Menu for the Week

We have harvested our bumper crop of artichokes (I think we got, all told, 11). We will probably have another crop bud in the fall. This week, we need to eat 8 artichokes. What a tragedy!

J asked to have spaghetti with tomato cream sauce, which is a recipe we learned while in Italy. That will be a great dinner for “Open House” night at school because it can be quickly prepared before we race out the door to go see J’s elementary school-work. I love Open House because it gives the parents a little glimpse into the childrens’ day and you see the leap in progress from the beginning to the end of the year. I always feel like the Open House is the beginning of the end of the year because there is not much to show off after that.

S has been reading Michael Pollan’s book, “In Defense of Food”, and we’ve been discussing how to incorporate some of what he has learned into our meal regime. With this blog, I’ve been focusing on healthier fare – it looks like we are moving in the right direction, based on what he is reading. We are not there yet! I think we could add more leafy stuff and focus less on having “protein” be the central feature of the meal. Smaller portions of meats and fish would probably be a good idea, as would larger portions of whole grains.

I am going to the dentist for a filling on Tuesday, so I think I’ll have something soft for dinner that night!

Here goes for this week:

Monday: Warm Lentils with vegetables, grilled chicken, artichokes, strawberries
Tuesday: Carrot Soup, crusty wheat bread or panini sandwiches, applesauce
Wednesday: Fish burritos, fruit for dessert
Thursday: Spaghetti with tomato cream sauce, salad
Friday: Off for Memorial Day Weekend

Next week, I will not be on the hook for dinners. S and L will be home alone, as J and I are going up to Yosemite for a school field trip. Maybe S will post his menus?


One thought on “Menu for the Week

  1. Hi, S & S, L & J,

    You sound like you’re in artichoke heaven . . . mmmmm. We bought some artichokes when we visited you in April and enjoyed them back home in North Carolina–thinking of you and the California crop (not to mention the strawberries.

    Hope S is enjoying the Michael Pollan book; we have his other one, OMNIVORE’S DILEMMA, and will read it after I finish Kingsolver’s ANIMAL, VEGETABLE, MIRACLE–which is really eye-opening and inspiring for healthy eating and stewardship of the land.

    Enjoy the Yosemite field trip.

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