Sunday, November 22, 2009

Weekly Menu Nov. 23


Hi Everyone!!!! And welcome to the new members of my Weekly Menu!

I hope you enjoyed last week’s menu. We LOVED the pork roast – super easy and tasty!!! And the sandwiches with the onions and horseradish sauce were amazing!!! My hubby, who sticks his nose up at fruit, gave the melon salad a 9 out of 10. That meal would be perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner!!! Very tasty and very affordable! I heard the salmon was amazing but as most of you know I cannot eat it due to an allergy so I will take your word for it!

This week we are going to keep it simple. We are going to make a big batch of meatballs on Monday for a little spaghetti and meatballs and then reuse our leftovers and whip up meatball hoagies on Wednesday night. The perfect meal for the night before Thanksgiving! Quick, easy and something the whole family will enjoy! Tuesday we will opt for something light – veggie stir-fry. And then on Friday we will reinvent our leftover turkey and whip up a big pot of turkey chili. Make it early in the day and let it sit on the stove. People will be in and out all day and the flavors will be totally different than the day before. It will also pair nicely with a leftover turkey sandwich!

Remember - save your receipts each week and at the end of the month tally your savings by using GE specials and coupons and pay yourself!!! Before long, you will have created a nice little slush fund for you and your family.

I know I mentioned this last week but have you seen the magazine All*You??? If you haven’t I recommend checking it out. This mag is filled with TONS of coupons!!!! I ordered mine through a Southern Living party. Do you need to find a Southern Living rep???? Check out my friend and biggest fan’s website – - you can order the magazine, Southern Living at Home merchandise and check out all of her wonderful decorating ideas! THANKS JEN!!!

Don’t forget to check out all of the old coupon fliers that you should be saving -  - and also the internet. Here are the sites again for those of you that are new: and When you sign up at a nifty toolbar will appear and you will be able to pull down the tab and see which coupons you would like to print. So easy!!!!!

Here is this week’s menu:


Spaghetti and Meatballs
Garlic Toast

Spaghetti and Meatballs (Double Duty Meal)

Most everyone has their own favorite way of doing meatballs and their favorite sauce but I will include mine just in case.

I use a meatloaf mix (prepackaged in the meat case at GE – it is ground beef, pork and veal) and add one egg for every pound of meat. I then add chopped fresh garlic, Italian style breadcrumbs, and a little parmesan cheese. Roll into balls and either cook in the oven on a baking sheet at 350˚ until browned, pan fry them, or, my favorite way of doing it, is to place them raw in a large pot full of your favorite sauce, bring to a boil (careful not to scorch) and then let simmer for a few hours. I apologize for the lack of precise measurements but I just eyeball everything.

Please consider doubling the batch – once you start rolling and your hands are all gooey – why stop? You can freeze extras for a future meal!!!


Veggie Stir Fry
Steamed rice – white or brown – consider doubling this so that leftovers can be used with the Taco Soup

Veggie Stir Fry

2 T. of Canola Oil, divided
1 t. of fresh ginger
2 t. minced garlic
¼ t. of crushed red pepper – more if you like it HOT
2 cups of fresh broccoli florets
1 cup of sliced carrots
8 oz. of sliced mushrooms
1 small can of sliced water chestnuts
1 can of mini corn
1 small can of bamboo shoots
2 t. of water
½ cup of chicken broth
2 T. of rice wine vinegar
2 T. soy sauce
2 T. Hoisin sauce
1 t. of cornstarch

Heat oil in a large skillet or Wok over medium-high heat. Add garlic and red pepper flakes. Add veggies and ginger to pan and sauté for a few minutes. Add the water, cover and cook for about 2 minutes. Remove veggies and set aside.

Meanwhile, whisk together the remaining ingredients and add to the pan, stirring constantly until the mixture thickens. Return the veggies to the pan and toss so that everything is evenly coated.


Meatball Hoagies
Carrots and dip

Meatball Hoagie (Double Duty from Monday)

Sliced provolone cheese
1 pkg. of hoagie rolls

Re-heat meatballs in micro. To assemble, open hoagie roll and place cheese slices inside. Top with meatballs and sauce (you can cut them in halve – easier for the little ones to eat) and additional cheese if you like. Place in the oven at 350˚ until the rolls are toasty and golden brown and the cheese has melted.


Happy Thanksgiving!!!


Turkey Taco Soup (I normally make this with Chicken)
Steamed Rice (optional)
Tortilla Chips

Turkey Taco Soup

½ cup diced onions
½ cup diced green peppers
1 T. minced garlic
Vegetable Oil
2-3 cups of leftover cubed turkey
15-oz. Can of corn, drained
15 oz. Can of hominy, drained
15 oz. Can of black beans, partially drained
8 oz. Can of tomato paste
8 oz. Salsa (medium)
1 package of taco seasoning
2 - 14 oz. Cans of chicken broth

In a large pot, sauté onions, peppers, and garlic in vegetable oil until slightly soft. Add remaining ingredients and heat to a boil. Turn down heat and simmer for about 45 minutes. You could also put all of the ingredients into a crock-pot and cook on low all day.

Serve over rice or with tortilla chips. Add cheese, sour cream, and sliced green onions on top if desired.

And now for the shopping list. As always, double check your pantry, fridge and freezer to see if you already have any of the items listed below. This will reduce your spending and create less waste!


Salad – GE special on bagged salad
Mushrooms – GE special
Green pepper
Green onions

Parmesan cheese
Hoagie Rolls

Canola oil
Red pepper flakes
Chicken broth

Canned Goods/Ethinic Foods/Dry Goods
Spaghetti – GE special on GE brand
Spaghetti sauce- GE special on GE brand
Bamboo shoots
Water chestnuts
Baby corn
Rice vinegar
Soy sauce
Hoisin Sauce
Rice – white or brown
15 oz. can of corn
15 oz. can of hominy
15 oz. can of black beans
8 oz. can of tomato paste
8 oz. salsa
1 pkg. of taco seasoning
2 – 14 oz. cans of chicken broth – GE special

Seafood/Meat Case/ Butcher
Meatloaf Mix – ground beef, veal and pork

Frozen Foods
Garlic toast – GE special

Sliced provolone cheese
Sour cream – GE special on Breakstone’s
Shredded cheddar cheese – GE special on Kraft
Ranch Dip – GE special on Heluva Good
Italian Seasoned breadcrumbs

Potato chips – GE special
Tortilla chips

Thanks again to everyone who has passed on my menu! I really appreciate it and am grateful that you are enjoying the recipes and the savings! =)

Follow the plan so you can save time, money, and a few calories! Remember – cooking our own food is healthier than ordering in and eating out any day!!! Your family, wallet and waistline will thank you! =)

I hope you all enjoy your week, the recipes and the savings!

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