Monday, January 16, 2012

Weekly Menu Retrospective #55 and Giveaway Reminder

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!

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Breakfasts: Orange Pineapple Muffins (p.100), Baked Oatmeal (p. 91), bagels, apple pancakes

Lunches: leftovers, sandwiches


Monday: Cheesy Mac and Beef Skillet (p. 148)

Tuesday: Chicken Enchiladas (p. 127), Colourful Cabbage Salad (p. 207)

Wednesday: Bagel "Egg Puffs" (a quiche-like topping baked on top of the bagel)

Thursday: Pizza, leftover cabbage salad

Friday: Meatless version of Southwestern Beef and Pasta Soup (p.166)

Saturday: Pork with apples, onions and cabbage, Coconut Rice (p. 199)

Sunday: Roast chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy, peas and carrots, Apple Crisp (p. 220)

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