Monday, November 19, 2012

Weekly Menu Retrospective #88

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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Breakfasts:
Granola (p. 92), Aloha Muffins (p. 99), Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes, peanut butter toast

Lunches: 
leftovers, sandwiches, pizza 

Dinners:

Monday: Smothered Meatballs (p. 143), mashed potatoes, carrots and green beans

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

Wednesday: Apple and Bacon Baked Beans (p.177), Cornbread (p. 212)

Thursday: Potato and Sausage Hash (variation of Make-It-Your-Way Potato Hash, p. 140)

Friday: Leftover Buffet

Saturday: Sausage, Millet, and White Bean Soup

Sunday: Crispy Parmesan Pork (variation of the recipe on p. 186), Colourful Cabbage Salad (p. 207), roasted mini yellow potatoes, Apple Crisp (p. 220)

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, sausage 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, millet, popcorn

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