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Menu Planning: Soups

2014 September 17
by Saba

I like meals all-in-one meals that stretch. Soup is the epitome of both. Here are some options I’ve drummed up for myself for the next few months.

 

1. Chicken Stew with Cornmeal Dumplings (Better Homes & Gardens)

Frozen Mixed Vegetables

Frozen Small Whole Onions

Cooked Chicken

Cheddar Cheese

Yellow Cornmeal

 

2. Spiced Pumpkin & Shrimp Soup (Better Homes & Gardens)

Onions

Carrots

Cilantro

Ginger

Allspice

Garlic

Shrimp (Cooked)

 

3. Paleo Egg Drop Soup

Green Onions

 

4. Paleo Buffalo Chicken Soup

Cauliflower

Chicken Breast

Celery

Franks Red Hots Sauce

Onion

Parsley

Chives

Cilantro

 

5. Paleo Butternut Squash Soup

Butternut Squash

Granny Smith Apple

Carrots

 

6. Coconut Shrimp Soup

Shrimp (Raw)

Onion

Garlic

Red Pepper

Jalapeños

Cilantro

Diced Tomatoes

Lime

 

7. French Onion Soup

Onions

Garlic

Thyme

Red Wine

Beef Broth

Baguette

Gruyere

 

8. Shrimp Etoufee

Onions

Green Pepper

Celery

Garlic

Diced Tomatoes

Seafood Stock

Shrimp (Raw)

Parsley

Green Onions

 

9. Thai Chicken Soup

Shallots

Cilantro

Crimini Mushrooms

Broccoli

Chicken Breasts

Lime

Red Curry Paste

Green Onions

Jalapeños

 

10. Roasted Cauliflower Soup 

Cauliflower

Onion

 

11. Roasted Garlic & Zucchini Bisque

Zucchini

Leek

Yellow Onion

Garlic

Raw Cashews

 

12. Beanless Chili (Recipe TBD)

 

Refrigerator/Freezer Staples

Chicken Stock

Milk

Eggs

Butter

Yogurt

Sriracha

Fish Sauce

 

Pantry Staples

Dried Basil

Dried Oregano

Dried Dill

Salt/Pepper

Garlic Powder

Whole Wheat & Spelt Flour

Almond & Coconut Flour

Baking Powder

Olive & Coconut Oil

Canned Pumpkin

Honey

Onion Powder

Coconut Milk (Full Fat)

Cinnamon

Nutmeg

Bay Leaves

Brown Rice

Paprika

Cayenna

Oregana

Thyme

Menu Planning: Breakfasts

2014 September 15
by Saba

I’m tired of thinking about what we’re going to eat, so I have compiled lists of a dozen dishes of various categories to get us from now through the end of the year. I’ve left leeway for impromptu meals from our co-op share and all of the upcoming holiday smorgasbords. I figured I might as well share my work.

At first I thought I would take the traditional week-by-week approach. However, I remembered that has never worked for me before and decided it made more sense to have a list I could arrange and rearrange based on what we had on hand.

Let’s start with breakfast.

Michael Bluth: What have we always said is the most important thing?

George Michael Bluth: Breakfast

Michael Bluth: Family George Michael

Bluth: Oh, right.

(Arrested Development)

(If I’ve tried the recipe before I’ve added an asterisk and my notes. Listed below each recipe are ingredients I usually do not always have on hand. Regular refrigerator and pantry staples are listed at the very bottom.)

 

1. Bacon & Gruyere Egg Casserole 

Spaghetti Squash

Bacon

Yellow Onion

Gruyere

2. Baked Omelet with Ham & Gruyere 

Ham

Gruyere

*3. Prosciutto-Wrapped Frittata Muffins

Yellow Onion

Garlic

Cremini Mushrooms

Spinach

Prosciutto

Cherry Tomatoes

Note: The prosciutto made the muffins too salty, and it made an awful mess in the muffin tins. Otherwise I like the recipe and think it’s a great versatile base. I think I’ll just remake it as a regular frittata next time.

4. Paleo Zucchini Frittata

Sausage

Zucchini

Carrots

Onion

5. Buffalo Chicken Egg Muffins

Chicken Thighs

Wing Sauce

Green Onion

*6. Paleo Honey Biscuits

Note: Love these. They’re easy and delicious. I usually double my batch so I have enough for the week (they store well in the fridge).

7. Breakfast Cookies

Dates

Dried Unsweetened Dark Cherries

Walnuts

Currants

8. Paleo Starbuck Pumpkin Spice Scone Clones

Coconut Palm Sugar

Pumpkin Pie Spice

Ground Cloves

*9. Irresistible Double Chocolate Muffins

Chocolate Chips

Low-fat Buttermilk

Note: This is my absolute favorite muffin recipe, though I recommend upping the pumpkin from ¾ cup to 1 cup. I’ll probably make it on repeat quite a bit this fall.

10. Grain-free Apple Spice Coffee Cake

Gala Apples

Lemon

*11. Fat Free Banana Bread

Lemon

Overripe Bananas

Note: I think this might be my favorite banana bread recipe. Where it calls for 1/3 cup berries of choice, I use canned pumpkin. Delicious!

12. Paleo Chocolate Coconut Bread 

Overripe Bananas

 

Refrigerator Staples:

Eggs

Gruyere

Almond Milk

Unsweetened Applesauce

 

Pantry Staples:

Blanched Almond Flour

Coconut Flour

Spelt Flour

Whole Wheat Flour

Wheat Germ

Ground Flax Seed

Baking Soda

Baking Powder

Cinnamon

Nutmeg

Cardamom

Garlic Powder

Sea Salt

Black Pepper

Vanilla

Coconut Oil

Butter

Coconut Butter

Almond Butter

Apple Cider Vinegar

Honey

Maple Syrup

Brown Sugar (I actually just use regular raw sugar + molasses)

Canned Pumpkin

Full Fat Coconut Milk

Shredded Coconut

Cocoa Powder

Happy Weekend!

2014 September 13
by Saba

It’s been a big week for Leila (and teddy). We’re excited for a weekend full of cooler weather and a bit of rest.

Puggles

“Puggles”

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“I have a good idea! I watch some TV.”

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1st Squirt Class

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