Monday, January 20, 2014

Weekly Menu Retrospective #125

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)  Zucchini Raisin Bran Muffins (variation of the recipe on p. 102), leftover cornbread, Blueberry Clafouti (p. 223)

leftovers, sandwiches, pizza 

Monday:  Black Bean Chili (p. ), Cornbread (p. 212)

Tuesday:  Fish Cakes, hash brown potatoes, Broccoli, Bacon and Cheddar Salad (p. 204)

Wednesday: Everything-But-the-Kitchen-Sink Lentil Soup (p. 162)

Thursday: Sweet & Sour Pork (p. 142) served over rice

Friday: Turkey & Vegetable Coconut Curry (variation of the recipe on p. 136) served over quinoa
Saturday: Make-It-Your-Way Potato Hash (with sausage, red peppers and peas, p. 140)

Sunday: Pork Souvlaki, baked potatoes, Greek salad, Chocolate Quinoa Cake
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), coconut milk, raisins, sunflower and pumpkin seeds (in granola), flax seeds, quinoa, lettuce, lemons, coffee (locally roasted and delivered by bike!), cornstarch, mustard, tamari, oregano, basil, parsley, Fairytale tea, peppermint tea, lemon balm, oatstraw

Local: potatoes, onions, carrots, red peppers (from the freezer stash), zucchini (from the freezer stash), apples, salsa (home-canned), ground beef (from VG Meats), honey (unpasteurized), sour cream, whole wheat flour
Local AND organic: 
oats, milk (used to make yogurt), eggs (not "certified organic", but real free range and fed organic feed), apple cider vinegar

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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