Monday, November 12, 2012

Weekly Menu Retrospective #87

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 Chocolate Chip Muffins (p. 96), Blueberry Clafouti (variation of this recipe, p. 223)

leftovers, sandwiches, pizza 


Monday: Leftover Buffet (lots of leftovers from my son's birthday dinner the day before)

Tuesday: Kusherie (Egyptian lentils and rice with a spicy tomato sauce and sauteed onions)

Wednesday: Spicy Peanut and Tomato Soup (p.163), Cornbread (p. 212)

Thursday: Leftover Buffet again (I don't know how I managed to have this many leftovers in one week - I wish it would happen more often, lol!)

Friday: Broccoli and Bacon Alfredo Pasta (just invented this one - super yummy!)

Saturday: Cabbage and Beef Soup (p.167), Pizza Breadsticks (variation of this recipe, p. 214)

Sunday: Pork and Apple Stew (p. 156), 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), coconut milk, canola oil, raisins (in granola), sunflower and pumpkin seeds (in granola), bananas, pineapple, coffee (locally roasted and delivered by bike!)

Local: potatoes, carrots, onions, apples, cabbage, cucumbers, garlic, salsa (home-canned), ground beef and pork (from VG Meats), honey (unpasteurized), milk, *eggs, sour cream 

Local AND organic: peanut butter,
sesame seeds (used to top bread loaves), oats (in granola and baked oatmeal), cornmeal, apple cider vinegar, popcorn

*I'm SO excited about the free-range, organically-fed chicken, duck and quail eggs we bought this weekend from a local small-scale producer. I'll be sharing more info on them later this week :)

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  1. Yum!! The cabbage & beef soup sounds especially appealing!! I have so many food allergies that I don't usually buy recipe books.. do you have any recipe samples? I can't eat gluten, dairy, soy, raw fruits/veggies or sulphites/preservatives. Hard to find recipes like that.. :(

    1. I totally understand why you wouldn't want to buy a "regular" cookbook when you have so many dietary restrictions! Tell you what - I'll email you the soup recipe :)


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