Tell me about your menu problems.
We ate out this past weekend for a date night treat and there’s nothing worse than spending 25$ and finding that you can’t stand the Pho. We got veggie broth because it was the only thing without MSG, and it was lackluster at best.
I was kicking myself for thinking I could eat soup of any kind out again – or out of a can again – after having it for so many years with home made chicken broth. Trust me on this – home made chicken broth has revolutionized not only our taste buds and our wallets, but it has also drastically reduced the amount of chemicals we eat from processed foods. I can’t remember the last soup can I opened.
And so, here I am again, delving in to the menu plans to prevent another lapse of date-night reason. I’d rather eat at home and go out for coffee. Scratch that, I like our coffee better, too. I’d rather eat at home, take a mug of coffee to go, and stop at a book store or a movie (sans the nasty plastic-margarine-covered popcorn & soda). Or if my husband had his way, we’d just have date night Saturday afternoon at the range… or hiking somewhere that rattlesnakes frequent.
This menu may have taken me an entire day (between other tasks) to finish, but I’m going to be loving the next two weeks if we manage to get everything on my list made and eaten. I shopped the pantry – shopped the fridge – and shopped the freezer. I made a list and checked it twice.
I wrote down all the strange ingredients that needed some recipe love – and then I hit Pinterest hard!
The result? A menu fit for a king! And a grocery list for the next two weeks (minus the little things you run out of) that won’t break the bank, hopefully.
Here’s the fleshed out version of my August Menu:
8/18 – MON/Today
organic corn flakes & milk, Vitamins/Supplements
chicken sausage, potatoes, onion, red pepper, leek & olive oil skillet, boys had bacon/eggs/cheese sticks
Baked spiced pears with butter, chocolate and milk
Finish making menu out, researching recipes, thaw deer meat, soak beans & buckwheat, get the dishes cleaned up before bed (yuck – the kitchen looks like a bomb went off)
8/19 – TUE/Tomorrow
B – Ginger Peach Scones (Paleo),
Coffee or Dandy Blend, Milk, Vitamins/Supplements (Cookbook)
Smoked Gouda Poppers, Turkey Mozzarella Sun-dried Tomato Roll-ups (Pinterest/Magazine), Kombucha
Cheese Enchiladas, Black Beans, Spanish Rice w/ Corn Salsa
Popcorn during movie, Banana Ice Cream (magazine), Hummus & Chips, Pickles
Thaw Whole Chicken & New Mexico Chili sauce (AM) Cut up peaches (AM), Make Paleo Mayo (Pinterest), make buckwheat batter
8/20 – WED
Buckwheat Pancakes w/ honey or maple syrup, Vitamins/Supplements (friend)
Deer Dirty Rice, Cauliflower Fennel Gratin (Pinterest)
Baked Potatoes w/ Bacon, Leftover Dirty Rice, Salad
Pear Tart (magazine), Raisins, Havarti slices
Thaw Friday’s Chicken for the Smoker
8/21 – THUR
Eggs, Turkey Bacon, Ruta Maya Decaf Espresso w/ Raw Milk Froth (thanks Barbara!), Vitamins/Supplements
L – Teriyaki Soba Noodle Stir Fry, Lychee Chia Coconut Cooler (Pinterest)
D – Deer Sausage with Leek-Apple Cabbage Sauté (Pinterest), Stuffed Swiss Covered Mushrooms
S – Applesauce,
Make Peach Cream Pops (Pinterest), Swiffer Kitchen
8/22 – FRI
Oatmeal, Water, Vitamins/Supplements
Roast Chicken, Bell Pepper Goat Cheese Strata, Buckwheat Crepes w/ Poblano Corn Slaw & Cotija (Pinterest)
Smoked Chicken, Sautéed Green Beans, Veggie Potato Salad, Watermelon, Blackberry Lemonade (Pinterest)
Peach Cream Pops, Leftovers
Thaw Chicken for Sunday, Make Broth
8/23 – SAT
B – Blueberry Paleo Muffins,
Milk, Vitamins/Supplements (cookbook)
L – Slow-cooked Lentil Veggie Stew, Lavender Lemon Sorbet (Pinterest/Magazine)
D – Chicken Verde Enchiladas, Chipotle Lime-Cilantro Rice, Leftover Black-beans
Organic Red Popcorn from Missouri (thanks Christi!), Chocolate, Milk, Bananas
Notes: Clean out refrigerator, Update inventory, Research recipes & make grocery list for next week
8/24 – SUN
Cereal (brown rice, flax, or organic cornflakes) / Leftovers, Vitamins/Supplements, Water
L – Roast Poblano Soup, Nacho Cheese Dip & Organic Blue Corn Tortilla Chips (Pinterest)
D – Mee Krob, Thai Coconut Chicken Soup, Thai Salad, Thai Tea
S – Peach Crunch Dump Cake (Pinterest)
Crack Pecans, Soak Beans, Purchase produce for salads if we are out, Communion
8/25 – MON
B – Blueberry Almond Struesel Muffins, Milk, Vitamins/Supplements (Pinterest)
L – Gluten Free Pizza
D – Lentil Tacos, Spanish Rice, Refried or Charro Beans
S – Bananas, Mixed Fruit,
Nuts or Larabar
Notes: Make Truffles, soak chickpeas
8/26 – TUE
B – Quick Grits, Water,
L – Greek Lentil/Orzo Salad, Home Made Hummus, Seed Crackers, Veggie Crisps & Chips
D – Persian Roasted Chicken w/ Cherry & Saffron Rice (Pinterest), Lebanese Tomato Cucumber Salad, Peas
S – Kombucha Peach Fizz Float, Home made Dark Chocolate Truffles w/ cacao nibs (Pinterest/Cookbook)
Notes: Inventory and menu planning prep for next week
8/27 – WED
B – Black Raspberry Paleo Jelly Scones (cookbook), Water, Vitamins/Supplements
L – Pizza Salad w/ Organic Mozerella (magazine), Veggie Crisps, Lemonade
D – Roast Spatchcocked Chicken (friend), Rosemary Potatoes, Campfire White Beans – altered (Pinterest)
S – Carrots, Berries
Notes: Make Broth, Make Granola Bars for tomorrow
8/28 – THUR
B – Almond Banana Honey Granola Bars (magazine), Milk or Coffee, Vitamins & Supplements, Water
L – Risotto, Collard Greens w/ Bacon Grease (friend)
D – Salmon Croquettes (mom), Brown Rice Pilaf w/ herb butter, Broccoli & Cheese Sauce
S – Cheese, Nuts, Leftover sweets or chocolate & milk
Notes: Make sure we have sprouted bread thawed
8/29 – FRI
B – Leftovers, Coffee or Dandy Blend, Vitamins & Supplements, Water
L – Sandwiches, Chips, Hummus, Pickles
D – Beef Stroganoff, Egg Noodles (brown rice for me), … sides?
S – ?
8/30 – SAT
B – Paleo-friendly Pancakes & Turkey Bacon, Coffee, Vitamins & Supplements (cookbook)
L – Beer Brined Chicken (Blackened/Grilled), Potato Salad, something green…? (Pinterest)
D – Vietnamese Pho – home made (alter recipe from Houston Chronicle) or alter a Paleo version I found online.
S – ?
Notes: Come up with Indian meal for tomorrow
8/31 – SUN
B – Bacon & Eggs, Water, Coffee, Vitamins & Supplements
L – Spanish Paella w/ Brown Rice, Chorizo & Chicken, Paleo Sugar Cookies
D – Indian Food Meal
S – Indian Rice Pudding (a very non-Paleo white rice addiction that I eat once or twice a year)
Notes : New blog post with next 2 weeks menu!
That ought to keep me busy in the kitchen. I’m off to get my soaking and cutting done before bed at midnight!
The Garners says
With you. We just can’t eat out anymore with much satisfaction because we eat well at home, and the budget is tight, and we resent spending money for poorly prepared, and/or seasoned food (with unpredictable origin).
Your menus sound so adventurous! I think a Spritti-bee cooking magazine is in your future!
I don’t have time to be famous. 😉 But thanks! I can’t wait to see how the poppers and peach pops come out today! Those peaches are yummy! Someone gave them to me all bruised in a baggie and I sliced and peeled them today. I could hardly keep the little boys out of them.
I’m serious – I did the math. Here’s the grocery list from today until Thursday:
turkey lunch meat (on sale at Natural Grocers)
organic corn tortillas / or gluten free ancient grain ones
cream or half and half
almond flour (on sale at Natural Grocers)
white cabbage head
sugar free bulgarian yogurt