Backwards Meal Plan Week

This is one of those rare weeks that I don’t get to the farmer’s market at all over the weekend yet the fridge is almost completely empty. Usually our meals for the week are led by the produce, cheese, meat and sometimes even condiments I buy at the Saturday farmer’s market. This week is a rare “Backwards Week”, also known as “Clean Out the Fridge” week. There are many random bits and dabs of fresh produce and opened containers in the fridge that need to get used up. I enjoy this puzzle-solving aspect of meal planning. How do I make it all fit together?

This week is also going to be busy. The Cinema Verde food & farming evening is Tuesday and I’m taking a cake to the potluck, but my husband and kids are staying home. Thursday night my kids are testing for their next belt in their Tae Kwan Do class, which means a celebratory dinner afterwards, but they’ll need a big protein-and-complex-carbs snack between school and class. My daughter and I are also preparing for our week-long camping trip with 3,000 of our closest friends in 2 weeks.

Pork with creamy cider, apples and mushrooms, with mashed rutabaga-the-size-of-your-head. This will also start to use up some of the English hard cider I bought and then found too sweet.

Sichuan Spicy Beef Stew with rice noodles and the limp cabbage

Morgh-e Torsh – Sour Chicken Stew with Fresh Herbs and Yellow Split Peas with rice and the last bag of fresh peas in the crisper drawer

Jim’s 20-Bean Chili, probably with ground venison from the freezer

Leftover Chili Burritos with salsa and cheese

This will be a nice break from the slight case of Kale Overdose we’re all experiencing. I’ll bake this Grapefruit Bundt Cake for the potluck to show off grapefruits from Henderson & Daughter Citrus, and these date and pecan bars to use up this bag of pecans for lunches and snacks. Breakfasts will be strawberry smoothies unless I get really crazy and bake some sweet potato biscuits with sausage patties. And I still need to make sauerkraut before the cabbage in the fridge finally withers away in neglect.

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