Monday, December 3, 2012

Weekly Menu Retrospective #90

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), peanut butter toast, French toast

leftovers, sandwiches, pizza 


Monday: Everything-But-the-Kitchen-Sink Lentil Soup (p. 162), leftover Creamy Cucumber Salad (p. 205), leftover Chocolate Quinoa Cake

Tuesday: Sausage and Apple Saute (p. 137)

Wednesday: Macaroni and Cheese (plain version of this recipe on p. 174), broccoli and carrots

Thursday: Taco-Spiced Beef and Bean Pocket Sandwiches, Colourful Cabbage Salad (p.207)

Friday: Potato, Bacon and Egg Hash (variation of Make-It-Your-Way Potato Hash, p. 140)

Saturday: Sausage and Lentil Stew (p. 158), Cornbread (p. 212)

Sunday: Pork and Apple Stew (p. 156), leftover cornbread, Pear 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), coffee (locally roasted and delivered by bike!), quinoa, lentils

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

Local AND organic: peanut butter,
sesame seeds (used to top bread loaves), oats (in granola), cornmeal, apple cider vinegar, millet, popcorn, whole wheat flour

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