Happy Spring! Yes, that’s not what the calendar says, but as far as I’m concerned, if my daffodils are up, it’s Spring. Wow…this weekend flew. Some of it was losing an hour, but I could have sworn I’ve lost at least 3 hours this weekend. I’m not sure where they’ve gone!
As we’re getting our house ready to move, the scurrying, cleaning and organizing is eating up a big chunk of my time and energy. And the tastiest avoidance behavior, AKA, “oh, I could make X” so I don’t have to do said cleaning and organizing. So this weekend, I made a cherry crisp, a lovechild/hybrid Amy’s Spicy Cashews with the spices from Elana’s Smoked Paprika Almonds, and a crust free Chocolate Raspberry Pie. And posted the very simple and easy Chocolate Chai.
I will also be teaching a class on Gluten-free and Healthy Eating, and we’ll be making Cinnamon Apple Millet. So if you’re in the Bethesda, MD area on March 19th, do come and say hi.
And all of this leads to my topic for this week’s MPM, which is quick and easy meals. I seriously need to focus my energy on what’s necessary rather than what I’d prefer, at least for a bit. So I look to all of you for inspiration and your favorites!
Garlicky Quinoa with Mache
Crockpot orange BBQ beef for E, Kalamata Hummus and greens for me
Curried Coconut Chicken with roasted cauliflower
Beef & Celery Stew
Elana’s Irish Soda Bread
And everyone else?
Heather of Celiac Family has a pictoral menu plan, which is always fun, but it’s the potato farls that caught my eye. I can pretty definitively say that I probably don’t even have a drop of Irish blood and don’t have a lot of familiarity with Irish foods, so I was fascinated.
Wendy of Celiacs in the House has a gorgeous winter snow picture with buds peaking through, and such a contrast to the daffodils! She’s got Corned Beef and Cabbage (w/gf beer, of course) on the menu, and cheddar muffins, too.
Nicola of G-free Mom has an amazing post up on the delicate balance of emotions after a tragedy. She reflects on the tsunami in Japan and our role, and says “every small step we take to make the world a better place within our own sphere of influence has to be of relevance.” Her way of brightening the world is by spreading nutritious food. And who am I to argue?
Renee, of Beyond Rice and Tofu graces us with a vegetarian menu and a chickpea curry that sounds delicious. She’s planning on making Irish soda bread, too. Between Elana’s and Amy’s and Karina’s recipes, the gf community is set!
Haha. Love the cooking excuse so you don’t have to pack and do other things you don’t want to do… You can also use the I don’t want to pack it/pay to move it, so I should use it up excuse too. I used that one when we moved! Good luck this week getting through it all.
Here’s my plan…
Perfect theme for your busy week, Cheryl. When are you making roasted cauliflower? We need to synchronize our menus. Hope you take time to stop and just breathe.
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Looks like a yummy week to me. I may have to add in that Kalamata Hummus to my menu – maybe for lunch this week. Thanks for hosting and keeping us going every week! My menu plan is up: http://celiacfamily.com/?p=5034
Good luck with the house moving preparations this week! Quick and Easy is perfect for me this week too. My post just went up: http://gfreemom.com/2011/gluten-free-menu-plan-monday-march-14th/.
Not sure that will fly. I keep buying new stuff and am dragging my heels about using up old stuff.
Thanks a bunch!
Thanks so much for hosting this week, Cheryl! I am running behind, as usual. But at least I got a menu made this week. 🙂 Great theme – I’m excited to read everyone’s menus and get inspired!
Hope all the cleaning and organizing goes smoothly!
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Good luck with the moving! Nice quick and easy menu plan.
What’s necessary is definitely quick and easy in our house this week. Lots going on after a long weekend of being away, but we still need nourishing meals. Love the daffodils, Cheryl. Happiness and hope in flower form. 🙂
Lovely summary Cheryl! Thanks for your kind words. N xo
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I am totally late this week. Been having too much fun with the kiddos, I guess. Hope your class and move go well!
My post: http://angelaskitchen.com/2011/03/17/menu-plan-monday-march-14-2011/#more-3994