Menu Planner – Week of May 28th

This week starts an attempt at following the mini-challenges over at 100 Days of Real Foods. I’m teaming up with a few of my local lady friends to get a bit more accountable with what we eat and how active we are. As you know, we don’t eat much processed food in this house, but there’s still plenty we can do to get even better about how we eat.  This week, the challenge is incorporating more fruits and vegetables into daily meals.

On some fronts, I feel like this one is a gimme. After all, barely a meal goes by in this household without at least two (sometimes three or four) fruits and veggies. I’m a total fruit and veggie nut. So there won’t be a lot of changes in terms of how we’re eating. That said, I’m going to try to start throwing some more vegetarian options into our meal plans.

The great thing about writing meals plans now is that grocery day has shifted to Thursdays as that’s when I’m out to hit the local farmer’s market anyway. That means I usually have some great fresh produce on hand when Monday rolls around.

Monday (Vegetarian Meal – Freshly Made)

I’m going back and forth on this one. I actually have a nice size package of homemade gnocchi in the freezer right now. I made it last month and haven’t eaten it yet. I might pull it out, or I might use the whole wheat gnocchi I have in the pantry.  Either way, this one has some veggies in it, but we’ll serve it with a nice salad to get an even bigger veggie punch. If I can still get strawberries at the farmer’s market, I’ll probably throw some of those in the salad as well.

Gnocchi, Sweet Corn & Arugula in Cream Sauce
Fresh Tossed Salad

Tuesday (Partial Pot-luck)

As you know it’s rare for me to cook on Tuesdays because we have our church small group that night. We’re wrapping up for the summer though and we’re hosting the wrap-party. We’ll be doing pot-luck that night, so I only have to handle a portion of the food. There’s a good chance we’ll crank through a bunch of homemade ice cream that night as well. We’ve already done a taco bar with the group and Italian food, so I’m thinking maybe we’ll celebrate summer by grilling.

Bourbon Chicken Tenders on the Grill (I apologize, I’ll get this recipe up after this event)
Cooler Corn
My Absolute Favorite Spring Salad
Whatever the rest of the group decides to bring





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