Monday, May 30, 2011

Weekly Menu Retrospective #38

Welcome to my weekly roundup of the past week's eats. I prefer to report what we ate in the last week, rather than what we're planning to eat in the coming week. Why? The reason is pretty simple: although I usually have a general idea of what we're going to eat in the next week or so, life often unfolds a little differently than planned, and I adjust my menu plan on a near-daily basis to accommodate leftovers and other not-possible-to-plan-ahead circumstances. I find this is the easiest way to ensure that I minimize our family's food waste. I'm also willing to admit that I'm a rather spontaneous cook, given to preparing foods that strike me as the most appealing thing to eat right here and now!

Breakfasts: pumpkin cranberry muffins, bagels with peanut butter or cream cheese, granola, chocolate zucchini muffins

Lunches: pizza, sandwiches (turkey salad, peanut butter), leftovers


Monday: hamburgers (on homemade buns using refrigerator dough), broccoli, bacon & cheddar salad, potato salad

Tuesday: Leftover Buffet

Wednesday: Cheesy Mac & Beef Skillet

Thursday: Fish Au Gratin, rice, broccoli & carrots

Friday: Perogies with bacon & onions, carrot sticks

Saturday: Black bean chili

Sunday: Lasagna, roast chicken, salad, rolls, Black Forest cake, Rhubarb-Raspberry Crostata (this was my birthday dinner and my dad brought in most of the food so I didn't have to cook - my grandma made the cake and I made the crostata).

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