Monday, January 14, 2013

Menu Plan: Winter (Jan. 13-19)

     We just got back from visiting family for the week, and so our pantry was needing to be restocked a bit. The thing about eating what you can before you leave for a trip so as to not waste food is that when you return you're hungry and there's nothing left to prepare. So, this week we kept things simple and focused on restocking a few pantry items. I had missed having fruit around, and so I loaded up on lots of yummy fruit and other produce for the week (as can be seen in the photo above. haha).
 A few strategies we used this week:
  • When making sloppy joes we're using ground turkey and adding lentils. When ground meat is called for in a dish I will typically substitute half of the meat with beans. Beans are a great cost effective protein source. I can then stretch the more costly meat for additional meals. 
  • Freeze extra lettuce/greens. Before we left, I had a full bag of spinach & arugula which I knew wouldn't last for the week we were gone. So, I tossed them and some water into the blender, and then into ice cube trays to freeze. I now have extra greens that can be used for smoothies.
  • Use extra produce for juice or snacks. We ended up with more celery and carrots than we probably will use in the week. I will cut some up to eat as snacks. The rest will be good for juicing (apple+orange+carrot juice is delicious!)
  • Homemade stock- We're making Chicken & Dumplings this week. I will cook the chicken in water with all the veggie and seasoning extras used in making stock. When the meat is done, I'll just remove it to cool and skim off anything left in the pot. Then, I will have a cooked chicken and stock ready to go for the soup. No need to buy chicken stock!

-Fruit + greens smoothie of some sort
-Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal
-Oatmeal cooked with apples and then topped with some toasted walnuts, cinnamon, flaxseed meal and drizzle of maple syrup (not pancake syrup)
-Quinoa cooked with cranberries & pear and then topped with some toasted pecans, cinnamon, flaxseed meal and drizzle of honey

- Black Bean Tofu Tacos (we didn't get to this one last week)
- Chicken and dumplings
- Sloppy Joes (using ground turkey, lentils and homemade buns), kale chips 
- Leftovers

-Hubby's Cooking Night. He's doing some sort of a cabbage stir fry. I'm not sure what direction he'll go with it, but I'm sure it will be tasty!
- Hubby's Cooking Night. He's doing some sort of shrimp stuffed avocados. He creates as he goes in the kitchen, but this recipe may be close to what he'll be doing. 
- Repeat Chicken and Dumplings
- leftovers

-sunflower seeds, pecans, walnuts etc. (always stocked in the freezer)
-Carrots, celery, pear, apples, oranges, blood oranges, bananas etc
-Cheese fondue and bread 

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