Friday, June 15, 2012

Weekly Menu for 6/17/12 - 6/23/12

June 17, 2012 - June 23, 2012
Day Menu Item Shopping
Sunday Vegetarian Cassoulet

1 (10-ounce) package Blue Corn Tortilla Chips
1 (24-ounce) package dried Cannellini Beans
2 Yellow Onions
3 cloves
10 ounces tomatoes, blanched, peeled and diced
Fresh Oregano
Fresh Thyme
1 (12-ounce) package Soy Chorizo*
Soy (imitation) Bacon Bits
Baby Carrots

Emmental (Swiss Cheese) Cheese
Monday Miraval's
Vegetable Pot-au-Feu
Vegetable or Chicken Broth
2 Skinless Chicken Breasts (Tempeh or Tofu)
Couscous (Quinoa)
Green Beans

Small Pumpkin or 4 Acorn Squash for Serving
Vegetarian Salad Lyonnaise
Frisee Lettuce**
Shiitake or Portabella Mushroom
Onion or Shallot
Sun-Dried Tomatoes
Wednesday Honeyed Fruit Salad Dry White Wine
1 Lemon
1 Pint Strawberries
2 Pears
2 Peaches
1 kiwifruit (optional)
Thursday Cauliflower Gratin 1 Clove Garlic
4 oz Smoked Tofu
Gluten-Free Breadcrumbs
Friday Mushroom Parmentier
6 Yukon Gold Potatoes
2 lbs Mushrooms
1 Large Red Onion
Red Wine
Vegetable Stock
Fresh Thyme Leaves
Fresh Parsley
Saturday Vegan Galette des Rois
(Kings Cake)
  Vegan Margarine
Firm Tofu
Almond Extract
Kirsch (Cherry) Brandy***
Almond Flour
All-Purpose Flour
Flaxseed Meal
Puff Pastry or Gluten-Free Pie Crust

You will also need:

Vegetable Oil, Cloves, Oregano, Thyme, Bay Leaf, Salt, Pepper, Nutmeg, Garlic, Salad, Salad Dressing, Olive Oil, Mayonnaise, Gluten-Free Bread, Sugar, Butter, Milk of your choice, Baking Powder

* Soy Chorizo is available in the fresh vegetable area of most grocery stores.
** Frisee Lettuce can be substituted with escarole (milder flavor, different texture), radicchio, dandelion greens or mustard greens.
*** In place of the Kirsch Brandy, cherry syrup may be used.

This week is all about French Cuisine.

Have you been afraid to try French cuisine?  Not sure you're all about the cream sauces, pate, or snails?  How about the cost?  All pretty scary, right?  Nah!  French food is much like Italian, Indian, or American fare in the fact that the food varies by the season and region of the country.  You can make French food at home, make it as elegant or family oriented as you like and all within budget.

These recipes provide great week-night meals for your family but they are also perfect for entertaining or special occasions.  If you or anyone has a special dietary need, these recipes are also easily adapted to Vegan, Gluten-Free, or Vegetarian.  An example of changing out ingredients in a meal to make it Vegan is to use soy or another nut milk, vegan cheese, vegan sour cream, vegan mayonnaise, or vegan Parmesan cheese.

At the end of the week, or sometime during, please sound off about this week's menu.  Did you enjoy the websites?  How were the recipes?  Were they easy to follow and the ingredients easy to find?  Did you have quite a bit of the ingredients already on hand?

Did you find cooking different meals having similar items easier?  Were you able to prepare multiple meals at once?

What would you like to see on future menus?

P.S.,  Please share your family's favorite quick and easy meal.

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