Meal Plan Monday: Frugal Chicken Philly Sandwiches

With 8 people in our house, bread can get VERY costly.  And while I can make many types of breads and rolls, sometimes it's much easier to buy specialty buns.  Since they are so expensive, however, I often substitute hot dog buns when they are on sale.  At $1 per package, it's an easy way to stretch the budget and get a few sandwiches into our meal plan.

This week, I'm planning on making these frugal chicken philly sandwiches.  To make them, you will need:
  • 1 package hot dog buns
  • 3 chicken breasts (bonesless, skinless)
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • 1 small white onion
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
Brown the chicken, peppers, and onions in a skillet until the chicken is cooked through.  If you like your peppers a bit crispy, cook the chicken halfway, then add the peppers for the final half of cooking. (Be sure to add salt and pepper to your liking, as well.)

Preheat your broiler and prepare a baking sheet or pan.  (Line it with parchment paper if you don't want any mess to clean up!)

Open up your hot dog buns, fill each one with the chicken/veggie mixture, and top with shredded cheese.  Broil until the tops are melted and the bread is crispy.  Serve right away to keep from serving "soggy" buns.

Here is the rest of this week's meal plan:

Leftover Pizza from our Pizza Hut Birthday Party
Side Salad

Frugal Chicken Philly Sandwiches (above)
Natural Potato Fries
Steamed Mixed Veggies

Taco Chicken Veggie Stew (AGAIN?  Yes, the kids are already asking to have this again!)
Tortilla Chips

Macaroni and Cheese (with pureed butternut squash)
Shredded Stir-Fry Cabbage

Sirloin Steak
Bacon and Red Potato Salad
Steamed Green Beans

Spicy Italian Sausage Chili
Kicked-Up Corn Pudding
Side Salad

Orange Basil Chicken

What about you? What fun recipes will you be creating this week?

(For more meal ideas, visit Money Saving Mom and Menu Planning Monday)