Friday, March 16, 2012

Brand New Free (Natural and Organic) MEAL PLAN!! 03/16/12

I think that one of the biggest reasons people don't cook dinner is because they don't know what to make, or they get stuck in a rut cooking the same things all of the time. And who hasn't decided to make a new recipe they've found, only to discover that the ingredients for one meal cost over $50? I know I've done that, and it's sucked the fun out of making the meal. To combat that, I started basing my meals around what's on sale in the flyers each week, and I've been sharing those deals with you in the Weekly Deals every Wednesday. I've decided to take it one step further now and I'll be sharing meal plans each Thursday that showcase sale items at the four grocery stores each week.

Each week I'll give you seven days of meals that will feed 4-6 people (depending on the recipe), and which stores has the main ingredients on sale. I'll suggest a side dish as well. Some of the recipes I've tried, and some I have not. Some weeks I'll be trying recipes with you and we can talk about what we think of the recipes on the blog's facebook page! Whoo! I hope you're as excited as I am! If you have any questions about the meal plans or any requests, please leave a comment and let me know. So here we go, our first week of meal plans:

1. Roast Chicken with Vegetables, A simple roast chicken with potatoes, carrots, onion and celery.
Safeway Foster Farms Fresh Whole Fryer, $.89lb
QFC Organic Celery, $.99lb

2. Cold Sesame Noodles with Chicken and Cucumbers, simple pasta toss loaded with cucumbers, chicken and peanuts.
     Shred and use leftover roast chicken & serve with spinach or green salad
3. Fish Tacos with Mexican Slaw, use cod instead of tilapia in the recipe.
QFC Wild Caught Alaska True Cod Fillets, $6.99lb
TOP Wild Alaskan True Cod Fillets, $4.99lb
Albertsons Wild Caught Alaska Cod Fillets, $3.99lb 
QFC Cabbage, 3lbs for $1 
TOP Green Cabbage, $.38 lb 
Albertsons Fresh Green Cabbage, $.39lb
Safeway Green Cabbage, $.49lb

4. Lemon Pilaf with Salmon, a lite and lemony "one dish" meal.
QFC Wild Caught Alaska Sockeye Salmon Fillets, $9.99lb 
TOP Lummi Island Wild Pacific Pink Salmon, 6oz, $2.99 each 
Albertsons Wild Caught Sockeye Salmon Fillets, $7.99lb
TOP Full Circle Organic Rice, 2lb white, brown or basmati, $3.49    

5. Turkey and Artichoke Stuffed Shells with Arrabbiata Sauce (Freezable) & Roasted Asparagus, delish stuffed shells, you can use regular jarred marinara instead of making the arrabbiata sauce if you'd like! The shells and asparagus cook at the same temp, so you can cook them together. 
Safeway Foster Farms Ground Turkey Breast, 20oz, $5.99 each
QFC Asparagus, $.99lb
Albertsons Fresh Asparagus, $1.88lb
Safeway Fresh Asparagus, $2.99lb

6. Zucchini Lasagna with Fruit, a noodle-less lasagna with zucchini "pasta", ricotta, Parmesan and pesto.
QFC Organic Zucchini, $1.29lb
TOP Organic Strawberries, 1lb, $3.98 
TOP Organic Kiwi, 5 for $2
QFC Organic Strawberries, 16oz, $2.99 
QFC Del Monte Magnificent Cantaloupe or Personal Watermelon, 2 for $5 
Safeway Organic Lady Alice Apples, $1.99lb

7. Baked Potatoes with Sausage and Arugula Sauce & Green Salad, an easy weeknight meal from one of my Food Network favorites! Feel free to use cream cheese in place of the mascarpone, or spinach instead of arugula.
QFC Isernio's Chicken Sausage, 13.3oz, $5.99
Albertsons Wild Harvest Romaine Hearts, 3ct package, $2.99 each

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