Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Menu Plan

This one's for you, Katie D. :)

Well, we're back into the swing of things after a marathon of family vacations. We've actually been back for over a week, but frankly, I was worn out. And THEN, coming up with a dinner menu on the fly every night has been even more taxing...so it's time to get back into the normal routine of planning and shopping accordingly. Summer always presents more work, what with the gardening and preserving of food for the winter months, and I simply can't spare the energy to try to come up with a nutritious meal for my family when my brain is already fried from all of the weeding and pruning and what-have-you.

Speaking of the garden, that is one of the joys of summer cooking for me: the abundance of fresh produce right outside my back door. This year, we've got several varieties of peppers and hot peppers, zucchini, cucumbers, yellow squash, beans, broccoli, lettuce, and a variety of tomatoes, along with cilantro, dill, rosemary, and basil. Later on, we'll also have corn, watermelon, and pumpkins. I can hardly wait. So as you read the menu plan for this week, insert fresh garden produce wherever you see veggies mentioned.

(And cross your fingers for my tomatoes--they're not doing so well...)

Home-fried tostadas
Refried beans
Spicy Shredded chicken

Fried potatoes

Honey Mustard Garlic-rubbed Pork chops
Steamed Broccoli with cheese
Honeyrock Melon

Grilled BBQ Chicken Legs
Big Old Salad

Country-Style Pork ribs
Corn on the Cob
Buttermilk Biscuits w/ Strawberry jam

Grilled Steak Salad
Garlic-Rosemary Focaccia


Wish I knew. Probably Pasta Salad with chicken.