Last week I posted about my family’s Impossible Meal Plan Challenge. A compromise, if you will, between a Paleo diet and a vegetarian diet. And intermixed is a sudden intention of mine to purchase 100% locally grown produce. Let me tell you first how I managed last week and then I’ll give you this week’s meal plan.
By the way, the meal plan from that post was actually from the week before. We ended up taking a week off (already! I know!) last week for Thanksgiving and our houseguests.
Meatless Monday’s enchiladas went very well. Tuesday’s meal of fish, quinoa, and veggies worked well too. Wednesday, Mr Paleo ended up being home for dinner so he scrambled and had leftover vegetables with smoked salmon and we had baked pasta with a side of roasted broccoli. Thursday’s gumbo was delicious, but of course not to the kids so they had cheese quesadillas (boo-hiss).
This is what I’m planning for this week and it was mostly planned after carefully perusing the local produce options at Wheatsville, the little local grocery store of my choice where I now am able to find just about everything I need except my Indian ingredients.
I found abundant local produce this week at the store: Valencia oranges, Jonagold apples, sweet yellow onions, lacinito kale, radishes, escarole, salad mix, collards, Japanese turnips, broccoli, spinach (triple -washed too!), Chiogga beets and yellow beets, rainbow chard, and kohlrabi. I’ve never ever cooked kohlrabi, so I bought some and used my Epicurious app to find a recipe while I was shopping.
- Meatless Monday: J requested chicken-less noodle soup, so I purchased egg noodles and celery. I already have carrots at home. Delicata squash (bought at end of last week) with an apple fennel relish (from Chef Suzanne published at the Food52 site). Wheatberry salad with an orange juice vinaigrette. Roasted root vegetables (will do the turnips, beets, and radishes). Mr. Paleo will have to have his protein during the day or have a couple of eggs with dinner.
- Tuesday: French Onion soup (the weather is perfect right now for this); Mixed Basic Salad; Roasted Butternut Squash and Kohlrabi; Quinoa Skillet Bread (from 101 Cookbooks blog); and some easy fish –will have to go to market and see.
- Wednesday: Can’t decide yet: Chicken with 40 garlic cloves OR Moroccan spiced lentils/rice and lamb for Mr. Paleo.
- Thursday: A night out for me, so Veggie Chili and Texas Chili for the rest of them. My girls love it-they call it “chocolate” chili, because of the little chocolate I put in it.
- Friday: I’m teaching a class so kids will have a pizza night with Mr. Paleo, who might order some Thai or have leftovers. I’m pretty lucky since he always tries to be self-sufficient with this new diet.
That’s it for the meal plan this week. It seems to be getting easier and I’ll be making more warming spicy dishes I think next week if the winter is really here. I’m thinking spicy hot rasam and steaming rice, maybe some biriyani….Mmmmm.