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) with homemade yogurt, Carrot Raisin Bran Muffins (p. 102), scrambled eggs with bacon and toast
leftovers, grilled cheese, sandwiches, salads
Monday: Chickpeas with Potatoes and Peas (p. 138) )
Tuesday: Creamy Tuna Pasta with Peas and Carrots (p. 146)
Wednesday: Sausage & Apple Saute (p. 137) served over rice
Thursday: Chicken Breasts with Garlic & Herbs, Easy Oven Fries (p. 194), Creamy Cucumber Salad (p. 205)
Friday: Black Bean Chili (p. 160) and Cornbread (p. 212)
Saturday: Spaghetti with Creamy Tomato Vegetable & Meat Sauce
Sunday: Roast Pork, Roasted Root Vegetables, Apple-Raspberry Crisp
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, raisins, sunflower and pumpkin seeds (in granola), flax seeds, fresh ginger, coffee (locally roasted and delivered by bike!), tamari, oregano, basil, parsley, Fairytale tea, peppermint tea
Local: potatoes, onions, carrots, apples, cucumbers, red peppers, salsa (home-canned), honey (unpasteurized), sour cream, whole wheat flour, ground beef (antibiotic and hormone free, pastured), milk, buttermilk
Local AND organic: oats, cornmeal, eggs (not "certified organic", but real free range and fed organic feed), apple cider vinegar, arugula*, lettuce*, green onions*, herbs*
*from our backyard garden
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