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Health, Home, and Happiness: What We're Eating This Week- Real Food Dinner Menu on a Budget

Saturday, March 20, 2010

What We're Eating This Week- Real Food Dinner Menu on a Budget

I end up not following my breakfast/lunch menu plans at all, so this week I'm just planning out dinners.  I find that planning our dinners, making plenty of things ahead of time that we can eat as snacks, and having a good amount of staples (eggs, cheese, fruit, and veggies) on hand helps us to stay on budget and stick with healthy foods.

Dinner Menus this week
Saturday: Pan fried trout caught this morning. Steamed broccoli.  Berry cobbler for dessert.
Sunday: Smoked salmon, cheese, and crackers, fruit smoothies.
Monday:  Chicken salad in cabbage leaves or tortillas
Tuesday:  Poached eggs with hollandaise sauce (the blender recipe in Joy of Cooking is quick and easy) and I'm going to try The Nourishing Gourmet's Soaked Wheat Biscuits
WednesdayHamburgers on portabello mushrooms, squash Fries with homemade ketchup
Thursday: Baked burritos, fruit smoothies
Friday: Quesadillas, beans (from scratch)

Snack ideas:
Crispy almonds, smoothies, dried fruit, yogurt, veggies dipped in yogurt, soup.

Scrambled eggs with lots of veggies, smoothies with coconut oil in them, homemade 'breakfast bars' out of nuts and fruit, and honey, beef sausage, toast with peanut butter.  Coffee.

To try this week:
Last week we tried liver (we liked it!) and chicken pancakes (pictured up above).  This week I want to make a GAPS/SCD friendly 'jam/syrup' by boiling fruit, try a sprouted lentil patty type thing that's in Nourishing Traditions (page 508).

Are you trying anything new this week? 

Part of Mindful Menus and Menu Plan Monday and Pennywise Platter Thursday

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Blogger Lisa said...

How do you use coconut oil in your smoothies? I have tried, but found (since we're using frozen fruit) the oil chunks up & you get little "chewies" in your smoothie, which I can handle but my family does not like. Of course, if may be just the fact that the blender I have is a plain ol' Osterizer & at least 15 years old!

March 21, 2010 at 7:21 PM  
Blogger Cara @ Health Home and Happiness said...

I have a Osterizer too, though I just bought it this year. I get little coconut oil chunks (about the size of a grain of rice) if I don't put in enough liquid/room temp stuff or let it run long enough. With a (unfrozen) ripe banana and about a cup of yogurt, I usually don't get the chunks.

I've heard some people say that it works to melt it first, then pour it in through the top as the blender is running, but I haven't done that.

March 21, 2010 at 7:35 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

yes, well I decided to try it tonight & what I did different was blend the frozen fruit/liquid first til smooth & then added the honey (since that can glob up on the frozen fruit too) and T of coconut oil. It actually blended pretty well that way (and I blended it longer as I had to keep tinkering with the flavor tonight to get it right) :)

March 21, 2010 at 8:34 PM  

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