Monday, March 12, 2012

Weekly Menu Retrospective #61

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: Granola, pumpkin oatmeal choc chip muffins (subbed pumpkin for bananas in this recipe), cinnamon whole wheat bagels and cream cheese, apple cinnamon pancakes and bacon

Lunches: leftovers, sandwiches, pizza


Monday: Pasta e Fagioli (p. 168)

Tuesday: Smothered Pork Chops (variation of my Smothered Meatballs recipe on p.143), mashed potatoes, peas and carrots

Wednesday: Spaghetti with Tomato-Vegetable Meat Sauce

Thursday: Turkey and Vegetable Coconut Curry

Friday: Vegetable, Bacon and Mozzarella Puff (variation of Spinach, Bacon, and Mozzarella Puff on p.181 with leftover cooked vegetables), Creamy Cucumber Salad (p. 205)

Saturday: Leftover Buffet

Sunday: Barbecued Pork Chops, noodles alfredo, peas and carrots, Viennese Chocolate Chip Squares (had a different meal planned then ended up with guests visiting for the afternoon and no time to cook what I had originally planned!)

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:
Organic: coconut oil, coconut milk, sunflower oil, , turbinado sugar (in coffee), brown sugar (in granola), millet and kamut puffs (in snacking squares), raisins (in granola and snacking squares), oranges, orange juice (bottled locally)

Local: apples, potatoes, carrots, pumpkin (in muffins), cucumbers (hothouse), milk, eggs, sour cream

Local AND organic: oats (in granola and muffins), milk (to make yogurt)

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