Menu 9/21/2014

  1. coq au vin kebabs w/ potato salad - made with roasted potatoes
  2. hearty meat lasagna - made with zucchini slices instead of pasta sheets
  3. ginger and green onion beef with broccoli w/ rice
  4. chicken with mustard - made with boneless, skinless chicken breasts w/ tomato tart postponed
  5. leftover night
  6. grilled steaks w/ charred pepper steak sauce w/ butternut squash bacon risotto - made with roasted butternut squash
  7. grilled burgers w/ sweet potato fries w/ aioli postponed

Life got a little derailed last week due to yet another kidney stone, so meal 1 is a holdover from last week's meal plan.  Lots of veggies from the market to use up in this week's meal plan and broccoli magically reappeared at the market this week!  I'm pretty excited about that.  

My meal plans have been pretty cow-heavy recently and that's because we have a freezer full of steaks that I'm trying to diligently work through.  I'm also not loving chicken as much as I used to, so I don't turn to it as quickly as I did in the past.  Plus it's better for our budget to cook with meat we already own than to buy more!  

Menu 9/14/2014

  1. grilled steaks w/ roasted red kuri squash
  2. chicken shwarma with tahini sauce w/ bell pepper, tomato, cucumber, and grilled bread salad
  3. coq au vin kebabs w/ roasted potato salad out due to kidney stone
  4. crispy curried chicken w/ indian-style zucchini
  5. leftover night
  6. stir fried beef with mushrooms and butter w/ rice w/ fried eggplant from this recipe
  7. slow cooker lazy ground beef curry w/ rice

This should be a tasty week!  I'm hoping to use up all of the veggies that I got at the market this week as well as one of the winter squashes that has been hanging around the kitchen divider.  Hopefully I'll also generate enough food to take care of our leftover needs.  

This is a pretty chicken heavy week which is unusual these days both because we have so much cow in the freezer and because chicken hasn't been sitting too well in my stomach.  I'm hopeful that the chicken recipes I have chosen will work out well.  They certainly look super tasty!  

Menu 9/7/2014

  1. grilled steak w/ corn on the cob
  2. mom’s chicken w/ italian style eggplant parmesan
  3. zucchini, bacon, and gruyere quiche
  4. A&G out, L fends for himself
  5. leftover night
  6. grilled hamburgers w/ sweet potato fries w/ aioli
  7. chipotle

I'm running very low on leftovers so I hope that meals 2 and 3 will restock the fridge adequately.  I'm not sure about meal 7 yet because A and I will be going to the beer and bacon festival that day and I'm not sure when we'll be getting home or if it will be too late to cook, or what.  That might be a Wawa night or something.  We'll see!  

I've got a lot of veggies to use up and I'm still having to put the winter squash off until next week since I forgot about not cooking for meal 4 this week when I was planning my veg purchases!

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.  


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