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  • Menu Plan Monday: Week of April 27, 2015

    Success again with my healthy dish of the week! I can’t say I fell in love with fava beans, but I was thrilled to successfully cook them. I impulsively added them to my CSA box because they’re spoken of so highly by chefs, but I didn’t realize how much work they are! I ended up not making the fettuccine I recipe I’d found, and instead decided to have them as a veggie side dish. I found a couple of different methods of cooking them, but the one I followed was to remove the beans from their pods, blanch them in salted water, shock them in ice water, and then shell them out of their thick skin. It’s a laborious process, at least compared to throwing some bagged green beans or snow peas into a sauté pan. But my older son really liked them plain, and I enjoyed them dressed in a simple vinaigrette. I would make them again, if only because my kid was eating veggies!

    This week, it’s back to Kale Sprouts for my healthy dish of the week because I actually found some at Trader Joe’s!

    Also, as I posted on Facebook, my son with food allergies became very sad this past week when he couldn’t have a special treat that I wasn’t sure was safe for him, and only cheered up when I promised to make homemade chocolate eclairs while he was at school. The only hitch was that I’d never made chocolate eclairs before! Martha Stewart reassured me that the recipe was fairly simple – a pate a choux dough, a pastry cream filling, and a simple glaze for the chocolate topping.

    I ended up using the pate a choux and pastry cream recipes from my trusted Joy of Cooking book, though I beefed up the pastry cream with about two cups of lightly sweetened whipped cream. I made mini eclairs, since I only had small piping tips, and they came out absolutely adorable, if I say so myself!

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    Here’s my plan for this week:

    Monday:
    Breakfast – Pancakes
    Dinner – Soy-Ginger Cod {from the freezer section at Trader Joe’s}, rice, sauteed Kale Sprouts

    Tuesday:
    Breakfast – Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins
    Dinner – Sloppy Joes, Bread, some kind of veggies

    Wednesday:
    Breakfast – Brownie Waffles
    Dinner – Chicken Pasta Salad with Broccoli

    Thursday:
    Breakfast – Toast
    Dinner – Bacon-Wrapped Tofu, rice, some kind of veggie

    Friday:
    Breakfast – Cereal
    Dinner – Linguine with Squid {probably skipping the cockles in the recipe, although maybe I will feel adventurous on Friday!}, sauteed greens, garlic bread

    Saturday Dinner: Dinner out

    Sunday Dinner: Breakfast {waffles, sausage, fruit}

    See more weekly menus at I’m an Organizing Junkie.


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    Menu Plan Monday: Week of April 20, 2015

    Success! My healthy dish of the weekSlow Cooker Refried Beans – turned out pretty well and I’m no longer scared of working with dried beans. Well, not dried pinto beans anyway. I totally forgot to take a photo, but I mostly followed the recipe. I did give the beans a quick soak – after sorting them in the morning, I poured eight cups of very hot water over them and let them sit for about three hours. The beans plumped up beautifully, but weren’t too soft and rinsed easily. I added them to the slow cooker with some dried onion powder, minced garlic, salt, and cold water to cover. Six hours later, they were fragrant and mashable. I added more salt to taste, and my oldest son and I liked them a lot. My husband and younger son weren’t so crazy about them, but neither of them particularly loves refried beans anyway. I actually think the beans were even better the next day, after they had time to cool down and really absorb the liquid.

    This week’s healthy dish will involve fresh fava beans. I don’t know much about them – just that they are beloved by chefs, which made me impulsively add them to my CSA box. I think I will try them in this Emeril recipe with fettuccine and pancetta.

    So here’s my plan for this week:

    Monday:
    Breakfast – Brownie Waffles
    Dinner – Slow Cooker Cheeseburger Casserole, Roasted Asparagus with Lemony Breadcrumbs {didn’t get to this last week}

    Tuesday:
    Breakfast – Banana Bread
    Dinner – Lobster Rolls, Sweet Potato Fries

    Wednesday:
    Breakfast – Waffles
    Dinner – Fettuccine with Fresh Fava Beans and Pancetta

    Thursday:
    Breakfast – Toast
    Dinner – Roasted Cauliflower and Sardine Pasta {didn’t get to this last week, and I’ve got a head of cauliflower coming in the CSA box}

    Friday:
    Breakfast – Cereal
    Dinner – Breakfast {pancakes or muffins, bacon, eggs, fruit}

    Saturday Dinner: Dinner out

    Sunday Dinner: Dinner out

    See more weekly menus at I’m an Organizing Junkie.


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    Menu Plan Monday: Week of April 13, 2015

    Apparently I really needed to buy and try those Kale Sprouts when I first spotted them, because the healthy dish of the week has been a fail these last few weeks simply because Trader Joe’s doesn’t have them in stock when I go! I have given up on them for the time being, and instead will endeavor this week to once more tackle dried beans for Slow Cooker Refried Beans.

    Also on my mind: we’ve had some big expenditures this month already, so I really want to pay attention to my food budget and cook diligently.

    Here’s my plan for this week:

    Monday:
    Breakfast – Blueberry Muffins
    Dinner – Roast Beef & Blue Cheese Wraps, Sauteed Green Beans

    Tuesday:
    Breakfast – Apple Yogurt Cake
    Dinner – Spinach & Artichoke Dip with Pita Chips, Crudite and Sausage

    Wednesday:
    Breakfast – Banana Bread
    Dinner – Steak Tacos with the fixings, Slow Cooker Refried Beans

    Thursday:
    Breakfast – Cereal
    Dinner – Slow Cooker Cheeseburger Casserole, Roasted Asparagus with Lemony Breadcrumbs

    Friday:
    Breakfast – Toast
    Dinner – Roasted Cauliflower and Sardine Pasta

    Saturday Dinner: Breakfast {Waffles, Eggs, Bacon, Fruit}

    Sunday Dinner: Dinner out

    See more weekly menus at I’m an Organizing Junkie.


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    Menu Plan Monday: Week of April 6, 2015

    I had another fail with this week’s healthy dish of the week again – I have no idea if Trader Joe’s has Kale Sprouts back in stock because I never actually made it there. In my defense, both boys were off for spring break last week, and I barely made it to Ralphs to buy milk before we ran out. I also didn’t quite get to all of the meals on my menu plan, but I still cooked more than I would have without a plan. So, here’s hoping the third time’s the charm, and I will actually get to make sauteed Kale Sprouts this week!

    Here’s my plan:

    Monday:
    Dinner – Chicken Pasta Salad

    Tuesday:
    Breakfast – Blueberry Muffins
    Dinner – Salmon Furikake, rice, sauteed Kale Sprouts

    Wednesday:
    Breakfast – Breakfast Sandwiches
    Dinner – Chicken Cobb Salad

    Thursday:
    Breakfast – Cereal
    Dinner – Roasted Cauliflower with Sardines and Pasta

    Friday:
    Breakfast – Bagels with Cream Cheese
    Dinner – Goat Cheese and Avocado Toasts

    Saturday Dinner: Dinner out

    Sunday Dinner: Breakfast (Pancakes, Sausage, Fruit)

    See more weekly menus at I’m an Organizing Junkie.


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    Menu Plan Monday: Week of March 30, 2015

    Apparently I’m not the only one intrigued by Kale Sprouts, which I had intended to cook for my new healthy dish of the week – Trader Joe’s was completely out when I went to look for them. And I didn’t have the mental capacity to figure out something new, so I’ll try again this week.

    The kids are on spring break, which means I don’t need to worry about breakfast much this week. But I’m going to take the time to see what’s all the way in the back of my fridge, and give it a good cleaning and purging.

    Here’s my plan for this week:

    Monday:
    Dinner – Chicken Pasta Salad with Broccoli

    Tuesday:
    Dinner – Calamari, Salad

    Wednesday:
    Dinner – Spanish Rice with Ground Beef and Eggs, sauteed Kale Sprouts

    Thursday:
    Dinner – Slow Cooker Teriyaki Beef, Rice, Spinach ohitashi

    Friday:
    Dinner – Whole Baked Trout with Cherry Tomatoes and Potatoes, Garlic Bread, some kind of greens?

    Saturday Dinner: Breakfast (French Toast, Bacon, Eggs, Fruit)

    Sunday Dinner: Dinner out (but I’m bringing a vegetable dish of some kind)

    See more weekly menus at I’m an Organizing Junkie.


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