Weekly Dinner Menu: 8/9/10

One of the things we strive for when planning our menus is making everything fit together into one nice, neat little package. We look to use ingredients in different ways throughout the week so that we’re benefiting from the ability of do-aheads and being able to buy in bulk. We also benefit from a well-stocked pantry.

Summer, summer, summer. This past week was hot and sticky, proving that there’s plenty of summer left, despite all the back-to-school sales and signs and the millions of backpacks that seem to adorn every aisle of the stores. We went on a family bike ride for the first time all summer yesterday. We had been side-lined by a concussion and an less-than-confident son, but he’s found his biking legs, and we’re excited for another ride tonight. Have you been enjoying the last days of summer?

Monday – Summer Succotash with Bacon and Croutons

Tuesday – Black-Eyed Peas and Leeks

Wednesday – Crème Brûlée French Toast

Thursday – Mojito Chicken Sandwiches and Dill Potato Salad

Friday – Chicken Fried Rice

The Preparation Shortcuts:

1. Use the extra bacon in the package for the breakfast for dinner night on Wednesday, and use half the french bread for the croutons on Monday.
2. Use black-eyed peas in place of one of the beans in the succotash and preboil and store for Tuesday’s meal.
3. Use leftover chicken or make extra on Thursday to use in the fried rice.
4. Any leftover vegetables can be used in the fried rice on Friday.

The Shopping List:

1 pound bacon
1 pound fresh shell beans in pod or 1 cup frozen baby lima beans
2 pounds fingerling or baby red potatoes
4 ears corn
3 leeks
mojito mix
4-6 rolls for sandwiches
1 loaf French bread
1 pint heavy cream

Pantry Items:
olive oil
sherry vinegar
sesame oil
soy sauce
sea salt
brown sugar
black-eyed peas

Garden Items:
cherry tomatoes

Last week from Food for My Family:

Radish-and-Onion-Topped Steak Sandwiches
Food and Light Workshop

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  1. Your MPM post is fabulous! So detailed, I might need to copy it next week.

  2. Love your menu ideas and shopping list!

  3. I am in love with your weekly menu plans. I love that you do pantry and garden lists and a grocery list. I had my eye on those black-eyed peas and leeks for our meals this week too.

    Glad to hear you are enjoying the last bit of summer. We’ve been spending the evenings outside with the kids letting them run wild. We live near the mouth of a canyon, so the nights are always a bit cool and breezy.

  4. I found your link at MPM today and I’m lovin’ your site! Great recipes and menu plan!!!

    I’d love to have you check out my blog and join Tip Day Thursday.

  5. I love the dill potato salad recipe. I always follow the family kitchen on Babble.

  6. I always love your menu ideas!

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