Monday, February 25, 2013

Weekly Menu Retrospective #99

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), Banana Blueberry Oatmeal Muffins (variation of this recipe, p. 96)

Quinoa salad with apples, sunflower seeds and dried cranberries; scrambled eggs and toast; leftovers, sandwiches, pizza


Monday: Leftover Cabbage and Beef Soup (p. 167), Pull-Apart Parmesan and Garlic Breadsticks (p. 214)

Tuesday: White Chili

Wednesday: Spinach, Sausage and Mozzarella Egg Puff (variation of the recipe on p. 181), Creamy Cucumber Salad (p. 205)

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

Friday: Make-It-Your-Way Potato Hash (p. 140)

Saturday: Everything-But-the-Kitchen-Sink Lentil Soup (p. 162)

Sunday: Pork and Apple Stew (p. 156), Chocolate Quinoa Cake

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

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

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 vinegarpopcorn, whole wheat flour

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  1. Just read your organic challenge! My baby just started eating solids and we're trying to stay organic but adding more is better than having none at all, right?
    Wish hubby liked soups, that lentil soup sounds yummy!
    Cinella @ TMB

    ps. stopping by from MPM!

  2. The word abondance can mean so many different things and savings is one of them. I like to buy in bulk and I guess that was the idea I got from the title of this blog.


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