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Granola (p. 92), Banana Oatmeal Blueberry Muffins (subbed bleberries for choc chips in this recipe on p. 96), scrambled eggs and toast, Blueberry Clafouti (p. 223)
leftovers, sandwiches, omelettes
Monday: Classic Beef Burgers (p. 125) and potato salad
Tuesday: Moroccan Chicken and Quinoa Salad
Wednesday: Everything-But-the-Kitchen-Sink Lentil Soup (p. 162)
Thursday: Cheesy Macaroni and Beef Skillet (p. 148), corn on the cob
Friday: Swiss Chard, Mozzarella and Bacon Egg Puff (variation of the recipe on p.181), tossed salad
Saturday: Make-it-Your-Way Potato Hash (with sausage, peppers, eggs and green beans, p. 140)
Sunday: Roast chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy, honey-roasted carrots, Easy Stuffed Jalapenos, Old-Fashioned Butterscotch Pudding (p.233)
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, coffee (locally roasted and delivered by bike!), cornstarch, cane sugar, mustard, tamari, cinnamon, oregano, black pepper, parsley, Fairytale tea, peppermint tea, lemon balm, oatstraw
Local: potatoes, onions, red peppers, cucumbers, corn, salsa (home-canned), ground beef (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, *fresh herbs (parsley, basil, chives, oregano), *Swiss chard *green onions, *green beans, *pears, *cherry tomatoes *jalapeno peppers
*from our backyard veggie garden or produce cooperative
Want to know more about the specific food products I use and where I buy them? Check out my "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.
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