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Meal Plan Monday

on March 8 | in Recipes | by | with 17 Comments

My love of butter is a running joke among my friends. When Organic Valley came out with their Limited Edition Pasture Butter, I literally bought it by the case. Why?

From May through September, the sun shines its warmest, pasture plants grow the strongest, and cows graze the longest. It’s also the time pasturing cows produce the most delicious and nutrient-dense milk for the finest butter. With the introduction of rich-tasting, cultured Pasture Butter, Organic Valley is celebrating the healthful benefits of organic cows enjoying those lush, green summertime pastures.

Throughout history, summer butter has been prized for its beautiful color and flavor, and a long held belief in added health benefits.

Organic Valley Pasture Butter contains elevated levels of beneficial fatty acids: CLA (conjugated linoleic acid), and Omega 3 and 6 essential fatty acids in an optimal ratio.

It’s some of the best butter I’ve ever tasted. Fortunately, you don’t have to buy it by the case to enjoy it. I stocked up for winter, but apparently the guys at Organic Valley had already thought of that. Although it is only produced for 5 months out of the year they have figured out a way to sell it year-round. Silly me!!!

My appreciation for summer butter comes from my love of nutritious ingredients in general. Knowing my passion for cooking, several of my friends have asked me to post a sample weeks meal plan. This week is nothing fancy. We’re busy scouring our house so that we can put it on the market next week. Here it is:

Monday

Bacon, Mushroom & Cheese Omelette – I know, this is really a breakfast food, but it is super-fast, super-satisfying and suitable for pregnant mommies with food aversions and picky discerning toddlers alike. Our eggs come from local, free-range organic chickens (although we’d like to find eggs from truly “pastured” chickens, we haven’t been able to). The mushrooms are local, too. We’re waiting on our bacon from Paidom Meats and are supplementing with the best available from Whole Foods.

Sides –

Sweet potato fries (fried in coconut oil)

Green Salad

Tuesday

Irish Lamb Stew -  You can find a delicious, frugal version at one of my favorite blogs: The Nourishing Gourmet.

Sides -

Soaked Whole Grain Bread – Made from scratch in our kitchen, this bread is also perfect for double-stacked chicken sandwiches at lunch, PBJ’s (although we use sunflower or cashew butter instead of peanut), and occasionally french toast

Green Salad


Wednesday

Hummus, Falafel and Feta Stuffed Pita’s with Yogurt-Dill Sauce – I’m making the hummus and falafel from scratch this week using Sally Fallon’s recipes. The pita bread is a soaked grain recipe I adapted recipe from The Fresh Loaf. I use yogurt made from goat’s milk to make the dill sauce.

Side –

Green Salad

Thursday

Spaghetti and Meatballs - This recipe comes from another of my favorite blogs, Kitchen Stewardship. I like to use sweet potatoes as the meatball “binder” as it sweetens them a bit. Katie loves them. For a low-gluten pasta option try quinoa pasta or “make” your own pasta using spaghetti squash.

Side -

Green Salad

Friday

Baja Chalupas – I’ll admit, they’re not exactly chalupas. When I make pita bread I double the batch and use the leftovers for chalupa night. We use grass-feed ground beef topped with homemade queso, baja sauce (using homemade mayo), and diced tomato, onion and cilantro.

Sides –

Guacamole

You guessed it!!! Green Salad

Saturday

Beef Stir-Fry – Love this recipe from Whole Foods.

Side –

Wilted Greens with Toasted Sesame Seeds and Mango

Sunday

Kitchen CLOSED!!! – Out searching for restaurants that serve local, organic, or pasture-raised ingredients.

We serve baked apples or cherry clafouti for dessert a few times a week. They’re simple to make, DELICIOUS and naturally sweet! But enough about what’s going on in my kitchen. Please don’t leave without telling me one thing YOU are making this week!

Happy eating!

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17 Responses to Meal Plan Monday

  1. I have to keep it real here and tell everyone that spaghetti noodles cut from squash STILL TASTE LIKE SQUASH. Not noodles.

    If you aren’t a big squash fan (I’m not), stick with Quinoa, Spelt, or Rice noodles. They’re all surprisingly good.
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  2. Melanie Buck says:

    Thank you for sharing, I feel a sense of new now. Johnny is living on breastmilk and Greek Yogurt. Your ideas have made me hopeful.

  3. Mae says:

    I may jump on with Meal plan monday!

    You should REALLY try my hummus recipe, I absolutely LOVE it.

  4. Mae says:

    Ok! Here is the link to my hummus recipe

    http://maeannetteburke.blogspot.com/2010/01/food-sunday.html

    and here is the link to this week’s meal plan!

    http://maeannetteburke.blogspot.com/2010/03/meal-plan-monday.html
    .-= Mae´s last blog ..Meal Plan Monday =-.

  5. thanks for the ideas! I need some new ones! What are you thoughts on budget for food? I would love to hear how you handle that with your shopping and all.
    .-= Hannah Tallo´s last blog ..My foodie baby =-.

    • Heather says:

      Several people have brought up the budget question and I’m not quite sure what angle to attempt in sharing my thoughts. Obviously, it’s going to be very different for each family. Daniel is very generous in the proportion of our income he allocates to food, and I try to honor our limitations by making a lot of our staples from scratch. I spend pennies on the dollar for homemade tortillas, pita bread and whole grain bread (plus, they’re soaked, too!). I’m still pretty strict with myself, though. Going to Whole Foods while pregnant has at times proven to be hazardous to my wallet, so I actually write the prices down of everything in my cart and run the total before I check out. If I went over budget I sacrifice a few luxuries Katie snuck in there and wait until the next week ; – )

      • If we do get more specific on budget in the future, it’s only fair to consider all food into the budget. I have a friend who is married with three kids, and I know for a fact that we spend more than twice what they spend on groceries each month.

        But if you took his restaurant budget and added it to his grocery budget, the numbers might actually be in our favor.

        As a family, we eat out once a week at most. One meal. So keep that in mind.
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  6. Kristine says:

    Your meal plan sounds delicious! How much time do you spend researching new recipes? It seems overwhelming to me to try new recipes all the time. Of course, I don’t like to cook either, so I usually make the dishes I’m familiar with and just incorporate organic ingredients.

  7. Heather says:

    I wouldn’t say I spend a lot of time researching recipes, but since I enjoy it maybe I just don’t notice. As Daniel mentioned, we eat out once-a-week at most. I find that inspires me to be creative.

  8. That helps, I think I’m going to make some changes in my shopping and make more of our staples. I think if you did a post what I would like to hear is how to stretch your money and eat this way. Any tips or ideas cause I know like you said we all have different budgets for food. I’m with Daniel though eating out makes a huge difference and also I try to keep in mind that we don’t have Dr’s bills (besides chiro) and we keep from having those by the food we eat. Kinda puts it in perspective for me.
    .-= Hannah Tallo´s last blog ..My foodie baby =-.

  9. Des says:

    I totally should post my Meal Plan Monday too! Love it! :-)
    .-= Des´s last blog ..My Kids Grew Overnight =-.

  10. Heather says:

    Destiny, that would be awesome. I love the authentic Belgian recipes you’ve been posting lately!

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