Weekly Menus: Week of 11/25/2012

Gentle Readers, the official season of eating has begun. The Practical Cook adores this time of year, until, being sweetly awakened by the Youngest with a “Santa is coming” card, she descends into a blind panic of holiday tasks! I fall for it every year, the lull that is an overabundance of carbs and pie.

Roast 'em if you've got 'em.

Roast ’em if you’ve got ’em.

This year, I’m traveling for work before the holidays, so there’s no avoiding things to the last minute. Planning is a must! The other thing I learned from Thanksgiving, the simplest things were often the most well received. Every roasted veggie in the house is gone, there’s not a single cookie left (recipe for those tomorrow), and no one commented that I didn’t make a souffle. I’ve never made a souffle actually, that’s why I’m the Practical Cook.

Nary a souffle in sight.

Nary a souffle in sight.

But I digress, and I have cards to create, laundry to fold . . . the weekly menus are as follows:

Weekly Menus: 11/25/2012

Weekly Menus: 11/25/2012

The Four-Square Grocery Shopping List:

The Four-Square Grocery Shopping List: 11/25/2012

The Four-Square Grocery Shopping List: 11/25/2012

Which translates into:

Sunday: Soup and Salad
This depends on time, and may switch with Monday. We’re trying a number of the boxed soups from Trader Joe’s as part of an upcoming series. My panel is ruthless, so watch for this.

Monday: Roasted Veggie Tart
Puff pastry, meet roasted vegetables. I love these things, and want to try a few combinations to bring into the fold as dinner options with leftovers. They reheat fairly well, and pair with the aforementioned soup, too.

Tuesday: Mexican
This will either be a play on the masa cakes I had recently at Brooklyn Star or a Flying Mayan burrito.

Masa cakes with black beans, eggs, and chorizo, I think I love you. Brooklyn Star.

Masa cakes with black beans, eggs, and chorizo, I think I love you. Brooklyn Star.

Wednesday: Dine Out!
The pleasure of our company has been requested. Oh, who am I kidding, The Juniors were invited to dinner and I’m driving them. Sigh, it’s hard to be the least popular one in the family. Will it be pasta? Something Asian stir-fry? Stay tuned.

Thursday: Dal and Naan
I miss cooking Indian food, and a friend’s Twitter stream has left me craving home-cooked dal. When you choose one of the split lentils, it’s relatively quick comfort food. I’m skipping making roti this time in favor of some frozen naan I need to use anyway.

The largest, fluffiest naan I've ever seen. You can ignore the adage to not fill up on bread at Roti Boti.

The largest, fluffiest naan I’ve ever seen. You can ignore the adage to not fill up on bread at Roti Boti.

Friday: Salmon and Veg
I have a back-up option if the Juniors deny fish, but I’ve been craving salmon since I had these rather unctuous and delightful fish kebabs.

Fish kebabs from An in Cary. Very satisfying indeed.

Fish kebabs from An in Cary. Very satisfying indeed.

Saturday: Dine Out!
Chances are it will be someplace with salad, because I will be running errands like mad in preparation for a week in Vegas.

Simplicity reigns: roasted acorn squash with a maple glaze.

Simplicity reigns: roasted acorn squash with a maple glaze.

What’s your secret for surviving the holiday rush? Share your tips or words of support in the comments section!

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Coming up Wednesday, Oatmeal Scotchies with Macadamia Nuts Recipe.

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