Menu Plan Monday November 10th

This week’s fruit is one of my absolute favorites: Pomegranate! I had one for the first time in my twenties and I was totally hooked. I’m a spring and summer kind of gal, and not a big winter fan. Pomegranates give me something to look forward to in the winter months, and when they disappear from the market, spring is around the corner so it’s all good.

Generally, I have pomegranates just as is, but I also sometimes cook down the juice with some agave to make pomegranate molasses. I plan to make a pomegranate/walnut/chicken dish that I made last year. I don’t remember the details, but figure I’ll wing it. And I can’t wait to see what everyone else decides to do with this fabulous fruit!

Last week was a good one in my kitchen. My pear skillet bread/cake turned out most deliciously (I’ll post later this week, I think) and I also made Ricki’s GF macaroons, which are from her upcoming cookbook. I did my last batch of campaign cooking, with a quinoa/black bean salad. I posted a recipe for Red Pepper Soup, which is great on a chilly day–although I have to say, we’ve had very few of those so far.

Here’s a plate of love for my sweetie (masquerading as fruit, but don’t be fooled)

I ate Brussels sprouts for the first time last week. I liked them, my tummy didn’t. They were interesting, though, and I’m glad I gave it a shot!
Monday:
Chicken breasts poached in a pomegranate sauce with walnuts
Broccoli/carrots

Tuesday:
Vegan
Southwestern Quinoa Salad with avocado

Wednesday:
Parchment Tilapia, Lazy Style with red peppers. Can you believe they still have some at the Farmer’s Market? I can’t believe they’re not frozen!

Thursday:
Roast chicken with a Chinese 5 spice rub and broccoli with sauteed garlic

Friday:
Turkey cutlets with artichoke in a lemony sauce

Treats of the week:

I plan to make pumpkin pie for a friend’s birthday
Caramel-y almond cookies

From my garden:

Raspberries
Garlic shoots
Thyme
Oregano
Carrots/carrot tops

From the market:
Cauliflower
garlic
kale
apples
pears
peppers

And what about everyone else?

Ginger of Fresh Ginger has a great week planned!

Pom Cosmos sound like a great way to get antioxidants. Her brussel sprout plants didn’t really sprout, but I give her credit for trying! and I totally hear her comment on getting behind on posts, it’s so easy to do when there’s always so much that comes up.

Sea of Book of yum has a great international week of munchies planned. I especially want to hear more about her Spinach Chickpea Curry! She recently posted a recipe for acorn muffins that have me intrigued. Maybe I’ll go out and steal from all the neighborhood squirrels.

Manda’s having a hard time with tummy pain, but has still pulled together a great menu with quinoa-pom-pistachio salad and banana ketchup (not together!!!). Feel better, Manda!

Angela has a big week and GF cooking classes, so let’s wish her best of luck! She also has a GF Free-zer event going on Friday, and I’ll have to check back in to see what yummy things she has in store for us.

Kim is feeling much better after her surgery and getting back into the swing of things with a great menu and she’s even looking forward to making some make and freeze ahead items for Christmas baking.

Sarah joins us with her ode to soup since she just had her wisdom teeth out. Ouch!

About Cheryl Harris

Life played a funny trick on me. I've studied nutrition for years, and much to my surprise, found out that I could manage many of my health issues via diet. I've been GF for years, and I've got a bunch of allergies and sensitivities. But it definitely doesn't keep me from cooking, baking and enjoying my food. Thanks for stopping by.
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16 Responses to Menu Plan Monday November 10th

  1. VeggieGirl says:

    OOOOH, amazing food/meal plan, as always :-)

  2. Michelle says:

    I have to say, I have never had a pomegranate, I wouldn’t even know how!…maybe I should if it will help me look forward to winter! lol

  3. Ricki says:

    I, too, got addicted to poms the first time I tried one. Love your take on it–it DOES give me something to look forward to in winter! The easiest pomegranate molasses I ever made was boiling down a bottle of unsweetened pom juice until 1/4 its original volume, and voila!

  4. sea says:

    Here’s my menu for this week! Thanks so much for hosting this week and hosting the headquarters for Natalie!

    http://www.bookofyum.com/blog/gluten-free-menu-swap-and-meal-plan-monday-gf-peanut-noodle-salad-recipe-2392.html

    -Sea

  5. Manda says:

    Here you go Cheryl; thanks for hosting! http://asparagusthin.blogspot.com/2008/11/menu-swap-november-10th.html

    Finally got me to experiment some with Pomegranate.

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  7. Angela says:

    Thanks for hosting! My post is up: http://angelaskitchen.wordpress.com/2008/11/10/menu-plan-monday-57/

    I love seeing your “from the garden” list. I’m in MN so the gardening season is quite a bit shorter… I like knowing it’s happening somewhere else! ;o)

  8. Kim says:

    Thanks for hosting! Here is my menu for the week:

    http://glutenfreeislife.wordpress.com/2008/11/10/menu-plan-monday-november-10-2008/

    I am a little slow this week. :)

  9. Kim says:

    I have never had pomegranate either. I may have to grab one while at the store today and give it a try!

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  11. Sarah says:

    Please add me too! I just put up my menu. Here’s the link:
    http://everydaygf.blogspot.com/2008/11/soup-menu.html

    Thanks for hosting!

  12. Kay says:

    I love the photo of fresh pulled carrots!

    I had to give up brussels sprouts when I found I am allergic to the whole cabbage family. I still miss my cole crops!

  13. Shellyfish says:

    I love poms! I haven’t had one in so long, though. Sounds like a delicious week!

  14. I too love pomegranates and love this time of year when they are available. I was just eating one tonight and thinking about how to make muffins or cookies with pomegranate juice or seeds. There is something about them that is so magical – maybe it is the surprise you get when you break one open and find a zillion jewels that you can eat!
    I also love the picture of the carrots, and your menu looks wonderful! thanks so much!
    sarah

  15. Torrie says:

    Hi- I am new to the gluten free life and wandering around cluelessly. I was so excited to discover your site!! Thank you for sharing this info for us newbies. It is so helpful!

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