Dana Slatkin

A Week of Farmgirl Menus

Gazpacho Soup

When iTunes took over the planet, all of a sudden there were millions of songs at our fingertips. It was exciting and overwhelming, to say the least. Many of us (of a certain generation) freaked out and refused to embrace the technology. Then someone ingeniously decided to help us out with playlists. Suddenly, the world of music wasn’t so vast. We just needed someone to tell us what we wanted to hear.

I believe cooking is heading down a similar road. Despite the jillion recipes out there, I often have no idea what to make for dinner. Even with shelves of cookbooks and bulging recipe files, it is still a daily challenge to come up with menus that are nourishing, satisfying, and exciting. What we need is a playlist to tell us what to make and when to make it.

So I decided to come up with my own playlist. I jotted down a week’s worth of recipes. I stocked up the kitchen with staples from my Farmgirl Shopping List And then I planned the menus for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Monday through Sunday.

I ended up making only three trips to the store that week, mainly for the fresh fish. There were plenty of leftovers, which I could freeze and then reheat to cover several meals into the next week. And I did allow a couple meals out, giving me a welcome break from the kitchen (and allowing my kids a brief escape from the food dictator).

Knowing the menus of the day took most of the stress out of cooking. My playlist allowed me to shop and cook with a purpose. My husband and children gathered around the table more often. For week at least, life was a little less hectic. And that was music to my ears.

Mon Tues Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Puffy Popovers

Bull’s-Eye Eggs

Scottish Oats with Brown Sugar and Berries

5-Minute Crêpes

Berries and Greek Yogurt

Cereal or

Shutters Granola with Soy Milk

Sprouted Grain Toast with Pumpkin Butter and Greek Yogurt

Maple Oat Scones

Egg White Omelet with Cheddar Cheese

Buckwheat Pancakes with Strawberries

Fritters with Yogurt Tahini Sauce

Mediterranean Salad

Whole Wheat Pita Bread

Mushroom Edamame

Sweet Potato Fries

Shutters Vegetarian

Kale Chips

Plum Tomato Soup
with Baby Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
on Spelt Country Bread

Spelt Pasta with Tofu Bolognese

Roasted Purple Cauliflower

Winter Chopped

Mushroom Quinoa Risotto

Persian Chicken Burgers with Sprouted Grain Bun

Persian Cucumber Yogurt Salad

Salmon with Artichokes and Light Saffron Sauce

Brown Rice

Fresh Berries with Chocolate Coconut Fondue

Radicchio Caesar

Pasta Arrabbiata all’ Tonno

Farmers Market Vegetable Soup

Roasted Baby Potatoes

Healthy Crustless Quiche

Frisée Salad with Yellow Beans and Poached Egg

Spring Green Farro Risotto

Mexican Hot Chocolate

Chicken Miso Soup

Potato Zucchini Latkes

Seared Fish with Simple Sauce

Cappuccino Cheesecake with Cookie Crust

Seared Tuna with Asian Slaw

Shiitake Mushroom Fries

Ginger-Chocolate Soufflé

Homemade Macaroni and Cheese

Brussel Sprout Chips

Photo credit: Culinate.com

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