Sunday, October 4, 2009

Menu Plan for 10/4-10/11/09

This week is going to be a little different. We are heading south to celebrate our granddaughter, Madison's, first birthday! I can't believe how time flies! Seems like yesterday that we were racing south, turning a 6 hour drive into 4 1/2! (While I don't recommend speeding under normal circumstances, the birth of a first grandchild is worth the ticket that might be received!)

We are going to drive the coastal highway and make a few fun "pit" stops along the way. We'll be visiting a cranberry festival, kite festival and maybe even an aquarium..who knows? Since our daughter and her family live in a coastal town, prayers for good camping weather would be appreciated!

Oatmeal w/ blueberries
Leftover stew, sourdough bread
Quinoa, meatloaf, corn (carried over from last week)

Leftover meatloaf/tomato sandwiches on sourdough
SpicySplitPeaSoup, green salad

*Plum Smoothies, English muffins w/peanut butter
Leftover Spicy Split Pea soup, crackers
Salmon Patties, green beans

Poached eggs on sourdough toast
*Corn Dog muffins, sliced carrots, sliced apples
*Lentil burritos, green salad

French toast, orange juice
On the road sandwiches, chips and apples

While camping, we will be eating the usual camping fare...pancakes (from a mix, blah), hamburgers, chili, sandwiches, and some dutch oven stuff. I'm not very good at "winging" it, so I'll let you know what we ended up doing! I'm sure that there will be some seafood on the menu somewhere, after all, how can you visit the coast and not partake in some delicacies of the sea!

Here's the recipes that I have no links for. I don't even remember where I got them, so if you are seeing something that looks like what you've created...well, thank you from the bottom of my heart! (And I am sorry that I didn't give you the credit!)

*Plum Smoothies (This recipe came from MaryJanesFarm. It is my absolute favorite magazine! I couldn't find a link to the recipe, but you can get your own subscription with this link. This is from the June-July 2009 issue!)
1 cup plums, frozen
1 cup strawberries, frozen
1/2 banana, peeled and frozen
1/2 cup plain yogurt
1/2 cup milk
1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
1 Tbl. maple syrup (the real stuff!)
Combine all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth.

Corn Dog muffins
1 favorite cornbread recipe
4 nitrite/nitrate free hot dogs (we use Shelton's)

Mix up your favorite cornbread recipe. Fill muffin tin (12) 1/2 full. Slice hot dogs into thirds. Place on each muffin. Cover with remaining batter. Bake according to your cornbread recipe!

Lentil Burritos
3/4 cup dried, brown lentils
3/4 cup brown rice, uncooked
4 cups water
4 beef bouillon cubes (read labels and avoid MSG and it's aliases!)
1 Tbl. + 1 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. cumin
2 tsp. onion powder
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
shredded cheese
Dump everything into medium pot and bring to boil. Turn down heat to med. low and cook covered until done. Stir occasionally. Fill large tortillas with approximately 1/3 cup (could be 1/2 cup, I don't like to measure!), sprinkle a little cheese and wrap. Place on greased (I use olive oil) cookie sheet. Bake @ 375 for about 15 minutes. If you like your burritos crisp, brush a small amount of olive oil on each burrito before baking. Serve with sour cream!

Check back tomorrow to see how I did on my shopping trip!

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