Tuesday, May 12, 2015

May Menu Plan

This month is all about anticipation of our CSA starting in June.  We're also taking advantage of strawberry season and stocking up the freezer with yummy fresh berries.  We're looking forward to restocking the freezer with berries and fresh produce this summer from our garden, the CSA, and the farmer's market.

We also have a little fruit monster on our hands, so we're having to increase our grocery budget to accommodate that as well as our desire to eat a little more healthfully (we were already pretty good before).  We're planning to make fresh fruit smoothies, popsicles, and pureed soups for the freezer with our new Ninja blender.  (Thanks to the in-laws for the birthday/anniversary gift early!)

We're also looking forward to the Duke intern from church joining our family for the summer later this month.  It'll be another mouth to feed, but we love doing it and it's so good for little man to have someone new to interact with around the house.

You'll notice a breakfast for dinner theme in our menu.  We love breakfast foods, but they're often too much work (i.e. more dishes) for weekday meals.  So we reserve them for dinners.  This time of year, our friends' chickens are laying really well, so we're getting lots of wonderful fresh eggs to use in meals.  Breakfast eggs are easier to fix than quiche, though we love that too, and usually breakfast for dinner comes together pretty quickly, which means we can spend more time outside together as a family in the evenings.

So, without further ado, here's this month's menu:

Breakfasts:  breakfast burritos, oatmeal, eggs and grits, whole wheat banana muffins, winter squash muffins with pumpkin seeds and raisins, strawberry coffee cake, egg and cheese sandwiches on homemade bread

Lunches:  egg salad sandwiches or wraps, leftovers, black bean salad with barley, homemade yogurt with granola and fruit

Dinners:  winter squash pancakes with eggs and fruit, dinner salads with hard boiled eggs, dried fruit or fresh, and cheese, quesadillas with refried beans and avocado, roasted turkey with broccoli and herbed rice pilaf, turkey tacos with squash and greens, french toast with bacon and fruit, roasted root veggies with barley and herb butter, tomato basil soup, meatball sandwiches with fresh fruit, breakfast for dinner (roasted potato hash browns with yummy blue and red potatoes from the farmer's market, fried eggs with garden chives, grits, and fruit or sauteed peppers and onions), beef and cheddar pie with rice pilaf

I'd love to hear from you!  And a happy belated Mother's Day to all the moms, "adopted" moms, and women longing to be moms out there!

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