Monday, June 18, 2012

Weekly Menu Retrospective #71

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), pumpkin oatmeal muffins (subbed pumpkin for banana in this recipe on p. 96 and added ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg), toast

leftovers, pizza, sandwiches 


Monday: Zucchini, Bacon and Mozzarella Egg Puff (variation of Spinach, Bacon and Mozzarella Egg Puff on p. 181), Creamy Cucumber Salad (p. 205)

Tuesday: Stir-fried pork and veggies with orange sauce and rice

Wednesday: Tuna Pocket Sandwiches and tossed salad

Thursday: leftovers from Wednesday's dinner

Friday: Chicken legs with leftover sauce from Sunday's Sticky Chicken, Easy Oven Fries (p. 194), Broccoli, Bacon and Cheddar Salad (p.204)

Saturday: Baked Beans (fruit-free version of Apple and Bacon Baked Beans on p. 177)

Sunday: Barbecued steak, baked potatoes, tossed salad, strawberry cheesecake

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 oil, coconut, canola oil, brown sugar (in granola), cane sugar (in coffee/tea),  raisins (in granola and cookies), sunflower and pumpkin seeds (in granola), flax seeds (in bread), bananas, navy beans (in baked beans), lemons, popcorn

Local: potatoes, carrots, onions, cucumbers (hothouse), red peppers (hothouse), lettuce, zucchini, pumpkin (in muffins), strawberries, chicken legs and steak (from VG Meats), milk, eggs, sour cream  

Local AND organic: oats (in granola and cookies), sesame seeds (used to top bread loaves)

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