Monday, February 4, 2013

Weekly Menu Retrospective #96

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 Oatmeal Muffins (variation of this recipe on p. 96), peanut butter toast

scrambled eggs and toast, leftovers, sandwiches, pizza


Monday: Spaghetti with meat sauce (hubby and boys - I was out at a potluck)

Tuesday: Ham and Cheese Skillet Quinoa

Wednesday: Chickpeas with Potatoes and Peas (p. 138)

Thursday: Taco Platters

Friday: Potato, Bacon and Egg Hash (variation of the recipe on p. 140)

Saturday: Chickpea and Barley Soup

Sunday: Fish au Gratin (p. 190) with Roasted Root Vegetables (p. 202), Chocolate Cake with Cinnamon Whipped Cream Frosting

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), quinoa, tortilla chips, flax seeds, lemons, coffee (locally roasted and delivered by bike!), cane sugar, mustard, tamari, cinnamon, black pepper, parsley, paprika, Fairytale tea, peppermint tea

Local: potatoes, carrots, onions, apples, salsa (home-canned), ground beef and ham (from VG Meats), honey (unpasteurized), milk, sour cream 

Local AND organic: peanut butter,
sesame seeds (used to top bread loaves), oats (in granola), milk (used to make yogurt), eggs (not "certified organic", but real free range and fed organic feed), apple cider vinegar, popcorn, whole wheat flour, all-purpose flour 

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