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Menu, Week of 2/12


I have had a crazy week. Much work stress, some time-consuming and expensive dental work, and generally catching up from being gone last week. It was only two days, but apparently I cram a lot of stuff into each day, because it has been hard to get back on track.

I have to be organized this week, though, because we don’t have the money to go out to eat on a busy night this week. I am planning ahead better this time!

I have included some links below, but I really noticed this week how much I change recipes when I use them. For one thing, you can take it almost as a given that I use less meat and more vegetables than a recipe calls for. I try to cram as many veggies in our days as possible, and the kids sometimes only eat veggies at dinner, so I need to make a lot. It is also a good way to bulk up a meal for less money and calories.

Sunday: Italian Sausages, creamy bibb salad, tomato soup, coconut pineapple sundaes
Quick and easy after a busy day.

Monday: Mole skillet pie with pork, salad, steamed broccoli
I am adding pork to this vegan recipe, and I will probably sub a mixture of gluten free all purpose flour and cornmeal for the whole wheat flour.

Tuesday: leftovers

Wednesday: Rosemary Chicken and White Beans, sweet potato fries, peanut butter banana mousse
The girl didn’t cook last week, because the dentist took forever, so we are trying again this week. The dessert is made with frozen bananas, peanut butter and honey–a nice healthy treat.

Thursday: Crockpot Dal, curried chickpeas and quinoa
I will be using a bean blend with beans, peas and lentils that I got from Costco for the dal.

Friday: Meatballs in Applesauce with Rice, steamed green beans
I love the way my Cooking for the Rushed book provides directions for whole meals, but I am tweaking this just a bit, because we eat a lot of broccoli and I want something slightly different.

What are you having this week?

As always, this post will be linked to orgjunkie.com’s Menu Planning Monday–lots more inspiration over there!


Menu, Week of 1/1

This is not a resolution, I have been menu-planning every week for months now. However, there is something that feels so right about starting the new year with a good plan. I am a big believer in the idea that you should start the way you mean to continue. I plan to make this a big year–I want to do a couple of trips, at least one with the kids and possibly one or two conventions without them, I have a lot of work to be done in my yard, many household projects–and menu planning should help me to save the money to do these things. Of course I can plan cheap meals, but the big savings is in keeping me out of expensive restaurants! Now that the kids are getting older and eating all the time, a meal out with them is a significant expense.

Sunday: Chicken with 40 cloves of garlic, light and tangy slaw, chickpea flour quickbread, peas, fried potatoes

Image credit: Post Punk Kitchen

We had this last night, and I am pretty sure I am oozing a garlic scent today. I actually put a lot more than 40 cloves of garlic in my baking dish, and I may have eaten 40 cloves myself. So delicious!

Monday: Rosti with Bacon and Scallions, sauteed kale, blueberry smoothies
I am not actually a big bacon fan. I know, everyone thinks I am strange, but it seems too greasy to me. I am starting to come around a bit, if it is prepared right, and this doesnt have a huge amount of bacon. The kids are ecstatic at the prospect of me cooking bacon for them.

Tuesday: Red beans and rice, broccoli
An old favorite.

Wednesday: Rosemary Chicken with White Beans, spinach salad
One of the first non-plain foods the girl really enjoyed–and this is within the last year. We have had a tense childhood with that girl, because I have met very few plain foods I like, but she is all about plain foods, and has been vocally so since toddler-hood. Thank goodness she is starting to come around to more complex flavors.

Thursday: Red lentil Thai Chili, cornbread
I am having a vegetarian friend over for dinner, and we love curry. This take on chili might be too much for the girl, but I am hoping she will like it. I know that Andrea and I will love it, though, and at least there is cornbread, so the girl won’t go hungry!

Friday: Leftovers

What are you having this week?

This post will be linked up at orgjunkie.com’s Menu Planning Monday–lots more inspiration can be found there as well!

Menu, week of 6/12/11


Menu for this week:
Sunday: Gazpacho, salmon burgers, sweet potato fries
I made the gazpacho and the girl did the rest; nice and quick.

Monday: Rosemary Chicken with White Beans, broccoli, Quick Flatbread
I made this last week, and the girl loved it so much that she wanted to cook it for her grandmother tonight. I added onion and carrot last week, and I am going to try to get the girl to do that plus zucchini tonight, because I forgot about the zucchini, and it needs to be used. I made a big pot of navy beans to use in this and other recipes this week this morning.The flatbread batter, made with chickpea flour, is already sitting in the kitchen, waiting for baking time.

Tuesday: French lentils with walnuts and goat cheese, frittata, more flatbread
I didn’t end up making this last week, because I had about 10 minutes for dinner last Tuesday due to a late night at work combined with the need to go to a jewelry party. I love it, though, so I am trying again. The frittata will likely be mostly greens from the garden, because I have a lot of those.

Wednesday: Salmon noodle casserole, peas, unless we go to my dad’s house for dinner
The kids’ favorite. Basically a white sauce with curry powder, Mrs. Dash, canned salmon, soy cheese and egg noodles. They eat the heck out of this dish.

Thursday: Beef barley and leek soup
I will probably add a bunch more veggies to this, depending on what I have on hand, including garden greens.

Today I am going to make Cassoulet with a lot of Vegetables for lunch, probably without meat, since I am just throwing this together with the beans I made this morning, and I don’t think I have any meat on hand for this. I feel so healthy!