Apr 19, 2015

Menu Plan Monday: Week of April 20, 2015

Success! My healthy dish of the week - Slow 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:

Breakfast - Brownie Waffles
Dinner - Slow Cooker Cheeseburger Casserole, Roasted Asparagus with Lemony Breadcrumbs {didn't get to this last week}

Breakfast - Banana Bread
Dinner - Lobster Rolls, Sweet Potato Fries

Breakfast - Waffles
Dinner - Fettuccine with Fresh Fava Beans and Pancetta

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}

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.


Stephanie said...

I make refried beans like that quite often. My husband and son will add some shredded cheese to theirs for added taste. I also make bean burritos from them the next day as well!

Rona Berry-Morin said...

I love all of the veggies on your menu plan.