Monday, January 9, 2012

Weekly Menu Retrospective #54 + Upcoming Giveaway

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!

BOOK UPDATE: My book, Cheap Appétit : The Complete Guide to Feeding Your Family for Less Than $400 a Month (While Eating Better Than You Ever Thought Possible) IS NOW AVAILABLE on Amazon (, and Amazon UK) and Barnes and NobleI've started putting page references to recipes that are in the book in my menu plans so you can locate them quickly. For more details about the book, go here. 

Breakfasts: Rhubarb Streusel Muffins (p.97), apple cinnamon pancakes, Granola (p.92), Upside-Down Apple Oven Pancake (p.95)

Lunches: leftovers, pizza, sandwiches


Monday: Macaroni & Cheese with Ham and Peas (p.174)

Tuesday: Big Batch of Black Bean Chili (p. 160)

Wednesday: Spinach, Bacon and Cheese Egg Puff (p.181)

Thursday: Turkey Casserole (based loosely on my Turkey Pot Pie recipe, p. 175, with a mashed potato topping)

Friday: Spaghetti

Saturday: Make-It-Your-Way Potato Hash (p. 140)

Sunday: Pork & Apple Stew (p.156)

For more great meal ideas, check out Menu Plan Monday at And come back on Wednesday to find out how you can win your very own copy of Cheap Appétit!

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