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#52–My gift to you December 4, 2008

Filed under: healthy baby,healthy home,no more plastic — michelleodonoghue @ 9:28 pm
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When we first moved to California I called my local recycling facility to find out what types of plastic were recycled. I found out all plastics (good news!) were recycled and picked up by trash service except for take-out containers (bad news!). Take out conatiners are made with such a weak compilation of plastics that nothing can be done with them.  That’s scary, especially considering the hot, steaming food that is served in them.  This can’t be good.

We don’t order much take-out but that first week in CA we ate it almost every night. My stash of unrecyclable containers from that week is horrible….I can’t even reuse them b/c I am so worried about what they leach into our food…

 

In order to prevent the need to rely on take-out I’ve come up with a 6 week rotating menu. I’ve used a form of this menu for years because when the kids were really young I found it overwhelming to food shop and cook 3 healthy,varied meals a day for them.  Between tthis menu, an ample stash of trader joe’s frozen foods, and dinner out on saturday nights at our favorite french place in town (with kids!!) we haven’t had takeout in the last 8 weeks. My gift to you…..Bon Appetit!

 

 

 

 

 

MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY
SAUSAGE,BROCCOLI,EGG NOODLES PEROGI, OLIVES,HARDBOILED EGGS, SWEET POTATO CHICKEN PICATA,     CORN BREAD, SALAD(TOMATO, BASIL, FETA) SPAGHETTI & MEATBALLS, PARMESAN CHEESE, ZUCCHINI QUESADILLA, SALSA, GUACAMOLE,CHIPS
PASTA WITH PESTO,BROCCOLI, QUICHE, PUMPKIN BREAD, MINI CARROTS BRWON RICE STIR-FRY, CUT VEGGIES, SESAME SOY SAUCE BAKED ZITI,          RICOTTA, MARINARA SAUCE, MOZZARELLA,STRING BEANS, SUGAR SNAP PEAS CHICKEN NOODLE SOUP, CHEESE AND CRACKERS
EGGPLANT        PARMESAN             butternut squash              hard boiled egg PAD THAI                    RICE Noodles                          SCRAMLED egg                               carrot, zucchini, broccoli FRIED BROWN RICE  Peas, corn,onion,asaparagus,    sweet and sour sauce COUSCOUS,ROAST CHICKEN, broccoli STEAK,                 PEAS                  FRENCH FRIES, SALAD
BURRITOS              Tortilla                        cheese                      veggies                        beans ORZO WITH DICED, ROASTED VEGGIES, parm cheese SWEET POTATO, HOMEMADE MAC & CHEESE BAKED POTATO,      cheese, sour cream,broccoli         HOMEMADE FISH STICKS, HOMEMADE POTATO FRIES,corn on cob
 HUERVOS    RANCHEROS             Corn tortilla, Beans,  eggs                           cilantr, pico de gallo                                SHRIMP SCAMPI  spaghetti or rice, parsley                          bread crumbs, lemon, white wine, butter MINI HAMBURGERS cheese,mini-rolls, ketchup RAVIOLI          cauliflower w grated cheese PIZZA and MAC N CHEESE             cucumbers,carrots
    CHEF SALAD,          hard bolied eggs, deli meats, cheese, lettuce greens, croutons SALMON            BUTTERNUT SQUASH, french fries EGGPLANT PARMESAN        shredded mozz., marinara, bread crumbs,snow peas, salad TORTELLINI SOUP (chicken noodle w totellini) PASTA W VEGGIES, MARINARA, CHEESE, GARLIC BREAD
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2 Responses to “#52–My gift to you”

  1. Jessica Says:

    Wow Michelle…my family, including myself, thank you! This will greatly increase the 10 meals I rotate each week. Just don’t have the time to think or be creative when it comes to cooking.

  2. Caro Says:

    I’m not fond of take out myself… or plastic… But, I was very ill in February and unable to cook as often. My lovely husband tried his best, but he is not a cook, more of a reheater. Well, we got take out and lots of those plastic containers, so I resused them instead of tossing them. Some are crayon boxes, paint palettes, replacement puzzle boxes… non food or mouth touching oriented things 🙂 Just some ideas.


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