Thursday, June 6, 2013

Menu Plan: Spring (June 2-8)

**There is now a photo album on the RH Facebook page just for food photos. If you like to see a photo of a dish to judge whether you want to try it or not, then follow the link to view the album. (I tend to like recipes & cookbooks that include lots of photos). Let's be honest, some dishes are just too pretty to not take a picture! ;) **

  • Some items require some planning ahead. It's easiest to cook time-consuming items prior to the moment of need. For instance, tortillas require about an hour for the dough to form and rest. Dried beans require about an hour soak, and then additional time to cook. These are time requirements that I do not want to face when it is time to cook for a meal occasion. I got up early one morning and got to work making each of these so that they'd be ready to go throughout the week. That's one less item to make at meal times!

  • Tip: write your grocery list and the date in a little notebook each week/month. This way you can easily see how much and how frequently you purchase items. You can then use that information to determine the value of purchasing in bulk for your family's needs. If you don't use the entirety of a bulk purchase before it goes bad, then it would have been wiser to buy the smaller quantity even though it would have been at a higher unit price. Below is a copy of our list for this week:
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*Note: I include links to the recipes if they are available online. Some recipes are from cookbooks we have at home, and while I can't share the recipe I can direct you to the source. Other dishes or meals are created by myself or my husband, and we can do our best to explain how to recreate it. If you'd like additional information on any of the meals or our menu planning, then please feel free to contact me. :) 

- oatmeal with diced apple, walnuts, and flaxseed meal
granola cereal, banana
- oatmeal with dried cherries, almonds, and flaxseed meal
- whole wheat toast with peanut butter and drizzle of honey 
(repeat all to keep it simple!)

- Caesar salad with homemade croutons and dressing
- Broccoli & feta pasta (using homemade feta cheese) 
- Sauteed shrimp with ginger cream, broccoli

Mustard greens & bulgur (added homemade feta)
- Grilled chicken, asparagus and macaroni & cheese
- Mediterranean chicken stew
- [gathering with friends] Hamburgers & hotdogs on the grill provided & everyone else bringing a side 
- BBQ portobello quesadillas, black beans or mango salsa 
- Grilled pork steaks, corn & spiced apples
- leftovers

- homemade crackers with peanut butter
- cottage cheese and diced pineapple
- apple and cheese slices
- almonds
- yogurt with dried apricots
- homemade granola or other bar

*Note: Reviving Homemaking is not affiliated with any of the sites or companies included in the links, and was not asked to include or recommend them or their recipes in this post. (I simply like what they have to offer!)

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