Welcome to my weekly roundup of the past week's eats. I prefer to report what we ate in the last week, rather than what we're planning to eat in the coming week. Why? The reason is pretty simple: although I usually have a general idea of what we're going to eat in the next week or so, life often unfolds a little differently than planned, and I adjust my menu plan on a near-daily basis to accommodate leftovers and other not-possible-to-plan-ahead circumstances. I find this is the easiest way to ensure that I minimize our family's food waste. I'm also willing to admit that I'm a rather spontaneous cook, given to preparing foods that strike me as the most appealing thing to eat right here and now!
Breakfasts: gingerbread muffins, cornbread with jam, peanut butter toast, apple oatmeal muffins, "puffy muffins" (quiche-like topping on an English muffin)
Lunches: grilled cheese sandwiches, turkey salad sandwiches, peanut butter and jam sandwiches, pizza
Monday: Thanksgiving dinner leftovers (turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, peas and carrots, stuffing, cranberry apple pie, pumpkin pie)
Tuesday: Lentil soup, garlic and cheese biscuits
Wednesday: Choice of leftover lentil soup or lentil burgers, sliced raw veggies
Thursday: Sausage on a bun, creamy cucumber salad, oven fries
Friday: Sausage and cheddar quiche (using leftover sausage from Thursday), leftover cucumber salad, sliced baguette (from the discount rack)
Saturday: Turkey salad sandwiches, pan fried potatoes
Sunday: Spinach & Parmesan pasta bake, carrots, broccoli, apple gingerbread
Snacks and Sides: apples, grapes, bananas, cantaloupe, blueberries and strawberries (frozen local berries from the summer), muffins (leftovers from breakfast)
For more great meal ideas, head over to Menu Plan Monday at orgjunkie.com.