Monday, September 10, 2012

Meal Plan Monday

Meal Plan Monday?  What in the world is that?


It's something I used to post every Monday?  How strange.  Such distant memories.

Finally.  They're back.  Did you miss these posts?  Because I did.  But it seemed so silly to create a meal plan for the week while I was in Missouri.  Obviously I wasn't cooking at home much.  I did however continue to scour for recipes.  But as I was gathering I realized I was having a really hard time letting go of summer meals.  Tomatoes, zucchini, salads, berries....

But that all changed this morning.

I walked into the living room, pre-sunrise, cup of coffee in hand, sat down and realized the air blowing in the windows was cold.  I promptly grabbed a sweatshirt and blanket, filled up my coffee and cozily crawled back onto the couch to check the weather.  It was 56°!  In 3 months 56° will feel like a heatwave but after 3 weeks in Missouri?  It was a welcome treat.

So that's all it took.  One chilly morning and I'm gung ho for fall.

While I realize it's still early September, my kitchen is going to think September 21st has arrived.  Sweet potatoes, squash, apples, pumpkin...It's time.


Secret: I love curry.  Yet I rarely make it.
 Tomato Vegetable Curry with Cardamom Yogurt


Seriously?  This looks delicious.  Also, there are some fun facts in the post about black rice.  It was originally served to royalty and therefore forbidden to everyone else.  Who knew.
 Asian Salmon Packets with Black Rice


So I told you I was struggling with the whole letting go of tomatoes thing.  Well...I didn't quite let go.  I couldn't.  Not after seeing this.  And breakfast for dinner?  Yes, please.
Baked Tomatoes with Parmesan Cheese, Scrambled Eggs and Toast


It's possible that I chose this dish purely based on its name.  Tower of Power.  Love it.
Veggie and Egg Tower of Power


This is the kind of dish that allows me to loosen my grip on summer veggies.
 Roasted Acorn Squash with Fresh Greens, Farro, and Feta


After neglecting my Homemade cookbook for far too long I decided it was time to dig back in.  And this time I'm starting with a soup.
Sweet Potato Soup with Buttered Cashews
-from Homemade

and just in case you aren't ready for fall... 
you will be after this.

 Chai Spice Granola

Pumpkin Spice Smoothie

Chunky Apple Cake with Penuche Frosting

Roasted Pear, Gorgonzola, and Honey Toast

Chai Spiced Oatmeal with Cookie Butter

Sweet and Spicy Pumpkin Nut Butter


  1. It definitely feels like fall over here with all the pumpkin spiced everything!

    1. Agreed! Pumpkin latte. Pumpkin bread. Pumpkin butter. Pumpkin cookies. Not that I'm complaining... :)

  2. Your Monday Meal Plans posts are my favourite! They make Mondays bearable! *hehe*
    All of the dishes look so very yummy! I have to try that curry and the acorn squash salad. Mmm! :)

    1. Ah I'm so glad! I love doing them. But it always makes me SO hungry looking through all of the recipes!


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