Sunday, June 27, 2010

Weekly Menu for the week of June 28

Hey everyone! Welcome to my weekly menu!

Summer is well under way and we love it! Giant Eagle has a great deal this week. When you buy a one pound salmon fillet you receive a cedar plank FREE!!! WOW – if you do not shop at Giant Eagle check out Costco for Cedar Planks. I believe they sell them by the dozen. And after you try this recipe you just may need that many.

We have a GREAT recipe for anyone that has a child with an egg allergy. The Chicken Parmesan is dipped in a garlic-infused olive oil rather than egg prior to dredging in the breadcrumbs. It is delicious!!!

Anyone have fresh basil??? Ours is growing like crazy!!! Lots of recipes in the coming weeks using fresh basil so you probably should just pick up a plant – buying it at the grocery in the individual packs is so much more expensive! The pasta for the week is a recipe I came up with last summer when I had too much basil (is there such a thing) and lots of grape tomatoes. It is sooooo easy and delicious! If you have fresh mozzarella on hand – I prefer the Buffalo mozzarella – feel free to cube it up and toss with the hot pasta. YUM!

Don’t forget - you can now follow the menu on Facebook and Twitter!!! Go to Kristen Kill Reisinger’s Menus That Save on Facebook and click like!!! You will receive updates and pics throughout the week. Also follow the menu on Twitter - @menusthatsave.

ALWAYS check your coupons!!! Not only the ones we receive in our newspapers and mid-week mailers but also online! Check out

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!


Chicken Parmesan
Tossed Salad

Chicken Parmesan – Adapted from Southern Living

1 t. minced garlic
¼ cup of olive oil
1 cup of Italian seasoned bread crumbs
¼ cup of parmesan cheese
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 lb. of spaghetti or angel hair pasta
1 jar of spaghetti sauce or 3 cups of homemade
1 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese

Preheat oven to 425˚. Combine garlic and olive oil in a microwave safe dish and heat for 35 – 40 seconds on HIGH until oil mixture is warm.

Combine breadcrumbs and cheese in a shallow bowl. Pound chicken to ½ inch thickness. Dip chicken in oil mixture; dredge chicken in breadcrumb mixture. Place chicken on a lightly greased baking sheet.

Bake at 425˚ for 20 minutes. Meanwhile, warm spaghetti sauce and cook pasta according to directions. Remove chicken from oven, top with 2-3 T. of sauce and sprinkle mozzarella cheese over each chicken breast. Place chicken under the broiler until cheese has melted and is bubbly.

To serve, place the chicken on top of a plate of spaghetti tossed with sauce.


Cedar Plank Grilled Salmon

Cedar Plank Grilled Salmon – adapted from

3 (12 inch) untreated cedar planks
1/3 cup canola oil
1 ½ T. Rice vinegar
1 t. sesame oil
1/3 cup of soy sauce
¼ cup of chopped green onions
1 T. grated fresh ginger
1 t. minced garlic
2 (2 lb.) salmon fillets, skin removed

Soak the cedar planks for at least 1 hour but preferably overnight.

Combine all of the ingredients and marinate the salmon fillets for up to an hour but at least 15 minutes.

Preheat the grill for medium heat. Place the planks on the grate. The boards are ready when they start to smoke and begin to crackle just a bit.

Place the salmon fillets onto the planks and discard the marinade. Cover and grill for about 20 minutes or when you are able to flake the fish with a fork.

Leftover salmon is perfect in a salad for a healthy lunch. Add fresh greens and sliced strawberries with a light vinaigrette.


Ranch and Onion Burgers
Roasted Potatoes
Carrot sticks

Ranch and Onion Burgers – adapted from

2 lbs. of ground beef
1 pkg. of ranch dressing mix
1 pkg. of onion soup mix
1 egg, lightly beaten
Hamburger buns

Mix together all of the ingredients and form into patties. Place on a hot grill. Grill for about 5 minutes per side or until desired degree of doneness. Remove from the grill and let rest a few minutes before serving.


Roasted Tomato Pasta with Basil
Tossed Salad
Garlic Toast

Roasted Tomato Pasta with Basil

2 pints of cherry or grape tomatoes – sliced in half
Olive oil
3 cloves of garlic, minced
Fresh ground pepper
10 basil leaves, chopped
Salt – kosher or sea preferred
1 lb. of fettuccini pasta
Parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 400˚.

Spread tomatoes out on a jelly-roll pan. Drizzle with a generous amount of olive oil. Add garlic and pepper and toss until tomatoes are covered. Place in the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes or until the tomatoes are soft. Remove from the oven and season with salt.

Meanwhile cook pasta according to the directions. Scrape all of the tomatoes, garlic and oil from the jelly roll pan and toss with the cooked pasta and add the fresh basil. Serve with parmesan cheese.


Pizza Night

Pizza Night – Any way you like it!

This night is all about your favorite pizza! You can either order in or make your own! Our favorite way to make “homemade” pizzas is to use flatbread. We buy our flatbread at Costco. It comes in a double pack – they call it “pocketless pita bread.” We keep it in the freezer and pull out however many we need. They are the perfect size for individual pizzas!

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!


Green onions
Asparagus – GE special $2.99
Potatoes – GE special
Carrots – GE special
2 pints of grape tomatoes – GE special

Parmesan cheese
Bread for garlic toast
Pocketless Pita Bread – or pizza crust – if making homemade pizza
Pepperoni for pizza

Olive oil
Canola oil
Ranch Dressing Mix
Onion Soup mix

Canned Goods/Ethnic Foods/Dry Goods
2 boxes of Pasta – spaghetti or angel hair or fettuccini – GE special on San Giorgio
Jar of pasta sauce or homemade
Rice vinegar
Sesame oil
Soy sauce
Rice – brown or white
Pizza sauce

Seafood/Meat Case/Butcher
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts – GE coupon in Sunday paper for Nature’s Basket
2 - 2 lb. fillets of salmon – GE special – FREE cedar plank with purchase of 1 lb. of salmon
Ground beef – GE special on 3 lb. value pack

Frozen Foods

Shredded mozzarella cheese – GE special on Kraft

Italian seasoned breadcrumbs
Hamburger buns – GE brand $.99

Hersey Bars, Graham Crackers and Marshmallows – GE special AND coupon in Sunday paper

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