How To Make Perfect Peanut Butter Fudge

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Here’s how to make perfect peanut butter fudge.

You can thank me later. ;)

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Perfect Peanut Butter Fudge
Ingredients
  • 4 cups white sugar
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup margarine
  • 1 (12 fluid ounce) can evaporated milk
  • 1 (7 ounce) jar marshmallow creme
  • 1 (16 ounce) jar peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

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Directions
  1. Grease 9×13 baking dish.
  2. Combine brown sugar, white sugar, butter & evaporated milk in saucepan over medium heat.
  3. Bring mixture to boiling while stirring constantly.
  4. Once boiling, boil constantly for seven minutes without stirring.
  5. Remove from heat, and stir in marshmallow creme until blended in and melted.
  6. Let cool for 15 minutes, then add in peanut butter and vanilla, stir until smooth.
  7. Spread in pan, and let cool.
  8. Cut into squares, and refrigerate to keep firm. YUMMMMMM!

 

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Slow Cooker Emergency Chicken Alfredo

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Okie dokie folks. This is the easiest-ever-don’t-even-think-about-it-meal-when-you-just-really-need-dinner-tonight.

 

Nothing fancy.

 

Just emergency food. ;)

 

In case you’re like me and occasionally have those days too.

 

This Monday (yes, Cyber Monday would be the one), I came down with the all out worst stomach bug I have ever had in my life. 

 

We’re talking, so bad my husband stayed home from work Monday to keep our kids.

 

That bad.

 

(Since my kids were off school Monday, he figured he’d better stay home to make sure I didn’t die under their watch. I think he was really afraid that might  happen.) Thankfully I had a few helpers here to keep up deal hunting a bit, and I posted deals as I could from my laptop in bed.

 

It wasn’t pretty.

 

Tuesday came though, and thankfully I felt oh-so-much-better, but at lunchtime I realized my family would be expecting a meal for dinner that night.

 

I took a look around my pantry, freezer and fridge, noticed I happened to have my emergency-chicken-alfredo-staples on hand, and pulled out Mrs. Potts. (After of course scrubbing an extra time or two because the last thing I wanted was to pass on any germs around here!)

 

Mrs. Potts (again) saved the day. Dinner was served, and my family all loved it. (A tiny miracle around here!) So, if you have one of those oh-my-goodness-what-on-earth-do-I-feed-these-people-for-dinner-again-kind-of-days, this little recipe’s right here for you.

 

You’re welcome. ;)

 

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Slow Cooker Emergency Chicken (aka Slow Cooked Creamy Chicken Alfredo)
Ingredients
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup (can substitute with Healthy Request cream of chicken soup or try out these substitutes here – let me know if they work for you!)
  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breast (frozen is fine ~ that’s what I used)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 packet Italian Seasoning mix (can also make your own at home)
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • pasta (whatever type your family likes)
Directions
  1. Place chicken, Italian seasoning, water, and soup in slow cooker.
  2. Give it a quick stir, then cook on low 5-6 hours or high 3-4 hours.
  3. 30 minutes before serving, shred chicken and add in cream cheese. Give it another good stir to mix everything well.
  4. Cook pasta according to package directions.
  5. Once cream cheese is heated through and everything mixes together, give it one more stir.
  6. Serve chicken and sauce over cooked pasta, top with parmesan cheese and parsley if you want to be fancy.
  7. Enjoy. ;)

 

Here are the best sales I see to watch for this week (as of 12/3/14):

  • Ronzoni Pasta BOGO $1.58 at Publix, use $1/2 Garden Delight
  • Kroger Pasta $1
  • Campbell’s Condensed Soup $1 at Kroger, use $.40/2 coupon from the 10/12 SmartSource insert
  • Tyson Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast (Frozen) 32 oz $6.79 at Publix or Fresh Publix Greenwise Chicken Breast Antibiotic Free $3.49/lb.
  • Kroger Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast 3 lb. bag $7.99 (will vary by region)
  • Kroger Cream Cheese $1.25

 

Thanks to I Heart Publix for the coupon matchups. If you need a little more menu inspiration, go HERE

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Slow Cooker Broccoli Cheese Soup

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Oh my.

 

This Broccoli Cheese Soup at home is divine. 

 

Better than Panera.

 

And Mrs. Potts will do most of the work for you.

 

You’re welcome. ;)

 

My husband and I loved this recipe, my 14 year old liked it, and my 11 and 7 year old actually ate it. Success? :)

 

Here’s how to get a yummy warm & toasty meal on the table at your home too (and I highly recommend you include a side of homemade bread. Perfection!)

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Slow Cooker Broccoli Cheese Soup

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 cups diced yellow onion
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 6 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 12 oz cans evaporated milk
  • 5 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 5 cups broccoli florets (I substituted with frozen broccoli which I cooked in the microwave and drained well - to make sure there wasn't too much liquid I reduced the chicken broth by 1/2 cup as frozen veggies are usually packed with water when they cook)
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 12 oz sharp shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 oz parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. In large skillet melt butter over medium heat.
  2. Saute onions until they become transparent, about 3-4 minutes.
  3. Add garlic and flour, as well as a little salt and pepper to flavor.
  4. Cook for 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
  5. Using a whisk, slowly add in evaporated milk and stir well to make it smooth.
  6. Cook mixture until it begins to thicken, then pour into slow cooker with chicken broth, broccoli & thyme.
  7. Cover and cook 2 1/2 - 3 hours on high or 6 hours on low.
  8. Turn heat off (or warm if you have that option), and add in heavy cream, shredded cheddar cheese and parmesan cheese.
  9. Season with salt and pepper and enjoy!
http://passionatepennypincher.com/2014/11/slow-cooker-broccoli-cheese-soup/

 

 

Here are the best sales I see to watch for this week (as of 11/19/14):

  • Broccoli Buy One Get One Free at Giant Eagle and Food Lion
  • Kroger Shredded Cheese $1.99
  • Swanson Chicken Broth $.50 at Dollar General (14 oz) or $1.89 at Walmart & Target (32 oz), use $1/2 Swanson coupon from the 10/5 SmartSource insert or $1/2 Swanson printable coupon

Recipe adapted from Cooking Classy – thanks for a wonderful recipe!  Thanks also to I Heart Publix for the coupon matchups. If you need a little more menu inspiration, go HERE

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Menu Plan Monday: Week Of 11/17/14

Here’s this week’s menu plan and grocery shopping list! I’m so excited because I have most of the ingredients that we’ll need for these recipes already at home, so it’ll help keep our budget in check too this week.

 

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If you’re hoping to get on track too, check out my Fall Menu Planning board on Pinterest where I’ve got all the links to the recipes we’re eating each week. Head on over HERE to check that out, and I’d love for you to join all the PPP boards on Pinterest too.

 

Shopping List
  • 8 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 8 soft or hard taco shells
  • 2 cans Rotel
  • 1 sleeve saltine crackers
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 yellow onion
  • fresh garlic
  • 2 (12 oz) cans evaporated milk
  • 5 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 5 cups small diced broccoli floret
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 cups sharp shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • parmesan cheese
  • bag of potatoes for mashed potatoes
  • tortilla chips

Side Dish Extras

  • apples (for salad)
  • grapes (for salad)
  • walnuts (for salad)
  • loaf bread for broccoli cheese soup night (store bought or  homemade bread)
  • carrot sticks or fresh veggies
  • toppings for nachos and tacos – sour cream, black olives, green onion, lettuce, tomato

Pantry Staples

  • salt
  • pepper
  • flour
  • thyme
  • baking powder
  • milk
  • 2 eggs
  • oil
  • onion powder
  • brown sugar
  • minced onion
  • chili powder
  • corn starch
  • cumin
  • red pepper flakes
  • cayenne pepper
  • garlic
  • oregano

Do you have anything yummy on your menu plan this week?  I’d love to hear what you’re having, and if you have any great recipe ideas please leave a comment to share!  Here are a few previous menu plans that you can also try out:

 

Check out my recipes to try board on Pinterest, and see more penny-pinched recipe ideas.  This post is linked up to OrgJunkie’s Menu Plan Monday where you can find lots more menu planning ideas! 

 

 

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Mini Sliders with Secret Sauce

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I’ve found the perfect burger for you when it’s too cold outside to grill. 

 

You’re welcome. ;)

 

We don’t eat hamburgers all that often in the winter, but these taste so good that they’re worth the extra effort! And, since I have a tiny obsession with slider sandwiches (they’re the perfect size for my kids to decide if they just want one or two), these were just a great weeknight meal.

 

There really isn’t all that much to them beyond a regular burger, but the special sauce (and some French’s onions if you’re really going all out), make them a little more exciting than your regular weeknight meal. I ended up shaping the burgers in muffin cups like the original recipe suggested (it made it easy to come out with the right portions), but think you could probably skip this step if you have a good idea of what the size of your burger should be.

 

Here’s what you’ll need to get started . . . 

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Mini Sliders with Secret Sauce

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • muffin liners (optional, but this makes them easier to portion)
  • salt and pepper
  • slider buns
  • mayonnaise
  • ketchup
  • dijon mustard
  • relish
  • extra toppings (optional) - lettuce, onions, tomatoes, cheese, French's onions

Instructions

  1. Divide ground beef into 8 portions.
  2. Place muffin liners in muffin tin - sprinkle each cup with salt and pepper.
  3. Shape each portion of beef into a ball and place in lined muffin cup. Season with salt and pepper on top.
  4. Add another liner on top of the meat and push down to form the burger (I skipped this step and just formed the burgers with my hands.)
  5. Heat a nonstick skillet over medium high heat and cook burgers in hot skillet until slightly browned (3 minutes) then flip over and cook another 2-3 minutes until cooked through.
  6. Mix mayonnaise, ketchup, mustard, and relish in a small bowl to make the sauce.
  7. Add burger to slider bun, top with secret sauce as well as any other toppings and enjoy!
http://passionatepennypincher.com/2014/11/mini-sliders-with-secret-sauce/

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Here are the best sales I see to watch for this week (as of 11/12/14):

  • Kroger Mayo $3.49 when you buy 10  participating Mega Sale items, use $.75/1 Kraft Mayo
  • Kroger Slider Buns $1.49
  • Publix Hunt’s Ketchup $.93
  • French’s Dijon Mustard $1.97 at Walmart, use $.75/1 French’s coupon

Recipe adapted from All Recipes.  Thanks to I Heart Publix for the coupon matchups. If you need a little more menu inspiration, go HERE

 

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Menu Plan Week of 11/10/14

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Here’s this week’s menu plan and grocery shopping list! I’m so excited because I have most of the ingredients that we’ll need for these recipes already at home, so it’ll help keep our budget in check too this week.

 

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If you’re hoping to get on track too, check out my Fall Menu Planning board on Pinterest where I’ve got all the links to the recipes we’re eating each week. Head on over HERE to check that out, and I’d love for you to join all the PPP boards on Pinterest too.

 

 
Shopping List
  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 box fettucine noodles
  • garlic
  • sundried tomato halves
  • 8 slices roma tomatoes for hamburger sliders
  • 14.5 oz can petit diced tomatoes
  • 3 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup non-fat Greek yogurt (plain)
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 2 bags baby spinach (enough for spinach salad and for Tomato Fettucine recipe)
  • 1 can black beans
  • 1 can corn
  • 1 can rotel
  • 1 package Ranch Dressing mix
  • 8 slider buns (I’ve found Kroger has the best price on these)
  • store bought pizza dough (Publix makes a great dough in their bakery if you live in the Southeast – I’m going to use Pillsbury pizza dough if I can’t find anything else here) :)
  • pepperoni
  • mozzarella cheese
  • additional calzone toppings – mushrooms, spinach, onions, green peppers, etc
  • marina sauce for dipping calzones in

Side Dish Extras

  • apples (for salad)
  • grapes (for salad)
  • walnuts (for salad)
  • loaf bread for chili night (store bought or  homemade bread)
  • carrot sticks or fresh veggies

Pantry Staples

  • salt
  • pepper
  • olive oil
  • sugar
  • butter
  • honey
  • brown sugar
  • vanilla
  • cumin
  • chili powder
  • onion powder
  • dijon mustard
  • relish
  • mayonnaise
  • ketchup
  • Italian seasoning

Do you have anything yummy on your menu plan this week?  I’d love to hear what you’re having, and if you have any great recipe ideas please leave a comment to share!  Here are a few previous menu plans that you can also try out:

 

Check out my recipes to try board on Pinterest, and see more penny-pinched recipe ideas.  This post is linked up to OrgJunkie’s Menu Plan Monday where you can find lots more menu planning ideas! 

 

 

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{Lightened Up} Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread

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I’m so excited about this new recipe for Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread that I tried out this week! While I love my usual pumpkin bread recipe (it’s so good), I love that this one calls for only whole wheat flour, substitutes the oil for applesauce, and tastes oh-so-good.

 

Most of the recipes that I bake with whole wheat flour call for half whole wheat and half regular white flour, so I wasn’t quite sure how this one would do. It definitely is a little more dense than our regular recipe, but it still tastes delicious. It has 155 calories per serving and 2.9 grams of fat per serving (assuming 12 servings per loaf), which is half the calories of my regular recipe that has about 319 calories per serving and 12.6 grams of fat. I’m pretty sure I won’t make my old recipe again after tasting how yummy this one was!

 

Here’s what you’ll need to get started . . .

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin pie filling (I think I may try substituting it with canned pumpkin next time to cut down on some of the sugar)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 egg whites
  • 3/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup miniature chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 350 and grease 9x5 loaf pan.
  2. Whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt.
  3. In a separate bowl, stir together pumpkin pie filling, applesauce, sugar, egg, egg whites and cinnamon.
  4. Add flour mixture into pumpkin mixture until combined, then add in chocolate chips.
  5. Pour into pan and bake at 350 for 45-50 minutes.
  6. Enjoy!
http://passionatepennypincher.com/2014/10/pumpkin-chocolate-chip-bread/

 

Thanks All Recipes for another great recipe to try! If you need a little more menu inspiration, go HERE

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Menu Plan With Grocery List: Week of 10/27/14

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Here’s this week’s menu plan and grocery shopping list! I’m so excited because some of these just look so yummy, and I can’t wait to try a few new recipes this week.

 

Wednesdays and Fridays are nuts at our house with kids activities (3 kids going 3 different directions makes for crazy nights around here!), so making big enough portions on Monday, Tuesday & Thursday to have extra leftovers (along with on occasional PB&J) realistically works great for our family. If you cook big meals at home every single night of the week you may need to add in an extra recipe or two, but hopefully this gets you started!

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If you’re hoping to get on track too, check out my Fall Menu Planning board on Pinterest where I’ve got all the links to the recipes we’re eating each week. Head on over HERE to check that out, and I’d love for you to join all the PPP boards on Pinterest too.

 

 
Shopping List
  • 3-4 pound boneless roast beef (chuck, round, or shoulder)
  • 22 oz pre-cooked chicken (recipe calls for Tyson Grill & Ready Fajita strips), or 2-3 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cooked (could try a recipe like this one or just pan fry in olive oil and a few seasonings)
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 6-8 sub sandwich rolls
  • french bread
  • beef bouillon cubes
  • 1 packet au just seasoning mix
  • 3 large onions
  • 3/4 cups sliced swiss cheese
  • 15 oz black beans
  • 15 oz can corn
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1 1/2 cups Mexican cheese blend
  • 1/2 cup crushed tortilla chips (optional – for Chicken Black Bean Casserole)

Side Dish Extras

  • Homemade or store bought crusty bread for French Onion Soup night
  • carrots
  • salad

Pantry Staples

  • salt
  • pepper
  • Worcestershire
  • soy sauce
  • honey
  • red pepper flakes
  • garlic
  • margarine or butter
  • flour
  • sugar

Do you have anything yummy on your menu plan this week?  I’d love to hear what you’re having, and if you have any great recipe ideas please leave a comment to share!  Here are a few previous menu plans that you can also try out:

 

Check out my recipes to try board on Pinterest, and see more penny-pinched recipe ideas.  This post is linked up to OrgJunkie’s Menu Plan Monday where you can find lots more menu planning ideas! 

 

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Slow Cooker Meat Lovers Spaghetti

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Looking for a new way to spice up spaghetti night? While I love (love love love love love love ~ did you catch that?) my favorite recipe ever for this Heaven Sent Cheesy Baked Spaghetti, I don’t have time for fancy spaghetti every weeknight. So, this one comes in at a close second. ;)

 

It was so easy to pop in Mrs. Potts in the morning, and nice to come home at the end of running kids around town to dinner already done. The best part is it makes a ton (like, L.O.T.S), so you can freeze the leftover sauce and have dinner done on another busy night. (Don’t you just love that?)

 

Here’s how to get dinner on the table (easily) in your home today too.

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Slow Cooker Meat Lovers Spaghetti

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 small onions, chopped
  • 1/4 pound Italian sausage
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 29 oz can tomato sauce
  • 6 oz can tomato paste
  • 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 15.6 oz can stewed tomatoes
  • 1/4 tsp thyme leaves
  • 1/4 tsp dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp sugar

Instructions

  1. In skillet, heat olive oil.
  2. Cook and stir onions and Italian sausage until browned, then add those to the slow cooker.
  3. Cook ground beef in same skillet, along with Italian seasoning and garlic powder.
  4. Transfer beef to slow cooker.
  5. Dump remaining ingredients (except the sugar) into crockpot and cook for 8 hours on low.
  6. Add sugar and cook an additional 15 minutes, and serve over cooked pasta.
  7. Enjoy!
http://passionatepennypincher.com/2014/10/slow-cooker-meat-lovers-spaghetti/

Here are the best sales I see to watch for this week (as of 10/22/14):

  • Meijer Ground Beef $3.49/lb.
  • Target Market Pantry Ground Beef Buy One Get One 20% off
  • Publix Italian Sausage $5.79 20 oz
  • Kroger Johnsonville Italian Sausage $4.99, use $1/1 Johnsonville product
  • Kroger or Dollar Tree Hunt’s Tomatoes $1, use $1/4 coupon from the 9/21 SmartSource insert

Recipe adapted from All Recipes. Thanks to I Heart Publix for the coupon matchups. If you need a little more menu inspiration, go HERE

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Menu Plan Monday: Week Of 10/18/14

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Here’s this week’s menu plan and grocery shopping list! I’m actually on my way to North Carolina for a conference this weekend, and since I won’t be home until Tuesday night I’m pretty sure my husband will be feeding my kids frozen pizzas, but I figured I’d put together a menu plan for him anyways. (And maybe he’ll head to the store for me?) ;)

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If you’re hoping to get on track too, check out my Fall Menu Planning board on Pinterest where I’ve got all the links to the recipes we’re eating each week. Head on over HERE to check that out, and I’d love for you to join all the PPP boards on Pinterest too.

 

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Shopping List
  • 4 bone in pork chops
  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 26.5 oz jar spaghetti sauce
  • 2 cans rotel
  • 1 can black beans
  • 1 can kidney beans
  • 1 can corn
  • 2 onions
  • green pepper
  • 2 cans low sodium chicken broth
  • 8 oz pasta
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • small can French’s onions
  • eggs
  • bacon
  • frozen biscuits

Side Dish Extras

  • salad
  • garlic bread
  • fresh fruit
  • baked potatoes
  • canned, fresh or frozen veggies

Pantry Staples

  • garlic powder
  • seasoning salt (I use Lawry’s)
  • salt
  • pepper
  • paprika
  • Worcestershire
  • liquid smoke (optional – I probably won’t use this for the pork chops)
  • chile powder
  • cumin
  • cilantro
  • butter
  • parmasan cheese (for topping spaghetti)

 

Do you have anything yummy on your menu plan this week?  I’d love to hear what you’re having, and if you have any great recipe ideas please leave a comment to share!  Here are a few previous menu plans that you can also try out:

 

Check out my recipes to try board on Pinterest, and see more penny-pinched recipe ideas.  This post is linked up to OrgJunkie’s Menu Plan Monday where you can find lots more menu planning ideas! 

 

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