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Monday meal plan 1/31

Posted January 31, 2011 1:38 p.m. EST

I am trying two new Indian recipes this week: Spinach Dhal and Indian Tofu Curry. I had the Spinach Dhal at a friend's house last week and it was fabulous! We also have some family favorites on the menu as well including an Italian pasta bake, beef stew and creamy baked chicken. What's on your menu?


Teriyaki tofu and veggie stir fry
(The regular price of Nasoya tofu is now $2.19 at Harris Teeter and I have .75/1 coupons that were sent when I joined the newsletter at nasoya.com so the total price is only .69 per container after doubled coupon– an excellent price! The veggies are Bird’s Eye frozen stir fry peppers mix on sale BOGO through 2/1 at HT - .50/2 coupon)

Long grain rice – free Comet rice from sale and coupon combo a couple months ago

Orange slices (on sale just about everywhere right now)


Beef stew with carrots and potatoes cooked in slow cooker

Egg noodles

Steamfresh peas (BOGO at HT through 2/1 - .50/2 coupon from a few weeks ago)


Sandwich night (Boca veggie burgers on sale at Kroger as part of the buy 10 get $5 off mega event and used $1/2 coupon. Total after sale, mega event discount and coupon = $2 per box)

Pasta salad

Orange slices


Italian pasta bake (see recipe below)

Garlic bread

Steamed broccoli


Baked chicken breast (bought on sale for $1.97/lb a couple weeks ago – frozen chicken breast is on sale through 2/1 at Harris Teeter and Food Lion)

Egg noodles

Steamed carrots (carrots on sale at Harris Teeter for $1.47 for a 2 lb bag - .73/lb)


Indian Tofu Curry (This is a new recipe for me but looked so tasty and I thought it would work well with the Spinach Dhal. As mentioned in the Monday meal, Harris Teeter has a great buy on tofu with the e-mailed coupons from the Nasoya newsletter. There are also a number of Chicken Curry recipes on allrecipes.com if tofu is not your thing)

Click HERE for the Tofu Curry recipe.

Click HERE for the Chicken Curry recipes.

Spinach Dhal (I had this Indian lentil soup at a friend’s house last week and it was wonderful. I am going to use a recipe similar to hers from Allrecipes.com.

Click HERE for the Spinach Dhal recipe.

Spicy Mahatma Saffron Yellow Rice


Super Bowl party at a friend’s house – I am bringing an appetizer and a dessert (not sure exactly what appetizer and dessert, yet!) I will be posting some Super Bowl Party recipe links on Tuesday on the blog.

Italian Pasta Bake


1 lb pasta (penne, ziti or rotini work well), cooked and drained
1 jar pasta sauce, 24 – 26 oz
1 can diced tomatoes, undrained (approx. 14 oz, plain or garlic and basil version work well)
4 oz can sliced mushrooms or 4 oz fresh mushrooms (fresh mushrooms cooked in microwave or sautéed to reduce water content)
½ onion, chopped
1 green pepper chopped
4 oz shredded mozzarella or Italian blend cheese (to use in casserole)
2 oz shredded mozzarella or Italian blend cheese (to sprinkle on top of casserole)
2 oz. parmesan cheese
Garlic powder, to taste
Italian seasoning, to taste
Pepper, to taste

Combine all ingredients in large casserole dish except parmesan cheese and 2 oz mozzarella cheese. Sprinkle 2 oz mozzarella and 2 oz. parmesan cheese on top. Bake for 35 minutes in 350 degree oven. Serve with side salad and garlic bread. Enjoy!

I have made this recipe many times with different variations including adding one of the following to the recipe above:
12 oz cottage cheese to make it more like lasagna
½ lb cooked chicken, chopped or shredded
½ lb cooked Italian sausage, sliced or cubed
1 package of tofu chopped
1 box frozen spinach, cooked and drained instead of green pepper