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Monday meal plan and dinner tonight!

Posted June 17, 2013



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 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's my weekly meal plan. Keep in mind that I may not prepare any of these meals on the specific nights listed below but at some point this week, this is what we are eating. That is one of the nice things about a meal plan. It serves as a guide so you know what meals you can prepare from your stockpile and the weekly sales, but you have flexibility as to when you make them.


Grilled chicken fajitas with sautéed red peppers, onions and mushrooms (using chicken breast that we grilled last night – I batch cooked the whole value pack knowing we would have chicken both last night and tonight)

Greek pasta salad (leftover from last night’s Father’s Day dinner) with feta cheese, kalamata olives, fresh basil, cherry tomatoes and a parmesan basil olive oil dressing



One Pot Wonder Tomato Basil Pasta – I found this recipe last night and it’s a pasta dish that doesn’t involve straining the pasta after it is cooked. You just add enough liquid to cook the pasta, basil, onions, tomatoes and garlic and make a nice broth. I hope it tastes good. You can find the recipe and photos on the website.

Steamed carrots with parmesan

Sister Shubert mini loaf



Baked salmon

Wild rice

Green salad


London broil

Baked sweet potatoes

Cucumber and tomato salad


Homemade veggie pizza using HT pizza dough ball, green peppers, mushrooms, onions, black olives

Fruit of some sort – depends on what is on sale starting Wednesday


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  • sunnyside Jun 17, 2013

    My favorite way to cook squash is to fry two slices of bacon, remove them from the pan. Add sliced squash and onions to the bacon drippings in the pan and cook until done. Serve with the crumbled bacon on top. Yummy and quick!

  • raesmom1612 Jun 17, 2013

    left over pasta bake (free barilla elbow noodles, cheap sour cream from HT this weekend b2g3 free cheese from HT a few weeks ago and classico spag sauce for $1 a few weeks ago at HT) Boil the noodles brown the ground beef and jar of sauce layer like a lasagne noodles, meat sauce, cheese, noodles, sour cream, noddles, sauce and shredded cheese on top for decore oven for 50 minutes and done!! Strawberry cheesecake for dessert (hubby's favorite meal!!) YUMMY!

  • jdouglas13 Jun 17, 2013

    Thanks for the garden how-to help, Chipper. That's a great idea to grow the lettuce in a pot you can move into the shade. I have a good spot on my front porch that is safe from the rabbits with just the right amount of sun/shade, probably not so safe from my naughty twins pups!

  • carelesswhisper Jun 17, 2013

    Zucchini bread is divine!

  • alwaysab Jun 17, 2013

    Zucchini bread is always a good way to go. I enjoy squash cooked with onion and a little oil steamed. I have also lightly covered it in oil with garlic and pepper and grilled. Check out allrecipes for more ideas.

  • Kathy S. Jun 17, 2013

    Many times I just add squash, zucchini or eggplant to any dish that has sauce. Spaghetti sauce or the other day we added it to homemade beefaroni. It is a way of getting extra veggies in. You can do this with broccoli, spinach and other greens. If you chop them in a blender or food processer it makes it so small you can't taste it or it can't be picked out by picky eaters.


  • chipper4800 Jun 17, 2013

    I grow heat tolerant lettuce all summer. I plant it in a selfwatering pot with wheels. I let it get a little of the morning sun, but it is primarily in the shade. My herb garden also does very well in the shade.

  • ascherer Jun 17, 2013

    Thank you everyone and please keep them coming. The zucchini crisps sound great and I think my Daddy will like them. I never would have thought of using stuffing in the casserole and using squash instead of eggplant. AS for any extras, I will be glad to share once I get back to Cary but probably will not be for a week or two.

    Momma's tomatoes have not come in yet. If they had, I would just live off of tomatoes and cukes with a meat and some cheese thrown in once a day.


  • meredith88 Jun 17, 2013

    We also had the overload of squash and zucchini last summer from our garden. We liked to make rice pilaf using any and all vegetables we had on hand. We also liked making eggplant parmesan but substitute out the eggplant for squash or zucchini. We like those better than eggplant anyways so it was great!

  • jdouglas13 Jun 17, 2013

    Leftover mac & cheese and ?? Plan B is a recipe I saw for blueberry ricotta pancakes and breakfast sausage.

    Everyone's homegrown veggies sound so wonderful! I just planted a couple of tomato plants and herbs in my tiny 4 x 4 ft raised bed, but I think I may be a bit too late with the tomatoes.

    If anyone ever needs to offload an overabundance from their garden, I would love to have it, and don't mind driving to get it!

    Faye, please report back on your one-pot pasta recipe. It sounds very intriguing. The possibility of add-ins is endless, too. My question is, does the pasta get overcooked?

    Chipper, do you think it's too late to plant some supposedly heat-tolerant lettuce seed or 30-day mesclun?