If you'd like a whole book full of inexpensive, quick and kid-approved recipes, check out my book, Cheap Appétit : The Complete Guide to Feeding Your Family for Less Than $400 a Month (While Eating Better Than You Ever Thought Possible) on Amazon (Amazon.com, Amazon.ca and Amazon UK) and Barnes and Noble. It's gotten multiple 5 star reviews!! I've included page references to recipes that are in the book in my menu plans so you can locate them quickly. For more details about the book, go here.
[sorry, no page numbers today - I'm blogging on the fly and don't have my book index with me!]
Granola with yogurt, Chocolate Banana Muffins, French toast (plus a free pancake breakfast on Father's Day courtesy of the Westdale BIA)
leftovers, sandwiches, pizza, scrambled eggs and salad
Monday: Beef & Vegetable Coconut Curry (variation of this recipe)
Tuesday: Chickpeas with Potatoes and Peas, green salad
Wednesday: Lime & Garlic Chicken, Quinoa Tabbouleh (recipe coming soon!), cream of asparagus soup
Thursday: Macaroni & Cheese with peas and carrots
Friday: Pork with roasted vegetables and creamy mustard sauce
Saturday: Spicy Black Bean Bake
Sunday: Italian-Style Baked Pasta, tossed salad, breadsticks, lime coconut 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), olive oil, 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 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 vinegar, popcorn, whole wheat flour, all-purpose flour
Want to know more about the specific food products I use and where I buy them? Check out my new "What's In My Pantry" board on Pinterest. I will keep this board updated with current information on what products we use, where we're buying them, and how much we're paying. It's a work-in-progress, and you can find it HERE.
For more great meal ideas, check out Menu Plan Monday at orgjunkie.com.
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