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Menu, Week of 12/11

Yesterday was my dad’s birthday, so I went over to his house and cooked dinner. He bought the lamb chops, and I brought all of the sides, including nearly the last of the tomatoes from my garden. I am trying to make as much food from the freezer and pantry this week as possible, again–Christmas time plus brake repair on the van equals not much more money for groceries!

Sunday: Lamb chops baked over brown rice and quinoa with fresh tomato slices, steamed broccoli and yellow squash

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Monday: Quick sausage and tomato casserole, brown rice, broccoli

Tuesday: leftovers

Wednesday: Black bean chili, cornbread

Thursday: Chicken tikka masala, brown rice/quinoa, tomato cucumber salad

Friday: My daughter is performing in her school’s musical, so we will need something really fast. I am thinking leftovers.

I will need to get a few groceries, but not too much. One thing I want to make sure to do this week is have more fruit smoothies for breakfast–we are skimping on the fruit and veggies, and this is a great way to get those extra nutrients in at the start of the day. We make our smoothies with orange juice, bananas, frozen fruit, vanilla and a bit of kale from the garden. For kids’ lunches, I will need to pick up some lunch meat and bread, and possibly some applesauce cups, but we should have plenty of other snacks for them to take.

Grocery list:
plain soy yogurt
frozen spinach
orange juice
vanilla soy milk
applesauce cups

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Menu, 9/17 – 9/22

I am entering the school year with at least one child in school for the ninth time this year. This is the fifth time that I have had both kids starting a new school year. You’d think I’d have this down, wouldn’t you?This year was actually better than some. I planned ahead a bit this year. I figured out that part of the problem is that there really are a lot of back to school events at the beginning of the year, which take up much of my normal cooking time.So, I haven’t done a lot of menu planning, but I have had a lot of ingredients for easy meals on hand, so we have actually cooked more evenings than not since school started. I don’t do well without any planning, but with some thought to easy meals at the grocery store combined with at least a quick glance through the freezer and pantry each morning, I have been okay.

It’s wearing on me, though. I do better with a plan. When I know just what I am making for dinner, and I know I have all the ingredients, because I made a menu, made a grocery list from the menu, and shopped from the list, cooking doesn’t seem like such a chore.So, this weekend I am getting back to the planning. Sure, it takes up some of my weekend, but then I don’t have to think about it all week, which is so worth it to me.

On Hand:

  • chicken thighs
  • ground beef
  • Italian sausage
  • 2 pieces of cod
  • canned tuna
  • red, purple, gold baby potatoes
  • pasta
  • black beans
  • baked beans
  • spiced garbanzo beans
  • shredded cabbage
  • frozen watermelon
  • frozen fruit
  • frozen broccoli

Available in the garden

  • carrots
  • green tomatoes
  • yellow bell peppers
  • kale
  • various herbs
  • japanese eggplants
  • butternut squash

Tonight: Pizza, watermelon frosties, carrots, ice cream

Sunday: roasted butternut squash risotto, steamed broccoli

Monday: Beef Bourgignon, mashed potatoes

Tuesday: cod panang curry

Wendesday: Pasta, Sausage and Bean Ragout

Thursday: Salmon noodle casserole

Next weekend my kids are going to be with their dad, and I am not making plans for Friday. I suspect I will have leftovers to use up, anyway.


  • Tuna Salad sandwiches
  • leftovers
  • salami sandwiches

Grocery list:

  • bread
  • beef broth
  • canned salmon
  • Daiya mozzarella
  • shredded cheese blend (soy)
  • eggs
  • bacon
  • salami
  • 2 lbs. beef stew meat
  • chocolate ice cream
  • vanilla ice cream
  • frozen peas
  • bananas
  • mushrooms
  • Yukon gold potatoes
  • pearl onions
  • egg noodles
  • arborio rice
  • bay leaves
  • nutritional yeast

I feel better already–now to just get to the store and back!