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Finally, Thursday's Meal Plan For Ya'!
I've made the meal plan, done most of the shopping, and I'm wiped. Now I'll share with you all what I'll be cooking up this week.
One of the meals this week will be made for the Tried and Tasted Blog Event happening over at Fat Free Vegan. I'm going to make one of her meals, with my own modifications. Tried and Tasted was created by Zlamushka's Spicy Kitchen. I'm excited to finally participate in a blog event, especially since I love the recipes over at Fat Free Vegan. The meal I'm making from her is the Double Mushroom Miso Soup and Sesame Broccoli. Instead of using white mushrooms and buying dried shiitake mushrooms, I'm going to go pick up a bunch of locally grown mushrooms at Costco. The mushrooms come in a variety pack, and are somewhat expensive. However, they will be worth it. I don't buy mushrooms often, so I might as well go for the good local stuff.
Have I told you all yet how important it is to me to buy as much locally grown and produced food as possible? Well, it is an important part of my cooking philosophy. In fact, I just gave a presentation on eating locally and organically to help mitigate the climate crisis. If anyone would like to see the powerpoint and/or read my notes on this please feel free to e-mail me. I can also point you in the direction of some really great resources on the topic.
One great way to buy locally is to go to a farmers market. I've got an interview in front of me, from Parade Magazine, with Tom Wilsack the Secretary of the Department of Agriculture and former governor of Iowa. He said that he is working to make sure "that food stamps an be used at farmers' markets." (Parade, May 3 2009).
If there aren't any farmers markets near you, look for farm stands, roadside produce stands with honor boxes, and of course check your nearby grocery stores for locally grown produce and locally raised meat products. Even buying locally processed products is a good idea because they don't have to have as much packaging or refrigeration to get to the store as do products that come from half way across the country or globe.
I also promote eating fewer meat based meals each week. Last week was a bit meat heavy for us, with a lot of chicken in our meals. So, this week we're cutting back.
I'm sure you've been wondering when I'd get off my soap box and finally show you the meal plan, and since I've set it up so nicely now:
Thursday Dinner: Local Style Chili (contains local green bell peppers, local onions, and local ground beef, local Portuguese sausage, and all organic canned beans)
This is a chili based on the chili sold at Zippy's restaurants and in the grocery stores here in Hawaii. This makes a ton, and will be good for the meat eaters who are dining here tonight. Plus, the leftovers will help restock the freezer.
Sunday Brunch: Mother's Day
- Scrambled Local Eggs
- Buttermilk Biscuits (gluten-free of course)
- Roasted Local Zucchini with Local Onions
- Local Strawberry, Local Blueberry, Local Banana and Organic Yogurt Parfaits (no granola)
Friday-Wednesday (minus Saturday as we'll be out and about)
- Double Mushroom Miso Soup, Sesame Broccoli, Brown Rice
- Channa Masala (didn't get eaten this week)
- Crockpot Honey Lentil Soup (I'm bulking this out to refill the freezer)
- Gim-Bahp Korean Sushi
- Crispy Sweet and Sour Tofu
4--Zucchini (yellow and green)*
2 small bunches-Bananas*
1 bag--Organic Carrots
2--Green Bell Pepper*
1 carton--Pasture Raised Eggs*
2 cans--Organic Kidney Beans
2 cans--Organic Chili Beans
1 can-- Organic Garbanzo Beans
1/2 gal--Organic Milk
1 qt--Organic Nonfat Vanilla Yogurt
1 1/2 qt--Organic Ice Cream
1 Toblerone (impulse buy)
* indicates locally grown, produced, or raised
I still need to buy the mushroom, and I'm not sure how much they'll cost. I'm also doing my Costco trip early this month and getting some tomato paste, laundry soap, and salsa. Although, I am considering making my own salsa. It will be more expensive, but it will cut back on snacking on tortilla chips.
I hope everyone has a great week!