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: Pumpkin Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Muffins (variation of this recipe on p. 96), Granola (p. 92), French toast, waffles
Lunches: leftovers, sandwiches, pizza
Monday: Spicy Peanut and Tomato Soup (p. 163)
Tuesday: Pancakes and bacon
Wednesday: Black Bean Chili (p. 160)
Thursday: Lemon and Garlic Chicken (p. 184) Lemony Spinach Pasta (I made this recipe (p. 150) without the chicken and served chicken drumsticks alongside)
Friday: Lentil Dal Burgers, Easy Oven Fries (p. 194)
Saturday: Sausage with Onions, Apples and Cabbage (recipe coming soon!), Coconut Rice (p.199)
Sunday: Italian-Style Baked Pasta (p.172), carrots, Amish Oatmeal Pie (p. 221)
In keeping with my local and organic challenge, I'd also like to note the local and/or organic items on this week's menu:
Local: apples, cabbage, onions, carrots, potatoes
Organic: coconut milk, raisins, oranges, orange juice, turbinado sugar (in coffee), palm sugar (in granola)
Local AND organic: oats (in Granola and Oatmeal Pie), popcorn
For more great meal ideas, check out Menu Plan Monday at orgjunkie.com.