Monday, April 9, 2012

Weekly Menu Retrospective #64

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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Granola (p.92), Aloha Muffins (p. 99), leftover cornbread with jam, leftover Pumpkin Quinoa Pancakes (from Quinoa 365: The Everyday Superfood

Cream of Tomato Soup (p 110) with Pizza Breadsticks (a variation of my Pull-Apart Garlic and Parmesan Breadsticks, p 214, made with mozzarella cheese and oregano instead of Parmesan and garlic), sandwiches, pizza, salad, leftovers


Monday: Indian-Spiced Honey Garlic Chicken (p. 188), Coconut Rice (p. 199), roasted carrots

Tuesday: "Breakfast for Dinner": Pumpkin Quinoa Pancakes (from Quinoa 365: The Everyday Superfood

Wednesday: Classic Beef Burgers (p. 125), Easy Oven Fries (p. 194)

Thursday: Macaroni and Cheese with broccoli and carrots (a variation of Macaroni and Cheese with Ham and Peas on p. 174 using Zesty Cheese Sauce)

Friday: Everything-But-the-Kitchen-Sink Lentil Soup (p. 162), Popovers (p. 215)

Saturday: Spaghetti

Sunday: Easter Dinner: Roast turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, gravy, roasted carrots, Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie with whipped cream (I used my favourite no-fail pie crust instead of the one given in the recipe)

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),  raisins (in granola), sunflower and pumpkin seeds (in granola), bananas, quinoa flour (in pancakes), mango-orange juice, romaine lettuce

Local: apples, potatoes, carrots, onions, cucumbers (hothouse), strawberries (in pie - from last year's pick- your-own expedition), milk, eggs, sour cream 

Local AND organic: oats (in granola), popcorn, sesame seeds (used to top bread loaves), rhubarb (in pie - from my neighbour's garden last year, trying to use up what's in the freezer before this year's crop comes in!)

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