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Monday meal plan 5/16

Posted May 16, 2011 10:32 a.m. EDT

On the menu this week we have a request from my 11-year old: Baked Ravioli. I am also serving chicken tacos, shrimp poppers, spinach salad, sweet potatoes, breakfast for dinner and pizza. What's on your menu this week?






Baked spinach ravioli (on sale at Lowes Foods for $3.50) – see recipe below

Spinach salad with tomatoes, cukes, carrots, onions, olives and croutons and a light parmesan romano dressing


I am working late and hubby is taking kids to an end of season soccer party so no cooking tonight (I will probably have a veggie burger on 1 piece whole wheat bread with spinach, tomato and light mayo for dinner after I get home)


Palermo’s pizza (they are Buy 2 Get 3 Free at Lowes Foods through 5/17. There is a $1/2 coupon on their website at the link in the box above)

Chopped tomato and cucumber salad with light parmesan romano

Corn on cob (on sale at Kroger for .29 each through 5/21, .30 each at Lowes Foods through 5/17, .33 each at Harris Teeter and Food Lion through 5/17)


Chicken tacos (we do a chicken taco “buffet” with all the ingredients in different bowls and then everyone gets to create their ultimate tacos choosing from seasoned chicken breast, shredded cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, onion, black olives, salsa, sour cream and either hard taco shells or soft flour tortillas. The kids love it – so do I!
Chicken breasts were $1.99/lb a few weeks ago and I froze them until ready to use

Spanish rice

Cantaloupe (BOGO at Harris Teeter through 5/17 and $1.99 at Food Lion through 5/17)


Shrimp Poppers (from a BOGO Fisher Boy deal a few weeks ago)

Sweet potatoes (There are from the same batch of potatoes that we bought in a 40 lb box last fall from a local sweet potato farmer for 35 cents per lb. They have now ripened perfectly and taste amazing!)

Orange slices (on sale at Lowes Foods in 4 lb bag for $2.99 through 5/17)


Not sure yet…maybe something grilled


Breakfast for dinner!

Scrambled eggs with a little shredded cheese melted on top

Morningstar veggie bacon

Honey wheat toast (with fat free spray butter)

Fruit (depends on what is on sale starting Wednesday) – may do a fruit salad)

Baked Spinach and Cheese Ravioli

1 bag frozen light cheese, spinach and cheese, meat or cheese ravioli, approx. 24 oz
1 jar pasta sauce, approx. 26 oz
4 oz. shredded 2% mozzarella cheese or Italian cheese mix
2 oz. grated Parmesan cheese
Garlic powder and Italian spices to taste
Optional: 4 oz sliced mushrooms, ½ diced onion, 1 diced green pepper and/or 1 cup fresh spinach.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spoon 1/3 jar over bottom of 13 X 9 pan. Place frozen ravioli on bottom of pan evenly. If you have a couple extra ravioli once bottom is covered, place them on top of other ravioli. Pour the remaining sauce over ravioli and around the edges to cover the ravioli. Add spices to taste. Sprinkle the shredded cheese and the parmesan cheese over the top. Cover with tin foil & bake for 25 minutes. Remove foil and bake for another 10 minutes. Serve with garlic bread and salad. Enjoy!

Additions: Add your favorite veggies (preferably sautéed) like spinach, green peppers, onions and mushrooms or diced cooked chicken or cubed tofu to this dish. Place them on top of the ravioli before adding the sauce and cheese.