Monday, June 24, 2024

Menu Plan Monday ~ June 24, 2024


My Frugal Week

On Thursday I cut up a watermelon into bite sized pieces and stored it in the fridge. I also grated a two pound block of cheddar cheese to have on hand. 

If you have a double wall insulated cup you can use it to bring freezer pops, squeezable yogurt, or string cheese for those days when you are going to be out of the house for a long time. The cup will keep them nice and cold.

Have you been seeing all the profee (protein shake + coffee = profee) videos on social media? I'm not a fan of coffee, but I do enjoy tea, so I bought a box of salted caramel tea, brewed some and added a salted caramel protein shake along with ice and it was really tasty and refreshing. I enjoyed the salted caramel better in a vanilla shake than I did the green tea.

Grinder Salad

Grinder Salads or Sub in a Tub have become popular on TikTok. They are like an Italian submarine sandwich in a bowl, chopped up, without the bread. I've saved several of the recipes to try and decided to make one this week.

I used a base of a salad mix and added chicken, cheese, turkey pepperoni, pickles, red pepper, tomatoes, and a green apple. The dressing included mayonnaise, mustard, red wine vinegar, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, and raisins. It turned out really tasty and I think olives would make a great addition next time.

Recipe of the Week

I made some Carrot Raisin salad while Bailey was gone on her trip. We both love it, but she is allergic to raw carrots and I feel bad making it when she can't eat it, so with her out of the house I'm going to enjoy it.

Carrot Raisin Salad


4 1/2 cups fresh carrots, finely shredded
1 - 8 ounce can crushed pineapple, drained (2/3 cup)
3/4 cup raisins
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
1 1/4 tablespoon fresh lemon juice


Mix all ingredients together.
Makes 13-14 servings.

What’s for Dinner

Monday ~ Grilled Chicken Salads with a side of Cucumber Salad. 

Tuesday ~ Sub in a Tub. 

Wednesday ~ Cottage Cheese Taco Dip that I made with cottage cheese, onions, and taco seasoning. I added tomatoes, black olives, red peppers, and cheese and had it with tortilla chips. 

Thursday ~ Watermelon, Carrot Raisin Salad. 

Friday ~ Chicken Fajitas, Cucumber & Tomato Salad. I used romaine lettuce cups as my "tortilla" shell and they were really good plus saved me the carbs from the real tortillas. 

Saturday ~ Bailey is off to her book club, so I was on my own for dinner. I decided to make a Chicken Taco Salad for dinner. 

Sunday ~ I put chicken breasts in the crockpot and added a packet of ranch taco seasoning and a jar of Trader Joe's pineapple salsa. I served this with corn on the cob, Brussel Sprouts, and Cucumber Salad. 

What’s on the Menu for This Coming Week

These are the items we have on hand that I can use to make meals this week. 

Salmon, 15 Bean Cajun Soup Beans, BBQ Pork,  Cube Steaks, Chicken Fajitas, Taco Chicken. 

Please come back next week to see what side dishes we have with these meals.  

What’s been on the menu in your home this past week?

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  1. It all sounds yummy. I don't drink coffee either, but I like mocha flavor. I make a protein shake every morning and add a heaping spoonful of instant coffee to it for a mocha flavor. I dissolve it first in a little water then add remaining ingredients.

    1. Thank you, Cheryl. Oh, your mocha flavor protein drink sounds good. I like drinking one before I eat any food for breakfast.

  2. Great tips! Thanks!
    I haven't tried grinder salads, but that does sound tasty. I've been craving a milkshake, but maybe I'll make it a bit healthier with a profee or protea. :D
    Not sure what is on the menu this week since my son has to have his gallbladder out tomorrow. Hopefully he will be in less pain soon.
    Hope you have a great week.

    1. Thank you, Kathy. I love the name protea and I'm going to start using it. I was thinking this needed a name! LOL A milkshake sounds good too. A protein drink with strawberries is pretty good too.

      I hope your son's gallbladder surgery goes well tomorrow. Watching our children be in pain is no fun and I hope his pain is alleviated tomorrow.

      Hope you have a good week too, I'll be thinking & praying for you all tomorrow.

  3. I have never heard of anyone being allergic to raw carrots. However, since I have unusual allergies, I am not surprised at all. All the meals sound good.

  4. Yum! I love carrot raisin salad!

  5. Wow, allergic to raw carrots!!! Can she eat cooked ones? Strange allergies are cropping up every day it seems. Me, well I can eat all shellfish except scallops. Doctors find that very strange.
    Lovely meals Belinda.

    God bless.

    1. Yes, Bailey can eat cooked carrots as cooking kills the enzyme that causes the allergic reaction. It's called a fruit pollen allergy.

      Oral allergy syndrome (OAS), also known as pollen-food allergy syndrome (PFAS), is a type of food allergy that occurs when someone with a pollen allergy eats certain foods. Symptoms usually begin within minutes of eating the food and include itching and tingling in the mouth, throat, and sometimes lips.

      I made sure to check with her allergy doctor when she was young that it wasn't like a peanut allergy where the throat will swell and close..

  6. I haven't seen profee videos. I love coffee, but don't use protein shakes. Your protea sounds delicious.


    1. Thank you, Nil. It's so great to see you commenting again!!!


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