Here is this week's menu plan:
Sunday - Toor Dal - loosely followed in this recipe - with lentils and naan
Monday - Sicilian Cauliflower with Black Olive Gratin (NY Times recipe)
Tuesday - Kale/Chickpea (another NY Times recipe "semi-vegan" by Mark Bittman, who, incidentally, I once ran part of a group long training run with during his very short stint as a NY Flyer) along with wild rice, yogurt, and some kind of herb (parsley?)
Wednesday - I'll be away so I can't say what's for dinner this night.
Thursday - fish en pappilotte (salmon, hopefully, with lemon, olives, capers, onion), leftover wild rice with crispy onions
Friday - dinner out! c/o my brother who gave us a restaurant gift certificate for Christmas - thx, M!
I am sincerely enjoying this menu planning challenge! I think it came into my life at exactly the right time. I had been menu planning for some time, but now it's become more regular and everything seems to flow. Speaking of flowing, that's one of the things we've been trying to focus on - using ingredients in a way that makes meals seamlessly flow throughout the week with minimal waste. For example, my little one loves miso soup with rice and extra tofu. I usually buy a whole block of tofu but only end up using half of it for her. At times, it's gone to waste. But we've wizened up - yesterday the extra tofu became Vegetarian Ma Po Tofu with her leftover rice. Another easy way we've found to use up extra veggies and herbs at the end of the week is to make an omelet, so we're trying include eggs as part of our weekend brunch. Even tonight's meal - the dal - is primarily on the menu because we have extra broccoli to use up. It's kind of like putting together a puzzle; the puzzle pieces are the leftover ingredients and we need to find a place for them.
Having a toddler adds to the challenge. I like to refer to her as an "emergent eater," since she is basically learning about eating and the world of food. She's only been eating solid food for about a year - she's a novice!
|(politely) asking for more fruit (ie. get me more fruit, mommy!)|
|investigating thanksgiving dinner|
|oats - a fave!|
|she tried a brat at the christmas mkt in december - and signed for "more"|
|dining out at a local restaurant|