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Weekly Menus: Week of 9/15/2013 Edition

Gentle Readers, what a long strange week it has been. The Eldest PC now has braces and transformed into looking like a teenager, complete with the challenges inherent in feeding one whose mouth hurts. School is in full swing, and we soldier on, attempting to make all practices, rehearsals, and social outings. Sound familiar?

The Eldest transformed into a teenager overnight, complete with braces and a digital native's gift for the craycray-eyed "selfie."

The Eldest transformed into a teenager overnight, complete with braces and a digital native’s gift for the craycray-eyed “selfie.”

So this post will be short and to the point as we prepare to dash to yet another event. The challenge is making meals that the Eldest can eat successfully with potential for lunchbox appearances. All ideas welcome. Which means this week’s menus look like:

Weekly Menus: 9/15/2013

Weekly Menus: 9/15/2013

And the Foursquare Grocery Shopping List is:

The Four-Square Grocery Shopping List: 9/15/2013

The Four-Square Grocery Shopping List: 9/15/2013

Which all translates to:

Sunday: Rotisserie Chicken
I have soup on the brain, and potentially a pot pie, so another rotisserie chicken for us!

Monday: Chicken Noodle Soup
Planning to make TPC’s Mom’s version, with cabbage, broad egg noodles, and carrots. Soft but flavorful!

The Practical Cook's Mom's Homemade Chicken Soup

The Practical Cook’s Mom’s Homemade Chicken Soup

Tuesday: Gnocchi
On the request list for a while, this will also be good with diced leftover rotisserie chicken tossed in a pink sauce with a few red pepper flakes. Overcooked broccoli on the side.

Wednesday: Mexican
Spinach quesadillas or potentially Flying Mayan burritos. We’ve been away from our friend the sweet potato too long.

Hello beautiful sweet potatoes.

Hello beautiful sweet potatoes.

Thursday: Indian!
Dal, rice, and palak paneer for the win!

Palak Paneer, Done Really Well by Saffron Chapel Hill

Palak Paneer, Done Really Well by Saffron Chapel Hill

Friday: Leftovers
If I make it through the week without a meltdown, I’ll virtually high-five everyone. Leftovers is my version of the kitchen victory lap.

Saturday: Dine Out!
So many places are opening in the area, including new food trucks, and it’s time to start eating!

What are your favorite easily chewable foods? Send ideas our way, post a comment or a Tweet!

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Weekly Menus: 3/3/2013

Gentle Readers, another week, another busy time. I am learning to forgive myself for doing less cooking and more plating up these days. There are still inspired moments in the kitchen, we still eat very well, and I know that the time will come when I make souffles once more.

My Kitchen Staff, The Practical Cooks Junior

My Kitchen Staff, The Practical Cooks Junior

But for now, the focus is on time together, teaching the Practical Cooks Junior how to cook, and eating food that is both healthy and visually appealing. The Jrs help me shop, plan, and prep, which takes more time, but yields better results for the team. I can’t complain.

Without further preamble, here are our Weekly Menus:

Weekly Menus: 3/3/2013

Weekly Menus: 3/3/2013

And the Four-Square Grocery Shopping List:

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

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

Which translates into:

Sunday: Flying Mayans
This will be burrito style and use up the leftover sweet potatoes, black beans, and rice I found in my fridge upon returning from my business trip. Woot!

Hello beautiful sweet potatoes.

Hello beautiful sweet potatoes.

Monday: Soup and Sammie
We got some rocking good bread (there has been a protest held over “just brown bread”), and sammies are once more fun. Many smiles in the grocery store when I made them choose, without interference, saying, you pick it, but don’t complain later. Survey says, the Jrs prefer “prairie” bread, or something with a lot of seeds.

Tuesday: Pork chops and Sweet Potato Gnocchi
Though my offspring are still primarily vegetarians, I’m going to try this hybrid meal. They’ll gladly eat the gnocchi on its own (with extra crispy sage), and I’ll serve a pile of Brussels sprouts on the side. That way they can choose to pork chop or not.

Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Extra Crispy Sage

Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Extra Crispy Sage

Wednesday: Veggie Burger and Fries
This feels like a night to watch a bit of a movie and have some vegetarian junk food. Always popular to get over the midweek hump. We’ll have salad or broccoli with.

Thursday: Polenta with Mushrooms
You can’t complain about raising kids who can tell a) which portobello mushrooms are the best and b) the clerk that they’re not shitakes.

Polenta with Eggs, Spinach, and Mushrooms: A vegetarian family favorite!

Polenta with Eggs, Spinach, and Mushrooms: A vegetarian family favorite!

Friday: Leftovers
Who knows what we’ll have left and in what capacity, but it is going to end up on the table. We can stretch this with crostini or cheese and crackers. Mama Tapas in the house!

Saturday: Dine Out!
The plan is to go restaurant reviewing with Waldorf. Hopefully we’ll find a new gem or at least fight about it in the process. We’ve been far too agreeable lately.

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Weekly Menus: Week of 5/6/2012

Gentle Readers, it is time once more for The Practical Cook to hit the road for some field research. More like her job is taking her to 3 cities interspersed over a span of 6 weeks, but let us pretend it is a culinary journey, shall we? So once more the kitchen will be turned over to The Practical Cook’s Mom. Thanks in advance. I know my children will refuse to eat my cooking for a month after this.

The Moveable Honeybun Cake Feast

The Moveable Honeybun Cake Feast

A PSA and hint as to my destination. I plan to avoid the treat that is not a treat. As I have not yet packed, shopped, or even completely finished my plans for this trip yet, I shall get right to business.

Weekly Menus are as follows:

Weekly Menus: 5/6/2012

Weekly Menus: 5/6/2012

The Four-Square Grocery list will be (lean because TPC’s Mom brings a U-Haul’s worth of food with her.Yes, I’m related.):

The Four-Square Grocery List: 5/6/2012

The Four-Square Grocery List: 5/6/2012

No CSA this week, I’m doubling down next week.

Which translates into:

Sunday: Rotisserie Chicken and Veg
I’m thinking salad and something potatoey. Possibly home fries, just to prove to my kids that I can cook them just like my mom, in an blatant attempt to maintain their loyalty in my absence.

Monday: Chicken Potpie
My mom will be whipping up a recipe she’s been wanting to try. Hope she takes pictures.  (She’s serving it with sweet potatoes and kale. I’m doomed.)

Tuesday: Sammies/Leftovers
Gotta eat down the stores!

Wednesday: Beans and Franklins
I used to call them that, and still do in my head. Just owning it. This will be served with slaw and okra. Because my mom is Southern like me, and can feed my children piles of vegetables only to have them rejoice. Sigh.

Thursday: Taco Night!
Served with salad and pintos. The Eldest Practical Cook is very fond of them “ranchero” style, or whole. If someone in your crew doesn’t go for refried, try whole and see if it makes a difference. (Or you can try serving this with Bok Collards, as I had last night. Eyes on you Blended Familia.)

Friday: Pizza and Salad
I’ll be back for this meal, and I’m betting my mom serves it with black-eyed peas and corn, or broccoli. It’s Dinner Without Borders as far as she is concerned.

Saturday: Dine Out!
The Youngest will be selecting our destination to celebrate a special day. I can not predict the outcome, but will keep you posted. She is a woman of discerning taste.

What is your favorite (or your kid’s favorite) dish from Mom? We’ll share the results next week, just in time for Mother’s Day. Post a comment below! I vote for my Mom’s sweet potatoes, followed by any dessert that comes out of her kitchen. Thanks Mom, I will bring back surprises.

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