Apr 26, 2015

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:

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

Breakfast - Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins
Dinner - Sloppy Joes, Bread, some kind of veggies

Breakfast - Brownie Waffles
Dinner - Chicken Pasta Salad with Broccoli

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

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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