Monday menu planning with the Organizing JunkieWhere does the time go? This weekend had a lot more running around than I initially thought. The menu this week is all comfort food as we both try to get over lingering aches and pains of colds and gym workouts. I aimed for simple recipes that I know fairly well (even the new ones seem familiar and should be easy to make). I hate to say it, but I’m also carefully doubling any recipe I bake and freezing half because, you know, that season is on the horizon and fast approaching.

Sunday
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Smoked meat sandwiches & dill pickles. Blueberry pie.
We buy packaged smoked meat from time to time. It comes in a box with four little packages. The package is boiled for seven minutes, then carefully opened. Served on toasted whole wheat with lots of mustard and a dill pickle on the side. Desert was the last slices of blueberry pie fresh from the bakery… some days ago.

Monday
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Tacos. Chocolate mousse?
Served atop corn tortillas (warmed on the stove top), these are filled with a mixture of diced romaine lettuce, diced bell pepper, salsa, sour cream and cheese. He asked for it last week, so thought I’d make some up.

Tonight I have to make up a big batch of apple oatmeal for breakfasts this week. Lately steel-cut oats seem to be the only thing that keeps me from getting really hungry between breakfast and lunch.

If I have the time, I also want to make up some lentil and bulgar salad. This makes a nice accompaniment with lunch, and should help keep me full until dinner.

Tuesday
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Parmesan chicken & steamed vegetables.
When I came across this recipe last week, I knew I wanted to make it. Crispy chicken without frying? If it’s even half as good as that sounds, it will quickly become a family favourite.

Wednesday
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Cracker and Parmesan crusted fish fillets, basmati rice & best green salad
Crispy fish, rice made with chicken broth, and a green salad dressed with homemade vinagrette. Simple, quick, and easy.

If I can manage it, I want to try making brown butter & ginger cookies; mostly so there will be leftovers for company on Thursday and more cookie dough for my freezer.

Thursday
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Crockpot hungarian goulash, soda biscuits and green salad
This is a dinner for 6, hopefully with left-overs. I’ll serve the goulash over the soda biscuits (instead of pasta).

Friday
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Meatball subs
Meatballs, cooked in spaghetti sauce, then poured between freshly baked whole-wheat bread. Friday meals should always be this easy.
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