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Menu Plan Monday, 12/6 -12/12

Hanukkah began last Wednesday night, so I’ve been eating lots o’ latkes. Soup is a perfect accompaniment to latkes, and I liked the way a new recipe for Slow Cooker Vegetarian Lentil Soup turned out. I also made a batch of Bob’s Cold Sesame Noodles (great with a cold beer) and tried a slow cooker recipe for beef & broccoli.

Not feeling very enthused about cooking or cleaning up this week, so it’s a simple menu.

Monday: Leftovers

Tuesday: Spicy Honey Chicken Thighs, steamed green beans, Israeli couscous

Wednesday: BuddhaPesto or sauce with whole wheat pasta, fresh mozzarella, carrots and celery

Thursday: Roasted chicken and potatoes, garden salad

Friday: Out to dinner

Saturday: J. grills lamb chops, plus farm share produce

Sunday: Stuffed Shells, salad

For more menu planning ideas, check out Laura at Organizing Junkie.

1 Comment December 5, 2010

Menu Plan Monday, 11/8 – 11/14

Much of my plan fell apart last week, starting with Tuesday night. My chicken was still frozen solid in the afternoon, so I made an executive decision and me and my parents ordered Chinese food with the kids. It was a fun change, but G. ate way too much sweet & sour chicken (and perhaps forgot to chew) and wound up throwing it up later that night. Quite an object lesson for both of us. He was fine once he got it out of his system.

Wednesday I didn’t get any prep done during the day and we wound up just having pasta after getting home from an evening class. On Thursday the chicken was finally defrosted, so I roasted it with fennel, potatoes, and garlic. Oh my — it was worth the wait. Friday G. was at a party until after dinner time, so the rest of us just scrounged in the fridge.

J. and I did get to go out to Benjamin Steak House Saturday night to celebrate our anniversary — a new branch of this NYC restaurant just opened near us. My impression may be colored by the fact that I slipped on their highly-polished wood floors as I entered the dining room and fell flat on my ass, but I thought the dinner was entirely average. A Manhattan on the rocks helped me get over my tumble (though it was too heavy on the vermouth). The steak wasn’t overly salted, which is a plus. The creamed spinach was excellent; velvety and still tasting like the original vegetable, without being soupy or pale from too much cream. Otherwise, it was nothing to write home about. J. liked it a lot more than I did, and had a higher opinion of the steak as well. BLT Steak remains my favorite spot in the area.

Monday: Grilled chicken tacos (bumped from last Friday), chopped tomatoes and lettuce, black beans

Tuesday: Grilled turkey burgers with lettuce and tomato, sweet potato fries, Kale Chips

Wednesday: Onion soup (J. made beef broth for it today), baguette, garden salad

Thursday: Roasted Beets with Feta over baby spinach, Crock-Pot Butternut Squash Soup, rolls

Friday: Leftovers

Saturday: Grilled lamb chops, roasted potatoes and Brussels sprouts

Sunday: Order in or go out

For more menu planning ideas, check out Laura at Organizing Junkie.

2 Comments November 7, 2010

Menu Plan Monday, 9/1 – 9/7

Hello, September. Vacation is over. A. starts school this week, and then G. begins next week. Time to get back into meal planning and cooking. I think it’s possible we’ve ordered more take out and eaten in more restaurants this month than we did in January through July combined. On one hand, I’m appalled, but on the other it makes me realize how good a job I was doing the rest of the year!

I’m going to start packing lunches for A. some days this school year, a first for us, so I’ll be writing about packing snack and lunch in the coming weeks. I’ve been thinking a lot about it this summer.

I’m keeping it simple this week, and since our weekend plans are up in the air we may just do some refrigerator dinners or easy pasta and vegetables.

Monday: Eggplant & mushroom “meat”balls in sauce, whole wheat pasta, salad

Tuesday: Kabocha squash & black bean burritos (from the freezer), brown rice

Wednesday: Baked chicken drumsticks, corn on the cob, farm share veggies

Thursday: Roasted rolled turkey breast (stuffed?), rainbow orzo, farm share veggies

Friday: Leftovers

Saturday: TBD

Sunday: TBD

For more menu planning ideas, check out Laura at Organizing Junkie.

1 Comment August 31, 2008

Menu Plan Monday, 6/23 – 6/29

OK, I’m late but I’m here!

I did use up almost all the buttermilk left over from the Dr. Pepper Cake in my flapjacks recipe — I just subbed the buttermilk for milk and added a 1/2 tsp. of baking soda, per the directions in The Joy of Cooking.

I hate the feeling of coming up on my next farm share pick-up (tomorrow afternoon) and having not made a dent in the previous week’s haul. So I’m jumping into it tonight. I’m chopping and freezing the garlic scapes, probably to make spinach & garlic scape pesto once the spinach comes in from our CSA.

Tomorrow I’m going to make zucchini muffins with dried Saskatoon berries and mini chocolate chips (hopefully the boys won’t be able to tell them apart!).

Finally, I’ve got turnips roasting right now with a little kosher salt and olive oil — we’ll have them for lunch or with dinner tomorrow night.

Monday: Annie’s mac & cheese, apples (we were at the pool late)

Tuesday: At my parent’s house for dinner

Wednesday: Swiss Chalet-marinated baked chicken (made this already, we’ll eat it cold), sauteed greens & yellow squash, whole wheat pasta

Thursday: Roasted chicken pieces, veggies from farm share, challah

Friday: Cabbage Pallya with Bell Pepper and Peas, rice, sauteed tofu

Saturday: Friends here for a lunch barbecue: burgers and hot dogs, potato salad, veggies from farm share; leftovers for dinner

Sunday: Spicy Cheese Enchiladas (never got to them last week), farm share veggies

For more menu planning ideas, check out Laura at Organizing Junkie.

June 24, 2008


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