4, 12:39 p.m.

    ybaverage2003 - did you say BAKED ZITI??? What time is dinner?? ;-)

    raesmom1612 - After the baked ziti at ybaverage2003's house, I'm coming your way for silly eye cupcakes! lol Send me a photo and I'll post it - they sound awesome!

  • raesmom1612 Sep 4, 12:13 p.m.

    Non traditional here too. We are having tacos with all the fixings and cupcakes with silly eyes. I found candy eye balls on sale at Walmart and rae can't wait to give her cakes a face lol

  • ybaverage2003 Sep 4, 11:47 a.m.

    Going non traditional as well. Took ground pork out of freezer to make meat sauce. Probably going to make baked ziti :)