Friday, November 22, 2013

Menu for November 24, 2013 through November 30, 2013

Happy (almost) Thanksgiving!  I recently took this picture of Mark in our side yard.  It makes me smile!  Are you excited about the big day?  I'm looking forward to it all!  For some reason Thanksgiving makes Mark think of brussel sprouts, so last weekend I roasted some up with olive oil, garlic, salt, and pepper.  We devoured over a pound of brussel sprouts between the two of us.  Funny?  Perhaps.  But also YUM!

I also tried a new "pie" recipe when I was craving something sweet on Monday night this past week.  I tried this naked apple pie by King Arthur Flour.  While different from traditional pie, it was really good!  The best way to describe it I think is it tastes sort of like apple pie bread pudding.  There is no crust which is why it is called a naked apple pie.  Then the apples and nuts are mixed with sugars, cinnamon/nutmeg/cloves, eggs, and flour.  The eggs and flour hold the filling together so it's different from an apple crisp.  Definitely a new experience, but very quick to make and delicious.  If you give it a try, you could probably reduce the sugar a bit and it would still be plenty sweet enough!  I also think it would be good with raisins added in.  One thing to note about this recipe is that there is no butter in it.  Still not exactly healthy though.... :)

For dinners this week there's of course THANKSGIVING on Thursday!  I'm not providing a meal for that day since I figure you've got that one covered.  And leading up to Thanksgiving I've got some light meals so that you can feel okay indulging on turkey, stuffing, potatoes, veggies, and pie on Thursday.  Have a great week and a delicious Thanksgiving!

Dinners for the Week

Sunday: Quick Mixed Bean Chili with cornbread and salad on the side if desired.
  • Make the full recipe and eat two servings tonight, have leftovers on Tuesday.  Have any additional leftovers for lunch on Wednesday or freeze for later.
  • Do you like cornbread dressing?  Make a double batch of cornbread and use half for some Thanksgiving dressing!

Monday: Vegetable Spring Rolls with Peanut Sauce
  • Make the full recipe and eat half tonight, have leftovers on Wednesday.  

Tuesday: Leftover Quick Mixed Bean Chili

Wednesday:  Leftover Vegetable Spring Rolls

Thursday:  Happy Thanksgiving!!  Hope you get to enjoy some of your favorite foods.

Friday:  Thanksgiving leftovers (you could use up turkey in this Chopped Thai Chicken Salad or make Turkey and Dumplings). Or... Red Curry Lentils
  • Make the full recipe and eat half tonight, have leftovers on Saturday.  

Saturday: More Thanksgiving leftovers.  Or leftover Red Curry Lentils.

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