Menu Plan Monday April 19, 2010

Spinach Pesto Pasta

Last week was a surprising challenge due to the fact that I had a slight relapse and wasn't feeling up to playing around in the kitchen as much as I had desired. Paul had pity on me more than one night by eating bagels with carrot sticks or other veggies a couple nights and taking me out to eat one night. That being said, I have a much fancier menu planned this week just to pay him back for my slacking week and to allow my creativity to be uncanned for a while.

In case you ever think I'm some kind of superwoman, think again. Looking around my disaster of a house and remembering the ironing board upstairs stacked with clothes makes me feel significantly like an unorganized maniac. However, I thank my friend, Lisa, for an amazing and encouraging pep-talk on Friday that really made my weekend. Also, Nora had her first play-date (er, rather, Mommy had her first play-date) with a lady and her daughter that live just one street away. Splashing in the kiddie pool and sitting in the sun of a glorious Spring afternoon also revived the tired, old mommy.

So now that I've rambled about how sweet life is at the moment with Nora happily resting in her playpen and the two of us enjoying the sounds of the sprinkling rain outside the living room window, I share with you my plans for the weekly menu. Cauliflower and Broccoli are on sale at Publix this week. We still have some potatoes lying around, and I have some frozen edamame begging to be used.

Lunch Ideas

  • Beans, rice, roasted red pepper, and carrot sticks; leftovers a day or two, and Lakeside Cafe two days for Paul. (With the fresh items in the spring, I hate to take away Paul's experimenting at Lakeside. Even if I do schedule another meal for him, he just leaves it at home and eats at Lakeside, anyway. Couldn't really blame him last week.)
  • Grilled cheese, fruit smoothies, hommus sandwiches, leftovers 2 days for myself. Likely lunch out with my Mom and grandmother one day.

Dinner Ideas

The oven will be working hard this week!

  • Edamame dip from Bon Appetit Mag with rice and veggies from Moosewood Simple Suppers
  • Cauliflower Broccoli Tart from Vegetarian Bible
  • Roasted Cauliflower from Gourmet A-Z edition with. . .haven't come up with a compliment, yet.
  • Salad with toasted Sweet Potato Sticks and Caramelized Onion Tart, both from Moosewood New Classics

Saturday and Sunday meals are so up in the air due to an extended family member's illness We'll reevaluate later on in the week.

But wait, there's more! I saved the last dinner idea--our Dinner Club menu--for last. One of our guests is a very regular reader and commenter on Eat Like a Rabbit, and was hoping for broiled eggplant for Dinner Club. Unfortunately for her, the Maitland Farmer's Market where I prefer to acquire this vegetable was closed this week for the Maitland Art Festival. However, I happen to know she is also a huge fan of basil. My basil is looking beautiful, and I won't even mind harvesting all of it to give her a Basil-Themed dinner. Here's what I have in mind: Salad with Strawberry Basil Vinaigrette from Moosewood New Classics, pasta with my own spinach-pesto sauce, and for dessert, a lime-basil sorbet I just found on Allrecipes.com. Don't be surprised by the fruit and basil flavors mixed together. I've done it before, and now nothing surprises me.

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