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    August Menu

    Now, this is usually on Excel, and next to it I have written the cookbook and page number so I don't have to hunt down for it.

    I don't do a full 30 days to account for leftovers, keep in mind that we might eat out 3-4 times a year and we don't fast food

    1. Tomatoes Stuffed with lamb and Rice, Broiled Zucchini and Potatoes with Parmesan Crust and couscous
    2. Roasted Red pepper soup, Turkey Panninis, cheddar-bacon Potatoes
    3. Chicken Enchiladas with Roasted Tomatillo Chile Salsa, spicy black beans and spanish rice
    4. Hunter's Minestrone, Grilled Cheese sandwiches with fontina and apples
    Shrimp with Linguine in a Pesto Cream Sauce, bruschetta
    5. Salisbury Steak with Wild Mushroom Gravy, Smashed Potatoes with garlic and Herb Cheese and Chives, Creamed Spinach
    6. Tacos, Mexican rice with pico the gallo and guacamole
    7. Chicken pot pie
    8. White chicken chili in bread bowls
    9. Balsamic Chicken Drumettes, Sweet Potato Fries with Basil Salt and Garlic Mayonnaise
    10. Spaghetti, garlic bread, salad
    11. Salmon with Puff Pastry and Pesto, garlic pasta, smoke salmon bruschetta
    12. Provencal Vegetable Soup, goat cheese crostini
    13. Lemon Chicken with Croutons , steamed brown rice, bacon wrapped green beans
    14. Cuban pressed burgers, fries & salad
    15. French onion soup, Coq Au Vin, salad, rolls
    16. Miso soup, yakitori, white rice & edamame beans
    17. Blackened catfish, red beans & rice, greens & cornbread
    18. Teppan-yaki (beef, chicken, shrimp), fried rice
    19. Creamy tomato basil soup, steak, loaded baked potatoes
    20. Muffelettas
    21. BBQ chicken pizza, salad
    22. Sushi
    23. shrimp bisque, planked cilantro lime sea bass, lentil salad
    24. Cannellini bean soup with Kale & garlic knots

    Breakfast stuff

    Wheat & oatmeal banana pecan pancakes
    banana french toast with blueberries
    french toast with apples
    blueberry muffins
    Banana nutella crepes
    Eggs in a basket
    Omelets
    Cinnamon buns

    Appetizers

    Deviled eggs
    Shrimp Ceviche
    Smoke salmon bruschetta
    Southwest/ Italian Bruschetta
    Tuna crostini
    Stuffed Italian shells
    Stuffed cherry tomatoes

    Breads (I make at home)
    This are the ones that I make the most.

    Honey Wheat bread
    Banana Bread
    Dinner Rolls
    Brioche
    Tomato-basil
    French bread
    Pizza dough
    Foccacia


    Desserts
    cheesecake
    Banana cream pie
    danish kringle
    fruit kuchen
    bread pudding
    orange truffle cake
    carrot cake
    Grilled peaches with homemade ice cream
    Chocolate covered strawberries
    Blueberry cobbler
    Peach Crumble

    For breakfast, I spend a couple of hours during the weekend making french toast, pancakes, muffins etc...
    They freeze well, and during the school week, the kids only have to pop it in the microwave.

    Soups, I make a lot and freeze a lot, we usually do either/or 1/2 a cup of soup salad or appetizer before dinner, it helps keep the the costs down and helps with portion control for the main dish.

    I make my own bread, so normally that's not something I bother putting in the menu, because we always have something going, but I posted the ones we make the most.

    For some desserts, I prefer using individual size ramekins, here's why... For example if I make individual cobblers, I can make extra dough and streusel topping and by changing the fruit I get a new dessert.

    Grilled fruit is always easy and cheap, just grill in a grill pan, dust with brown sugar, and add a dash of Grand Marnier.

    Take a small squeeze bottle, fill it with melted caramel, chocolate or raspberry sauce, draw some fancy crap on a a small plate, put the grilled fruit on top and you are done. And if you feeling generous add ice cream on top.

    On the next tab on excel, I have my grocery list, everything I need for each recipe, I also include substitutes just in case, for example, if I need lamb, and they don't have it at the store, looking at my list, there will be a V next to it, that's my cue that I can substitute veal. That keeps me from buying things I won't use.

    For veggies, I buy fresh & frozen, I use the fresh veggies first, then move on the frozen ones, the only thing I buy canned are beans for emergencies and tomatoes when my canned supply runs out.

    What else... I grow the veggies we eat the most, indoors I have 3 aerogardens with jalapenos, tomatoes, herbs and assorted lettuces.
    http://www.aerogrow.com/

    Outside I had zucchini, and still have bell peppers, tomatoes, and tabasco peppers.

    And I get organic veggies from Goldenshare, usually broccoli, hearts of romaine, avocadoes, grapes, kiwis, apples, eggplant, celery, potatoes and artichokes.
    http://www.goldensharefoods.com/

    Those vary a lot so I don't put them on the menu, I tried to make the menu as flexible as possible while still keeping track of the food supply.

    Keep in mind that I am weird, don't have a job and I get off on this stuff, so please adapt my rambling into something that will fit your lifestyles.

    I got about 5 menus per month and except for comfort foods I don't have to repeat a recipe for 2 years, but that took years, I did a menu a month and saved both the menu and grocery list, only removing the recipes that were not so good.

    Like my mentioned in the other post, I do really recommend to keep a binder per child and add their favorite recipes with their hand written and dated comments , when they move out they can take with them their own personally reviewed cookbook.

    Of all my harebrained ideas, that's the one that I am most proud.

    I also prep, marinate and chop and label almost everything, the day I grocery shop.

    Anyway, that's just one month, do you all want the other 60 menus?
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    DO you bake sandwich bread too?

    I would really like to start doing that, but the regular loaf pans make to big a loaf, I want something that resembles a store loaf of bread......any ideas??
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    you are my hero
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    Quote Originally Posted by amazinggrace View Post
    DO you bake sandwich bread too?

    I would really like to start doing that, but the regular loaf pans make to big a loaf, I want something that resembles a store loaf of bread......any ideas??
    I use a bread machine, and the pan is right size for sandwiches.

    You might need to get a different pan, Pullman pans are great.
    http://www.nextag.com/pullman-pan/search-html
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    wow! i wish i was that organized!
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    Can you share some of your recipes please? They all sound so yummy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lckychrmzz View Post
    Can you share some of your recipes please? They all sound so yummy.
    Sure

    Which ones?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Valkyrie View Post
    I use a bread machine, and the pan is right size for sandwiches.

    You might need to get a different pan, Pullman pans are great.
    http://www.nextag.com/pullman-pan/search-html
    You are awesome!!!! Thank you, that is perfect.

    I will be making a batch as soon as I get the pan, hopefully the shipping is quick
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    I am so jealous! I would love to be as creative meal-wise as you are. Here I thought I was awesome because I have a standard menu list of like 45 dinner meals.

    I would kill to have a copy of your menus.

    Would you feel up to sharing a couple of more of your favorite months?

    You should seriously make a copy of all of your menu plans/recipes & sell it! I would buy it for sure!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Valkyrie View Post
    do you all want the other 60 menus?
    Heck yea I do! I don't know exactly how Excel works. Can that be emailed as a file? I have the Excel 2007 on my computer but have never really used it before. I don't know how to do anything on it!
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