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Monday meal plan: What's on your menu?

Posted July 22, 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 menu for the week:


Turkey and cheese melts on the skillet with onion and tomato

Sweet potato fries

Spinach salad (with some cherry tomatoes from the garden…finally!)


Salmon burgers on rolls

Skillet squash, zucchini and mushrooms (slice all the veggies, sauté on skillet in olive oil and a little garlic powder and pepper, top with parmesan) – my kids love this easy side dish so I make it A LOT in the summer.

Watermelon (from local farm stand)


Soft chicken tacos with shredded chicken breast from the slow cooker, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, salsa, sour cream
(Chicken was $1.99/lb recently, 8 oz block of cheese on sale at Lowes Foods through 7/23 for $1.40, tomatoes from our garden)


Watermelon (from local farm stand)


Stuffed peppers (green peppers on sale at Food Lion through 7/23) - I plan to stuff the peppers with either tofu or shredded chicken for protein as well as saffron rice, diced tomatoes, garlic, pepper, onions, cheese, diced seasoned tomatoes.




Homemade veggie pizza with mushrooms, black olives, green peppers, onions

Fruit salad (depends on what I find at the local farm stand this week)


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  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Jul 22, 2013

    Whatever it is called, it sounds good, Juanita!

    Sounds like picnic night, Kathy!

    I made the turkey melts with rye bread and they were oh so good. Even the kids loved them on rye!

  • raesmom1612 Jul 22, 2013

    idk what this is called but I cut up chicken breast in to bite sized pieces and brown it in a skillet, add fresh garlic, green peppers and onions and then a jar of spaghetti sauce, boil some elbow noodles and serve the chicken over the elbows. Also made the Fleischmanns(sp?) Italian herb homemade bread since I didn't have any new York garlic toast. Yummy :)

  • Kathy S. Jul 22, 2013

    Hotdogs, hamburgers, french fries, baked beans and salad.


  • wendys2angels7 Jul 22, 2013

    Yummy cold but light salad with some bacon bits....
    Spaghetti and shells with meat sauce and buttered toast!!!!

  • chipper4800 Jul 22, 2013

    jdouglas13, one of my favorite meals to make is leftover "fried" rice. I dump what ever small amt of leftover vegetables and meat (diced) that I have from the previous week, diced onions, sometimes celery. Then add fried egg and soy sauce to taste at the end. I've used corn, peas, green beans, black beans, carrots, mushrooms, bamboo shoots, water chestnuts and all kinds of squash. We do the same thing with eggs (omelets and frittata), mashed potatoes(fried potatoes) and hashbrowns (hash). The key is to make sure to balance out the amount of rice or egg that you have with the added ingredients. IF I have a cup full of rice, I will add 1-2 cups of other including the onions.

  • jdouglas13 Jul 22, 2013

    I wanted to mention the rice concoction I made last night with leftover white rice from Chinese takeout. I melted about a tablespoon of butter in a pot, threw in a couple of tablespoons or so of sesame seeds and let them get fragrant, then dumped the rice in. I may have added a bit more butter, some salt, and finished with a drizzle of sesame oil. It was almost a fried rice, but not like Chinese fried rice. A bit brown in spots, a little crispy here and there, and tasty with the sesame. It was really good, and I'm hoping I can recreate it with homemade leftover rice.

  • jdouglas13 Jul 22, 2013

    Not sure what we're having which night, but the menu this week includes white pizza with proscuitto, a squash saute very similar to yours, Faye, hopefully some marinated and grilled boneless chicken breasts. I've had an idea in my head for an antipasto-type pasta salad with gape tomatoes, stuffed green olives, slivers of salami and proscuitto, chunks of mozzarella, roasted red peppers, fresh purple ruffles basil from the herb garden. I haven't completely figured it yet, and I suspect it will be one of those recipes that I make up as I go along.

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Jul 22, 2013

    Yum - LOVE stuffed mushrooms, kat!

  • kat08858 Jul 22, 2013

    the cremini mushrooms were on sale at costco - so stuffed mushrooms with spinach, cheese, shrimp, and garlic. watermelon too!

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Jul 22, 2013

    That sounds wonderful, chipper! Thanks for sharing.