Monday, January 23, 2012

Weekly Menu Retrospective #56 and Last Chance to Enter My 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!

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Breakfasts: Granola (p. 92), peanut butter toast, apple pancakes, cherry clafouti (p. 223), French toast and bacon.

Lunches: sandwiches, pizza, leftovers


Monday: Macaroni and cheese (p.174), peas and carrots

Tuesday: Tex-Mex Shepherd's Pie (p. 173)

Wednesday: Leftover Buffet

Thursday: Thai-Style Peanutty Pasta (p.147)

Friday: Cabbage & Beef Soup (p.167), avocado corn muffins

Saturday: Leftover Buffet Part II

Sunday: Fish au Gratin (p. 190) with Honey-Orange Roasted Root Vegetables (p. 202), Pumpkin gingerbread with whipped cream (recipe coming soon!)

Snacks & Sides: fresh pineapple, apples, bananas, clementines, Roasted Chickpeas, stovetop popcorn

For more great meal ideas, check out Menu Plan Monday at

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