A weekly meal plan is always useful to have. It helps with shopping, meal preparation, healthy eating, meal variety, and can save on the grocery bill. What follows is my suggested meal plan and shopping list for Week 3. I have several weeks’ worth of meal plans developed using recipes I have created for my food blog. You can access the meal plans for other weeks by clicking on the hotlinks at the end of this posting. Of note, the Week 1 posting also includes information on meal planning in general.
I’ve provided a list of the main ingredients that, for the most part, would probably involve a shopping trip to the supermarket for most. However, as always, read each recipe thoroughly and carefully to create your own list as I have not listed what I consider to be “staple” items like regular milk, butter, eggs, flour, sugar, butter/shortening, oil, spices, etc.
Click on the green hotlinks to access the recipes.
Glazed Lemon Pecan Sweet Bread – This is a lovely treat to start off the week. Tuck it in to the lunch bags for a treat at break.
Shopping List: Lemon, pecans
This soup is the full meal deal – very filling and flavorful.
Shopping List: For the Soup – Ground beef, onion, celery, carrots, rutabaga, parsnip, potatoes, zucchini, garlic, tomato paste, canned diced tomatoes, ketchup, beef stock (click here for my recipe), red wine vinegar. For the Biscuits – All purpose and whole wheat flours, buttermilk
There’s nothing like a wholesome homemade biscuit and these whole wheat biscuits go really well with the Goulash Soup.
Dessert: Apple Crisp
No matter the season, this old faithful dessert will always meet with satisfaction. Pure comfort food at its best!
Shopping List: Apples (e.g., any combo of Cortland, Honeycrisp, Humes, Gingergold), rolled oats, pecans, lemon juice
Dinner: Pork Loin Roast with Pomegranate, Red Wine, and Black Garlic; serve with Potato Patties and medley of roasted vegetables of choice
Black garlic is not all that common yet, here on PEI, the garlic grower at Eureka Garlic just outside Kensington produces black garlic. Click here to read the story I wrote on Eureka Garlic’s black garlic. Not at all the taste you might think – in fact, no garlic flavor at all. Its transformation is more of a cross between a fig and a prune. Goes particularly well with pork.
Shopping List: For Pork Loin Roast – Pork rib roast, garlic, soya sauce, white wine vinegar, shallots, pomegranate molasses, chicken stock, black garlic, balsamic vinegar, red wine, orange juice. For Potato Patties – Potatoes, sour cream chicken bouillon, breadcrumbs.
These potato patties are such an incredibly tasty way to serve potatoes and they freeze well, too!
Dessert: Date Squares
Date Squares, the perennial favorite with many! These are a yummy treat and they freeze well, too.
Shopping List: Dates, rolled oats, orange juice
Dinner: Savory Cottage Pie
Lovely winter time treat, these little pies are packed full of flavor!
Shopping List: Ground beef, onion, carrots, parsnip, celery, green pepper, garlic, mushrooms, tomato paste, tomato sauce, ketchup, canned diced tomatoes, Worcestershire sauce, Dijon mustard, beef broth, molasses, frozen peas and corn, potatoes, grated cheddar cheese
Dessert: Butter Tarts
When it comes to food, it doesn’t get any more Canadian than these sweet butter tarts! A treat for sure, eh!
Shopping List: Pie Pastry, general baking supplies + maple syrup, milk/blend/cream
This chowder is incredibly flavorful. They’ll ask for seconds on this one!
Shopping list: For Chowder: 2 lbs PEI mussels, onion, garlic, white wine, celery, carrots, potatoes, chicken broth, whole milk (or evaporated milk); For Pan Rolls: Yeast + standard baking supplies
Nothing better with chowder than fresh homemade rolls, still warm from the oven! Bring on the butter!
Dessert: Squash Pie
Pick up a butternut squash and make this delectable pie – it’s even better than pumpkin pie and has a deeper flavor. Don’t reserve this recipe just for the autumn – it’s good any time of the year!
Shopping List: 1½ – 1¾ lb butternut squash, pastry for 10” single crust pie, evaporated milk, whipping cream
Dinner: Chicken and Mushroom Crepes with Cheese Sauce; serve with favorite green salad
A real special Friday night dinner. These crepes are so tasty with their cheesy sauce!
Shopping List: For crepes – 2 cups cubed cooked chicken, chicken stock, cheese mix (e.g., mozzarella, provolone and parmesan), celery, mushrooms; For salad – lettuce and favorite salad fixings and dressing.
Dessert: Leftover Squash Pie
Fresh asparagus works best in this chicken dish. Super yummy and looks great when it is sliced with the rings of the asparagus being very showy!
Shopping List: Boneless skinless chicken breasts, Boursin cheese, fresh asparagus spears, prosciutto, parmesan cheese, rice.
Oh là-là, how many different ways can you say “yummy”? This moist and flavorful bread pudding will have them calling for seconds!
Shopping List: For Pudding: 1 – 1lb loaf of soft French bread, whole milk, maple syrup, 2 cups high-bush blueberries (fresh or frozen). For Sauce: Grand Marnier, corn syrup
Sunday Breakfast: Special Treat – Cinnamon Rolls
Dinner: Cranberry and Ginger Sauced Pork Chops; serve with baked potato and medley of favorite steamed vegetables
Jazz up pork chops with a tasty and colorful cranberry and ginger sauce.
Shopping List: Pork Chops, chicken broth, orange juice, balsamic vinegar, cranberry preserve/jam, mustard, onion
Dessert: Leftover Blueberry Bread Pudding
I hope you have found some interesting recipes from my food blog to try this week!
For other weekly meal plans from My Island Bistro Kitchen, click on the links below: