Monday, April 18, 2011

Meal Plan #12: Entertaining, Shortcuts, Staying Healthy

My meal planning last week happened on Friday night, while D had a playdate with his uncle, and we had a chance to get to the store, together, with just one kid. I was also doing some entertaining on Saturday, so needed to restock our suffering pantry.

(sister and niece visit for lunch)
Canadian Cheddar Soup (from The Canadian Living Cookbook)
Fresh bread from Christie's bakery
Spinach salad with goat cheese, tomatoes and salad mix (soynuts, sesame, sunflower seeds, and more)

(supper for a friend who is on his own with his kids while his wife is out of the country)
Grilled steak
Warm roasted potato salad
Roasted asparagus
Sauteed zucchini, peppers and mushrooms

Steakhouse wraps from a new magazine, Clean Eating (review coming soon), plus veggies and dip and coconut black rice pudding for dessert. Here's the staying healthy part. These "Clean Eating" recipes might feel a bit too much like 'diet food' for my liking, but it's basically steak and roasted sweet potatoes topped with a spinach and blue cheese sauce, which all has my approval, except I think I want more blue cheese...

Tonight we're trying another Clean Eating recipe: Baked Manicotti Bundles. It's a white fish and cream cheese filling in whole wheat lasagne noodles. I have cooked lasagne noodles in my freezer, so I'm pleased to find something to do with them. I won't be using the requested tilapia fillets, though—I'll be using the pickerel fillets in my freezer. Review to come...

Tuesday (vegetarian night)
Asparagus-mushroom quiche (I cheated and opted to buy a premade pie shell, since my rolling pins are already in storage due to the impending kitchen renovation. Not to mention that all of my kitchen surfaces are covered in flooring and countertop swatches... No recipe here, but I'll be taking pointers from Mollie Katzen's Enchanted Broccoli Forest.

Wednesday (family finger food night)
Chicken wings
Sweet potato fries
Veggies and dip

Heading out of town for Easter weekend first thing Friday, so will be pulling something ready made from the freezer in an effort to avoid leftovers. We still haven't got to the lamb and kidney bean stew leftovers, so that will probably be it.

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