We have a book winner. Congrations to Lisa who said: "would love this book! not a fan of cio, and not sure how much longer i can handle being a snack bar all night every night."
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You talked me into it! I've added a category to the blog of Meal Plans to make it easy in the future to sift through and find a meal plan from a different week.
A quick bit of explanation before I dive into our week: we strive to eat primarily traditional foods. My boys are prone to low blood sugar type sweets cravings, so we're protein heavy. You'll find meat in most of our dinners. Lupine and I don't need so much protein, so we can lean more heavily on the other parts of the meal (veggies and grains).
Lupine experienced some profound early childhood tooth decay as a toddler so we eat loads of bone broth around here. Any savory recipe that calls for water or vegetable stock we use 24-72 hour bone broth. Rice, beans, soups, stews… all in a bone broth base.
Here is this week's meal plan as an excel spread sheet. Let me know if you need a different format. I would love to know if this download is helpful, or if the info below (a list of dinners) is plenty good. I'm happy to do both if they are useful.
This week we'll be eating:
Lasagna with rice noodles
This is Pete's department. He makes it with a ton of greens, ground venison or beef, red sauce, and various other vegetables. He never precooks his lasagna noodles, but instead adds a bit of extra sauce and extends the cooking time a bit. Such a simple, time saving step.
Beef, seasonings, and leaf lettuce – similar to this recipe.
Venison stir fry
Thin strips of venison, broccoli, bok choy, pea greens, carrots, onions, and garlic or brown rice.
Homemade cumin black beans from Mark Bittman's How to Cook Everything is our base, ground seasoned meat is an option, and lots of chopped vegetables. We always make a triple batch of the beans and freeze the extras. Leftover taco ingredients become breakfast with eggs the following day or burritos at lunch.
Slow cooker chicken with root vegetables
As I said, we're seriously into bone broths. We make chicken just to get the bones to make stock from. The stock from last week's chicken appears in the the rice on Wednesday, the beans on Thursday, the soup on Saturday, and the beans on Sunday. Our goal is bone broth everyday.
Slow cooker lentil soup with Italian sausage
Black bean Chilaquile
This recipe found in various Moosewood Restaurant cookbooks.