Sunday, September 16, 2012

Weekly Menu Plan #44 ~ Here Comes Autumn!

This is the week!  The first day of autumn is this Saturday!  For a cold-weather-loving girl living in a sizzling valley in the summer time, this is very happy news.  It might have been in the upper nineties last week, but the kids and I welcomed fall to our dinner table and we all dreamed of hot cocoa and sweaters.  Coziness, soups, hot drinks, wood stove fires, and pumpkins: I eagerly await you all!

Last week I started stocking my freezer with meals to pull from for the upcoming holiday season (read about this plan here).  A double batch of nourishing potato cheddar soup was made for dinner that night and the rest went to the freezer.  When I'm ready to use it, I pull it from the freezer a day or two ahead of time and let it thaw in the fridge, then it goes into the pot for warming and viola!  Homemade dinner in five minutes.  Can you spot what I'm double batching and freezing from the list this week?

To do: thaw chuck roast for Wednesday night, make paleo granola & yogurt (double batch)
Breakfast:  GF Chocolate Chip Scones (thawed from last week)
Lunch:  Sourdough Almond Butter & Homemade Jam Sandwiches, Cookie Dough Bites (from last week), Fresh Grapes, Pepitas
Dinner:  Italian Chicken Soup (sans noodles, with fresh tomatoes, using chicken from chicken stock)

To do:  make hummus (double batch)
Breakfast:  Paleo Granola
Lunch:  Sourdough Turkey Sandwiches, Yogurt, Granola from Breakfast, Black Licorice Pieces

To do:
Breakfast:  Eggs with Tomatoes & Avocados
Lunch:  Hummus, Almonds, and Carrot, Apple, & Raw Cheese Slices, 
Snack:  Fig & Grape Smoothies (the recipe really is coming)
Dinner:  Slow Cooker Chuck Roast Supreme (double batch), Salad

To do: make applesauce (tripple batch)
Breakfast:  GF German Pancakes
Lunch:  Sourdough Peanut Butter & Raw Honey Sandwiches, Fresh Grapes, Raw Cheese Slices
Snack:  Pear, Walnut, Raisin Smoothies (recipe coming soon)
Dinner:  Baked Potatoes with Steamed Broccoli, Cheese, & Creme Fraiche

To do: soak sourdough pancakes
Lunch:  Leftover Coffee Cake, Pear Slices with Nut Butter, yogurt
Snack:  Popcorn

Saturday: Autumnal Equinox! 
Breakfast:  Pancake Bar
Lunch:  Pancake Sandwiches
Snack:  Applesauce
Dinner:  Slow Cooker Beef & Lentils (recipe coming soon) & GF Apple Crisp

To do:
Breakfast:  Leftover Apple Crisp
Lunch:  Leftovers
Dinner:  Leftovers
(Sunday is my day off.)

I'm sharing this at Monday Mania, Meal Plan Monday, Real Food WednesdayPennywise Platter.

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