Monday, June 25, 2012

Weekly Menu Retrospective #72

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) with homemade yogurt, banana blueberry oatmeal muffins (subbed blueberries for chocolate chips in this recipe on p. 96),  blueberry buttermilk pancakes

salads, leftovers, pizza, tuna melts 


Monday: Leftover Baked Beans (fruitless version of Apple and Bacon Baked Beans on p.177), pork ribs, sauteed asparagus

Tuesday: Thai-Style Peanutty Pasta (p. 147)

Wednesday: Black Bean Chili (meatless version of recipe on p. 160)

Thursday: Hamburgers, potato salad

Friday: Dinner salads with assorted veggies, shredded poached chicken and cheddar cheese

Saturday: Out at a party

Sunday: Barbecued pork chops, alfredo noodles with fresh herbs, tossed salad with honey-orange vinaigrette, butter tart squares

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, canola oil, brown sugar (in granola), cane sugar (in coffee/tea),  raisins (in granola and butter tart squares), sunflower and pumpkin seeds (in granola), flax seeds (in bread), bananas, navy beans (in baked beans), lemons

Local: potatoes, carrots, onions, cucumbers, red peppers, zucchini, strawberries, pork chops, ribs and ground beef (from VG Meats), milk, eggs, sour cream  

Local AND organic: oats (in granola and muffins), sesame seeds (used to top bread loaves), milk (used to make yogurt), lettuce (from West Hamilton Produce Cooperative*), arugula, raspberries and herbs from our backyard garden, saskatoon berries (foraged)

*The WHPC produce is not "certified organic" but is pesticide-free.

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