Monday, June 7, 2010

Too Much Produce!

On Sunday or Monday depending on how busy I am over the weekend I like to put together a rough plan for the week.  I hate wasting produce or really any food, so I try to take an inventory of what we have and what will go bad.  Then I figure out what we should eat for the week.  To keep things interesting I have been searching for new recipe's. 

Produce is the biggest thing when I'm planning out our meals because it goes bad the quickest.  Lately we have had too much produce - gasp!  I know how can you have too much produce?  Well we get our weekly produce box, plus the garden is putting out a lot of veggies.  Right now we are swamped with broccoli and lettuce.  Soon we will have our hands full with peas and tomatoes.  This is fantastic and I am in no way complaining! 

I picked up our produce box on Saturday morning with my handy Envitote!  I bought this bag from NHerShoe's open sky shop.  This bag is really great.  When it is empty it folds up nice and small, but it has sturdy sides so it can handle heavy cargo.
This week from our Newleaf produce box we got:
- 4 Bananas
- 3 pairs
- 3 apples
- 4 oranges
- 1 lbs strawberries
- 4 beets
- 1 lg onion
- 3 yellow squash
- 1 bunch of kale
- 1 head of lettuce
From Newleaf, I also picked up some coconut butter that I have seen around the blogs.  I almost bought this a couple weeks ago, but the price tag made me hold off.  I decide to splurge this week.  I haven't had a chance to try it yet, but I'm looking forward to it.  Hint - do not put this in the fridge. 

Since we have been overwhelmed with produce lately, I downgraded our Newleaf order to just a fruit box.  I will probably miss the variety, but I can always fill in what we are missing. 

So after reviewing everything this is our plan for the week:

Sunday: Grilled chicken kabobs with onions & squash, potato pancakes and a large salad
Monday: Salmon in flaky pastry with broccoli and large salad
Tuesday: Frozen pizza and large salad (operation freezer defrost still in effect)
Wednesday: Tacos or taco salad w/ avocados, broccoli, and sweet potatoes
Thursday: Grilled pork chops, apple sauce, roasted potatoes and salad
Friday: Leftovers and salad
Saturday: Pasta with red sauce, garlic bread, broccoli and salad (1/2 marathon carbo load)
Sunday: Out!

Do you plan out your meals? 

P.S. Thanks for all of your comments last week.  I really like hearing everyone's thoughts!


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  2. If I was more organized, I would! I feel like planning out my meals is always on my to-do list, but I never actually get around to doing it. Usually, I just buy a base of produce, grains, and veggies and construct meals every night using what I have left. It's easier for me though since I'm a single gal, and don't have to worry about cooking for multiple people.

  3. Beautiful basket of food! I miss doing that this year. Fingers crossed for next season!

  4. I'm a huge fan of meal planning. I plan my meals around coupons and the produce I get from my CSA vegetable box. This helps me save money and not waste fresh veggies!

    I've always wanted to try that coconut butter but haven't had the guts to purchase it. I'm interested to hear your thoughts on it!