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Weekly Menu Plan – May 17, 2020

Weekly Menu Plan – May 17, 2020

Saturday I did my every two weeks grocery shopping. I had my list, but was delighted to also find cherries at Costco! We made this cherry pie that afternoon (I didn’t make my own crust), and it was DELICIOUS!! I love summer fruits and vegetables and cherries are always the first sign that the season is starting!

I always start menu planning by doing a quick freezer and pantry inventory and then asking my family what they’d like to eat. They have pretty standard answers, but I made a list of them to get started. I was feeling very stuck when it came time to rounding out the list, so I grabbed a cookbook off my shelf that I knew I hadn’t used in a while. The book I picked was Dinner: A Love Story by Jenny Rosenstrach and you’ll see a few of her recipes on this week’s list (I’ve marked them with the appropriate page numbers).

Here’s what we’re eating this week:
Saturday: Ham and Roast vegetables with Polenta (pg. 60-61)
Sunday: Chicken kabobs and corn on the cob, roasted potatoes
Monday: Salad bar
Tuesday: Steak fajitas
Wednesday: Pork tenderloin & pierogies
Thursday: Greek-style shrimp with feta (pg. 70) and risotto
Friday: Chicken, asparagus & potatoes (this is one of the recipes included in my meal planner)
Saturday: Pork dumplings (pg. 141-142) & fried rice

I did make my sourdough starter but then life intervened and I didn’t touch it for a few days. Still feeding it and I’ll report back when we get to bread!

Weekly Menu Plan – May 11, 2020

Weekly Menu Plan – May 11, 2020

I hope everyone had a wonderful Mother’s Day! Mine was the best I’ve had in a long time. My husband worked really hard with the kids to make it special this year. They greeted me with a finisher’s chute and snack table at the end of my run, got me sushi from my favorite place, and made me a delicious steak dinner.

Ok, on to this week’s menu:

Monday – Greek chicken
Tuesday – Beef tacos
Wednesday – Lasagne
Thursday – Waffles & bacon
Friday – Hot Dogs & Hamburgers
Saturday – Take out

I’ve been making my own taco seasoning for years. This recipe makes enough to last a few months, so I just keep it in a container in my spice cabinet. I’ve had this recipe for so long I can’t even credit the source since I don’t remember where it came from.

1/4 cup chili powder
1 1/2 tsp onion powder
1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 1/2 tsp cumin
1 1/2 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp paprika
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper

To use: Substitute 2 rounded tablespoons for 1 packet of taco seasoning.

Another project for this week is making a sourdough starter. While we all love sourdough bread, I’ve been avoiding this one because I’ve seen others have marginal success with it on social media. But my SIL (who is an amazing baker) suggested that I try the King Arthur Flour recipe and method, so I’ll give it a go!