Family Dinner Plan: Happy New Year!

Wake up! Time to get started. We are already 8 days into the New Year and I feel behind. Well, not really behind, but there are definitely opportunities to take advantage of.

Did you make any resolutions this year? The article in the NY Times this morning suggested that we have space for one resolution, not many, since our self control and will power can only go so far. Are you thinking about a resolution around food? Lots of folks do, many diets are started in January, only be abandoned in early February.

I joined Once a Month Mom and a group of bloggers on a year-long journey back to whole foods called Get Real. In September, I will be sharing our experiences with Poultry (chickens), including our backyard chicken experience and sourcing local chicken for our table. We eat mostly whole foods here (although M&Ms are known to appear occasionally), and I look forward to learning more about how others integrate whole foods into their diets and how they made the switch.

For those of you wondering, whole foods are “foods that are unprocessed and unrefined” (Wikipedia) and do not contain added ingredients such as salt, sugars or fats. Many whole grains, beans, legumes, fruits and vegetables fall into this category, and eating a whole foods diet usually means you focus on making your food from scratch. I do cook that way most of the time, but like any working Mom, I need to have balance and sometimes I look for short cuts. Trader Joes usually supplies several of those short cuts.

So, anywho, if you are interested in bringing your diet back to whole foods, or want to know more about reducing the amount of processed food in your diet, check out Get Real and visit 100 Days of Real Food, the host for January, who is going to help us all clean our our pantries and freezers!

To that end, since my freezer is chock-a-block of protein (lamb, pork, beef and chicken) and my pantry has some interesting grains and beans, I will make this weeks menu based on what I have at home. There will be a trip to the store for milk, but I think I have enough of everything else on hand to get us through the week.

Cookie of the Week: Brownies (made by Big Guy as science experiment)

Sunday: Roast fresh ham, mashed potatoes, salad with watermelon radishes, apple fritter rings

(Meatless) Monday: Lentil and Bulgur Soup, cucumber and mint salad, fresh pita bread, hummous, fresh fruit

Tuesday: Slow cooker garlic chicken with couscous, salad with roasted beets (this chicken recipe would be better with chicken thighs, IMHO)

Wednesday: Leftovers

Thursday: Apple-Potato Latkes with cinnamon sour cream, grilled chicken sausages

Friday: Trashy TV and Takeout (although, I did make a really great Chicken Makahni-like dish last week that was pretty easy!)

What is on your menu plan this week?

The photos are random this week, since I did not have any bounty from the farmer’s market or veggie CSA to photograph. The glass pumpkins are from Cohn-Stone Studios in Richmond, California, which has a large sale every year. And the bread is a Pain d’Epices, which I learned to make from Chez Pim at Love Apple Farms.