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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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Coming up Sunday–Weekly Menus with Tapas Bonus Recipes!

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Weekly Menus: Birthday Week Edition, 7/28/2013

Gentle Readers, I am once more writing from the road. This week I’m continuing my birthday celebration–it’s one of those milestone ones, so I’m making it last. A candle in every cake I say! Even pancakes.

Adapatable Pumpkin Pancakes Stack, Birthday Style.

Adapatable Pumpkin Pancakes Stack, Birthday Style.

But we still have to heat amongst various travel obligations. How to meal plan for lots of dinners out and time away? Limit the fresh stuff, buy only what you can eat, and consume a lot of eggs and cereal. More on that in the next blog.

German Chocolate Cake Slice, Birthday Style

German Chocolate Cake Slice, Birthday Style

My Four Square Grocery List is therefore usually: milk, bread, salad, fruit (bananas plus a berry or stone fruit), avocados (we are addicted, so this is a weekly thing). Every other week, cheese and eggs. We can go for long stretches on just these things. Fresh produce is coming in from my family farm, so it’s eat as you go. Such as these figs with prosciutto. Dreamy.

Figs with prosciutto, crafted by The Youngest. TPCs Jr are big fans .

Figs with prosciutto, crafted by The Youngest. TPCs Jr are big fans .

So typical Weekly Menus are:

Sunday: Dine Out
I’m in NYC, so I’m doing field research. Italian? Cambodian? Brunch? Yes, yes, yes.

Malaysian dessert with a candle, complete with singing, from Laut in NYC.

Malaysian dessert with a candle, complete with singing, from Laut in NYC.

Monday: Pasta and Salad
The simplest of all meals, because you can add bacon and eggs and/or garden veggies, a squeeze of lemon and a dash of olive oil. Yes, you do have to keep your pantry and fridge stocked with a few basics, but keep supplies low.

Cheesy Rainbow Pasta Toss in the Toss Phase!

Cheesy Rainbow Pasta Toss in the Toss Phase! Use the pot’s residual heat to help blend everything.

Tuesday: Quesadillas and Ranchero Beans
Our go-to for fast food. Spinach quesadillas are a snap, and it’s not hard to fake long-cooking beans from a can.

Spinach Quesadilla and Ranchero Beans

Spinach Quesadilla and Ranchero Beans

Wednesday: Open Face Tuna Melt
This is the surprise hit of the summer. Can of tuna, drain, small amount of mayo, healthy dose of Dijon mustard, sweet relish, splash of hot sauce. Put on bread, sprinkle cheese, toast. Serve in squares with fruit.

Peanut Butter Tuna Salad on Celery: Mobile Lunch

Peanut Butter Tuna Salad on Celery: Mobile Lunch

Thursday: Sausage and Pierogie
This is one of those family favorite meals. Super-easy as well. Serve with applesauce and Brussels sprouts.

Friday: Tapas
We’ll be serving whatever is left, tomatoes and cukes from the farm, apples and cheese, on bread that’s been toasted.

Open-faced tomato sammie, or tapas!

Open-faced tomato sammie, or tapas!

Saturday: Dine Out!
More adventure eating fun. Or perhaps a nice long round of batch cooking. 🙂

What are you eating this summer? Send your ideas! We’re eating a lot of food with chopsticks: Burmese, Korean, Japanese, Chinese. Food just tastes better that way! The runner up with with our hands: Ethiopian, Indian, Pakistani. It’s been quite the world tour.

Where we eat many meals these days--in the air!

Where we eat many meals these days–in the air!

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Coming up (next) Wednesday: An Ode to Eggs, Recipes for Survival **Due to the total publish fail on my part, we are going to delay this post a week. Will be back on track Sunday with menus and ideas!**

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