Monday, February 13, 2012

Weekly Menu Retrospective #59

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!

BOOK UPDATE: My book, Cheap App├ętit : The Complete Guide to Feeding Your Family for Less Than $400 a Month (While Eating Better Than You Ever Thought Possible) IS NOW AVAILABLE on Amazon (, and Amazon UK) and Barnes and Noble.  I've started putting page references to recipes that are in the book in my menu plans so you can locate them quickly. For more details about the book, go here. 

Breakfasts: Granola, Aloha Muffins, peanut butter toast, Blueberry Clafouti, Rhubarb Streusel Muffins

Lunches: leftovers, sandwiches, pizza


Monday: Black Bean Chili (p. 160), cornbread (p.212)

Tuesday: Pad Thai

Wednesday: Everything-But-the-Kitchen-Sink Lentil Soup (p. 162)

Thursday: Lime and Garlic Chicken (p. 184), Colourful Cabbage Salad (p. 207), Easy Oven Fries (p. 194)

Friday:  Sausage, Broccoli and Mozzarella Egg Puff (variation of Spinach, Bacon and Mozzarella Egg Puff, p. 181), leftover cabbage salad

Saturday: Hubby and I out for dinner (at younger son's hockey fundraiser dinner), leftover buffet for boys!

Sunday: Parmesan Baked Fish (p.191), Barley Pilaf (p.198), Broccoli, Bacon and Cheddar Salad (p. 204), Raspberry Cream Cheese Squares (p. 222)

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