Sunday, February 19, 2012

Weekly Menu - February 20

It is the end of the month and time to stretch our dollars a little more. Dinners this week will span two nights and be morphed into lunches during the following days. Think of it like your Thanksgiving turkey. You start with your big meal and then have sandwiches, soup, etc. I am also going to make a crock pot of black beans on Monday to have on hand for the week. Lil Miss is teething and she loves them. This provides guaranteed calories for her and a couple of easy night add-ons for me. In addition, it is going to be a busy week. I have to spend some time in the garden. The peas go in on Monday and I would like to have my strawberry barrels prettied up and some lettuce and spinach in the ground. It is time to put those seeds to work!

Monday- Make black beans. Large pot of veggie soup, green salad and bread. My soup isn't fancy, but it is tasty and fills the belly.

Extra Virgin Olive Oil
4 cloves of garlic, minced
1 red onion, diced
1 Tbsp fresh rosemary, finely chopped
6 cups organic chicken stock
4 large carrots, cut into 1/4" slices
2 BPA free cans of diced tomatoes
1 tbsp tomato paste
small head of cabbage, diced
6 small organic red potatoes, quartered
1 cup of beans
1/2 cup of small pasta (or broken spaghetti)
Salt and pepper to taste - go for it. The salt will slow the flavors to meld.

1) In a large Dutch oven, over medium heat, pour a tbsp of EVOO. Sautée onions and garlic.
After they soften, add rosemary and stir for a minute. Add carrots and stir occasionally for two minutes. Add the broth and use a wooden spoon to scrape any bits from the bottom of the Dutch oven. Add all ingredients except for pasta. Bring to a gentle boil and then simmer for 30 minutes.

2) Add pasta. Simmer for 15 minutes and serve with grated Parmesan on top.

Tuesday - leftover soup, green salad and bread

Wednesday- Kalua pork from La Fuji Mama (recipe), coconut rice and beans, green salad. 16-20 hours in the crockpot for this one. For real!!

Thursday- Burritos using Kalua pork, rice and beans, and sautéed spinach.

Friday - Coconut Curry Soup (recipe) from The Sweet Spot, roasted broccoli, cauliflower and sweet potato and green salad



  1. oh yummmmmm! Going to check out that Kalua Pork recipe right now. That coconut curry soup looks delicious. I tried a new Chicken Adobo with coconut milk recipe this week and it turned out great. I guess I'm craving coconut lately. What a lucky family to have you for a chef mom!

    1. Kim, I would love to try that recipe! I am on a coconut kick right now as well. It could be worse, right?

  2. Yum, sounds so tasty! Hey I notice you mention BPA-free canned tomatoes....what brand do you use? I'd love to find a brand that is BPA-free :)

    1. Hi Debbie, I like to use Muir Glen mostly. They switched up last fall.


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