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This week was a bit of an unusual one in our household - my 14 year old son is away at camp, and my hubby was not around for dinner much. So meals were a little bit more "casual" than normal as it was often just myself and my 12 year old son. I also can't help but notice how many more leftovers we had this week with one less teenager in the house (I'm really missing him, though!)
Granola (p. 92), Chocolate Zucchini Muffins, p. 114), peanut butter toast, pancakes, cherry clafouti (p. 223)
Toad-in-the-hole (p. 180), leftovers, sandwiches
Monday: Lime and Garlic Chicken (p. 184), Skillet Millet, Build a Bean and Cucumber Salad (p. 209)
Tuesday: Out for dinner with friends (me), grilled cheese and assorted leftovers (hubby and 12 yr old)
Wednesday: Classic Beef Burgers (p.125) and Easy Oven Fries (p.194)
Thursday: Swiss Chard, Bacon and Cheese Egg Puff (variation of the recipe on p. 181), green beans
Friday: Spicy Pork Pasta in Creamy Tomato Sauce
Saturday: Leftover pasta
Sunday: Pizza, Colourful Cabbage Salad (p.207)
In keeping with my local and organic challenge, I'd also like to note the local and/or organic items on this week's menu:
Organic: coconut, canola oil, brown sugar (in granola), cane sugar (in coffee/tea), raisins (in granola), sunflower and pumpkin seeds (in granola), flax seeds (in bread), millet, bananas, lemons
Local: potatoes, carrots, onions, cucumbers, red peppers, cabbage, chicken legs and ground beef (from VG Meats), milk, eggs, sour cream
Local AND organic: oats (in granola), sesame seeds (used to top bread loaves), green beans, Swiss chard and garlic (from West Hamilton Produce Cooperative*), herbs and cherry tomatoes from our backyard garden
*The WHPC produce is not "certified organic" but is pesticide-free.
For more great meal ideas, check out Menu Plan Monday at orgjunkie.com.
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