Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Weekly Menu - Week 2

Last week's menu had a bit more meat than we typically eat.  I guess I wanted to ease you into the vegetarian world!  This week is meat free, but not dairy free.  What can I say, I like so many others, am addicted to cheese.  There I said it.  My hope is that you'll be able to get a few ideas or inspiration from my menu this week.  Don't forget, there are a few notes and tips under the menu, as well as printable versions of both the menu (with links) and a grocery list.  
       {printable menu (with links)}           {printable grocery list}


I will be omitting the meat from the vegetable soup and adding/subtracting a few of our personal preferences.  I include this recipe because it's a great one and it's a great base for you to build on.  We add frozen lima beans and kidney beans, and omit the barley and cabbage.  My grocery list assumes you have frozen corn, peas, and lima beans, as well as the spices.
The pesto grilled cheese will simply be some homemade basil pesto, frozen from the summer, and sliced organic white cheddar.  Nothing fancy.
Make sure you don't over steam your broccoli or you will lose a ton of nutrients.  3-4 minutes should really do the trick.  And a steam basket would be preferred to dropping the broccoli down in the water.
I will be using a homemade enchilada sauce for the Bean Burritos, so plan your grocery list accordingly.  I did not add salsa to the list because if you followed my menu and grocery list last week, you'll have some left over.  Same for the tortilla chips.
For the garden taco salad, I plan to start with a romaine base and then add chopped cherry tomatoes, mango, sliced avocado, and thawed frozen corn.  I will whip up a simple vinaigrette with red wine vinegar, cumin, chili powder, garlic powder, and avocado oil (or evoo).
**Need more inspiration?  Join me over at In No Simple Language and Mirabelle Creations


  1. Wow! Even though I have just finished lunch, you have made me hungry! This is a wonderful resource and makes me wish I was at your house for dinner this week. :)

    When I moved the recipe over and edited it, I realized that I omit the barley now too. Great minds think alike! Over the course of the last year and a half as we try to get the right diagnosis and treatment, at one point we were ruling out anything systemic that was causing my body not to heal. In the end the culprit seems to be more mechanical, but as a pleasant side effect of looking for systemic causes, I found that eliminating grains was the solution to the acne and skin issues that kept me on pharmaceuticals for over a decade. With the dietary changes I have no need for the drugs. So strange. I try to avoid it now about 80-90% of the time, but once in awhile a girl's gotta have some pizza or molten brownie cups!

    Thanks again for creating such a great resource. I look forward to your posts, and still have your couch on our list!

  2. This sounds like such a great menu! I'm meal planning tonight and now I feel like I have so much more inspiration!

  3. Looks delicious!! I need to try these!

  4. Thanks for posting your link! I love your menu ideas! I'll have to incorporate some in the next week!

    Mira visited your church with a friend and loved it! I wish we were a little closer, but I grew up going to SCC, so it's nice to be closer to that, too!

    1. Thanks! Did I see that you guys moved? Still in Danville? So you drive to SCC on Sundays? I haven't been to SCC in years but clearly it's still thriving :)