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Weekly meal plans & Monday dinners

Posted July 11, 2016

Caprese salad

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?

Menu at the Cafe' du Faye this week:

Shrimp salad on croissant rolls (HT brand crescent rolls are $1 at Harris Teeter through 7/12), tomato and cucumber salad

Chicken soft tacos with tomatoes, lettuce, onions, avocados, salsa and sour cream with sides of rice & peach slices

Ginger teriyaki tofu, stir fry veggies, rice

Chicken parmesan, caprese salad, bread sticks

Greek salad, pita chips and roasted red pepper hummus


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  • Faye Prosser -WRAL Smart Shopper Jul 11, 2016

    Thanks to all for posting your great menus this week! So many good meals I want to add to my future meal plans.

    lindabates - I vote we all come to your house for T-bone steak night! :-)

    jdouglas13 - I'll trade you Greek salad for oatmeal cookies! lol

  • Faye Prosser -WRAL Smart Shopper Jul 11, 2016

    We ended up having cajun shrimp with sauteed zucchini and mushrooms for dinner. I wanted something spicy and this hit the spot. Everyone loved it. I highly recommend the McCormick perfect pinch cajun seasoning. Very tasty. I also added some additional ground pepper and garlic powder. Delicious.

    I am totally drooling at your mater sandwich, ascherer! For the shrimp salad, which will now happen later this week, I use a very simple recipe of cooked cold shrimp, light mayo, celery, garlic powder and McCormick perfect pinch salad seasoning (it's the same seasoning I use for pasta salad as well). Mix it all together and let it sit in fridge so the flavors can really gel for a few hours.

    Also drooling at the veggie lasagna, twinredheads!!

    Kathy S. - great deal on the slow cooker and great job on the batch cooking. I love to have ingredients I can easily pull from the freezer and thaw.

    meredith88 - Good luck getting ready for the move. And good idea to clean out the freezer.

  • jdouglas13 Jul 11, 2016

    Ascherer - lol! I'm glad it was all you hoped it would be! :)

    Kathy S, what a great deal on the slow cooker! I didn't know they came with a temp probe. Kinda brilliant, really.

    Twinredheads, the dinner from your garden sounds wonderful! Enjoy!

    Therealncyankee, I'm not familiar with Buffalo Brothers, but a half priced app sound great! Frugal and no cleanup.

    Happy Monday everyone. :)

  • ascherer Jul 11, 2016

    jdouglas - my tomato sandwich tonight (white bread, thick tomato slices, a little salt and pepper) was so good, I had to have a second one. I ate it in your honor.

  • TheRealNCYankee Jul 11, 2016

    A half-priced appetizer at Buffalo Brothers before trivia tonight.

  • twinredheads Jul 11, 2016

    Vegetable/cheese lasagna with zucchini from our garden. Served with garlic knots and green salad with ingredients from the garden as well.

  • Kathy S. Jul 11, 2016

    Did a small batch cook on Saturday. So we have crockpot pork which I had bbq pork sandwich last night for dinner. Yum. I also made a batch of chili w/beans. So next few days will be either pork or chili. I'm thinking of grilling some hotdogs and having hotdogs w/chili. Yea and maybe some fried potatoes tonight.

    I just got a new programmable crockpot and love it. It has a temp prob that you can set to the temp you want and when the meat reaches that temp it automatically switches to keep warm mode. It made the best roast pork I ever had. Meat was perfectly done. Not too dry or undercooked. Got it at and because they failed to send me the bonus offer that was suppose to come with it they gave me back $10. I paid $29.99 + $5 for extended 2 year warranty + tax (free shipping directly to me) and then they are refunding me $10. Awesome deal for a programmable crockpot.

  • ybaverage2003 Jul 11, 2016

    JDouglas, I grill meat, then baste with hoisin at the end.
    All who do "fend for self" night..good for you !!!
    and Freezer meals are great this time of year when we are all too busy to cook !!! Bon Apetit everyone :)

  • meredith88 Jul 11, 2016

    Tonight we are having leftovers so the menu will be meatloaf, mashed potatoes, corn on the cob, roasted squash and zucchini, and an assortment of fresh fruits.

    The rest of the week is up in the air. We are moving in less than 2 weeks and this is the second busiest week of the year for hubby's work so he's working late every night while I pack so we may be eating up a lot of our freezer meals this week ;-)

  • jdouglas13 Jul 11, 2016

    Lindabates, I always love your fend for self nights! I think we all need to have a big sign that hangs in our kitchens that says "The Kitchen is Closed - Fend for Self"!

    YBAverages, your pork chops sound really good. Do you marinate them in the hoisin sauce?

    Ascherer, I'm drooling over your tomatoes. Yum!

    Coupon4me, enjoy your easy night.

    Faye, can I come for dinner the night you're having Greek salad?

    Tonight we're having leftover pasta with meat sauce and a side salad. I've also been really craving homemade oatmeal cookies with raisins, dried cranberries, walnuts, and lots of orange zest. Not sure how much longer I can hold out. ;)