Weekly Meal Plan November 16-20

Kefir Update:

It took me a few tries to find the right mix for my little grains and, after I thought I had severely stunted my little probiotic buddies, we are in a good routine. My grains are slowly multiplying (a sign that they are happy) and I am getting a very, very fizzy second ferment (a sign that I am happy!)

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Here is what I have come up with that works best.

In my jars for the first ferment I put

  • 1 tbsp organic lemon juice
  • A small wedge of organic apple
  • 2 organic raisins
  • 3 tbsp organic sugar
  • Enough boiled tap water to fill the jar

**You have to let the water cool after you boil before you put your grains in** I like to dissolve my sugar in the hot water before adding in the other stuff.

After 2 days, I strain out the liquid and the grains (using my non-metal strainer of course) and start the first ferment again with the grains in new jars.

For the second ferment, I have started adding 5 tbsp of organic juice to the liquid. With the juice added, I am finding the second ferment is fizzy enough to drink the next morning! It doesn’t hurt to leave it longer…it just gets fizzier.

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I love it! And I think I might even have Andrew convinced that it is a good thing to drink too.

Here is what we are eating this week:

MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
Zuppa ToscanaChicken Salad SandwichesTeriyaki Meatball BowlsRoasted Veggie TaquitosFrozen Pizza

Grocery List:

  • Italian sausage
  • Onions
  • Chicken broth
  • Roasted red peppers
  • Kale
  • Gnocchi
  • Cream (only 1/2 a cup)
  • Chicken breast or thighs
  • Bread or buns
  • Mayo
  • Green onion
  • Cranberries
  • Celery
  • Green pepper
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Mushrooms
  • Corn
  • Black beans
  • Cream cheese
  • Cheddar cheese
  • Diced green chilies
  • Chili powder
  • Cumin
  • Tortillas
  • Rice
  • Ground pork
  • Egg
  • Bread crumbs
  • Ginger
  • Garlic
  • Soy sauce
  • Brown sugar
  • Sesame oil
  • Rice vinegar
  • Cornstarch

Monday

We love this soup. It is hearty and so flavorful!

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Tuesday

I have been wanting some sort of “salad sandwich” for the last few weeks. Egg seems too stinky…and so does tuna…so chicken it is! Plus it allows me to use more of that fig Cabernet jelly that I have in the fridge or to break out the rhubarb rosemary jam my good friend Kathy made us.

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Wednesday

After having wonton soup last week and being reminded how good these meatballs are, I needed to make this dish again. The glaze is amazing and the meatballs get so crispy in the oven!

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Thursday

Our vegetarian choice for the week. What goes better with veggies than LOTS of cheese in many different forms?

Roasted Vegetable Taquitos

Weekly Meal Plan May 25-29

How can it be the last week of May already? I was looking through my week plans at school and realized that there are 25 teaching days left…25. I have so much to do in 25 days…and I am pretty sure that as the weeks continue the kids are going to be less and less interested in what I need to finish with them. Sigh…it’s going to be a wild 5 weeks.

So I guess we better be well fed so I can make it through.

Here is what we are eating this week:

MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
Kung Pao ChickpeasBaked Chicken PastaChiliTeriyaki Meatball BowlsFrozen Pizza

Grocery List:

  • Soy sauce
  • Rice wine vinegar
  • Limes
  • Honey
  • Vegetable oil
  • Cornstarch
  • Chickpeas (2 cans)
  • Minced garlic
  • Minced ginger
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Peanuts
  • Kung Pao sauce
  • Green onions
  • Cilantro
  • Sesame seeds
  • Ground beef
  • Canned mushrooms
  • Tomato soup
  • Green pepper
  • Onions
  • Chili powder
  • Cumin
  • Chicken breasts
  • Pasta (gluten free if you so desire)
  • Pasta sauce
  • Cheese
  • Ground pork
  • Breadcrumbs
  • Brown sugar
  • Sesame oil

Monday

It’s meatless Monday and I know Andrew doesn’t mind chickpeas…so we are going to give this new recipe a whirl.

Your favorite takeout Kung Pao dish, gone vegan!!  Hearty, satisfying, and deliciously spicy... you'll be amazed at the fantastic flavor of this dish!

Tuesday

I’m just going to throw a whole bunch of things together tonight and see what happens. I’ve got some great gluten free pasta that I want to use up!

Wednesday

I was talking to the girls at work about recipes and one of them asked me if I had a good meatball recipe. This one immediately came to mind…and I realized we have not had them for a long time. I can’t wait!

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Thursday

Another oldie but goodie

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