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This was a really crazy week for us - those short weeks after a long weekend always seem to be really intense! Our schedule was totally packed with sports and volunteering squeezed into just about every spare minute, and I was even on TV on Thanksgiving Monday.
Needless to say, we kept meals simple this week, but it just goes to show that you can still cook all your meals from scratch even when life gets beyond hectic :
Granola (p. 92), oatmeal, Pumpkin Oatmeal Muffins (sub pumpkin for banana in this recipe, p. 96), French toast, Blueberry Clafouti (p. 223)
leftovers, sandwiches, pizza, Toad-in-the-Hole (p. 180)
Monday: "Turkey Overs" (Thanksgiving dinner leftovers)
Tuesday: Chickpea and Vegetable Coconut Curry (sub chickpeas for chicken in this recipe, p. 136)
Wednesday: Western Omelette Wraps (p. 124), Creamy Cucumber Salad (p. 205)
Thursday: Taco Platters
Friday: Spicy Peanut and Tomato Soup (p. 163), cornbread (p. 212)
Saturday: Alfredo Pasta with Spicy Pork and Peas
Sunday: Black Bean Chili (p. 160), leftover cornbread
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 (in granola), coconut oil (in granola), coconut milk, raisins, sunflower and pumpkin seeds (in granola), flax seeds, tortilla chips, blueberries, corn, lemons, coffee (locally roasted and delivered by bike!), cornstarch, mustard, tamari, oregano, black pepper, parsley, Fairytale tea, peppermint tea, lemon balm, oatstraw
Local: potatoes, onions, carrots, red peppers, cucumbers, squash, apples, salsa (home-canned), ground beef (from VG Meats), honey (unpasteurized), sour cream, milk
Local AND organic: cranberries, oats, milk (used to make yogurt), eggs (not "certified organic", but real free range and fed organic feed), apple cider vinegar, whole wheat flour, cornmeal, *fresh herbs (parsley, basil, chives, oregano), *green onions
*from our backyard veggie garden or produce cooperative
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