Monday, April 20, 2009

Menu Plan 4/20-4/25

Here are my goals for the kitchen this week:

1. Use up pantry/freezer stuff. I've accumulated. Now it's time to use all the food I've gotten :)

2. Up our intake of fresh fruits, veggies and whole grains. (I got two HUGE zucchinis in my last Quail Cove order, hence the zucchini recipes :)

3. Special focus on healthful snacks at home and healthful lunches for Mark, as he's in quarters this week with classes, so he needs a lunch every day.

I went to the grocery store this weekend, stocked up on fresh fruits and veggies, milk and eggs (and a few random purchases ;) and here's what's on the menu, using what we have in the freezer, leftovers, or pantry items:

Cheese Crackers
Chocolate Zucchini Cupcakes
Whole-grain bread in the breadmachine (still trying to find a perfect recipe)
Bagels - the recipe I tried last week was o.k., but not "it". We'll try this one this week :)

Spaghetti Zucchini Bake
Leftover Chicken Sante Fe Salad
Healthy Bean Soup with Kale Yes, I'm trying to sneak in one more soup before the warm weather hits for good. I can't figure out what else to do with a bunch of kale!
Everyday Italian Rice Salad with fresh bread & maybe an apple crisp for dessert - yum!
Hot dogs, baked beans & a pasta salad w/ fresh strawberries & whipped cream

Mark's lunches:
I'll outline the options I'm going to use in another post (hopefully this evening or tomorrow) I spent some time over the weekend looking through this carnival from NourishingGourmet. Some great ideas, and things I don't tend to think of!

For more menu plan ideas, visit Laura for Menu Plan Monday.


Laura said...

Sounds great! I keep meaning to check out the Nourishing Gourmet and I keep forgetting. Thanks for the reminder. :)

Julie said...

Stopped by from Org Junkie's site. My sister just had her first baby, a boy, named Graeme also. :)

I,too, am looking for the perfect whole wheat bread machine recipe. I'll keep checking back!

Have a great day!
Julie :)

IF said...

That sounds yummy!! I have really enjoyed reading all of your posts lately!! Great stuff!!!!

IF said...

That didn't come out right. I always love reading your blog... The wise woman one was so insightful too!

Amanda said...

Julie - How uncommon to find another Graeme spelled the Welsh way! That's neat! We loved the spelling.

Ivy - I didn't take it that you didn't like reading my blog :) Glad you're reading! I need to add your blog to my blog list on the side, I keep forgetting to update it since I switched the design.

Your Frugal Friend, Niki said...

I am in awe of all the things you make from scratch..bravo!


Alison said...

Wow, I'm loving the idea of chocolate zucchini cupcakes! Once the summer gets going and our garden gets growing I can't wait to try these. :)

seamwrite said...

Two thumbs up for the chocolate zucchini cupcakes! Honestly, no icing necessary. Will be trying some of your other links for recipes, too. It's like being newly married again for me - I haven't cooked for SO long. It is such a blessing to have my recipe notebook and add new favorites.