Menu of the Week + Roasted Butternut Squash Risotto

• 02 February 2012

Alrighty...I'm officially over pre-packaged ravioli and Freschetta this week.  Time for a bonified menu!  I'm in the mood for lots of homemade food and some time in the kitchen, which is one of my favorite places to be.  I hope you glean some inspiration for your own meal planning endeavors!

Roasted Butternut Squash Risotto with Mushrooms and Chives - this past month I've been more-than-mildly obsessed with roasted butternut squash (it's like candy!!) and this risotto recipe is the result of that obsession.  Serve it with a good, crusty bread and a simple salad (as in bibb lettuce + a vinaigrette - done).

Spaghetti with Slow Cooker Bolognese - it's been awhile since I've used my slow cooker; I sometimes forget it's there, you know, in the back of my pantry gathering dust.  Last month's Real Simple featured some good looking recipes so I'm giving one a try here.  If you see this recipe again on a "menu of the week", you'll know it's a keeper. 

Frittata with Herb Roasted Potatoes, Haricots Verts - this is a fast, inexpensive meal that's kind of breakfast-y (anyone else love pancakes for dinner some nights?), yet substantial enough for a quick dinner too.  Plus, it's one my husband can make!   Believe it or not, my Ben can put together a mean fritatta.  He doesn't use a recipe, but it'll probably be something like this, but with leftover vegetables. This is one of those times when I'm grateful we keep a thick wedge of Parmigiano-Reggiano on hand. 

Green Curry with Peppers, Haricots Verts, Peas, Thai Basil and Jasmine Rice - Basically I dumb down the curry recipe outlined on the jar of Thai Kitchen curry; meaning, I add a lot less curry paste than the recipe calls for.  My kids won't eat it if I pack too much heat!  The recipe calls for chicken, but I'm omitting meat this time and making it full-on vegetarian.  Also, this is one of those recipes that makes me incredible grateful for my rice cooker

Black Bean Tacos with Avocado Wedges - I'm loving on those Tortillaland fresh tortillas from Costco and am feeling the need to make this easy meal pronto.  My kids love these black bean tacos and I love how simple and inexpensive they are to make.  I'll add in a salad and maybe some chips and homemade salsa from the new Mexican place that opened up in our neighborhood just for fun.   

Per usual menu planning, I'm going to leave one night for cheap takeout (hopefully!) and one night for leftovers (or maybe pancakes! ha!).

What fun recipes have you made lately?
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