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Monday's Menu: 5/25/09

Sorry this is a little late today. With the holiday, some spontaneous weekend travel and house guests about to arrive, my schedule has been a bit off! No worries though, you can still pick up some great tips for this week’s menu.

Summer is a great time to fire up the grill (even if it’s only your George Foreman inside!) and cook some healthy, tasty dishes. Don’t forget to grab some corn (which has been on sale a lot) and fresh berries (for salads, snacks and smoothies) next time you’re at the store, or look for CSA (community supported agriculture) farms in your area that provide locally grown produce.

I’ve also been noticing that whole chickens have been uner $1/pound this month, so I’ve bought a couple of these, cooked them in the crockpot and either made soup, or I freeze the stock and then use the chicken throughout the week (cut up on salad, in quesadillas or for chicken salad). I’m also working on uploading some of my own recipes for the dishes you see, so stay tuned for that.

One last note, I never ate meatloaf in my life before I met my husband (in my opinion, the words “meat” and “loaf” should notbe in the same sentence!). However, he loves it, so I found a recipe by Tyler Florence for his dad’s meatloaf, and it’s really fantastic. My husband and his family love cutting up the leftovers and making Meatloaf Sandwiches by putting a thick piece on fresh bread with some mayo – not my thing, but give it a try if you like!

Cereal & a smoothie Egg salad sandwiches Buffalo Chicken Legs with Blue Cheese sauce, baked beans, carrots & celery
Frozen waffles and fruit PB&J, chips & fruit Homemade Chicken Noodle soup, biscuits
Oatmeal with raisins, cinnamon & honey Chicken salad sandwiches, red pear Hamburgers, oven fries and green salad
breakfast sandwich (eggs, bacon & cheese on English muffin) Grilled cheese and tomato soup Southern Fried Chicken salad (Chicken tenders on a bed of lettuce, cucumber, tomato, cheese, cilantro & red onion)
Pancakes and blueberries sandwiches, nuts and fruit snacks Ultimate Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, roasted zucchini
eggs, grits and toast Miso soup and rice Tacos & quesadillas for the kids