Monday, June 10, 2013

Weekly Menu Retrospective #110

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) with yogurt, Rhubarb Streusel Muffins (p. 97), Blueberry Clafouti (p. 223)

leftovers, sandwiches, pizza


Monday: Beef & Veggie Saute with Orange Sauce over brown rice
Tuesday: OUT for dinner - boys on their own!

Wednesday: Lemon & Garlic Chicken (p. 184), Easy Oven Fries (p. 194), Creamy Cucumber Salad (p. 205)   

Thursday: Everything-But-the-Kitchen-Sink Lentil Soup (p. 162). cornbread (p. 212)

Friday: Spinach frittata, roasted asparagus
Saturday: Creamy Tuna Pasta with Peas and Carrots (p.146)

Sunday: Pork chops with spicy rub, baked potatoes, tossed salad, butter tart squares

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), raisins, sunflower and pumpkin seeds (in granola), flax seeds, lemons, raspberries, blueberries, coffee (locally roasted and delivered by bike!), cornstarch, cane sugar,  mustard, tamari, cinnamon, oregano, ginger, cumin, black pepper, parsley, paprika, Fairytale tea, peppermint tea, lemon balm, oatstraw

Local: potatoes, carrots, onions, red peppers, asparagus, cucumbers, salsa (home-canned), ground beef, pork, sausage and bacon (from VG Meats), honey (unpasteurized), milk

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

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  1. I love the simplicity of the lime and garlic chicken recipe. Seems perfect for summer! I pinned the recipe so I could try it out next week.

    1. Thank you, Jean! It is one of those "so simple, but so good" recipes that is a staple around here. I hope you enjoy it! And thanks for pinning :)


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