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Weekly meal plan and Monday's dinner: new recipes!

Posted September 9, 2013

Stuffed peppers

Here's the place to share your meal ideas for the week or 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:


Chicken tacos (chicken is in the slow cooker now – Sanderson Farms brand is on sale at Lowes Foods for $1.98/lb through 9/9)

Brown Rice



Baked cheese ravioli (Celentano frozen cheese ravioli is BOGO at Lowes Foods through Tuesday, 9/10)

French bread



Margaritaville shrimp (on sale BOGO at Lowes Foods through 9/9 - $1 coupon from their website)

Mahatma Rice



White Chicken Enchilada Casserole from RaleighFoodBlogger’s blog HERE!


Fruit – depends on what is on sale this week


Tofu stuffed peppers (see recipe below)

Dinner rolls


Bagels, cream cheese and lox

Noodle Kugel – you can find the recipe I use on Kraft.com.

Fruit salad

Stuffed Peppers Recipe

This is one of my favorite meals to eat when green or red peppers are on sale. There are many variations on stuffed peppers. I usually make them with tofu or cooked chicken. Steam the peppers in the microwave to soften and lesson cooking time in the oven. Serve with a roll or crescent and fruit for dessert.

4 red or green peppers
1 block firm or extra firm tofu (let tofu block sit wrapped in towel for 10 minutes to drain excess water and then cube tofu. If using chicken, use about 2 cups cooked chicken.
2.5 cups cooked rice (1 pouch cooked Knorr Fiesta Sides Mexican Rice works well)
1 cup shredded Mexican or cheddar cheese for inside of peppers
½ cup shredded cheese for top of peppers
1 can diced tomatoes with garlic and spices
½ cup sour cream
Garlic powder to taste
Pepper to taste

Fresh chopped tomato and avocado as a garnish, if desired.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Cut peppers in half and clean out seeds. Place peppers in microwaveable glass pan. Add 1/3 cup water to bottom of pan. Microwave on high approximately 2 minutes until softened (length of time depends on size of peppers). Do not overcook or peppers will be too mushy.

In medium mixing bowl, combine the cubed tofu, cooked rice, 1 cup shredded cheese, diced tomatoes including juice in can, sour cream, garlic and pepper. Remove steamed peppers from microwave, empty water from the dish and place peppers back in baking dish. Fill with tofu and rice mixture. If there is extra mixture, place it in the pan around the peppers. Bake at 350 degrees uncovered for 20 minutes. Sprinkle remaining ½ cup shredded cheese on top of peppers and bake for additional 5 – 10 minutes until melted. Garnish with fresh chopped tomatoes and avocado if desired. Makes 4 servings.

These peppers are also good with sautéed onions and mushrooms added to the mix.




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  • wildfrenchrose Sep 10, 2013

    Are bell peppers on sale somewhere this week? Need to make a bell pepper slaw on Saturday to take to a potluck Sunday.

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Sep 9, 2013

    Congratulations on the new "baby" you are expecting on Wednesday, jdouglas! LOL I hope she cooks beautifully for you.

    And about the kugel - we often include raisins in it and it is great. See you Saturday! :-)

    Thank YOU for the enchiladas recipe, RFB! Can't wait to try it on Thursday.

  • jdouglas13 Sep 9, 2013

    Thanks for the help with the blackened chicken, happy and RFB. I will check out both! :)

    PS: I **ORDERED** the slow cooker! Woohoo! lol. Should be here Wednesday. So what should its inaugural dish be?

  • jdouglas13 Sep 9, 2013

    Yum! Just saw the noodle kugel recipe. A friend of mine used to make it with sliced Italian plums baked into it. Just decadent. Now don't ask me what those plums are, because I never did find them at the store, but I bet regular plums or frozen cherries or nectarines or even blueberries would all be great.

    So, Faye, are we invited for dinner on Saturday? ;)

  • RaleighFoodBlogger Sep 9, 2013

    Faye- Thank you! And YAY on the White Chicken Enchiladas... they are a favorite!!!

    jdouglas- Thank you, can't wait to learn more from you in the future too... you have great instincts w/flavors! And I've never tried blackened chicken, but you might want to check out my Georgia Byrd's Chicken Pasta= it reminds me a lot of the Cajun Chicken Pasta at Chili's ;-)

    carelesswhisper- I think you'll really like it! I got the Brussels and the red grapes w/2 mobile coupons at Target for $1 off veggies, and $1 off fruit. Never bought produce there before, and I'm pretty impressed.

  • carelesswhisper Sep 9, 2013

    RFB, I really want to try your brussel sprouts recipe. Love them!! Maybe this will get my daughter to eat them also.

  • happy2.0 Sep 9, 2013

    jdouglas13, that sounds a bit like Macaroni Grill's Penne Rustica. Try searching on copy cat recipes of that. It has blackened chicken, prosciutto and shrimp.

  • jdouglas13 Sep 9, 2013

    Thanks everyone. Careless, I was never a chef, but had a small catering business I was just launching in NY when we moved to CA about 20+ years ago. The shrimp recipe was a dish I had back then in a restaurant that was so good, I wanted to recreate it.

    RFB, I'm so glad you posted your blog addy! Can't wait to check it out. That tequila shrimp sounds awesome.

    There is another restaurant dish I always wanted to make -- it was pasta alfredo with sliced blackened chicken on top. The pasta part I got, any ideas on the blackened chicken?

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Sep 9, 2013

    RFB - yep - that's the food blog I found and your pictures look great! I imagine if I used something other than my Galaxy phone to take pictures they might look a little better. LOL

    I am making your White Chicken Enchilada Casserole on Thursday. It looks yummy!

    Thanks for sharing your food blog with us. :-)

  • happy2.0 Sep 9, 2013

    Faye, you and I are having the same thing! I went home at lunch and put the chicken/black beans/salsa/corn and seasonings in the crock pot. First time I've made it but my daughter constantly brags about it so I figured it was worth a shot.