Menu 8/31/2014

  1. spicy beef and bell pepper stir fry
  2. fajitas
  3. grilled steaks w/ compound butter w/ grilled eggplant with tahini sauce
  4. tater tot casserole w/ cucumber and tomato salad with marinated garbanzo beans
  5. leftover night
  6. G out of town, A&L fend for themselves
  7. G out of town, A&L fend for themselves

This week.  Argh.  I was not thinking clearly when I was at the farmers market and bought way too much veg, completely forgetting that I’m only able to cook dinner four nights this week!  Thankfully the winter squashes and sweet potatoes will hold until next week, so I was able to ignore those in my planning.  

We also had an unexpected bounty of cow come our way.  Our farmer had a customer back out of a cow order at the last minute so she asked us if we wanted 1/4 cow to help her out with freezer space.  Our freezer, as I’ve mentioned, is quite spare, so we were happy to help her out.  The downside is that we weren’t able to pick the cuts, like we normally do.  The upside is that we now have a freezer full of delicious cow.  Of course our freezer doesn’t really have anything aside from cow.. so I’ve asked the guys to promise to tell me before they get sick of eating it every night.  (I assume that future weeks will have more variety with animal proteins, but I only had four meals to plan this week!)  

Lots of the cow came in steak form, so I predict lots of “grilled steak” nights in the future.  


Menu 8/24/2014

  1. smoked ribs w/ roasted acorn squash w/ bbq sauce
  2. greek chicken salad (feta on the side) 
  3. meatballs w/ pasta w/ sauce w/ zucchini parmesan loaf
  4. grilled flank steak w/ charred pepper steak sauce w/ grilled eggplant with tahini sauce
  5. glazed pork tenderloin w/ zucchini and yellow squash gratin
  6. grilled burgers w/ crispy smashed potatoes
  7. fish/chicken taco cabbage bowl

Lots of new and exciting recipes this week.  I can’t wait!  I hope I’m up to the challenge of all of this cooking.  

These recipes are planned around the slew of vegetables that I picked up at the farmers market this week - summer squashes, acorn squash, potatoes, tomatoes, cucumber, bell pepper, and eggplant.  Delicious!  Art also picked the pork tenderloin and flank steak from our dwindling supply of meat in the freezer.  

I’m hoping it will be a very tasty, if very adventuresome, week!

Menu 8/17/2014

  1. G&A out of town, L fends for himself
  2. eggs, bacon, cheese, salsa, tortillas
  3. pigs in blankets w/ small salads out
  4. coconut curry shrimp/chicken w/ rice
  5. brazilian chicken curry w/ rice
  6. G&A state fair, L fends for himself
  7. ribs w/ TBD

This isn’t the most exciting of meal plans, but it’s what I’ve got in me in the time I have.  Two curries!  I’ll probably split them up so they’re not two nights in a row, but I might not - we do all love curry!  

I’m not entirely sure what I’ll be serving with the ribs on Saturday, but I’m sure they will be cooked on the Big Green Egg and that they’ll be delicious.  The side will probably depend on what veg I get at the farmers market that morning.  

There isn’t a lot of fresh veg in this meal plan because I was out of town over the weekend so couldn’t get to the market.  Sad times.  I’ll get extra to make up for it this coming weekend!  


Menu 8/10/2014

  1. chicken fajitas w/ leftover fajita veggies
  2. garlic chicken in cherry tomato sauce w/ zucchini parmesan crisps
  3. grilled steak w/ tomato salad with shallot vinaigrette
  4. slow cooker bbq shredded beef sandwiches w/ loaded smashed potatoes
  5. G&A out of town, L fends for himself
  6. G&A out of town, L fends for himself
  7. G&A out of town, L fends for himself

I didn't get that many veggies from the market this week because I'm going away for a long weekend.  (YAY, I can't wait.)  I don't have a lot to say about the meal plan this week.  I'll be using some cow out of the freezer to go with the market veg and things should be tasty.  I think I am realizing that it's time to get in touch with our meat farmer about getting another 1/2 pig and whole lamb.  I've been working to finish things off and doing a pretty good job of it!

Menu 8/3/2014

  1. roast beef hash
  2. mexican stuffed bell peppers w/ yellow rice
  3. sausage, spinach, and spaghetti squash boats
  4. breakfast stuffed acorn squash
  5. rotisserie chicken quiche with potatoes, thyme, and zucchini (with slow cooker chicken)
  6. kofta balls with indian tomato sauce w/ rice
  7. mom’s chicken w/ tomato cobbler

Lots of really exciting looking recipes this week!  When I saw the tomato cobbler recipe for meal #7 I knew, immediately, that it needed a space on the meal plan for this week.  It looks amazing.  

Meals this week are planned around the produce that I picked up at the market - spaghetti squash, acorn squash, potatoes, zucchini, and tomatoes.  I didn't delve into the freezer for meat since Lance mentioned we hadn't had chicken in a while.  Although I will be using sausage from the freezer for meal #4.  Sadly I'm out of regular italian sausage, but it's too soon to order another half pig since we've still got a lot of other pork in the freezer!  

Meals #1 and #2 are holdovers from last week since I didn't cook them as planned.  


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