Weekly Menus: Week of 12/18/2011

Gentle Readers, if The Practical Cook acknowledges that this is one of the last weekly menus of the year, she will pass out and hit her head, rendering her unable to finish out the year. So let’s move to other subjects, shall we? This is a busy time of year, and the menus will reflect that. If ever there was a time for Punting! and eating healthy/lightly between feasts and fests, this is it.

So here we go, the Weekly Menus for this week:

Weekly Menus: Week of 12/16/2011

Weekly Menus: Week of 12/16/2011

The accompanying Four-Square Grocery list (with last-minute Santa and baking items):

The Four-Square Grocery List: 12/18/2011

The Four-Square Grocery List: 12/18/2011

Which translates into:

Sunday: Sammies
This could be avocado and cheese, peanut butter and jelly, or quickie hummus, made from beans on hand. Point: It’s fast, because the Juniors and I have plans!

Monday: Sausage and gnocchi
We still have a load of pork to eat up in the freezer, and this is a quick and satisfying meal. Everyone likes it, can expand to feed more, etc.

Tuesday: Omelets with salad and fruit
The Eldest Practical Cook Junior asked for this one. Will keep the Youngest satisfied by including a carb: pancakes, waffles, grits.

Wednesday: Spinach Quesadillas
My go-to Punt! I like them, and we’ve started adding the avocado slices inside. Hello delicious.

Thursday: Rustic Tart
Not making promises, but I think this will be sweet potato, bacon, spinach, and goat cheese. I woke up from a sweet potato bacon dream the other day, and have been pondering how to make it a reality ever since.

Friday: Dine Out!
We interrupt our typical pattern for some holiday festivities. Including a Holiday Brunch. Oh, there will be time in the test kitchen for that one.

Saturday: Tapas!
Yes, after years of cooking everything ever, the troops voted for tapas for Christmas Eve. As in pigs in a blanket. I’ve got more tapas up my sleeve, but the pigs (beef and veggie) are the stars. If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.

What’s on your list this week? And from sheer self-interest, if you’ve got a rocking brunch recipe/idea, send it my way! Post in the comments below, email me, Tweet at me, etc. I’m here listening, and dreaming of sugar plums (with bacon apparently).

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