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Menu Plan {30.09.2013} + Autumn/Fall Recipes I

With the temperatures starting to become cooler here, the fall recipes have come out this week.

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Here are some of the recipes I use on a regular basis for this time of year.

I will be adding more in the next couple of weeks, some are on the list for this week’s meal plan.

DAY BREAKFAST DINNER
Saturday Fresh Bread (from La Farm local french bakery) Pumpkin Soup
Sunday Bacon, Eggs, Hash browns Homemade Pizza
Monday Toast with sliced ham Split pea and ham soup + homemade bread
Tuesday Oatmeal + Banana Pot Roast + Vegetables
Wednesday Toast + Banana + Peanut Butter Meatball Spinach Pasta Bake
Thursday Green Vegetable Omlete Lentil + Kale soup
Friday Oatmeal + Dried Fruit Salsa chicken casserole 
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Chicken and vegetable Cacciatore

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This chicken vegetable cacciatore recipe is my favorite recipes. It falls into my comfort food category and is great on a miserable day (be that cold or raining/snowing). It happens to be a weight watchers recipe from WeightWatchers Momentum Cookbook (page 123) – modified quantities below.

Ingredients (serves 3-4)

  • 1 packet of purdue boneless chicken breasts, diced into about 1 in chucks (pre-packed two 1/2 breasts)
  • 1/ 2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced
  • 1/2 package of cremini mushrooms (~4 ounces), sliced
  • 1 celery stalk, sliced
  • 1 yellow onion, sliced
  • 1 carrot, sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 a jar of pasta sauce (or a can of tomatoes+herbs of your choice)

Cut the chicken and sprinkle with salt and black pepper. Heat the oil in a skillet, add the chicken and brown. Transfer the chicken to a bowl and set aside.

Add the vegetables to the skillet – from the bell pepper to garlic cloves, cook and stir the vegetables until slightly softened (about 3 minutes).

Add the chicken back to the skillet with the vegetables. Add the pasta sauce or canned tomatoes + herbs and heat. Once it starts to bubble slightly, reduce heat and simmer covered for about 15-20 minutes.

We serve this with either a 1/2 cup of brown rice pasta or a grain like couscous or quinoa. It usually provides enough for an additional 2 lunch portions – its great reheated. You can also freeze it easily in a sealed container.

Adventures of the week and Meal Plan – Week 7

So, this is my first blog of the week and its already Saturday. Can you believe it, but this week, I got a stomach bug Monday night –> Wednesday, and when we woke up on Tuesday morning we had no heating upstairs (where we all sleep). I hope this does not continue, so far this year:

  • January: We had to buy a new car as my husbands car was too expensive to fix based on the trade in prices
  • February: Son got Strep throat for 3 days (going around school), a on/off valve for our master bathroom snapped and water leaked downstairs through the kitchen ceiling…fixed/finished last week. Now I get a stomach bug (going around school and work) and the heating is broken – we get told that it would be a good idea to replace the heat pump and air conditioning unit since they are 16 years old (which apparently is a major accomplishment for these units). Right now we are going to push through to April and then replace that and get the roof re-done at the same time.

I am hoping for a smooth and non-eventful week to finish off February. I am also hoping for more co-operative weather – while we have not been getting the snow, it has been cold and a little miserable. The week has just been a little flat and I took some time out from doing anything but the essentials :-).  I have been inspired this week though by Kristel’s list and Holly@myPlantBasedFamily (from her “Eat to live” post in November last year).  Anyway, here is our meal plan for the week…..

DAY BREAKFAST DINNER EXERCISE
Saturday Oatmeal with Banana and Almond butter Creamy Vegetable Shepherd’s Pie (thanks to Kristel’s list and links)
Sunday Oatmeal with Grated Apple + Sultana’s Chicken and Vegetable Cacciatore + Quinoa or Wheat berries 3-4 Mile Walk
Monday Whole Grain Cereal+Soy Vegetable Frittata
Tuesday Whole Grain Cereal+Soy Vegetable Soup (Slow Cooked) 3-4 Mile Walk
Wednesday Fruit + Flax Seed Pizza @ zPizza (love the options at this place)
Thursday Whole Grain Cereal + Soy Asian Fish + Vegetable Pockets
Friday Smoothie Vegetable Pasta Bake + Quinoa Pasta 3-4 Mile Walk