Monday, September 10, 2012

Weekly Menu Retrospective #79

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), Orange-Pineapple Muffins (p. 100), scrambled eggs and toast

leftovers, sandwiches 


Monday: Steak Fajitas, Creamy Cucumber Salad (p. 205)

Tuesday: Tex-Mex Shepherd's Pie (p. 173)

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

Thursday: Make-It-Your-Way Potato Hash (p. 140)

Friday: Spinach, Bacon and Mozzarella Egg Puff (p. 181)

Saturday: Tuna-based variation of Cheesy Mac and Beef Skillet (p. 148)

Sunday:  Crispy Parmesan Chicken with Milk Gravy (p. 186), mashed potatoes, carrots, Chocolate Mousse in a Minute

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, corn,  sweet peppers, steak and ground beef (from VG Meats), honey (unpasteurized), milk, eggs, sour cream  

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

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