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Monday, September 13, 2010

Our Weekly Menu: September 12-18, 2010

Organic, local haricot verts on sale at the farmer's market...how could I pass those up?! The farmer we buy much of our produce from is swimming in green beans, so offered me the exceptional price of $1.50/lb. if I bought 10 pounds or more. (At the local WalMart, regular non-organic green beans are currently selling for $1.68/lb. Who says organic has to be expensive?) I bought them...and then subsequently spent the rest of the weekend in the kitchen cleaning, cutting, blanching, shocking and freezing the lovely haricot verts in 1/2 pound increments. After trimming and weeding (and snacking), I ended up with enough frozen beans for 18 meals. Crazy. I also froze some okra and made some chicken stock. Up for the rest of the week (when I get two seconds)--preparing edamame for some yummy dip!

On an unrelated note (to green beans), but related to weekly menu planning, Kathy of Panini Happy started a very interesting discussion last week about how busy people get freshly-cooked, healthy meals on the table. Meal planning and having freshly frozen ingredients on hand are a couple of ways I do it. How about you?

This week is super crazy with three soccer days and one evening spent at a play. This leaves very little time for cooking, so I tried to prepare this weekend. Here's what we're having:

Sunday, September 12
West African Stew
Brown Rice
(Okra and butternut squash from CSA)

Monday, September 13
(Bell peppers and homemade pizza sauce with veggies from CSA)

Tuesday, September 14

Wednesday, September 15
Chicken Schnitzel
Pickled Beets
(Beets from a local farm)

Thursday, September 16
Leftover West African Stew
Brown Rice
(Okra and butternut squash from CSA)

Friday, September 17
Fettuccine Alfredo alla Romana
Green Salad
(Peas and tomatoes from CSA)

Saturday, September 18
Grilled Burgers
Summery Potato Salad with Cherry Tomatoes
Other veggies from CSA
(Potatoes and tomatoes from CSA; beef from local farm)

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Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction September 15, 2010 at 7:06 PM  

The hericot verts look amazing! My favorite... Hope you enjoy them (I'm sure you will!)

Biz September 16, 2010 at 4:28 PM  

Total score on the beans!! I actually bought a box of zucchini from my local grocery store for only .99 cents because they were extremely ready to go.

I came home and shredded them all (lost a couple that had already turned) but still ended up with 22 cups of zucchini! Can't wait to make zucchini bread this winter!

Meal planning is totally key for me - I usually base my menu off our sale paper - last week? I got whole cut up chicken for .89 cents a pound and spare ribs were $1.99 a pound! Needless to say we had ribs and fried chicken. :D

Do you make your spaetzle from scratch?

El September 16, 2010 at 11:47 PM  

When can I be there? This looks amazing!

Lori September 17, 2010 at 7:48 AM  

I finally made it over! I'm so glad you are posting again and I absolutely love the new design! So excited to see you weekly menus. I love those because they always give me ideas. :) Also, to answer your question, I used Cortlands in the pie. Tart, but they held up well.

Mindy September 17, 2010 at 8:21 AM  

@Biz: Thanks for visiting! That's a lot of zucchini! I have about 4 cups of shredded zucchini bound for bread in the freezer right now, but our CSA wasn't as abundant in those this year, so I don't have as much as I expected. I sometimes make spaetzle from scratch, but this time I just used store-bought dried. See http://mindysmouthful.blogspot.com/2009/05/monday-mouthful-spaetzle-with-meatballs.html for my first attempt at spaetzle. I've also made it with the colander method, which I find to be easier, actually. Some day I'll get around to posting that one! ;-)

@El: Any time! We have extra chairs (as long as you don't mind sitting next to my messy four year old)!

@Lori: Welcome back! I've never tried Cortlands, but I'll have to give them a try...my husband is a sucker for apple pie!

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