Menu Plan Monday 6-14-10 & Recipe for Chicken Alfredo with Broccoli

We’ve been in the mood for a lot of spicy foods recently because of allergies.  There’s just something about the warmth of the spice that is soothing to a scratchy or sore throat.  So you will notice a couple of Mexican dishes.

By the way, I want to mention two great giveaways that are going on for gift cards.   My daughter, Christi, from Frugal Novice has a $25 gift card for groceries at your favorite grocery store, and Healthy Home Blog (that’s me) has a giveaway for a $50 gift card to Family Dollar which can be used on anything in the store.  (ideas: children’s clothes, groceries, gift for a recent graduate, etc.)

OK, now on with this week’s menu:

Monday Chicken Tortilla Soup

Tuesday Easy Cheesy Beef Enchilada, black beans, guacamole

Wednesday Chicken Alfredo with Broccoli (This is a favorite of my husband’s and our son’s.  It’s quick & easy and also inexpensive to make!  It’s also lower cholesterol than the made from scratch version which is good for my husband.  Note the ratio of butter to olive oil.)


  • 1 box Chicken Helper  Fettuccine Alfredo  (on sale for $1)
  • 1 large 12 ounce can chicken breast  ($1.58 for Walmart’s brand)
  • 3 tablespoons butter (I only use 2)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 14 ounce package of frozen broccoli florets  (around $1 for Walmart’s brand)
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 teaspoon parsley
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup hot water

Melt butter.  Add olive oil and chicken in a skillet, cutting up the chicken into smaller pieces.  Add the water, milk and chicken helper.  Mix according to directions on the box, adding in the Parmesan Cheese and parsley.   Bring to a boil. Top with the frozen broccoli.  Reduce heat, cover and cook for 12 minutes, stirring every 3 or 4 minutes, until the broccoli is tender.

Here it is before I cover with the lid to cook:


Thursday Homemade Pizza & salad

Friday Leftovers