Wednesday, June 13, 2012

A Week of Menus

I have found that planning meals by the week works best for me. My fresh ingredients will generally not spoil in that time and I am not run ragged by too many trips to the grocery store with my three kiddos. Here is a week's worth of menus. Although planning does not always come perfectly to fruition it is really great to have a starting point for at least six meals per week. In order to keep things interesting I try to visit menu categories (see right sidebar) only once per week. Also, I am definitely not above leftovers, both repurposed and simply warmed up.

1. Asparagus Potato Soup with Tabouleh, Strawberry Shortcake
2. Mexican Mezze--Tortillas, Refried Beans with Cotija, Chile-Lime Corn Salad, Chile Spiced Melon, Chips and Salsa, Guacamole, Bread Pudding
3. Big Asian Salad, Sesame Rice
4. Phad Thai, Pickled Cucumbers, Peanut Sauce, Sticky Rice, Green Curry, Shortbread, Rose-scented Oranges
5. Leftovers
6. Grilled Cheese Sandwiches with Tomato Soup and fruit

Pantry:
Olive oil
Vegetable oil
Salt
2 quarts stock
Flour
Sugar
Brown sugar
Powdered sugar
Shortning
Baking powder
Chili powder
Canned refried beans OR dried pinto beans
1 small can tomato paste
2 cups bulgur wheat
2 cups sushi rice
2 cups sweet glutinous rice (Asian grocery)
Rice stick/Phad Thai noodles
Sesame seeds
Salsa
Soy sauce
Fish sauce
Rice vinegar/Mirin
Sesame oil
Rosewater
Vanilla
Red curry paste
Green curry paste
Mayonnaise (refrigerator)
Wanton skins (refrigerator)
Bread

Produce:
4 lemons
2 limes
2 heads garlic
Italian parsley
1 bunch asparagus (available at my farmers' market)
4 onions
2 lbs russett potatoes (available at my farmers' market)
Strawberries (available at my farmers' market)
Honeydew melon
2 Avocados
Carrots
Lettuce (available at my farmers' market)
Cauliflower
Sweet potato
8 oz crimini mushrooms
6 oranges
2 cucumbers

Dairy:
Cream
Milk
Butter
Cotija cheese
Sharp cheddar cheese
Plain Greek yogurt

Proteins:
Firm tofu
Organic, cage-free eggs

Freezer:
2 packages frozen corn

© Katherine C. Otterstrom, June 2012

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