Feb 22, 2015

Menu Plan Monday: Week of February 23, 2015

Last week's healthy dish was supposed to be refried beans, but my fear of cooking with dried beans remains intact because I never got around to it. But in the spirit of the challenge, I at least tried a new "healthy food" - rice milk. Admittedly, whether rice milk qualifies as health food is arguable - it's got pros and cons like most foods - but I figured the important thing was that I try it, since I was really reluctant and even afraid because I didn't think I would like it.

And I didn't. It tasted like sweet, watery rice, and I would prefer to eat my rice than drink it. But given how apprehensive I was, I'm proud of myself just for trying it. It also made me realize just how reluctant I am to go outside of my comfort zone when it comes to food. I consider myself a fairly adventurous eater, so it was eye-opening to see how averse I was to trying a food I didn't think I was going to like. That in turn has given me a new perspective about putting new foods in front of my children and expecting them to try everything!

For this week's healthy dish, I'm going to back to fresh beets. I have a fear of working with them, and especially cooking them, because of the potential mess. But I've got beets coming in my CSA box, and I'm going to roast them for a simple salad with fresh mozzarella and balsamic vinegar. Wish me luck!

Here's my plan for this week:

Breakfast - Toast or Bagels
Dinner - Cauliflower Sardine Pasta

Breakfast - Granola and yogurt
Dinner - Meatball Heroes, Sweet Potato Fries

Breakfast - Jam Tarts
Dinner - Homemade Pizza {plus several extra for the freezer}, salad

Breakfast - Breakfast Sandwiches
Dinner - Cold Cut Sandwiches, Chips, Crudite

Breakfast - Jam Filled Chocolate Chip Muffins
Dinner - Alton Brown’s Sardine Avocado Sandwich

Saturday Dinner: Leftovers

Sunday Dinner: French Toast, Sausage, Fruit

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

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