Weekly Menu Plan ~ August 9, 2009

Phew, hot one out today!  96 with a heat index of 104.  It wouldn’t feel so bad if we had been having this weather all season, but it has been unseasonably cool here in Ohio.  I have to admit that this warmer weather has left me uninspired to cook much.  Too hot to turn the oven on, even with A/C.  There has been a lot of grilling going on.  School starts in 17 days.  I will miss having the kids around, but I look forward to being back on more of a structured daily schedule.  Plus, the arguing is getting a little much.  I declared one day last week “National No Arguing Day”.  The kids didn’t buy it.  Darn!  LOL!! 

A friend of ours gave us some cucumber & zucchini from their garden the other day.  You have to see this zucchini.  Jon was pretending to use it as a baseball bat, it is that big!!

This is a 12 inch ruler and a 750ml bottle of wine, for reference.


Look how big around this thing is!


Not sure what I am doing with this monster yet, but I see some zucchini bread in our future!!

In My Box is hosting this week’s gluten-free menu swap.  The ingredients of the week are lentils, beans & pulses.  I had no idea what pulses were, so I went to my trusty Wikipedia site to find out.  Basically they are legumes, but if you want more explanation, click here.  I eat lentils, beans & pulses all the time.  I add chickpeas and/or black beans to my salads all the time.  I also enjoy black beans with some red quinoa and other grilled or roasted veggies.  I don’t have any dinners planned using these items, but they will be in my salads & lunches.  😉 

Sunday ~ Rotisserie Chicken, baked sweet potato w/cinnamon  & Greek yogurt, fresh green beans & mixed greens salad.

Monday ~ Spaghetti & meat sauce (ground turkey), roasted asparagus & salad

Tuesday ~ Baked Chicken Fingers, butternut squash fries, broccoli & salad

Wednesday ~ Leftovers or fend for yourself night (skating)

Thursday ~ Herb Roasted Pork (got bumped from last week), Brown Rice or quinoa, zucchini/yellow squash & salad

Friday ~ Pizza and salad

Saturday ~ Filet mignon, garlic mashed potatoes, roasted veggies & salad

Baked Goods

Pamela’s Bread

Zucchini Bread

Thanks to Cheryl at Gluten-Free Goodness for hosting the temporary GF Menu Swap HQ. 

For more great menu ideas, visit Orgjunkie

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8 Responses

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  2. holy moly. if you hadn’t included a picture, i don’t think i would have believed the ENORMOUSness(is that even a word?) of the zucchini. gracious. you’ll be making more than one loaf of zucchini bread. 🙂

    • LOL Erin! I was shocked at that zucchini when DH brought it home! I am going to grill some of it tonight to toss in my spaghetti & turkey meat sauce…I love to add extra veggies to mine!

  3. That zucchini is just ridiculous! I love your size-comparison photo, it’s hilarious as well!

    Your menu sounds super delish. I am especially attracted to your beta-caroteney sides – the sweet potatoes and the butternut squash fries. I will have to try those sometime soon!

    • Thank you! I love my zucchini & wine. 😉

      Let me know how you like the fries! I can’t get enough!! If given the choice, I choose these over reg. potato fries any day.


  4. wow, that is some zucchini! and the squash fries sound yummy.

  5. […] Posted on August 29, 2009 by Kimberly Remember a few weeks back when a friend gave me a zucchini the size of a baseball bat?  Well, I ended up with another one and a yellow summer squash that […]

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