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  • Menu Plan Monday: Week of May 25, 2015

    I had a tough time this past week, feeling overwhelmed and not a little depressed, with the end of the school year approaching and everything else that’s going on. So once again, I didn’t get to the spelt brownies that were last week’s healthy dish of the week. I’m keeping them on my to-do list, but I have to be realistic and admit that I don’t know if I’ll be able to get to them before school gets out next week. (Yes, you read correctly – next Thursday is the last day of school! It’s crazy how quickly the time goes by.)

    In the meantime, however, I do want to keep making easy, healthy dinners for my family when we’re home (although we’re out a lot this week). So, here’s my plan:

    Monday:
    Dinner – Out for Memorial Day

    Tuesday:
    Breakfast – Oatmeal
    Dinner – Slow Cooker Spinach and Artichoke Dip with pita chips and crudite

    Wednesday:
    Breakfast – Cinnamon Rolls, fruit
    Dinner – Out

    Thursday:
    Breakfast – Yogurt, granola and fruit
    Dinner – Meatloaf, some kind of veggie, garlic bread

    Friday:
    Breakfast – Blueberry Muffins
    Dinner – Out

    Saturday Dinner: Out

    Sunday Dinner: Breakfast {french toast, sausage, eggs, fruit}

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


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    Menu Plan Monday: Week of May 18, 2015

    I ended up not getting to the spelt brownies this past week because it turned out to be a crazy week, and I did absolutely no baking. (By the end of the week, I’d even run out of eggs! Fortunately, I had some banana chocolate chip muffins in the freezer, along with Krispy Kreme donuts and bread. So breakfast was manageable with those items, plus some cereal.) The brownies are back on as this week’s healthy dish of the week. I’m anxious to see what spelt is like, although I’m a bit wary too.

    The good news is that the school year and the boys’ sports seasons are winding down, so life will be a little less chaotic … I think. Here’s my plan for this week:

    Monday:
    Breakfast – Pancakes
    Dinner – Eggplant Gratin, salad, garlic bread

    Tuesday:
    Breakfast – Cereal
    Dinner – Linguine with White Clam and Broccoli Sauce

    Wednesday:
    Breakfast – Apple Yogurt Cake
    Dinner – Salmon Furikake, rice, some kind of veggie

    Thursday:
    Breakfast – Chocolate Muffins
    Dinner – Cheeseburger Rice, steamed broccoli

    Friday:
    Breakfast – Breakfast Sandwiches
    Dinner – Cheesy Mashed White Beans With Kale, Parmesan, and a Fried Egg

    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 May 11, 2015

    Last week’s healthy dish of the week ended up being a no-go because I totally forgot to buy spelt flour at the market! But I swung by Whole Foods today and picked up a bag so I will make those spelt brownies this week and report back. I also came across this helpful post at The Kitchn on using up spelt flour.

    Meanwhile, I cooked up a storm yesterday for Mother’s Day so I’m a little cooked and baked out right now. So I’m keeping my plan for the week easy (plus we’ve got a busy weekend coming up, but then what’s new? LOL). Here’s my plan for this week:

    Monday:
    Breakfast – Cereal
    Dinner – Bean & Cheese Enchiladas, salad

    Tuesday:
    Breakfast – Toast
    Dinner – Sloppy Joes, Buns, Crudite (Trader Joe’s has bags of rainbow carrots!)

    Wednesday:
    Breakfast – Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins
    Dinner – Miso Chicken, rice, some kind of veggie

    Thursday:
    Breakfast – Oatmeal
    Dinner – Potato and Shrimp Frittata, steamed broccoli or some other veggie

    Friday:
    Breakfast – Cereal or Toast
    Dinner – Eggplant Parmesan, Garlic Bread, Salad

    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 May 4, 2015

    Although I successfully sauteed Kale Sprouts for last week’s healthy dish of the week, I was extremely disappointed in how they came out. Kale Sprouts turned out to be just as bitter as Brussels sprouts, just with more of a leafy texture. Instead of following the directions on the package, I would have been much better off either roasting them or shredding and caramelizing them on the stove. Oh well, live and learn!

    This week, I am going to try cooking – or more accurately, baking – with spelt. Alternative flours intimidate me, but I am going to give this Martha Stewart recipe for spelt brownies a try.

    As for the rest of the week, I am going to try to keep things simple as I am feeling behind and overwhelmed again (a feeling that seems to come in cycles, no matter what adjustments and changes I make!). Here’s my plan for this week:

    Monday:
    Breakfast – Brownie Waffles
    Dinner – Chicken Cobb Salad, garlic bread

    Tuesday:
    Breakfast – Cereal
    Dinner – Salmon Furikake, rice, some kind of veggie

    Wednesday:
    Breakfast – Blueberry Muffins
    Dinner – Farfalle with Mushrooms, sauteed spinach, garlic bread

    Thursday:
    Breakfast – Toast
    Dinner – Ham & Broccoli Spirals, sweet potato fries

    Friday:
    Breakfast – Cereal
    Dinner – Spinach & Artichoke Dip with Pita Chips, Crudite and Sausage

    Saturday Dinner: Dinner out

    Sunday Dinner: Dinner out {I think! not exactly sure what we’re doing for Mother’s Day yet}

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


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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!

    Mini Chocolate Eclairs | ChiefFamilyOfficer.com

    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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