Monday, March 28, 2011

Menu Plan:

My pinto beans are soaking, my yogurt is culturing, and I even have some Raisin Chutney fermenting- I'm ready week!

See recipe for Coconut Custard below and a tip for Once A Month Shopping.

BREAKFASTS: from the freezer- Gingerbread Pancakes, Breakfast Sandwiches, also- Peanut Butter Granola, oatmeal

-Pizza, sliced oranges
- Baked Hen, carrots, potatoes, spinach salad, Angel Rolls, Baked Chocolate Pumpkin Pudding
snacks: peanut butter granola and milk, homemade pickles

- Leek and Onion Soup, Angel Spelt Rolls,Coconut Custard*(below)
- Poor Man's Steak w/ mushroom gravy, brussel sprouts, spinach salad, sliced cukes
snacks: cookies and milk, Berry-green-smoothie(shh about the green part-gasp- they read over my shoulder!)

- Pinto Beans w/ ham hocks, turnips and greens, green onions, corn bread, fermented cabbage, juice pops
-Oven-fried chicken thighs and livers, pinto beans, spinach salad, frozen cranberry slush
snacks: Fresh lemonade, buttered popcorn, Crepes with sweetened buttermilk cheese
-Chili from leftover beans, crackers, jello salad
-Turkey Hash, sweet potatoes, Romaine salad, Vanilla Cupcakes
snacks: Blackberry Smoothies, sliced apples

-Butternut Squash Soup, French Bread, Carob Custard
- Lemon Pepper Salmon, spinach salad, seasoned brown rice, Lemon-poppyseed Muffins
snacks: Homemade Peanut Brittle, Orange Sherbet, leftover French Bread toasted with cheese

-Bologna Cups, Romaine salad, home-canned applesauce, Honey-wheat muffins
-Tilapia, lima beans, green salad, Twisted Garlic Bread-sticks, leftover sherbet
snacks: Real Pumpkin Pie in Oat Pie Crust, almonds

-Bean w/ bacon (or whatever meat I have in the freezer) Soup, Cornbread, home-canned juice pops
- Salmon Patties, peas-n-carrots, salad, applesauce pudding
snacks: Apple-pie Smoothie, carrots and dip
Custards are a cinch and make a great snack, or a protein with a veggie soup/salad, and a yummy breakfast!
Coconut Custard:
6 eggs
2 cups milk
1/2 cup plain or unbleached flour
pinch salt
1 cup cane sugar
Beat well and add 3/4 cup shredded coconut.
Pour into sprayed pie plates. (May grease and flour if you like a 'crust'.)
Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.

Notes about Once A Month Shopping and this week's menu:
-I was able to buy a 25lb bag of pinto beans several weeks ago. As Brandy pointed out on this post, that can cut cost in half!  I also cook a huge pot of them all at once so I can use them as a main, then a side, then as chili, and maybe have leftovers for the freezer for quick fixes or to make chili beans or refried beans, etc.


Joy said...

I love cooking a huge pot of beans at one time too, I sometimes have 3 or 4 pots of beans going, from black, pinto,white,red, or navy too! Where did you find the 25lb bag? I have been meaning to buy some up in bulk. I found a big bag at Sams not sure how many lbs now but it was so cheap compared to buying per pound

Joy said...

Oh and your menu looks great..still can't think of a name for a blog but am wanting to start one soon!

Donna said...

The beans? Cash-n-Carry- but if you are able to go to Sam's, you might find a slightly cheaper price there?

I got a name!
"Golden Rule Academy"!
Golden Rule School?
EBC Academy? EBC University?
Home on the Range Institute?
Golden Family Educational Institution?