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Weeknight Menu Ideas:Quick Creative Meal Ideas

Posted on 27 October 2009 by noelskitchen

Weeknight Menu Ideas

Before you plan your next grocery shopping trip, check your store’s Web site to see what the week’s specials are, if there are coupons, and what items are seasonal and abundant, and thus good value. Compare prices between different supermarkets in your area.

My last trip to the grocery store, I found some great savings on many different items. I reviewed the ad prior to my visit, wrote my shopping list and was off.  It’s a good idea to review in-store ads that are usually available to customers and can be easily found next to the shopping cart area as you enter the store.  You most likely will find an extra savings on items.

Ragu Special

Some grocery stores will have “Budget Buys” Reducing the price on many items available. I was able to find a great deal down the pasta and grains aisle. If I purchased two Ragu Pasta Sauces, I received a Free package of Spaghetti noodles.  Pasta is an easy weeknight meal and very quick to make. It is also a great dish for feeding a large family.

I was also able to find a good price on Johnsonville’s Sweet Sausage so I had a perfect meal planned.

Quick Creative Meal Ideas

On the dinner menu: Busy Mom’s Sweet Sausage Spaghetti

This is a quick and easy spaghetti dish made with a few simple ingredients and I was able to use some yellow squash from our garden.

Pasta Ingredients


1 package spaghetti noodles (16 oz.)

1 jar Ragu pasta sauce (homemade sauce would be an excellent choice too. Make a large quantity and freeze in portions.)

4-5 Johnsonville Sweet Italian Sausage

1 medium yellow onion, chopped

2  medium size yellow squash

1 medium size green bell pepper, chopped

2 cloves garlic, pressed, chopped


Bring 4-6 quarts water to a boil.  Cook pasta according to package instructions. As water is boiling, saute sausage, green pepper, yellow squash, onion and garlic. Drain pasta. Add pasta to sauted ingredients, slowly add pasta sauce. Combine ingredients. Serve with fresh parmesan cheese.



Shopping Tip: Decide what your weekly meals will be in advance so that you can turn leftovers from one dinner in the following day’s lunch or dinner. Before shopping, check that you have all the necessary staples (flour, sugar, etc.), and jot down anything else you need for the week. Try making up an easy spreadsheet for a shopping list and food budget, then simply update it each time you head to the store.

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