Monday Meal Plan 12-21
Posted December 21, 2009 1:38 a.m. EST
Updated December 22, 2009 9:16 p.m. EST
Creamy Crockpot Garlic Chicken
Homemade Mac and Cheese (thanks for the recipe Andrea!)
Broccoli (on sale at Harris Teeter BOGO until 12-24 and Lowe’s Foods $1.29/lb until 12-26
Salmon Burgers on Buns
Whole Grain and Wild Rice
Zucchini and Carrots with rosemary
Baked Italian Pasta (using .30 per jar Bertolli pasta sauce from Lowe’s Foods until 12-26 when you use the .60/1 Bertolli coupon)
Sugar Snap Peas
Ginger Bread Cookies (Making these with the kids will be a fun activity Thursday morning!)
Coconut Cream Pie
Fresh Pineapple Slices (whole pineapple on sale $2.99 at Food Lion – use $2 off $5 produce Food Lion printable coupon: For coupon, click HERE
Tofu and Vegetable Stir Fry
Sunday Meal Cost Breakdown:
$3.38 - 2 containers tofu from Whole Foods ($1.69 each container)
$0.32 - 16 oz bag frozen Bird's Eye stir fry veggies with red, green and yellow peppers on sale BOGO and used .50 coupon doubled last week
$0.30 - fresh onion sliced and cooked with other veggies
Free - Comet Long Grain Rice: Free at Lowe's Foods a couple weeks ago with sale and coupon
$0.05 - Teriyaki Sauce for tofu and veggies
$0.50 - Milk for kids and water for hubby and me
Total for entire meal: $4.55
So, what's on your menu? Please feel free to share the frugal feasts on your meal plan this week. I can always use new recipe ideas!
Update 12-21: I see there are some requests for recipes (which is great!) so I will add them to this blog post as I make them during the week. Here is tonight's chicken recipe. I just put it in the crockpot and can't wait to try it. It's almost embarrassing that it is so easy to make. I'll post the mac and cheese recipe tonight, once I have put it together and have exact ingredient measurements.
Creamy Crockpot Garlic Chicken
3 boneless skinless chicken breasts
½ can Progresso creamy mushroom soup
¼ onion chopped
6 button mushrooms, sliced (I would have used more but only had 6)
Approx. 1 tsp garlic powder
½ tsp black pepper
½ tsp Italian spices
up to 1/4 cup flour as a sauce thickener when chicken is done
Place chicken in crockpot. Add mushrooms and spices. Pour soup over ingredients. Cook on low 5 to 6 hours (check at 5 hours to make sure it’s not done already). Slice chicken breast when done. If sauce is too thin for you, add ¼ - ½ cup flour to thicken. Serve chicken breast slices with creamy garlic mushroom sauced poured over them. Serves 4-6. Enjoy!
Total cost for chicken recipe:
Chicken (1.45 lbs): $2.16 (Bought at Lowe's Foods a few weeks ago for $1.49/lb. There will definitely be leftovers for lunch tomorrow)
Onion and mushrooms: .75
Updated: 12-22: The creamy crockpot garlic chicken was delicious! Both the hubby and my 10 year old loved it! My 8 year old has a stomach bug so she will have to wait until next time to try it. I am so relieved they liked the dish because I made up the recipe as I was putting it together yesterday. The mushrooms gave it a fabulous flavor. I added just under 1/4 cup flour to thicken the sauce after the chicken was done.
Here is the mac & cheese recipe. It was very good as well. It was also good with lunch today!
Homemade Mac and Cheese
16 oz pasta (I used Barilla Plus Multigrain Farfalle)
16 container light sour cream
8 oz shredded cheddar cheese
1/3 cup spaghetti sauce
1/4 cup skim milk
1/4 tsp pepper
pinch of salt
Pre-heat oven to 300 degrees. Cook pasta and drain. Pour pasta back into pot and add all remaining ingredients. Stir thoroughly. Cook at 300 degrees for 15 minutes and then turn oven to 450 and broil for 2 and 1/2 minutes. Broiling gives the cheese on top a nice browned look and taste. Serves 6-8 (we had enough left over for all of us to enjoy it at lunch the next day).
Cost breakdown for Mac and Cheese:
Barilla Plus Pasta: .25 using tripled coupon a couple months ago
Breakstone's Sour Cream: .29 using sale and .55 coupon doubled at Lowe's Foods this week - sale good through today, 12-22
Kraft Cheddar Cheese: $1 using sale and coupon and fresh rewards from Lowe's this week
Spaghetti sauce: .15 Bertolli using sale and coupon from Lowe's Foods this week
Milk: Free using Target gift card from cashing in my credit card points (yes, I pay off my credit card every single month and I have a no fee card)
Pepper and salt: .05
Total for mac and cheese dish: $1.75
Regular retail price of dish without sales and coupons: $7.50- yikes!