The Weekly Menu Experiment – Week 1

I'll come straight out and say it. I would rather wash the dishes than make the weekly menu.

I know that coming up with what to cook for dinner and breakfast (because lunch is always last night's leftovers) daily is stressful, and I know that making the weekly menu will relieve that stress. I know that the weekly menu will help with the budget and cut down on food spoilage and so on and so forth. I just don't like doing it. I don't know why. Perhaps it's too much forward thinking?

But moving on.

I'm trying to be more mindful of our food. Not only will I be more conscientious about avoiding food wastage, I also will try to make our meals healthier and more varied. I have a fantastic source of vegetables--Veggies on Wheels. Not only do I get freshly harvested organic goodness, I am also helping the small farmers who produce them. My veggies are delivered weekly by Gourmet Living Paranaque, which is also my source of deli meats. So I don't even have to go to the market or supermarket; I order online and my goodies are delivered straight to my doorstep.

To make sure that the veggies (or other food) don't go to waste, I have decided to eat my frog and make a *gasp* weekly menu. So last week, I had broccoli, camote, carrots, cherry tomatoes, lettuce, zucchini, oyster mushrooms, kale and French beans. We had the following dinners:

Broccoli and Sundried Tomato Pasta (with plump sweet-tart cherry tomatoes)

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A family favorite, and so easy to prepare! Fabulous with freshly grated parmesan

Ginger Chili Beef with Kale

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This is another quick meal, because I softened and froze the beef beforehand and took it out to defrost a few hours before cooking.

Fried Tilapia with Lemon Garlic French Beans

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My absolute favorite. French beans taste so different from your usual Baguio beans or string beans.

 

Tofu-and-Corn Stuffed Bell Peppers

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Next time, I'd add some mushroom to the stuffing, and a few herbs. But for an experimental dish, this world out well.

 

Zucchini and Oyster and Button Mushrooms Pasta

This one is so simple, yet so heavenly. I think this will be a new favorite.

This one is so simple, yet so heavenly. I think this will be a new favorite.

 

Not pictured are: chicken curry with fresh cilantro (I adore cilantro!), and fresh lettuce in all sorts of salads. I also haven't done anything with the camote, but I plan to try baking some camote cookies tomorrow.

What I love about these dishes? All easy to cook! I'm a fan of easy to cook. Til next week! Feel free to give suggestions for food to cook. Make my life easier! And hopefully this made yours easier too.

 

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