Monday, September 29, 2008
Menu Plan Monday
OK, so I'm not really new to Menu Planning. I've been doing it for awhile, but just not "officially". I thought if I'd put my plan online it would help me stay accountable a little bit better. Also, I love to look at other people's blogs for ideas on menus, so I thought I could join the party. You can check out more menu ideas at orgjunkie.com.
Since I live in Brazil you'll notice a few things. First, I'm only going to plan for lunches. The main meal here is lunch, not dinner in the evenings. It's also worked out nicely with our schedule to have me cooking the big meal in the morning, so it works great for us, especially since Renato is also working from home. Also, Brazilians eat and cook fresh rice and beans daily. I am not a Brazilian. I CANNOT eat rice and beans every day. I just can't. But I've compromised and I do cook them usually 2 times a week. And actually it's kinda nice because you don't have to come up with a "new" idea for every day.
Like I said, I'm not going to post my breakfasts or dinners. Breakfasts are rotating fresh bread from the corner bakery with cheese and meat, or homemade granola with fresh fruit and corn flakes (the only non-sugar cereal here in Brazil). Dinners we just sort of come up with at the time....leftovers, sandwiches, anything.
So, here goes.
Monday--Rice, beans, baked honey-mustard chicken, fresh salad with tomatoes
Tuesday--Baked potatoes with cheese and hambuger BBQ for toppings, fresh salad with grated beets and carrots
Wednesday-- Meat Tortellini Carbonara, and left-over ratatouille (frozen from last week)
Thursday--Rice, beans, grilled steak, eggplant with tomato sauce, fresh salad with tomatoes
Friday--Spaghetti made with home-made tomato sauce we made last week, fresh salad