Sunday, July 06, 2008

Menu Plan for the Week of 7/7

I am very excited about this coming week. We purchased tons of produce this weekend that I am really looking forward to incorporating into our meals. I am also feeling the push to really be eating much healthier than we already are, mainly by increasing our reliance on whole grains and whole food methods. What a blessing this blogging community has been for me in encouraging me down this path even further. Specifically, Michele at Frugal Granola and Laura at Heavenly Homemakers, have really shown me the way. I was also very encouraged following along with the week in Candace's kitchen over at Happy To Be At Home (which will hopefully be back up soon, thanks to Toni's husband and his mad database-saving skills!).

So, here is what's on our menu plan for the week. The recipes for dishes followed by an *asterisk will be at the bottom of this post.

M - Peach Oatmeal Muffins*
T - Oatmeal Smoothies*
W - Applesauce bread
Th - Sunshine toast and sliced bananas
F - Fruit & yogurt parfaits topped with homemade granola
S - French toast
Su - Breakfast Cookies

M - Egg salad sandwiches, watermelon (freeze 4 cups for watermelon slurpies)
T - Fresh corn cakes, blueberries
W - Hummus w/homemade pitas (made w/ whole wheat flour), grapes
Th - Tabbouleh, nectarines
F - Lettuce wraps w/a lentil salad filling, strawberries
S - Quesadillas w/ homemade guacamole
Su - Tuna pasta salad, grapes

M - Tuna, Broccoli, and White Bean Skillet Dinner*
T - Spaghetti with homemade pesto and toasted walnuts, mixed greens salad
W - Blackened chicken breasts, rosemary broasted potatoes, corn on the cob
Th - Spinach & brown rice frittata with spicy tomato sauce
F - Turkey meatballs in a mushroom sauce, squash slaw
S - Ham, red beans, and rice, mixed greens salad
Su - Turkey patty melts w/ fire-roasted red peppers, black bean and corn salad

*Peach Oatmeal Muffins
(Makes 12 -16 muffins, depending on size of muffin tin)
1 cup quick cooking oats
1 cup buttermilk
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup applesauce
1/4 cup honey
1 T. canola oil
1 t. vanilla
1/2 t. each of cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger
2 eggs
1 1/3 cups whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 t. salt
1 1/2 cups pitted and diced fresh peaches

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Grease muffin cups or line with paper muffin liners.

In a large bowl, mix together oats, buttermilk, brown sugar, applesauce, honey, oil, vanilla, spices and eggs. In a separate bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Stir flour mixture into egg mixture, just until moistened. Fold in peaches. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups.

Bake in preheated oven for 15 - 18 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into center of a muffin comes out clean.

Oatmeal Smoothies
(For 4 smoothies)
1 c. raisins or dried cranberries
1 c. quick-cooking oats
1/2 c. walnuts
1/4 c. flax seeds
1/2 c. plain yogurt
1/2 c. apple juice
2 c. applesauce
2 t. cinnamon
about 15 ice cubes, depending on desired consistency

Combine raisins, oats, nuts, flax seeds, yogurt, and apple juice in a medium bowl. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

Place the soaked oat mixture in a blender, add the applesauce, cinnamon, and ice cubes and blend until almost smooth. Pour into glasses and serve immediately.

Tuna, Broccoli, and White Bean Skillet Dinner
1 bunch broccoli, cut into florets
2 t. extra-virgin olive oil
1 small onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 t. dried red pepper flakes
1 6oz. can tuna, drained
2 c. fully cooked white beans (cannellini or great northern)
2 Roma tomatoes, diced
salt & pepper, to taste

Steam the broccoli just until crisp-tender. Drain and set aside.

In a deep skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and cook for 1 -2 minutes, then add the garlic and red pepper flakes. Cook for 3 more minutes, stirring often. Add the tuna, broccoli, beans and tomatoes to the pan and cook until heated through, about 4 -5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

For more Menu Plan Monday, head on over to Laura's blog.


Laura 11:17 PM  

Mmm! Those muffins sound so good! I'll have to give them a try!

Anonymous,  11:30 PM  

The applesauce bread and oatmeal smoothies are bookmarked for another day! What a great, healthy week for you.

Michelle 11:48 PM  

I agree the applesauce bread sounds delicious ;-) Thanks for sharing it,Have a great week.

Anonymous,  12:14 AM  

Both of these recipies look great. Thanks for sharing!

Sandra 12:43 AM  

Yum, the applesauce cake sounds delicious.

Have a wonderful Monday!


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Sonshine 8:38 AM  

Yummy!!! Everything sounds delicious! I am going to put those muffins on the to try list! :)

Enjoy your week!

Niki 10:32 AM  

It all sounds so good especially the wraps w/a lentil salad filling and black bean and corn salad!


Sonshine 10:50 AM  

I forgot to tell you....we love your cinnamon rolls!! :) We tried them last week! Yummy!! I changed the recipe up some and used whole wheat flour for 1/2 the flour and then didn't use cream cheese in the icing! They were still yummy though! :) Thanks for sharing that recipe!!

nessatxmom 12:51 PM  

The applesauce bread and smoothies are going to be "must try" items here. Everything sounds amazing!

Kiy 4:23 PM  

Your menu looks great. I have been looking for more breads/muffin recipes and yours look wonderful.

Have a great week, Kiy

Erica @ Cook Quick Easy Recipes 5:59 PM  

The applesauce bread sounds yummy. I am always on the look out for different breakfast recipes for my kids. Thanks for sharing.

Michele 7:49 PM  

Thanks for the link to the pita recipe. I was just thinking yesterday (while driving home from the Farmer's Market), that I wanted to ask you for that recipe! :) They would be great to have with all these summer salads.

The muffins sound delicious, too! :)
Thanks for the link. So, were you able to go to your local farm for the produce?
Hope you have a great week!
Michele :)

Brandy 12:56 PM  

I made the pitas Monday night and just posted about it here

They were so good! Thanks for the recipe!


Karen 5:59 PM  

The Peach Oatmeal Muffins sound really good!

Hope you're having a great week!

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