Monday, October 15, 2012

Weekly Menu Retrospective #83

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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You will note there is a lot of turkey on the menu this week - we celebrated Thanksgiving here in Canada the weekend preceding these meals, so we had a lot of leftover turkey to use up (although I love it so much I don't think there can be such a thing as *too many* leftovers). I also made a big batch of stock to replenish my freezer stash! 

Granola (p. 92), Morning Glory Muffins (p. 98), Upside-Down Apple Oven Pancake (p. 95), Cornbread (p. 212)

leftovers, sandwiches, pizza 


Monday: "Turkey overs" (leftovers from Thanksgiving dinner)

Tuesday: Southwestern Turkey & Pasta Soup (a variation of the recipe on p. 166) and Cornbread (p. 212)

Wednesday: Spaghetti with Creamy Vegetable Meat Sauce

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

Friday: Ham, Broccoli and Mozzarella Egg Puff (variation of the recipe on p. 181)

Saturday: Moroccan Chickpea Stew (p. 159)

Sunday: Turkey Pot Pie (p. 175), Lemon Thyme Roasted Root Vegetables (a variation of this recipe on p. 202), Old-Fashioned Butterscotch Pudding (p. 233)

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), tortilla chips (for snacks)

Local: potatoes, carrots, onions, apples, broccoli, 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, red peppers, green onions, herbs and cherry tomatoes from our backyard garden

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