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Weekly Menus: Casserole Edition, Week of 11/3/2014

Gentle Readers, another week flies past, and it’s ever closer to one of my very favorite holidays, Thanksgiving. Bring on the yams and stuffing/dressing/cornbread pudding. Truth be told, I have rarely met a casserole I wouldn’t eat. Not all of them are works of brilliance, but when you add a can (or box) of condensed soup to something, I’ll likely consume it. I’m not proud, I’m Southern, and that’s just how it is.

Mexican Squash Casserole

Mexican Squash Casserole

But I digress. I’m in a health challenge with a friend in preparation for the season of cookie eating (to quote her, we need to be at top form so we can bathe in mashed potatoes in the holiday season with a complete lack of guilt), so my casseroles are going to have to be contained to sides and veggies right now. I look forward to more entree development as the season progresses.

Yes, that is squash casserole on top.

Yes, that is squash casserole on top.

So here the list of weekly menus:

Weekly Menus: 11/3/2013

Weekly Menus: 11/3/2013

And the Four-Square Grocery List:

The Four-Square Grocery Shopping List: 11/3/2013

The Four-Square Grocery Shopping List: 11/3/2013

Which all means:

Sunday: Salad Delite
Spelling intentional. I wish to hearken the days of cottage cheese consumption during the 1970s. That’s how I feel rolling into my yearly cholesterol check for work. This will be an everything in the fridge salad, and I actually look forward to it. (I may avail myself of the Whole Foods salad bar, which means adding squash casserole on the top–yum.)

Shredded beets and two cubes of tofu, yes please. Whole Foods Salad.

Shredded beets and two cubes of tofu, yes please. Whole Foods Salad.

Monday: Tuna Melts
We delayed eating these as we ran short on time before Halloween (the answer was veggie corn dogs, cut up in small bites so as not to muss our makeup).

We use the force . . . of the microwave for a quick meal before Trick or Treating.

We use the force . . . of the microwave for a quick meal before Trick or Treating.

Tuesday: Chicken Marsala
It’s a good week to make a simple but fancy dish. Goes great with rice or mashed potatoes and, wait for it, green been casserole. If you’ve not tried the condensed portabella mushroom soup from Trader Joe’s, along with their fried onions, now is that time.

Trader Joe's Portabella Mushroom Soup

Trader Joe’s Portabella Mushroom Soup

Wednesday: Pasta with Broccoli
Perhaps with the addition of veggie Italian Sausage? I’ve been pondering a hearty pasta meal and haven’t decided on my favorite combo yet.

Thursday: Beans and Rice (or Spinach Quesadillas)
We are always worn down by Thursday, so simple and hearty is the call of the day.

Friday: Meatloaf and Mashed Squash
We have some delicata squash calling our collective names. I could turn it into a casserole with a few dried cranberries and a crushed walnut topping. I do love this season.

Pumpkin Pie Spiced Delicata Squash Ater Being Attacked by Wild Dogs, or Rather, The Juniors

Pumpkin Pie Spiced Delicata Squash Ater Being Attacked by Wild Dogs, or Rather, The Juniors

Saturday: Dine Out!
We have a date with one of our favorite local chefs and her Wii. It’s been too long.

Snack of the Week: Roasted Pumpkin Seeds!

Snack of the Week: Roasted Pumpkin Seeds!

I would love to hear your favorite casserole combos. Shoot me a Tweet or post a comment below. It’s wide open and ready for your call.

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Pumpkin Pie Spice, Meet Delicata Squash

Gentle Readers, sometimes the simple things are the best. Let’s take the Delicata squash as an example, shall we? I love these because they’re easy to work with, quick in the microwave (don’t judge, if I had an hour to spare, I’d bake them I promise), and as delicately flavored as the name implies. The Eldest Practical Cook Junior loves them, and therein lies the problem.

Prize-Winning Delicata Squash

Prize-Winning Delicata Squash

Yes, now we’re at the point where if the Eldest likes something, the Youngest might not just because. (However, this included a disdain of Deep-Fried Oreos, so maybe it’s not all bad; gotta respect a lady with strong opinions. No idea, ahem, from whence that characteristic comes.) When in doubt, use marketing and trickery.

Pumpkin Pie Spiced Delicata Squash “Recipe”

File this under too easy to be a recipe, and here we go:

Delicata Squash, Brinkley Farms CSA Edition

Delicata Squash, Brinkley Farms CSA Edition

Microwave¬† 1 or 2 Delicata squash that you’ve pricked repeatedly like a starving vampire (okay, maybe a couple of times) on a microwave-safe plate for 10 minutes total (5 a side). Set aside to let cool a minute.

Trader Joe's Pumpkin Pie Spice: With Cardamom and Lemon Peel, I Love This Stuff

Trader Joe's Pumpkin Pie Spice: With Cardamom and Lemon Peel, I Love This Stuff

Cut the squash in half and scoop and discard the seeds. Scoop the flesh (see, vampire) into a bowl. Season lightly with a sprinkle of salt and a pat of butter. Mash with a fork. If your child protests and won’t eat it, whip out Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Pie Spice (I found theirs to be top-notch, not sure why, but really good comparatively) and sprinkle less than a quarter teaspoon into the squash mash. Let the smell permeate the air. Add a dash of brown sugar, and serve.

Pumpkin Pie Spiced Delicata Squash Ater Being Attacked by Wild Dogs, or Rather, The Juniors

Pumpkin Pie Spiced Delicata Squash Ater Being Attacked by Wild Dogs, or Rather, The Juniors

It tastes like a lighter, more delicate fall pie, and it does in fact rock. The smell and the brown sugar sell this, along with the fact “pie” is in the spice’s name. Dinner is saved, the yellow/orange veg group is handled for the day, and dinner can resume. Excuse the photo, I can never seem to shoot it before it’s gone, or in shambles.

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