Weekly Menu Plan // What’s On Your List?

menu planning and shoppingDid you see our Weekly Menu Plan blog post last month?  It talks about the steps you take to plan your dinner menu for the week using your local grocery store ads.  If you missed it or just need a review, click here.  Then come on back and see what I’m  planning this week!  Remember that planning your menu is the best way to save money and boost the nutrition of your meals.



Some of the  sale items this week from grocery store ads in my area are:

  • Lettuce
  • Red Potatoes
  • Bell Peppers
  • Avocados
  • Yellow Peaches
  • Chicken Breasts
  • Canned Vegetables
  • Canned Fruit
  • Canned Tomatoes
  • Canned Beans
  • Frozen Vegetables
  • Cheese
  • Milk
  • Oatmeal
  • Rice

These sale items can be used in the six recipes below or served on the side of one of your favorite recipes to make a MyPlate meal.

  1. Black Bean and Corn Salsa
  2. Cheesy Potato Soup
  3. Chicken Creole
  4. Southwest Potatoes Au Gratin
  5. Taco Salad
  6. White Chili

Use these recipes for your evening meals throughout the week.  On the seventh day of the week give yourself a break from cooking and plan to eat leftovers.

Make it a MyPlate Meal!  Serve Black Bean and Corn Salsa with a grilled chicken breast over top a bed of brown rice.  Enjoy with a glass of milk and add some fruit to the side with Fresh Peach Crisp.

Black Bean and Corn Salsa

Fresh Peach Crisp

Make it a MyPlate Meal!  Add a whole wheat dinner roll, a bowl of canned pears, and some cottage cheese to your plate.Cheese Potato Soup

Chicken Creole is packed with whole grains, protein, and dairy foods.  To make it a MyPlate Meal serve with a slice of cheese and some canned fruit.Chicken Creole

Southwest Potatoes Au Gratin make a great side dish to many meals.  Serve it with grilled chicken, a grilled cheese sandwich, and a bowl of fruit to make it a MyPlate Meal.  Instead of using a taco seasoning package bought at the store, try making your own taco seasoning.  You can find my favorite recipe by clicking here.Southwest Potatoes Au Gratin

Since ground beef wasn’t a sale item this week, try using some grilled chicken instead.  For a healthier alternative to store bought tortilla chips, check out this recipe to make your own at home.  Make sure to add some fruit and a whole grain to your plate to make this a MyPlate Meal.Taco Salad

Make it a MyPlate Meal!  Mix some brown rice into your chili.  Serve it with a side salad topped with mandarin oranges. 

White Chili



If you would like more tips on menu planning check out Spend Smart. Eat Smart. by Iowa State University Extension.  Enjoy!

Candi Merritt

Certified Nutrition Education Assistant




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