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Granola with yogurt, leftover cornbread, Banana Blueberry Oatmeal Muffins (variation of this recipe on p. 96)
leftovers, sandwiches, pizza, scrambled eggs and salad
Monday: Taco Platters, strawberry coconut pineapple smoothies, butter tart bars
Tuesday: Sausage and Egg Cups (recipe coming soon!), tossed salad
Wednesday: Spicy Pork Pasta Salad, tossed salad
Thursday: Salsa and Bacon Baked Beans (variation of this recipe), Cornbread (p. 212)
Friday: Classic Beef Burgers (p. 125), Easy Oven Fries (p. 194)
Saturday: Herbed Cheese Omelettes, tossed salad
Sunday: Herb and Buttermilk Chicken, Southwestern-Spiced Barley Salad, tossed salad, Lemon Blueberry Polenta Cake (p. 224)
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 milk, coconut oil (in granola), olive oil, raisins, sunflower and pumpkin seeds (in granola), tortilla chips, flax seeds, lemons, 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, onions, red peppers, cucumbers, strawberries, salsa (home-canned), ground beef, 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 vinegar, popcorn, cornmeal, whole wheat 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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