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What's for dinner Monday and weekly meal plan

Posted July 1, 2013




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 meal plan for the week:


Honey teriyaki London broil (using a Jack Daniels marinade bought on sale w/coupon a couple months ago and discovered during the Great Pantry Clean-Up!)

Mahatma saffron rice

Sautéed zucchini and onion slices


Shrimp burgers bought at LF a couple months ago on sale 50% off

Sweet potato fries baked in oven

Tomato and cucumber salad


Bow-tie pasta with marinara and Parmesan

Garlic bread


Thursday – Happy Fourth of July!

Light beef hot dogs on the grill

Pasta salad

Watermelon from local fruit stand

Some kind of red, white and blue dessert with blueberries and strawberries.


Chicken stroganoff in the slow cooker

Egg noodles

Steamed carrots


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  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Jul 1, 2013

    jcook - no real recipe for tomato and cuke salad. Just cut up fresh tomatoes and cucumbers, pour on some homemade oil and vinegar or light Italian dressing and sprinkle with a little parmesan on top. That's it. Kids like it and super easy way to enjoy fresh maters and cukes, which we love.

    For the chicken stroganoff, I just cook the chicken breasts (that have been sprinkled with pepper and garlic powder) in a little light Italian dressing for about 5 hours on low. Then I mix together a can of Progresso non-condensed cream of mushroom soup (or 2 cans depending on how many breasts are in there) and about 1/2 cup light sour cream and 1/4 cup of flour to thicken and heat in microwave for about 2 minutes. Add to the chicken in the slow cooker and cook for another 30 minutes. Serve on egg noodles with plenty of sauce. Another easy and yummy meal the whole family enjoys. Plenty of lean protein and if you use whole grain pasta, you will increase the fiber content.

    How was the lasagna?

  • karenmorris17 Jul 1, 2013

    Tonight I'm preparing veggie lasagna out of whatever odds and ends I found I need to use up asap during my recent pantry and fridge reorganization projects. It includes half a box of lasagna pasta, 2 cans of Hunts Spaghetti sauce with mushrooms I previously purchased on clearance from Kroger, cottage cheese, sauteed veggies left from my shipment from The Produce Box (chopped Swiss Chard, bell pepper), onions, garlic, half a block of Monterey Jack cheese, grated romano, as well as a bag of mixed Bird's Eye veggies from this week's Harris Teeter superdoubles. I have no idea how this will turn out but it smells good right now baking in the oven.

  • jdouglas13 Jul 1, 2013

    I wanted to add a tip today for a great item to keep on hand in the freezer: baguettes/french bread. They are awesome for something out of nothing meals, and can be used so many ways. Slice on the diagonal for french toast. Slice 1/4 inch thick for garlic toast baked in the oven - you'll be amazed how many pieces you can get out of a half a loaf! Bread crumbs for coatings or toppings, in meatloaf/meatballs. Cut into cubes, drizzled with EVOO and garlic for croutons for soup, salad, etc. Cut horizontally for French bread pizza with a bit of sauce and some shredded mozzarella, add whatever bits of veg you like.

    HT often has La Brea baguettes BOGO, and Lowes has their version on sale often for $1. I cut them in half vertically and wrap each half well in plastic wrap. When you're ready to use it, remove plastic wrap and bread on a piece of folded paper towel in the microwave. Nuke for 20 seconds or so. Give it a minute before you try to slice for whatever you're using it for.

  • jdouglas13 Jul 1, 2013

    Took some pesto from the freezer that I made at the end of last summer (and am praying is still good!). Will have with thin spaghetti and sauteed shrimp from a HT sale a while back. I have some asparagus cuts in the freezer that may go into the mix as well.

  • barbiedoll1967 Jul 1, 2013

    Faye would you share your recipe for the Tomato and Cucumber Salad as well as the Chicken Stroganoff crockpot recipe. They both sound delicious. If they are in the recipe section please let me know. Thanks.

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Jul 1, 2013

    sunnyside & carelesswhisper - have a great trip!

    That's alot of cans, Juanita! LOL

  • carelesswhisper Jul 1, 2013

    Spaghetti and meatballs, rolls and leftovers tomorrow. Wednesday we will be traveling and on vacation the rest of the week.

  • raesmom1612 Jul 1, 2013

    My famous 9 can taco soup for the family today, may have to double the recipe and make 18 can soup!!! So many to feed :)

  • wildfrenchrose Jul 1, 2013

    Breakfast for dinner. Ham, cheese, onion omelette, fried potatoes with onions, toast.

  • sunnyside Jul 1, 2013

    Tonight is pizza with the last .99 cent dough ball from HT sale a few weeks ago, with some leftover marinara sauce and 1/2 package Kraft shredded mozzarella for $1.45 yesterday at HT (BOGO and coupon). Throwing on any veggie bits left in the fridge. Out of town the rest of the week. Hope everyone has a happy and healthy 4th!