It’s Not All Mary Poppins

Menu Monday

It’s been a while, so I’ll explain our eating patterns again. At Mary’s house, children between 12 and 20 or so months get a morning snack, lunch, and an afternoon snack. Older children skip the morning snack. We eat morning snack at 9:30-ish, lunch at 11:30, and afternoon snack at about 3:00.

Lunch is a substantive meal, with three courses. The first course is always a vegetable of some sort. The main is a protein, more vegetables and, usually, a starch. Dessert is usually fruit.

Here’s this week’s menu!

Monday:
First course: corn (niblets, not on the cob)
Main Course: Spinach Pie
Dessert: banana

Tuesday:
First course: collard greens (braised for an hour in water with a sploosh of lemon juice)
Main Course: pasta with pinto beans, swiss chard and cheese
Dessert: grapes

Wednesday:
First course: roasted cauliflower (with optional dip)
Main Course: chicken tikka masala, naan
Dessert: apple slices

Thursday:
First course: ratatouille
Main Course: mushroom-cheese quiche
Dessert: bananas

Friday:
First course: guacamole
Main Course: fish tacos (The link is to my inspiring recipe, but we’ll be making ours with mashed avocados on the taco itself to act as glue for the filling of grilled, chunked (or crumbled) fish, swiss chard, and grated carrots)
Dessert: caramel apples (a decadent treat because we’re having our Halloween party this afternoon!)

As always, if there’s a recipe you’d like to see, just ask!

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October 19, 2014 Posted by | food, health and safety | , | 3 Comments

Menu Monday

Monday:
First course: salad
Main course: black bean enchilada bake
Dessert: gooey cranberry squares

Tuesday:
First course: corn niblets
Main course: toad in the hole
Dessert: cantaloupe

Wednesday:
First course: cooked carrot sticks
Main course: lentil soup and baking powder biscuits
Dessert: clementines

Thursday:
First course: winter vegetable salad
Main course: Cuban shredded beef on rice
Dessert: cantaloupe

Friday:
First course: cauliflower au gratin
Main course: stuffed green peppers (vegetarian version)
Dessert: Timbits

As always, if there’s a recipe you’d like to have, just ask!

November 25, 2013 Posted by | food, health and safety | , , | 1 Comment

Menu Monday

Monday:
First Course: salad
Main Course: Swedish meatballs on egg noodles
Dessert: muffins

Tuesday:
First Course: carrot-peanut salad
Main Course: lentil-rice patties
Dessert: fruit

Wednesday:
First Course: raw veggies and dip
Main Course: Southwest bean salad
Dessert: fruit

Thursday:
First Course: pesto on naan
Main Course: tofu in peanut sauce
Dessert: fruit

Friday:
First Course: salad
Main Course: peanut-butter sandwiches
Dessert: muffins

August 12, 2013 Posted by | food | , , | 2 Comments

Menu Monday

Monday:
First course: gazpacho
Main course: pizza (home-made, with the tots’ help!)
Dessert: muffins

Tuesday:
First course: kale cups
Main course: pasta salad
Dessert: cantaloupe

Wednesday:
First course: roasted beets
Main course: lentil-dill salad
Dessert: bananas

Thursday:
First course: salad
Main course: sloppy joes (Vegetarian child will get something that looks pretty much identical but is made with veggies and tofu.)
Dessert: peaches

Friday:
First course: roasted cauliflower and sweet potatoes
Main course: spinach pie
Dessert: gelato or Timbits. Depends on where our morning outing takes us!

July 29, 2013 Posted by | food, health and safety | , , | Leave a comment

Menu Monday

Sorry I vanished. I was just so tiiiiired last week. Was all I could do to do the job. Feeling a bit more energetic today. We’ll see how I do this week!

Monday:
First course: Pear/asiago salad* (Yes, the link says parmesan; I prefer asiago.) 🙂
Main course: Burgers (veggie, and hamburgers)
Dessert: muffins

Tuesday:
First course: cooked carrot sticks and dip
Main course: pasta salad*
Dessert: peanut butter cookies

Wednesday:
First course: gazpacho salad*
Main course: enchilada bake
Dessert: apple and pear slices

Thursday:
First course: cucumber salad*
Main course: breaded chicken/ ginger-baked tofu
Dessert: bananas

Friday:
First course: green and red pepper fingers
Main course: sweet and sour broccoli and tofu
Dessert: gelato

*Starred recipes all come from a book I got from the library this week: Good Mood Food. If I like it well enough, I’ll probably buy it. So far, so good! If you’re curious to see some of the author’s recipes, his blog is here.

May 13, 2013 Posted by | food | , , , , | 1 Comment

Menu Monday

I’m off on Monday! 🙂

Tuesday:
First course: gazpacho
Main course: chili (beans, no meat), biscuits
Dessert: muffins

Wednesday:
First course: Moroccan salad
Main course: Lentil-rice cakes
Dessert: fruit salad

Thursday:
First course: broccoli-cheese soup
Main course: soy loaf with tomato sauce
Dessert: muffins

Friday:
First course: Southwest bean salad
Main course: enchilada bake
Dessert: bananas and walnuts

April 1, 2013 Posted by | food, health and safety | , , | Leave a comment

Menu Monday

Monday:
First Course: Orange-ginger broccoli*
Main Course: Fettucine carbonara*
Dessert: Muffins

Tuesday:
First Course: Parmesan tomatoes*
Main Course: Farmer’s Omelette
Dessert: Bananas and walnuts

Wednesday:
First Course: Almond beets**
Main Course: Macaroni and Cheese
Dessert: Apple slices with peanut butter

Thursday:
First Course: Coleslaw (red cabbage, rutabaga, carrot)*
Main Course: Polenta with cabbage-peanut stew
Dessert: banana bread

Friday:
First Course: salad*
Main Course: Singapore noodles
Dessert: fruit fool*

*Starred recipes again from my new cookbook, Michael Smith’s Fast Flavours.

**This one is from Cook’s Illustrated magazine, an excellent magazine to which I have a subscription because I love not just the recipes, but the educational aspect of their articles. I’ve learned a lot from their articles: how flavours meld, how to bring out the best, varying techniques. I’ve been able to follow a recipe since I was ten; now I’m learning how recipies — and food — works. It’s terrific!

However, I strongly, really, truly object to their restrictive practices re: their website information. I could give you all a link to the recipe, but there’d be a whacking great pop-up in the middle of the page requesting you to sign up for a 14-day free trial of their site before you could see the recipe hiding behind said obnoxious pop-up. (And may I say how I object that, even as a subscriber — with a three-year subscription, yet — to the print magazine, I am not entitled to view the recipes on their site without paying still more? Obnoxious, I tell you.)

Chef Michael
is way classier. (Also less grasping.) Neener, neener. AND his recipes are usually simpler. So there. 😛

As ever, if you see something in this week’s menu that interests you, just ask and I’ll post it.

February 25, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

Menu Monday

Hello! Sorry it’s been so very long since I posted. A combination of pre-Christmas busy-ness, followed by computer problems, then illness, then Absolutely NO Internet for FIVE DAYS, then more mysterious computer problems (thank goodness I have a tech-geek son!) created a very long hiatus. I’m back! Goodness me. Are any of you still there??

My first post back is an easy one, too. I’m being gentle with myself…

Monday: Grilled cheese sandwiches, cauliflower

Tuesday: Broccoli-ham strata

Wednesday: Lentil soup, quinoa-kale pilaf

Thursday: Stuffed green peppers

Friday: Falafels

As always, if there are any recipes you’d like to see, just ask!

January 7, 2013 Posted by | food | , , , , | 10 Comments

Menu Monday

Monday: Ginger-baked tofu, bean salad

Tuesday: Swedish meatballs on egg noodles, cabbage-beet salad

Wednesday: Singapore noodles (made with tofu)

Thursday: Black bean couscous salad

Friday: Veggie burgers, cabbage-beet salad

As ever, if you see an item you’d like the recipe for, just ask!

November 19, 2012 Posted by | food | , , | 1 Comment

Menu Monday

Monday: Toad in the hole, cucumber raita

Tuesday: Stuffed green peppers (vegetarian version)

Wednesday: Spinach pie

Thursday: Aloo gobi, sloppy joes on kaiser rolls

Friday: Southwest Bean Salad

As always, if there’s a recipe you’re interested in seeing, just ask!

November 12, 2012 Posted by | food | , , , | 1 Comment