Monday, December 10, 2012

Weekly Menu Retrospective #91

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 Blueberry Muffins (variation of this recipe on p. 96), peanut butter toast, Coconut Milk & Millet Porridge (recipe coming soon!)

leftovers, sandwiches, pizza 


Monday: Cheesy Mac & Beef Skillet (p. 148)

Tuesday: African-Style Vegetable Stew (p. 161)

Wednesday: Spinach, Sausage and Mozzarella Egg Puff (variation of the recipe on p. 181)

Thursday: Pizza in a Flash (p. 133) (this was for the boys only, hubby and I were out for the evening)

Friday: Whole family out for a pasta dinner fundraiser

Saturday: Cabbage and Beef Soup (p. 167)

Sunday: Leftover Cabbage & Beef Soup (hubby was out for the evening and I was baking all afternoon so we just had a quick reheated meal so I didn't make even more dishes!!)

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, bananas, canola oil, raisins (in granola), sunflower and pumpkin seeds (in granola), coffee (locally roasted and delivered by bike!), Fairytale tea, peppermint (for tea), Dijon mustard

Local: potatoes, carrots, onions, apples, cabbage, red peppers, garlic, salsa (home-canned), ground beef 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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