One of the things we strive for when planning our menus is making everything fit together. We look to use ingredients in different ways throughout the week so that we are making the most with what we have. We also benefit from a well-stocked pantry. P.S. We don’t always stick to the menu, but it helps get good food in the house on hand to create with, which is often half the battle.
Halloween, Halloween. The trick-or-treating hasn’t even started (last year’s up above), but if you’re like me, you’re going to need to detox or at least have a few healthy and refreshing meals ready to combat the sugar that’s about to hit your house.
We’re starting off the week with one of my favorite new traditions. I started it last year, copying Kristen’s annual Halloween soup party. While my neighbors haven’t joined in just yet, I suspect as their kids grow old enough to trick-or-treat, I could probably convince them to make it a tradition.
Monday – Pumpkin, Coconut and Lime Soup
Tuesday – Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Poached Eggs
Wednesday – Kale and Sweet Potato Soup
Thursday – Baked Quinoa Patties with Potstickers
Friday – Sweet Potato Naan Pizzas
The Preparation Shortcuts:
1. Make a huge batch of naan to pair with soups and serve as a side of bread for the brussels sprouts.
2. Use the kale in both the soup on Wednesday and the leftovers for the quinoa patties the next day.
3. Everything leftover gets added to top off those pizzas. Sweet potatoes are definitely going to be on there, perhaps with some goat cheese and pine nuts leftover from the brussels.
This week I’m sharing one of my favorite kitchen appliances with you, our rice cooker. I remember when rice cookers first came into my family’s home when I was in high school. I couldn’t possibly imagine life without one now, and we use ours for everything from rice to having it make complete breakfasts and dinners for us. It really is a versatile appliance.
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I received a Zojirushi Rice Cooker back in May. I’m in love with it, and I’ll show you exactly how I use mine this week, starting with breakfast and ending with dinner.
Last week from Food for My Family:
Things have been a bit quieter around here as I finish my book and deal with family emergencies, but I have still been working plenty.
Healthy Snake Bites
Cheesy Herbed Potatoes au Gratin
Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
Green Bean Casserole and Fried Onions from Scratch