Monday, September 30, 2013
Weekly Menu Retrospective #117
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Granola (p. 92), Zucchini Raisin Bran Muffins (variation of the recipe on p. 102), Baked Oatmeal (p. 91)
leftovers, sandwiches, pizza
Monday: Pork Chops with Spicy Rub, Macaroni and Cheese (p. 174), green beans
Tuesday: Black Bean Chili (p. 160), cornbread (p. 212)
Wednesday: Potato, Cheddar and Bacon Soup (p. 165), tossed salad
Thursday: Thai-Style Peanutty Pasta (p. 147)
Friday: Kale and Mozzarella Egg Puff (variation of the recipe on p. 181), hash brown potatoes
Saturday: Everything-But-the-Kitchen-Sink Lentil Soup (p. 162), cornbread (p. 212)
Sunday: Tacos, Mexican Rice, tossed salad, Raspberry Cheesecake (my younger ds's birthday dinner -he turned 14!)
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, mustard, tamari, cinnamon, oregano, black pepper, parsley, Fairytale tea, peppermint tea, lemon balm, oatstraw
Local: potatoes, onions, red peppers, cucumbers, zucchini, apples, 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), *kale *green onions, *green beans, *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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