Monday, November 22, 2010

Meal Planning for Busy Days

Tomorrow I'll be at my son's school helping until lunchtime, which means we'll both arrive home hungry and ready for lunch. This means there will be no time for something elaborate. I like to plan ahead so that we can have a healthy meal made in no time flat. 

I roasted a chicken this weekend and shredded the meat for our meals this week, made a batch of brown rice tonight and will add the ingredients tomorrow when we get home to make a stir-fry using green beans, carrots, broccoli and bok choi from our CSA box from Johnson's Backyard Garden (at Austin Farmers' Market on Wednesdays and Saturdays). 

Here are a few recipes for busy days that can easily be made from ingredients you can find at the local farmers' market. 

2. Pasta with veggies - Make your favorite kind of pasta and a sauce made from either pizza sauce in a can, pasta sauce in a jar or fresh tomatoes mixed with a little chicken broth, some greens and your favorite veggies or your frozen pesto cubes and some roasted chicken. 

3. Turkey Chili with White Beans (grab some tomatoes from the Farmers' market while you still can and make a couple batches of this to throw in the freezer!) *Thank you, Sandra for this recipe! 

4. Venison and Okra Chili (great for freezing)

5. Butternut & Apple Squash Soup, Gluten-Free Cheddar Apple Sandwich and Mixed Greens Salad (Make the soup ahead of time and freeze and make a big bowl of salad for the week so that all you need to put together is the sandwich)

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