Wednesday, June 14, 2006

6.14.06 Midweek Munchies - meal planning

More Indian Food...
Another trip to the Indian Store. I love the idea of this cuisine and have a desire to "master" it someday, so I stopped by for a stock up since I won't have the opportunity to go back for awhile.

The Goods:
8 lb brown basmati rice, 2 lb besan (chickpea) flour, turmeric, asafoetida, garam masala, cardamom ground and green pods, mild curry, black onion seeds, black mustard, black sesame seeds,golden raisins, and apricots. The family LOVED the onion nan, but the store was out of that (darn). Cost: $29.32 I also purchased a clearanced book from Hastings, The Indian Cookbook by Shehzad Husain.

GARDEN HARVEST: Packman Broccoli and Sugar Snap Peas (the sweet edible pod kind). The HR Manager at DH's work came out Tuesday to pick the first ripe tomato and taste it. DH won the earliest tomato contest. (YEAH DH!) Cost: Sweat Equity

The food plan this week (including some recipe links):
MONDAY - Broccoli, Mushroom & TVP Pizza with leftovers including mini pizza crusts and calzones (to keep in the freezer). Pizza served with Sweet and Sour Spinach Salad to which I added some of the chickpeas I have in the frig. I also made Persian Green Hummous (click on link to recipe) as well as tried a recipe of roasted red pepper hummous. The green hummous color is striking on a slice of fresh carrot. The red pepper hummous recipe we tried wasn't impressive to us, I think because we have been used to some that we have purchased commercially. Ours had a very lemony tang that subtracted from the roasted red pepper flavor. For lunch I made up a small pot of a Spicy Split Red Lentil Soup (click on link to recipe)

TUESDAY - carob oatmeal breakfast cookies (see next post), waffles from the freezer and leftover spinach salad, broccoli salad with organic whole wheat pasta salad and grilled tofu

WEDNESDAY -breakfast: chocolate oatmeal with a blackberry smoothie, snack: maple/english walnut breakfast cookie ( next post) LUNCH: more broccoli salad/ shell pasta/ grilled tofu with a lemonade icee, and for supper tonight a chef's style salad using grilled tofu

* Asparagus-Noodle Salad with Sesame (Deborah Madison)
* Vegan Asparagus Quiche (Bryanna) WITH
Red Pepper Corn Muffins (will veganize another recipe for this)
* Seitan shaped like a chik'n brest... DH likes these and they make nice picnic goods
* Spanikopita, make with Kale
* Kale and potato soup (Bryanna)

I am hoping to have leftovers to freeze ahead for fast easy meals later, my freezer stock vanished the past month.

SUNDAY (The Big Day)... After church we will be driving 2 hours to take DD to camp where she will be a junior camp counselor for two weeks. We'll have a cooler to eat lunch on the way. DH wants to stop at the woodsmith store to pick up his FD present on the way home. Supper will be out at new organic restaurant that supports the "buy fresh/ buy local campaign" with DH's brother and wife.

Total purchased cost for food this week: $56.79

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funwithyourfood said...

Wow you really plan it out.. that is so great. I'm an impulse buyer and cooker. I rarely use recipes or a shopping list. It either turns out GREAT or horrible



PS i won't be posting my MwM till tomorrow it's family night :)

Vicki said...

congrats to DH on the earliest tomato contest! your food plan looks amazing & so much more planned than myself... i bought some kale today w/o a plan, maybe i'll go see if i have what it takes for your kale spanky recipe. you have a bunch of recipes to check in this post! :)

Vicki said...

dori, i forgot to mention that i bought a crockpot this week on your recommendation! so, i'll be snooping around your blog for some recipes...i'm also waiting for a vegan crockpot cookbook from ebay.

KleoPatra said...

What a great week of stuff, topped off by a Sunday trip to some nice places including that restaurant. Very wonderful!

I love your list of meals. Drooling here...

Catherine said...

Wow Dori! You are the budget queen!

Dori said...

Hi Teddy and Kleopatra. With a family, small business, and college classes I have no choice but to plan. Otherwise we get stuck in a rut and everyone is hungry ready to grab the latest convenience junk food. I am looking forward to the weekend plans, the restaurant is new and I hope the community gives it much support to stay open.

Vicki.... beach babe! Crockpot, yeah! Other than seitan I don't think I have many crockpot recipes listed. I did check out a book from the library a while back in which the author used the crockpot for a variety of beans... I didn't care for her seasonings taste (a bit bland for me), but I loved her ideas! I'll search for the title of it and post it here. It was informative.

Melody said...

I wanna come live with you! I love your menu..

Must make my menu up.. it's going to be hot, so there will be lots of raw foods, salads and smoothies

primaryconsumer said...

Let's go to India together! Then we can both master Indian cooking. LOL.

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