Family Dinner Plan: First squash of the year


Our box from Mariquita Farms contained the above beautiful Padana Squash, which will last for a long time on the counter, until it is more what I think of as squash season, ie. cooler temperatures. For now I am still into the fresh tomatoes and chiles, the squash will come later.

In addition to the Padana Squash, we also found Mixed Heirloom Tomatoes, Green Cabbage, San Marzano Tomatoes, Sweet Peppers, Lettuces and Cayenne Peppers. Honestly, I am punting on the Cayenne Peppers, or maybe I will dry them for decoration.

Here is my menu plan for the week of September 15:

Sunday: Leftover New Mexican food, including pork in green chili, zucchini with green chili, and (wait for it) posole in green chili

Monday: Roasted salmon, tomato salad, sweet potato fries

Tuesday: Pulled pork, coleslaw, peppers and tomatoes to snack

Wednesday: Leftovers

Thursday: Grilled lamb chops with olive tapenade, Greek salad with avocado dressing,

Friday: Takeout and Trashy TV

What is on your menu plan this week?


  1. I love long-storage vegetables! Those squash can wait until you are good and ready! This week I failed miserably at my meal plan (two days of meals planned..sigh) – but I’m recommitting today, and will be having some braised chicken thighs and zucchini with tomatoes tonight if all goes well. Lamb chops and tapenade sound promising!
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    1. Kitchen Gadget Girl

      Hi Sam! Great to hear from you! Sometimes meal plans to not always go the way they are expected – last week, I decided on Thursday I was more in the mood for Shepherd’s Pie with ground lamb, but after getting about 1 hour into the recipe, decided that it would not be ready that night. So, at the Thursday Farmer’s Market, I picked up a Roli Roti roast chicken and potatoes and saved the Shepherd’s Pie for another night, which turned out to be last night after the first rainy day of the season! It all works out; thank goodness for big freezers 🙂

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