Sunday, April 15, 2012

Weekly Menu Plan #23

Rain, then sun, then rain again.  It's the rhythm of spring and I love it.  When it's not raining, we're outside running, jumping, playing, weeding, and planting.  When it rains, we bake, cook, clean the house, and play inside games.  Variety is the spice of life, yes?  

I've been absolutely loving the book "French Kids Eat Everything."  It's inspiring, challenging, and affirming what I want my approach of feeding our children to be.  The book discourages lots of snacking.  It makes sense, really.  If children aren't hungry at mealtime, why would they be motivated to try new things?  Instead, the author encourages four square meals a day.  From now on, I won't be including two snacks a day in our menu plan.  But what to call the fourth meal?  Second breakfast?  Fourthsies?  Tea time?  Le goûter?  I might just call it "snack," (although le goûter seems way more classy), but you'll know what it really is, right?  Fourth Meal.

To do: Thaw 1 quart chicken stock for Wednesday night
Lunch:  Chili Burritos & Carrot Sticks with Probiotic Ranch Dressing
Snack:  Raw Strawberry Cacao Kefir Smoothies with carrot slices

To do: thaw beef & beef stock for Thursday night
Breakfast:  Cheesy Eggs & Kale, Lemon, Apple Juice
Lunch:  Mostly Raw Wrap, Apple & Orange Slices
Dinner:  Bean, Rice, & Beef Bowls over lettuce & Parsnip Fries with Pesto & Fresh Camomile Tea

To do: soak German pancakes, thaw chicken for Friday night
Breakfast:  Sourdough Caramel Apple Pancakes, eggs, & Cabbage, Lemon, Beet Juice 
Dinner:  Creamy Tomato Bisque, Sourdough Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, & Salad 

To do: thaw ground beef for Saturday night
Breakfast:  German Pancakes
Lunch:  Quesorritos with Apple and Orange Slices & Strawberry Lemonade Slushies
Dinner:  Beef Stroganoff & Salad

To do: soak sourdough pancakes, soak almonds for Saturday night
Snack:  Raw Orange Julius (using kefir instead of milk)
Dinner:  Roasted Herbed Chicken with Truffled Cauliflower Mash & Lemon-Caper Gremolata

To do:  soak porridge
Breakfast:  Sourdough Cinnamon Roll Pancakes & Eggs
Lunch:  Hummus Flowers & Perfectly Frothy Raw Hot Cocoa
Snack:  Raw Blueberry Kefir Smoothies & Crispy Almonds
Dinner:  Paleo Swedish Meatballs & Meyer Lemon Vanilla Bean Cheesecake in the Raw

To do: menu plan
Breakfast:  Soaked Porridge & Eggs
Lunch:  Leftovers
Snack:  Dates & Nuts
Dinner:  Leftovers
(Sunday is my day off)

I'm sharing this at Monday Mania, Simple Lives Thursday, Pennywise Platter, Fight Back Friday.


  1. Thanks for the ideas. I am trying to work on my weekly meal plan now. Sometimes it just isn't as easy as other times!!

  2. I'm going to have to get that book! Thanks!

  3. Katie....Thank you so very much for posting these menus and keeping them free!! This is such a blessing to me and my family!! We just came upon your blog and are blown away to see a family that mirrors our own in so many lovely ways!! Enjoy these precious early months with your new little one. It is this sweet newborn time in their lives that always draws me back for more (We have five also...four sweet girls and our youngest is our son who is 8mo. now.) You'll be busier than ever, and more joyful than ever....enjoy your journey and thanks for sharing your life so well with all the rest of us. You're an encouragement for sure!

  4. I'm so glad they work for you. Thanks for sharing such kind words. :)


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