Menu Plan for November 21 – 27 The new kids on the block.

Last week I tried 3 new recipes from the book ‘No Whine with Dinner, 150 healthy, kid-tested recipes from The Meal Makeover Moms’ by Liz Weiss, MS, RD and Janice Newell Bissex, MS, RD (M3 Press, 2011); Veggie Patch Tofu Pie, Mini Meatloaf Muffins and Coconut Chicken Fingers.  Paul and I enjoyed all three of these recipes; they were all a slightly different take on classic family dinners.

I was leery of the Coconut Chicken Fingers because generally speaking, I don’t care for coconut.  To my surprise the sweetness from the coconut and ginger were quite nice and the coconut was not overpowering on the chicken.  I seemed to enjoy my dinner more than the kids did and Paul ate the leftovers for a couple days afterward.

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The Mini Meatloaf Muffins were a hit with 2 of 3 munchkins while it was tolerated by the third.  All three agreed that mashed potato ‘icing’ that I added was the best thing you could put on a dinner plate.  Once again, all the leftovers made their way into our lunches and we all agreed that we could eat this meal again.

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The dark horse in the race this week was the Veggie Patch Tofu Pie.  The kids are hot and cold when it comes to quiche but I wanted to know how they would respond to the proclaimed ‘kid friendly’ version in the book because, well, I love quiche and I want to continue eating it for supper!  This recipe got rave reviews from everyone at the table!  The girls didn’t ask about the green stuff (spinach) that pervaded their meal and Paul added some hot sauce to hit the right note for a meal we all really enjoyed.  This recipe will go into our regular rotation and I may play around with adding different veggies to the mix.

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In the coming weeks I will be looking at different cookbooks for weeknight dinner inspiration.  Please comment below if you have a cookbook in mind that I should borrow from the library!!

This week is another busy one:

Menu

Saturday – Christmas Party

Sunday – Leftovers and cupboard clean up

Monday – Hand Breaded Pan-Fried Flounder, Potato and Roasted Cauliflower

Tuesday – Dragon Bowl

Wednesday – Rotisserie Chicken, Quinoa and Broccoli

Thursday – Swedish Meatballs with Mashed Potato and Frozen Veggies

Friday – Homemade Pizza

6 Comments

  1. Keepers eh? I am looking it up tomorrow when we head to the library. I have heard of 100 Days of Whole Foods…I think there is a blog/website to go along with the cookbook. I look forward to putting together a week or two of meal plans from your suggestions!

  2. Thank you for the suggestion! I just borrowed 2 of their books and will be putting one of our menu plans together from Looneyspoons and Crazy Plates.

  3. Hi Malka!! Thanks for your suggestion. I had forgotten all about the 4 (!!) Rose Reisman cookbooks stashed in our cupboard. I took your suggestion – this week is Weekday Wonders week in our house.

  4. Rose Riseman has some really delicious and healthy recipes that are super simple and fun to make.

  5. Eat, Shrink and Be Merry and other ‘Looneyspoons’ editions by Janet & Greta Podleski (have just tuned in so not sure if you already know about these books …. they are awesome.

  6. Looks great Christine! I don’t know if they have it at the library, but Keepers is one of my go-to cookbooks. I also love any Barefoot Contessa book – her recipes ALWAYS work (there is a mix of indulgent, but also many healthy & family-friendly recipes). Oh, and 100 Days of Whole Foods is another good one – not everything has been a hit, but there are some popular recipes (that are super healthy) in there.

    I also have a list of like 100 food blogs I read regularly and then clip into Evernote when a recipe inspires me. Let me know if you want a list of some good ones. 🙂

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