Monday, September 17, 2012

Weekly Menu Retrospective #80

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), Chocolate Zucchini Muffins (p. 114), peanut butter toast, blueberry clafouti

leftovers, sandwiches 


Monday: Cabbage and Beef Soup (p. 167)

Tuesday: Chickpeas with Potatoes and Peas (p. 138)

Wednesday: Italian-Style Baked Pasta (p. 172), peas

Thursday: Leftover Buffet

Friday: Breakfast for Dinner (bacon, scrambled eggs, toast)

Saturday: Spicy Chicken White Pizza

Sunday:  Hamburgers, Easy Oven Fries (p. 194), peach crisp

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

Local: potatoes, carrots, onions, zucchini, peaches, pears, sweet peppers, ground beef (from VG Meats), honey (unpasteurized), milk, eggs, sour cream  

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

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