It has been so very nice to have a few days off, and to have Dave home. We went to the Bay Area Discovery Museum, enjoyed a Fourth of July parade, and took turns sleeping in. SLEEPING IN! Despite the few relaxing days, I have neglected food shopping and bulk cooking. Oy!
While I put together a menu for dinner each week, there is so much more planning and cooking that we do every week. Breakfast, lunch, snacks and all of the prep that is needed for each nightly meal. In addition, we are still working on Trevor’s limited palate. He does eat real food, but we cycle through the same 10 or so items that he will gladly swallow. So…cooking for him adds to the to do list. Thank goodness Lucas will eat anything. Then when he is done, he will eat what is left on Trevor’s plate.
So, taking a few days off from food duties, leads to Dave standing in front of an open fridge/cabinet in search of something to eat for lunch or snacks. It is time to get cracking. Tomorrow is going to be a cook/prep/freeze ahead day.
For this week’s menu, I am doing a week of repeats. These are all getting made again because they were a hit in a past menu. Some of my very faves will not be highlighted simply because I will not have ingredients. The items I picked can either help me stock my freezer (chili), or will be easily made with much of what I have on hand. I am excited!
Sunday: Chili and cornbread. For the chili, I leave out the sugar, bacon bits, hotsauce, and corn chips. I use one whole beer. Cornbread recipe is modified to use whole corn meal (that I will grind in my Vitamix from organic popcorn!!!), whole wheat flour (ground in the Vitamix from whole wheat berries!), olive oil instead of veg, no sugar, and a bit more honey. This meal usually does a really good job of stocking the freezer.
Monday: Left over potato soup (on last week’s menu) and a small salad.
Tuesday: Chicken pot pie I plan to make this interesting by not using any crust, and instead covering the top of the filling with whole wheat biscuit dough that will be dropped on top prior to cooking. I tried this the last time, and it was AMAZING!!! I will post pics of the process.
Wednesday: Lemon Butter Salmon, and steamed broccoli. Plan to add some garlic to the salmon prior to baking.
Thursday: Spring quinoa salad. Just plain delish! Naturally there would have to be a quinoa dish right?!?!
Friday: Chicken Parmesan cutlets over whole wheat spaghetti with corn on the cobb.
Saturday: Spinach quiche
Last week I promised pictures of my sweet little garden project. Oh how it has grown! Today I added four types of lettuce and two types of kale. I had to move the peppers to the front too because the monster zucchini and cucumber plants were trying to swallow them.
Before I wrap up, I have a request. If anyone out there has a favorite real food recipe, please post a link to it in a comment. Or, even if it is not made with real food ingredients, but it is a favorite, I might be able to modify it by swapping a few things out. PLEASE send me some inspiration!
Have a great week!