Monday, August 13, 2012

Weekly Menu Retrospective #76

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), Banana Oatmeal Muffins (p. 96), French toast, peanut butter toast

leftovers, sandwiches, Macaroni and Cheese (p.174) 


Monday: Barbecued pork chops, corn on the cob, Cheesy Vegetable Casserole

Tuesday: Baked Beans (p. 177), green bean salad, cornbread (p. 212)

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

Thursday: Classic Beef Burgers (p.125) and Easy Oven Fries (p.194)

Friday: Leftover Buffet

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

Sunday: Leftover Buffet

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 (in granola), canola oil, raisins (in granola), sunflower and pumpkin seeds (in granola), flax seeds (in bread)

Local: potatoes, carrots, onions, broccoli, peaches, corn, cauliflower, cantaloupe, green onions, pork and ground beef (from VG Meats), milk, eggs, sour cream  

Local AND organic: sesame seeds (used to top bread loaves) green beans, herbs and cherry tomatoes from our backyard garden

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1 comment:

  1. Good sounding stuff!!


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