The careful reader will notice that this week’s menu bears a remarkable resemblance to last week’s menu. That’s because the Practical Cook is practical out of necessity. There was a lot of behind the scenes punting last week due to illness. Everyone’s recovering nicely, but it is yet another reminder to expect the unexpected, and pack the pantry accordingly.
Plus, this week is full of extra obligations, including one that strikes fear in the heart of the most intrepid parent of school-age children: Snack Week. How does one deliver healthy snacks in the age of goldfish and allergies? Read on.
Here’s the weekly menu:
The weekly menu (including Snack Week) translated:
Sunday: Rotisserie chicken and fridge veggies
Snack Duty: make two batches of play-dough (Carolina blue and pink or red)
**Note that I’m also running a Valentine’s Card production line for two kids today, so I’m punting with dinner to make time for these extra tasks. When you menu plan, do not try to be a hero every day!
Monday: Leftover surprise (built-in punt day)
Snack: Chocolate-Covered Strawberries with TJ’s Vanilla wafers
Tuesday: Salmon cakes with yogurt dill sauce and tomatoes and scallions
Snack: Bagels with cream cheese and apple butter plus fruit
Wednesday: Cheese tortellini topped with greens and butternut squash
Snack: Veggies (carrots, tomatoes) and pita with hummus
Thursday: Mexican (tacos, juevos, burritos–to be determined)
Snack: Make-your-own trail mix (cereal, pretzels, dried fruit, a few marshmallows, something heart-shaped)
Friday: Indian (didn’t happen last week, take 2)
Snack: Banana bread and fruit
Saturday: Dine Out (look for the Practical Cook’s guide to dining out, coming soon!)
After a long week, sometimes it’s time to celebrate with a Sunday brunch, complete with biscuits, eggs, sausage (CSA), and gravy.
What if Snack Week lands during Valentine’s? The correct answer is chocolate. This also happens to be the right answer for a hard week, or any day that ends in “y.” Tune in tomorrow for the super-easy Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries.