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a while ago i had the bright idea to have girls over for bubble tea and some recipe swapping.  so this week i am cooking through my friend megan’s menu.  i asked for her 7 favorite meals, put together and ready to go.  and she did her homework.  if you could swing it, i definitely recommend this kind of party.  way to rope the taste-buds up and haul them around the block.  yee-haw.


m.  homemade pizza and sauce + mushrooms, zucchini, and olives + root beer

t.  sunny sunflower seed burgers + moosewood tahini-lemon sauce + potato wedges + fresh strawberries

w.  tacos + moosewood’s zucchini and pepper filling + avocados + tahini-lemon sauce + raspberry tea

thrs.  minestrone soup + artisan bread + kale chips + apple-brown sugar coffee cake

fri.  moosewood’s spicy baked beans with molasses + cornbread + spinach pear salad

sat.  chinese-style stir fry vegetables with moosewood’s basic stir fry sauce + brown rice

sun.  something indian and desperate


m.  taco time, 4 items for $5  menu

t.  noodles made with peas and cream cheese + v8 juice

w.  cheese + lettuce sammiches on homemade bread + cherry tomatoes + tofu chocolate pudding  😉

thrs.  beans + rice + homemade salsa + nutritional yeast

fri.  flippin’ quesidillas with leftover veggies fried with oregano and garlic salt

sat.  picnic?

sun.  tamales + spicy black beans + kale (i have lots of it)


m.  10 grain cereal + egg cups

t.  yogurt parfaits + granola + fresh strawberries

w.  fried eggs + toast + tea + melon

thrs.  baked oatmeal with fruit and nuts + yogurt

fri.  cereal + egg cups

sat.  waffles + peaches (from our tree)

sun.  pancakes + eggs

total = $129

for the record:

i enjoyed the zucchini taco filling.  everyone else mourned the absence of beans.  it was practically a funeral party.  sheesh.  the tofu pudding was a big hit, on the other hand.  don’t know why it turned out so runny though.  maybe because i used the blender and not the food processor like it said?  we will try it again and see what happens.  the real revelation of the week however was coffee cake.  where have you been all my life?  i am on the bandwagon now, watch out.


my boys are gone for a week.  sadness.  i guess we will have to eat without them.  more particularly, all the things they don’t like.


m.  mushroom and herb polenta + kale chips + kiwis

t.  grilled quesidillas with black bean paste and salsa + tamarind jarritos + chocolate dipped strawberries

w.  socca with cherry tomatoes and creme fraiche  + grandma’s jello mold

t.  rolling sushi with friends + mud pie (jael’s bake day)

f.  fried potato masala + garlic naan + mango sticky rice+ bubble tea + company

s. – sun.  out of town


m.  girls’ lunch out; beignets + bubble tea + spring rolls + baguette sandwich = $13

t.  w.w. pizza with white sauce, zucchini, mushrooms, and fresh basil + chubby sodas

w.  picnic at friend’s with grapes, cottage cheese, and wheat thins

thrs.  tacos!

fri.  soba teriyaki with broccoli and tofu


m.  yogurt parfaits

t.  strawberry frosted mini-wheats (jael’s pick = nasty) + egg cups

w.  mush + bananas

thrs.  oatmeal muffins + yogurt + tea

fri.  cereal + egg cups + yogurt

total = $126


this week i’m cooking through the vegetarian cookbook “plenty” by yotam ottolenghi.  who, from the looks of it, must be another licentious otto.  decidedly on my team.


m.  soba noodles with eggplant and mango + chocolate chunk cookies (jael’s bake day)

t.  sweet potato cakes + garden salad + homemade bread

w.  castelluccio lentils with tomatoes and gorgonzola + cabbage salad with smoked almonds

thrs.  hot date with hot stuff

fri.  broccoli and gorgonzola pie + yellow rice pilaf + key lime tart

sat.  on the road

sun.  some kind of dahl baby + roasted cauliflower


m.  free summer reading coupons to sizzler.  still $12 for just mommy.  nothing like eating straight off the back of a “food service of america” truck.

t.  roasted zucchini, red onions, and mushrooms on pitas with a garlic mayo

w.  tacos!

thrs.  mung beans + coconut sticky rice + mangos

fri.  noodles made with the leftover assortment of dairy in the refrigerator + zucchini fries

sat.  gone

sun.  beans + rice + kale chips + fresh tomatoes


m.  mush + applesauce

t.  frosted mini wheats (and there was much rejoicing) + egg cups +bananas

w.  eggs on toast + cantelope + tea

thrs.  oatmeal muffins + yogurt + nectarines

fri.  baked oatmeal + honey and yogurt

sat.  waffles + fresh raspberries

sun.  grapenuts on greek yogurt + raspberries (did i mention i have a swath of these?)

total:  $132

for the record:

yotam ottolenghi is trying to kill you.  that’s one greasy vegetarian.  (which must be why we’re friends.)  the soba was good, only decidedly outnumbered.  and it takes a lot before i cry uncle.  suffice to say, i will make the sweet potato cakes again and will be cooking through it again next week.  also, my pita with roast zucchini always makes me happy.  i just remembered i had blogged it a long time back, so here is a link to the recipe.

monday, monday

** a note on my atrocious food spending, lest you think the worst of me.  i have one cupboard and one drawer in which i put food – and no deep freeze.  which means i don’t store anything.  not a bag of pasta or can of olives to my name.  if it’s not flour or beans, i buy it on grocery day.  hubby and i are talking about building a pantry into our garage, but we’ll see.  until then i’ll try to be better, but i’m still gonna be bad.  😉  

the menu is up.  this little list actually represents quite a bit of footwork on my part.  but i so love having everything done, put in order of expiration, and sitting patiently in the fridge, waiting for it’s cue.  like those guys who rope calves, wrestle them to the ground and then walk away, hands up in the sky.  booya.


m.  pinto beans + rice + cottage cheese + cherry tomatoes + kale chips + nutritional yeast + fresh cherries (b.b.)

t.   fettuccine with peas and mint + garden salad + fresh bread

w.  deer burgers or fake burgers (depending on your degree of manliness) + grilled onions + cilantro garlic fries + fanci freeze!

thrs.  vegetarian stuffed green peppers (b.b.)+ mashed potatoes + lemon bars (jael’s bake day)

fri.   satay peanut sauce + rice + steamed broccoli

sat.  veggies from bountiful basket + spaghetti

sun.  bountiful basket with a dash of indian


m.  pizza hut $10 dinner box  (our treat is to eat out on mondays so i can homeschool and do grocery day without freaking out.  the catch is that it has to be at or around $10 for all five of us together.)

t.  orzo with parmesan and basil + “ants on a log”

w.  avocado/sprout/havarti sandwiches on homemade bread + mangos and cherries (b.b.)

thrs.  sweet chili lime tofu with wok steamed collards and quinoa

fri.  roasted spaghetti squash with herbs + bread

sat.  tacos!

sun.  bountiful basket whatnot


m.  10 grain cereal + peanut butter + raspberries and sugar

t.  life cereal + egg cup + yogurt + raspberries

w.  eggs sunny side up in bell pepper rings + homemade toast + tea

thrs.  10 grain cereal + yogurt + honey + bananas

fri.  your choice of boring cereal or grape-nuts on top of greek yogurt topped with raspberries + egg cups

sat.  waffles + peaches and raspberries

sun.  pancakes + eggs

total =  $153.47  

and there goes my yard sale money…and any other money.  that will teach me.

for the record:

fettuccine with peas and mint was a go.  perfect for summer.  the satay peanut sauce recipe from my friend amy is the bomb.  someday i’ll blog it (when i feel like sharing).  the sweet chili lime tofu had good flavor but bad logistics.  i’ll make the sauce again but use a lot more tofu to tone it down.  that and i will by the pre-fried tofu at cash and carry.  because frying tofu for what amounts to hours is entirely lame.  roasted spaghetti squash was also good. but it is likely something i will only make when thrust upon with unsought after squashes.  you gotta do what you gotta do.  *m

gah, it’s monday

my sentiments exactly.   here we go.  (by the way, did i mention i have a new tart pan?  and a raspberry patch?)


t.  cereal + greek yogurt and blueberries

w.  earl grey creme black tea + toast + egg cup

thrs.  10 grain cereal + greek yogurt + blueberries

fri.  eggs fried in bell pepper rings + toast

sat.  waffles + peaches

sun.  pancakes + fruit from b.b.


t.  tacos!

w.  noodles + cream + nutritional yeast + kale chips

thrs.  red beans + rice+ cotija + cherry tomatoes + garden salad

fri.  m.i.a.

sat.  birthday picnic in the park

sun.  bountiful basket mystery


m.  buttermilk kootu + rice

t.  fresh tomato soup + fresh bread + raspberry tart

w.  farfalle with baby spinach, walnuts, and ricotta + roasted green beans with mushrooms, balsamic, and parmesan

thrs.  vegetarian nut loaf + roast tomatoes with bread crumbs and parmesan + salad

fri.  vegetable soup with sriracha, lemongrass, and tofu + baked garlic cilantro fries + salad + blueberry tart

sat. – sun.  b.b. with a side of indian

total = $131

for the record:

10 grain cereal at winco (in the bulk section) is totally edible says this avid despiser of all things mush.  try it.  also, grilled bell pepper rings are delish.  why make an egg any other way?  buttermilk kootu is a definite keeper.  i love anything in a yogurt sauce.  the farfalle with spinach, etc. was perfect.  will make again.  same for the roasted green beans.  yum.  the vegetable soup was an ideal summer soup.  you actually let it cook “off” the heat of all things.  none of this endless simmering.  i would up the sriracha sauce though, for a little more pow.  (you know, when no one was looking.)  and the baked cilantro fries were heavenly.  i am sure you will see those around here some more.  here’s to a good week.

p.s.  i also made a few berry pies and tried out this whole wheat pie crust recipe, which wasn’t half bad.

what to eat?

leftovers!  i wasn’t going to post anything since we’re leaving town midweek and i have leftovers in my fridge for a change.  but that’s when eating gets interesting, so i’m posting anyways.


m.  leftover black beans over rice with leftover jalapeno lime sour cream, fresh (leftover) salsa, and leftover cabbage salad.   it all sounds very suspicious.  (here is the photo + link to the salsa recipe.  it successfully uses canned tomatoes , so i’m filing it away for winter.  a true find.  p.s.  i would have used my own photo, but i ate it.)

t.  homemade hummus with the leftover garbanzos, tomatoes from the bountiful basket haul, and lettuce from the garden – on pitas.

w.  macaroni noodles with sour cream, butter, and nutritional yeast + kale chips (b.b.) + gingerbread.  we never made gingerbread last week since jael has been on a puking binge.

thrs.  something involving homemade bread.  kids will most likely be gone and i will be fending for myself.


m.  leftover hotdogs + leftover smores

t.  roast potatoes and onions, garden salad, and bread.  (protein, who needs it.)

w.  lentils stewed with celery and tomatoes from bountiful baskets + cornbread + acorn squash (b.b.) baked with brown sugar and butter

thrs.  we’re outta here!

and that’s without going to the grocery store, since i’m spending all the money on camping food instead.  btw, the only reason for going camping is eating doughnuts made out deep fried  refrigerated biscuits, drinking mocha chai lattes, and reading books.  i’m not sure why other people go camping.  it’s sure not for the sleeping in or sanitation.  wish me luck.

menu monday

i wanted to try something different.  every monday i would like to post my menu for the upcoming week.  thinking of what to eat is a perpetual nuisance, i’m sure you can relate.  but i hope this will at least give you some ideas, as well as give me a way to keep track of what i’ve cooked – and more importantly, what i’ve liked.  i won’t post all the recipes, just link to the ones that are online.  as well rate the recipes at the end of the week.  (more for my reference than yours.)  but feel free to ask for any of the recipes and i’ll do my best to get them down.  plus, i think it helps to see someone else’s menu in real life and realize that they eat boring human food too.  it’s true.


m.  pad thai + bugs on a log (for the people that have to be forced to eat pad thai) + impromptu company + smores

t.  creamed spinach + dahl+ rice + peach rhubarb pie

w.  moroccan stew + artisan bread (today coincides with hubby’s bread day.  he makes artisan, i make sandwich and we both have strong opinions on the subject.) + chocolate dipped strawberries (because i can.)

thrs.  spicy black bean cakes + roast potatoes and onions with garlic and balsamic vinegar + garden salad

f.  hot dogs + cabbage salad + smores + company

sat.  baked macaroni + garden salad

sun.  bountiful basket


t.  baked eggs covered in black beans, melted cheese, and fresh salsa + chips

w.  garbanzos from the crockpot topped with cherry tomatoes, herbed goat cheese, and fried greens + crusty bread

thrs.  tacos!

f.  cheese and pickle sammiches + gingerbread (jael’s bake day)

sat.  dahl + rice (daddy boy always does an improv indian dish for lunch on saturdays with whatever is in the garden.)

sun.  bountiful basket, you eat what’s in it.  you’re lucky if i cook it first.

total (for a family of 6)= $135

read it and weep.  we’ll be working on this so feel free to rub it in when it’s up to $150 next week.

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