Monday, January 10, 2011

on my table


One of my goals this year is to have a meal plan each week.  I really loved doing this during part of last year.  I hope I stick to it through out the year.  The recipes I choose are simple, but it is so nice to have an idea when 4 and 5 o'clock come around!

I look for meals that are higher in vegetables, very little (if any meat) and are from whole/real ingredients.  I am not perfect at any of it---but I enjoy trying.
I am also a cook book buying addict!  It's time to start cracking a few of them!
I used Barefoot Contessa's "How Easy Is That?" cook book for quite a bit of what I chose for this week.  Last year I set each meal to a day...this time I will be more flexible.


This week's menu:

clam chowder, roasted broccoli with Italian puglese bread
clam chowder was a combination of recipes: celery, onion, red potatoes, mini clams, butter, flour, milk, cream, and dashes of Tabasco, salt, pepper and fresh parsley
roasted broccoli:  see here   made mine with out pine nuts and basil...but the lemon, olive oil and Parmesan is amazing!

butternut squash ravioli with balsamic brown butter sauce with celery Parmesan salad, and roasted pear & apple sauce
ravioli: Costco
sauce:  see recipe here
salad:  Barefoot Contessa How Easy is That? Cookbook

spaghetti aglio e olio with sauteed spinach and french bread
spaghetti:  same cookbook (I also found a similar recipe posted here)

creamy polenta, roasted butternut squash, salad with fresh ranch
polenta:  Barefoot Contessa How Easy is That? Cookbook
squash:  see recipe here 
dressing:   Barefoot Contessa How Easy is That? Cookbook

asparagus pizza & green salad with fresh ranch
pizza sauce:  see recipe here
dough:  20 minutes a day rustic bread pizza dough
with fresh mozzarella and thinly sliced asparagus
topped with fresh Romano cheese

What are you cooking!?
Any favorite cooking websites or blogs!?

7 comments:

John and Blakes said...

John and I have been "trying" to do the same thing. It's extra challenging here in the city, because I have to go to about 5 stores to get the ingredients for one meal, but it's definitely the best way to stay healthy and save money, Thanks for the motivation!

P.S. I LOVE that quote on the top right of your blog. Was that your grandpa? It's amazing, and very timely for me!

Shauna Rae said...

What am I cooking? Are you serious? NOTHING! Oh, I did toast a wholewheat english muffin and spread chunky peanutbutter on it and at it on a papertowell driving to tennis!!!!!! =)

Alison said...

Ok, this looks VERY IMPRESSIVE!
Making my taquitos look really bad.

BTW, The Good Earth is in my TOP TEN list of favorite books.

And, where are you on facebook? Your here, then you're not! I can't keep track :)

Lisa said...

My freind does a blog and she does menu planning as well. I have found ALL of her recipes and food choices are impeccable. Her site is: www.stephmodo.com. Look at the side bar for "recipes to love" and then to find all of her menus for the week, go to the search bar and type "menu of the week". It will keep you busy for a while! She also writes for Zupas.com. I have found a lot of fun recipes in there as well.

I love the idea of menu planning. I am trying to do that as well as I have limited time to actually cook something these days. Take care-

peewee said...

HAPPY LATE BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Charla said...

This is something I want to start doing for my family. I'm so glad you are sharing your menu. I love trying new recipes! I have printed out several of your recipes. The ones I've tried were delicious! I'm pretty sure I got my favorite cookie recipe from you...Chewy Jumbo Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Lisa said...

Here's some other sites I have used:
http://picky-palate.com/
http://dineanddish.net/
http://thisweekfordinner.com/
http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/
Have fun!!!