Welcome again, to The Cherry On Top's Weekly Menu!
We had a bit of a crazy weekend with illness and unplanned camping so I'm using a couple of last week's recipes again, but I'll make new ones for you.
Monday: Soup N' Sandwiches (click on the image for the pumpkin soup recipe)
I'm the one who is sick. So, today, I'm whipping up some soup from all of the veggies that are still sitting in the refrigerator. Home made soup is so easy to make. Wash the veggies that are still sitting in your fridge. Cut them up in large pieces, throw them in the pot, add some salt, pepper and maybe a touch of veggie bouillon. (Just watch how salty it is.)
The easy version to buy some pre made soup. I always have soup in the cabinet! My grocer sells an awesome organic soup in a bottle. Just shake, open, pour in a mug and voila! Mmmm...Check out the ingredients. Most package soup is pretty darn good especially if there is no meat in it.
Serve up your favourite sandwich or buy a fresh French loaf and just dip! I strongly recommend getting away from the white bread in a plastic bag with a long shelf life. Try a bread machine. It literally takes under 10 minutes to dump your ingredients in and turn it on. When it beeps, you take it out and let it cool. It is THAT easy!
Making bread might seem like a lot of work in the beginning, but the more practice you have, the easier and faster it gets. Wait until you make some garlic and walnut bread! The smell will drive you insane! Or maybe a cajun braided loaf? Do this on the weekend and give the family a real treat.
Tuesday: fish, starch,vegetable (click on image for couscous recipe)
Use your favourite fish and either bake, pan fry (in olive oil or coconut oil) or steam. If you have a steamer, you can make an entire meal in there! Steam broccoli, rice and your fish! Talk about a time saver. Throw your ingredients in the steamer, turn it on and get the table set, the kids washed up, empty the dishwasher and it's ready!
If you are wanting to stay away from starch (especially, potatoes and bread which is a great idea) then make some couscous, quinoa or bulgar. Couscous is so so easy and fast to make! Just add a pad of butter and season to your liking! It goes great with fish.
Green beans, broccoli, whatever the family likes. If you are using a lot of butter and salt, start cutting back until you don't use it all or just a touch of butter is you have to. Use fresh whenever can or frozen. Do NOT use canned.
Definitely a family favourite. Good old fashioned spaghetti. My boys love the long noodles. My little guy has sensory issues and cannot stand spaghetti sauce, so I just take out his pasta and put a little butter on it. Then I serve him raw veggies. They are the best for us and he actually likes quite a few different kinds. NEVER stop introducing or reintroducing fruit and veg. You might just be surprised. Never force, but persuade and even reward your child just for TRYING something new.
Making your own spaghetti sauce is a lot of work depending on what you like in your sauce. Dump a can of canned tomatoes to your hamburger (if you are using meat) and shake in some spices and herbs that you like. Use bacon or chicken in your spaghetti for something different, or no meat. My family doesn't usually even notice! Mushrooms are the key for this. If you family has a problem with veggies like garlic, onion, peppers, shrooms...then put it all in the food processor. That's what I do. These vegetables are just so healthy, I have to use them and so should you!
You may used jarred sauce. Just make sure there is no sugar and that you know what ALL of the ingredients are. If you can't pronounce it, then your probably shouldn't be eating it.
Thursday: meat, starch, veg
Choose a favourite meat like lean steak, fish, pork chops, sausage (my kids favourite), chicken strips (not breaded if possible).
Wash and peel your potatoes AND some carrots or spinach. Put them together and let them cook. When finished, drain off water into a measuring cup and mash together. That's right! My kids do NOT eat cooked carrots or spinach, but when mixed with mashed potatoes?! THEY LOVE IT!
Add a touch of butter, salt and either milk or a bit of that reserve liquid if you are staying away from dairy.
If you know how to whoop up a quick sauce, then pour your reserve in the pan you used for your meat and add your thickener (2 tablespoons cornstarch and 2 tablespoons cold water shaken very well). We make a volcano and the sauce is lava. They go nuts over this, STILL! Hehehe...
Fun Food Friday: Taco Buffet
So easy and another family favourite.
Choose the meat you want and sauté it with some Mexican seasons of your choice. While simmering, prepare the buffet of sour cream, salsa (or cut tomatoes), guacamole (you might be surprised that the little ones actually like it even if you don't.), shredded cheese, onions, your choice of soft, hard or boat shells or a mix, then the meat. Everyone makes their own!
Saturday: grilled cheese (Click on image for a pimped up grilled cheese!)
Once again, don't use that awful, bagged bread! It is RELLY BAD for you. Soften up your butter or just put the butter in the pan than slop both sides of the bread in it. So easy, right?! Lay in your REAL cheese and top with the other slice of buttered bread. It only take about 3 minutes in total. Hello?! Serve it with some raw veggies, pickles or soup!
Sunday: plan a BBQ!
Get the grill (or your grill pan) going! Choose the family's favorite grill'n meat. Whip up your favourite pasta, rice or potato salad or if the kids are dying, some french fries. Once a week is not big deal. Heat or boil up your corn and voila! Dinner is served.
For THE most awesome pasta salad click on the image.
OK, you're set now with a week's worth of healthy and yummy meals. Get a grocery list together and start eat'n right!
*Try to eat potatoes less and less. Look for Nicola potatoes if you have to eat them. Potatoes promote cancer growth and wreak havoc with those suffering from diabetes and other types of inflammatory diseases.*
If you ever have questions or want to share your favourite, healthy all natural recipes, please comment.
Let me know if you are liking these menu planners. It takes me a long time to make them and if I don't get feed back, I'll stop doing it. I hope you are enjoying them!