Weekly Menus: Week of 4/3/2011

As spring break wraps up here, and the real spring starts to show its face, the Practical Cook is thinking green. Green vegetables, light flavors, and outdoor dining. This week’s menu contains more treasures unearthed from the freezer, and features a whole lot of kale. Don’t fear the kale, we’ll talk more about ways to use it this week.

Now for this week’s menus:

Weekly Menus: 4/3/2011

Weekly Menus: 4/3/2011

Four-Square Grocery List: 4/3/2011

Four-Square Grocery List: 4/3/2011

Forgive the chicken scratch, the coffee hasn’t kicked in yet:

Sunday: Fish and Kale and Cauliflower
That will be pretty much what it sounds like. Depending on what’s good at the grocery store, it will be a simple preparation or some salmon cakes.

Monday: Rustic Tart
There’s one more butternut squash to use up from the winter CSA, and it pairs nicely with, wait for it, kale.

Tuesday: BBQ Beef Short Ribs and Green Veg
Out of kindness to my family, the green veg here will probably not be kale.

Wednesday: Soup and Sammie
High likelihood of a potato or white bean soup with a certain leafy green that rhymes with “whale.”

Thursday: Pork chops with spatzle and homemade applesauce
The Practical Cook adores spatzle, but forgot about it for a while. A recent Smitten Kitchen  post on the topic brought the pork chops out of the freezer and the spatzle maker out of cold storage.

Friday: Indian
There were family requests for Indian, and it’s a great opportunity to batch cook and put some things back into the freezer.

Saturday: Dine out!
My calendar explodes the following Sunday, so Saturday must be used strategically to pack for a business trip, cook ahead, plan meals, sprout wings, and fly.

Additionally,  the Practical Cook is looking for more ways to use up the freshly purchased Farmer’s Market Lemon Curd, healthy ideas for shelf-stable snacks for school, and new lunch ideas. Lots to blog about in the coming weeks!

Coming up tomorrow, Tool Talk: Three More of My Favorite Things.

What’s on your mind this week? Do you have a kitchen challenge? Email the Practical Cook (because she’s not answering the hotline before 9 am on the weekends): practical cook at gmail dot com

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2 responses to “Weekly Menus: Week of 4/3/2011

  1. christine ramsey

    Lots of kale at my house too. I grow it in my garden. You could use leftovers in a big pot of Minestroni–just make sure to balance the kale with a little spinach and throw a parmesan cheese rind in the pot. Any leftover white beans go in too. A good chance to clean out the crisper.
    We also have a meyer lemon tree which lives inside in the winter. I make and freeze lemon curd. For deserts, fill prebaked (tiny) tart shells and top with berries and whipped cream. Also, good between layers of cake…and a good excuse to make a cake.
    I admire your planning–the hardest part–and love your chicken scratch.

    • The Practical Cook

      What great ideas for kale and lemon curd (though thankfully not together!). Wonderful reminder to reader–try growing your own kale!

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