Weekly Menus: Week of 9/9/2012

Gentle Readers, where does the time go? Old people used to say that, so I suppose I’m now in their camp. It’s September, time for stews and soups and school projects. Nothing is more life-affirming than making dinner while The Practical Cooks Junior attend to homework at the kitchen table. It’s hard not to openly weep or just stare in happy awe.

The Eldest reading at the kitchen table, using the kitchen timer to clock the minutes.

The Eldest reading at the kitchen table, using the kitchen timer to clock the minutes.

The Youngest assinging herself homework, works in her workbook.

The Youngest assinging herself homework, works in her workbook.

So dinner is about talking them through homework problems, or answering questions, or lively discussions about the day. (If you want a factual report, ask The Eldest. If you want to know how everyone felt about it, ask The Youngest.) We are still eating fairly simply, and focusing on the time together. This week is no different.

This week’s weekly menus are as follows:

Weekly Menus: 9/9/2012

Weekly Menus: 9/9/2012

And the Four-Square Grocery Shopping List:

The Four-Square Grocery Shopping List: 9/9/2012

The Four-Square Grocery Shopping List: 9/9/2012

Which translates into:

Sunday: Tortellini Soup
I’m going to try this with some veggie stock that I have. The Eldest has held firm to her convictions. Which is challenging as a cook, but awesome as a human being. Special thanks to the food professional in her life (you know who you are) who high-fived her for living her beliefs. That meant a lot.

Monday: Veggie Burgers and Sweet Potato Fries
Because they are awesome. That’s really the only reason. Vegetarian junk food, except for the fries, which I make from scratch.

Tuesday: Pizza and Salad
Because it’s delicious and easy.

Wednesday: Pancake Meal
We’re having a dinner guest, and trying out our 3-course savory pancake meal. It will start with a cornmeal pancake topped with black beans and sour cream, then a savory crepe with mushrooms, parsley, and Parmesan, finished with a sweet pancake dessert course. Potentially ricotta and fruit filled. That sounds pretty good now that I type it out.

Thursday: This will be crockpot surprise or leftovers, depending

Friday: Mexican
Spinach quesadillas for the win! Just add avocado and beans on the side.

Saturday: Dine Out!
I feel an adventure coming on here.

What are you cooking these days? Any school snack ideas? We took dry cereal and applesauce in one case, and Clementines in another. I’m always looking for non-Goldfish suggestions. Post a comment below! It’s wide open and waiting!

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4 responses to “Weekly Menus: Week of 9/9/2012

  1. Brooke

    A- thanks for this fabulous 4 square grocery list idea! It’s re-organized and simplified the way we shop! Brooke

  2. angela

    Way to go for supporting PC Jr, the Elder! I’m very curious to hear how Sunday’s tortellini soup turned out. Reminded me of an old fav Moosewood recipe for tomato garlic soup w/ tortellini. I’m inspired to try it again now the weather is turning soup-appropriate. Any tips from the PC trio?
    – the other a

    • The Practical Cook

      Will blog the recipe on Friday, and it was a winner. We referenced you while eating, as you introduced me to the concept years ago! #foodmemorylikeanelephant

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