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Monday meal plan: Any special meals planned for Labor Day?

Posted September 2, 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?

Are you having anything special for your Labor Day meal?


Here is our weekly menu:


My Dad is coming over for a Labor Day cookout and he offered to make dessert! I love it when that happens!

Grilled beef hot dogs and chicken sausages

Veggies cooked in foil packet on the grill with Italian dressing, garlic and pepper

Macaroni salad


Cranberry and apple pie (that my Dad is making!)


Chicken fajitas with peppers and onions on flour tortillas (using chicken that I batch-cooked last week, then shredded and froze)




Baked chicken (using a chicken from my freezer bought a few months ago on sale)

Steamed carrots

Brown rice

Dinner Rolls


Veggie lasagna with sautéed mushrooms, onions, and green peppers

Garlic bread



Morningstar Veggie chicken sandwiches on sesame rolls with Kraft Swiss or provolone cheese slices (from LF super doubles sale), lettuce, tomatoes, onions, light mayo

Sweet potato fries




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  • Cock a doodle doo Sep 3, 2013

    Thank you Faye. I will try this.

  • scoutmomof2 Sep 3, 2013

    Faye, Pie was the one thing Mom baked. Dad's first job as a teen was in a bakery and he learned well.

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Sep 3, 2013

    scoutmomof2 - that's so neat about your dad's baking abilities. My dad doesn't bake at the level of your dad, but his pie was delicious!

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Sep 3, 2013

    doodle doo - I batch cook chicken in the slow cooker with garlic powder, pepper and Italian dressing until it pulls apart easily (and is at a higher enough temp. using a meat thermometer, of course). Once done, I shred on plates and cool completely before putting them in to freezer bags with enough for a meal for 4 in each bag. Then when I am ready to use it, I take it out the day before to thaw and them season according to whatever dish I am making.

  • Cock a doodle doo Sep 2, 2013

    May I ask how do you batch cook your chicken before you shred and freeze it? That sounds like an awesome idea.

  • scoutmomof2 Sep 2, 2013

    My dad used to bake also. He was the one who taught me how to do pastry and decorate cakes.

  • scoutmomof2 Sep 2, 2013

    Ribs again. I was going to cook chicken but got outvoted. This time with Mac and cheese, baked peaches for dessert.

  • Kathy S. Sep 2, 2013

    Little Ceasars Pepperoni Pizza.

  • nyanders57 Sep 2, 2013

    Turkey breast for dinner. Bought less expensive bone in breast rather than boneless, so I watched Martha Stewart Youtube to learn how to bone one. Will spread with herbal butter and roll up to roast. Will serve with potatoes and romaine salad. Enough for leftovers. Will boil remnants to make broth.

  • Frugal20 Sep 2, 2013

    Steelhead trout, asparagus & mushrooms, eggplant, yeast rolls.

    Making enough to have for lunch at work tomorrow.