August Meal Plan #1: Catching My Breath

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Image and recipe from Kristin at Yellow Bliss Road

Sorry I missed you last week, Internet. I was busy (a) celebrating my 9th wedding anniversary with Mr. M (b) suffering through a heat wave and (c) obsessively setting up my new Passion Planner. (More about that last one later!) Here’s the least you need to know about last week’s menu: Giada De Laurentiis’ dirty risotto is delicious for a celebration, especially when paired with champagne, ice cream, and a simple green salad.

Okay. Moving ahead. We’ve officially entered the tail end of summer, which means that I’m feeling pulled in multiple directions. Mr. M and I are trying to savor several more hot-weather adventures with kids, but we also need to finish up this season’s home projects (which, yes, we’ve totally been putting off). I’ve got to get Big Sis ready for first grade and Little Bro ready for preschool. I’m also traveling for work. Oh, and pretty much everyone in my family has a birthday this month. Soccer. Did I mention soccer? (Pause. Breathe into a paper bag.)

In richly busy times such as this, the thought of meal planning can be overwhelming. I need simple. I need fast. And I need to acknowledge my tendency to eat my stress… which means that everything has to taste fabulous. So I’m reviewing my target rules for tastiness (namely, that everything tastes better when rolled in a tortilla, dipped in soy sauce, covered in sour cream, or made into a pancake). Oh, pancakes. You’re definitely taking a starring role this week!

Other factors: this week’s CSA box includes melon (which we’ll have for breakfast) and slicing tomatoes (which will go on sandwiches). I’ll be building the week’s dinner recipes around scallions, cauliflower, green beans, potatoes, and kohlrabi. Hard to believe that I’m halfway through the CSA season! Ten more weeks to savor fresh veggies 🙂

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Vegetarian CSA meal #1 (scallions)sesame-crusted tofu and scallion cakes

Vegetarian CSA meal #2 (zucchini, kohlrabi, and carrot) – veggie fritters with herb yogurt sauce, summer fruit salad

CSA meal #3 (cauliflower, potatoes) – mashed cauliflower, oven-roasted potatoes, and pan fried pork chops

CSA meal #4 (green beans)slow-cooker roast chicken with steamed green beans and boxed rice pilaf

leftovers re-imagined (shredded roasted chicken) – chicken pesto sandwiches with fruit, sliced veggies, crackers, and store-bought spinach dip (yes, this is a portable meal I’ll be taking to a family picnic.)