Gentle Readers, The Practical Cook is barely able to recognize her own kitchen. It seems like I haven’t seen it all summer. But school is in, time for school lunch prep, class snack, and quick dinners.
One quick note. Don’t overlook the power of the post-school snack. I remember well my Granny leaving out a snack every day when I came home from school. It’s a time to unwind, relax, reconnect. Take the time to put something out, or use that time to finish what didn’t get eaten in the lunchbox.
And now, Weekly Menus for this week:
The Four-Square Grocery Shopping List:
Which translates into:
Sunday: Indian Food
We shall see what this is. Probably a simple dal and rice. Potentially some bread or a green.
Monday: Salmon and Greens
Not sure if the Eldest will eat fish, but the Youngest is a fan. Working through how to serve this as a single meal without becoming a short-order cook.
Tuesday: Soup and Salad
Lots of small leftovers. I can make soup for lunchboxes too!
Wednesday: Eggy Pasta
We’ve been relying on pasta with some form of protein added in. The favorite is eggy pasta, a riff on carbonara. I know the purists will shoot me down for the lack of bacon, but so be it.
Sweet potatoes, black beans, and the inevitable bit of leftover rice.
Friday: Pork Chops, Pierogies, Greens
Theory here is the pierogies and greens (plus applesauce) will be enough of a meal without the pork chop for the Eldest. To be determined.
Saturday: Dine Out!
What’s your go-to weeknight meal? Any vegetarian favorites? Share your comments below!
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On Wednesday, The Art of Leftover Surprise.