Monday, August 2, 2010

Menu Plan Monday--Produce OVERLOAD

Pictured is all the produce I need to make use of this week--all of which cost me around $13 (the sweet potatoes, watermelon, and okra were given to me). I'm loving it! Do you see the twelve green bell peppers that I purchased for only $2.18?!? Those will be utilized to make stuffed peppers (the rest will be frozen for future use in chili, fajitas, and Chipotle Chicken with Peppers).

Here's how I'll use up this wonderful produce:

Sweet potatoes: Sweet potato casserole (recipe coming soon!), any extra will be frozen in mashed form
Peaches: Freezer Peach Pie Filling
Zucchini: More Blueberry Zucchini Bread
Blueberries: see above ;)
Okra: Okra and tomatoes! Audrey over at Trugars is going to post Big Mommy's recipe soon!
Mango: Mango Sticky Rice (will freeze any extra mango)
Watermelon, Carrots, Bananas, and Grapes: Eaten as snacks throughout the week

Last weeks' menu worked out well. We love the Blueberry Zucchini Bread that I tried out. I deviated from the original recipe by reducing the amount of sugar by 1/4 cup (I know, I'm so brave) and substituting 1/2 cup applesauce for 1/2 of the called for oil. Also pictured are the beef fajitas with fresh guacamole, blueberry freezer jam, and Tuscan beef stew with mashed potatoes. The blueberry jam was a HIT, the fajitas were good, the beef stew I wasn't crazy for. We also made sushi (pictures later this week), and let's just say I'm addicted. Sushi will now be a weekly appearance on our menu, I think!

Without further ado, here's this week's menu plan:

Breakfasts: Yogurt, Cold Cereal, Smoothies, toast with Blueberry Jam
Lunches: Tuna fish sandwiches, leftovers, burritos

Dinners by Weeknight:
Monday--Stuffed Green Peppers with a salad on the side
Tuesday--Sushi with cucumber, avacado, and cream cheese 
Wednesday--Slow Cooker Ribs, Mashed Potatoes, and carrots 
Thursday--Dinner at home group 
Friday--Pizza night--maybe I'll finally try a pesto version! 
Saturday--Leftovers served with Okra and Tomatoes and Sweet Potato Casserole.

What are you serving your family this week?
For inspiration, check out Org Junkie's Menu Plan Monday. :)



  1. what a delightful set of produce recipes!!

  2. Sounds like a yummy week! Looks like you got lots of wonderful produce too!

  3. We need pictures of the sushi, for sure, and I think I need to taste-test it as well. :) Hopefully I'll post my recipes tomorrow....we'll see!

  4. I can't believe you got such a great deal on bell peppers! This looks like a great week with a ton of fresh produce.

  5. Wonderful! What a bargain you got for yourself. I miss Massachusetts where I could get a TON of produce really cheap. Good produce here in WNY but if there are CHEAP yet good produce, I haven't found it yet!

  6. yummm... it all sounds great. Great haul of produce.

  7. Produce Bonanza! It's my favorite kind of overload! The only puzzle for me would be the okra. What else do you do with it? Have a super-yummy week!

  8. That is a ton of produce. If you find you don't use up all the bananas, make banana bread. yummm


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