Weekly Menu Plan: French Fried and Properly Seasoned

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.

We have something we’d like to share with you. The little man here is pretty excited about it.

We’ve been asked by the folks at Alexia Foods to participate in their “Reinvent a Classic” Fry Challenge, where we’ll be coming up with our own french fry recipe. French fry flavor creation. It’s a rough job, for sure. Along with 25 other food bloggers, we’ll be tasting and testing and mixing and tasting again. I told you it was a rough job. The top four fry flavors will be sent to San Francisco for the Foodbuzz Festival, where those potatoes will be tasted. The winning potato will show up on shelves in 2012!
So, as the first order of business, I need to decide what type of potato to use. Are we looking at a traditional russet, a creamy Yukon Gold, perhaps the trendy sweet potato? Covered in herbs or good and spicy? With cheese or without?
You can follow along as we develop our very own french fry creation on Twitter using the hashtag #AlexiaFoods or by watching for updates on the Alexia Foods Facebook page. It’s a fantastic group of people, and you should be checking them out anyway.

So tell me, what are your favorite fries like? Do you have any words of wisdom or bits of knowledge to share as I embark on the flavor creation process? I’d love to hear your thoughts. While you think about it, I went on a french fry inspiration finding trip and paired up several different kinds of fries with different meals. Not all are your typical potato variety either.

Monday – Oven Baked Fries with Herbes de Provence and Burger Night

Tuesday – Avocado Fries and Miso Ramen

Wednesday – Eggplant Fries with Kebabs

Thursday – Sweet Potato Fries with Cranberry Pecan Salad and Homemade Croutons

Friday – Grilled Potato Wedges and Grilled Pizza

The Preparation Shortcuts:

1. Pat burgers beforehand, and while you’re dealing with meat, chop the meat for later in the week so it’s ready to go and you aren’t worried about cross-contamination with cutting boards and such. Just pull it out and cook.
2. Use leftover hamburger buns to make croutons!
3. Prep your salad by putting washed and cut lettuce in a jar.
4. All the leftovers hit the pizza and the grill, as usual.

The Shopping List:

1 pound ground beef (for burgers)
2 pounds top round lamb
2 pounds sweet potatoes
3 pounds russet potatoes
4 avocados
1 large eggplant
2 lemons
1 can bamboo shoots
1 cup fresh bean sprouts
6-8 hamburger buns
10 ounces ramen noodles
4 ounces blue cheese
2 cups plain yogurt

Pantry Items:
olive oil
grapeseed oil
chicken broth
miso paste
chili oil
soy sauce
salt and pepper
Herbes de Provence

Garden or Farmers Market

fresh herbs
red onions
green onions

Last week from Food for My Family:

For more menu plans: OrgJunkie.com

Disclaimer: I am being compensated for my recipe development by Alexia Foods. All opinions expressed are my own.

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  1. I am so excited about the concept of avocado fries – I just learned about them recently – and they sound heavenly! Good luck in the competition!

  2. Wow! Avocado fries? My husband will go nuts over those!

  3. WOW look at all those fabulous fries this week!!! They all sound fantastic Shaina!!

  4. MAGNUS!!! My man. What a cutie patootie. Super cool recipes and weekly plan… I think I might have to copy it. 😉

  5. You know how I feel about sweet potatoes 🙂 Avocado fries sound amazing. Whatever you do, make ’em crispy.

  6. This is such a fun project all you ladies are working on, I can’t wait to see the final product!

  7. What a fun and delicious project! Your son is absolutely precious!

  8. Wow Avocado fries, never heard that before. I bet it’s delicious because I love avocado. Thank you for sharing the recipe’s link. Anyway your little kiddo is really adorable! 🙂

  9. I am new to your blog, and I love it! Your recipes look so good, and the little guy up above is adorable!

    Hope you have a good weekend!!

  10. ohhh.. You have a very cute son.. I admire how you organized things up..

  11. I come from france and of course enjoy French “cuisine” like many people around the world (you can visit my newbie blog speaking about french “cuisine” history and recipes ). I discover that french food is not only famous in france and also foie gras of course. Happy to see that many peopple enjoy eating like us, your page is really intersting about cuisine. Thanks

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