Menu of the Week

• 19 September 2011

Spaghetti with Meat Sauce (Giada's marinara sauce + browned ground beef from Pride and Joy), Salad with roasted beets, yellow cherry tomatoes and blue cheese dressing (shortcut: Litehouse Chunky Blue Cheese from refrigerated section next to produce).  My kids think spaghetti is the best meal ever...they were thrilled to have this easy, satisfying meal on the menu this week.  My favorite kinds of pasta are Barilla of De Cecco.

Southwest salad with Black Beans and Avocado - Yes, we are eating this AGAIN.  Hey, when you're child requests you make a salad for dinner, it's hard to say "no". So I don't!  And we eat this meal over and over and over!  This is one of my all-time favorite vegetarian meals; in fact, if you're hosting a casual dinner and some guests are vegetarians and some aren't, this is an easy recipe to make to accommodate everyone.  Simply add grilled chicken or carne asada for those wanting meat.

Pan-fried Gyoza, steamed jasmine rice, sauteed haricots verts, fresh pineapple wedges - a new favorite and super easy to make if you 1. live near a Trader Joe's (they sell yummy frozen gyoza) and 2. own a rice cooker.  A great meal to make on a night when you need something easy and fast.

White Bean + Tuna Salad, croccatini, fresh snap peas, berries - yummy, satisfying and yet light.  Comes together in about 10 minutes...use with the last of those garden tomatoes!

Sticky Ribs, herb roasted potatoes, steamed broccoli, whole wheat rolls (thanks cher!) - my husband actually made these and they were outstanding!  Instead of making the homemade sauce he opted for a quality store-bought version, which was pretty good.  Although I love the idea of making the real deal next time. In fact, if you have a fantastic homemade barbeque sauce, I'd love the recipe...

As always, one night for leftovers and one night for either take out/date night/brupper (breakfast for supper).  Oh, and we also made these buttermilk pancakes twice this week...they are the best I've had!  I like to add blueberries to mine (fresh or frozen are equally good!) and then drizzle with pure maple syrup.  What a treat in the morning I tell ya.

p.s. to view more "menu of the week" posts, click here.

p.p.s. I have a beautiful "real life home" for you tomorrow...the 10th in the series

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Rik said...

I use this recipe for bbg sauce a lot and it's amaaaaazing! This coming from a girl born and raised in the south. I know there are lots of different flavors of bbq sauce, but I prefer one slightly tangy. I add lots more cracked pepper than this calls for because I looove it!

Mary said...

I've been wanting another Menu of the Week post from you...they are always inspiring. Spaghetti and the Southwestern salad are made very frequently at our house too! I may have to check out gyoza...I've never made them.

FanFamFun said...

love your food post! it makes my mouth water and then makes me jealous.... my kids are hot dog kids. how have you been so successful with feeding your kids? x

check out our post about the weekly meal plan:

Stephanie said...

Fan Fam Fun, well the subject of food and children is a complicated one. However, I think a few things help my kids: first, repetition (I serve a salad almost every single night); second, I am not a picky eater myself and like just about everything under the sun and picky parents seem to breed picky children; last, I expect them to eat what we are eating. I don't make two separate meals for kids and adults. I typically make 3 different things (i.e. soup, salad, bread) so they can load up on a couple of things should they not be keen on one element. Does that make sense? Anyway, like I said, it's a complex subject!

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