Monday, October 6, 2014

Weekly Menu Retrospective #133

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, Blueberry Banana Oatmeal Muffins (p. 96), Blueberry Clafouti (p. 223)


leftovers, grilled cheese, sandwiches, stir-fried quinoa with veggies and scrambled eggs

Monday: Beef & Mushroom Stew over mashed potatoes

Tuesday: Spicy Peanut & Tomato Soup (p. 163) with Cornbread (p. 212)

Wednesday: Indian-Spiced Honey Garlic Chicken (p. 188), Coconut Rice (p. 199) and roasted carrots

Thursday: Classic Beef Burgers (p. 125) with homemade fermented ketchup & mustard, Easy Oven Fries (p. 194)

Friday: Pizza Night: Sausage, Onion and Red Pepper Pizza (my homemade thin-crust pizza dough recipe is HERE)
Saturday: Lemony Chicken & Spinach Pasta (p. 150)

Sunday: Pan-fried pork chops with southwestern seasonings, sauteed zucchini, red pepper and onions, Skillet Millet, Chocolate Chip Squares
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, coconut milk, raisins, sunflower and pumpkin seeds (in granola), flax seeds, quinoa, fresh ginger,  coffee (locally roasted and delivered by bike!), tamari, oregano, basil, parsley, Fairytale tea, peppermint tea
Local: potatoes, onions, carrots, mushrooms, apples, pears, garlic, salsa (home-canned), honey (unpasteurized), sour cream, whole wheat flour, ground beef (antibiotic and hormone free, pastured), sausages, milk, buttermilk
Local AND organic: 
zucchini, oats, millet, cornmeal, eggs (not "certified organic", but real free range and fed organic feed), apple cider vinegar, green onions*, tomatoes*, red peppers, herbs*

*from our backyard garden

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