Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Belated Menu for the Week!

I forgot to post my menu plan for the week, which really means I never got around to planning it.

BIG oops.

So better late than never, I decided to make a plan - so I don't find myself staring at the fridge at 6 pm one day thinking it would be so much easier to order a pizza...

I've checked what we have in the house, and will be using that, which means almost no bread, as I'm almost out of flour (I have enough for one batch of pizza)...

So here goes:

Sunday: lunch - Burgul, red lentil soup (served together for the adventurous, separately for the not), carrots, cucumbers
supper: whatever was left over from Shabbat, vegetable soup

Monday: lunch: muffins from the freezer, vegetable soup mixed with red lentil soup, green beans, carrot sticks, any random items I found in the fridge to use up
supper: Minestrone soup (pasta-less), baked ziti, salad

Tuesday: lunch: Baked potatoes with cheese, Homemade Corn Chips with black bean dip (corn chip recipe coming soon!), cucumbers and peppers
supper: Minestrone Soup, casserole from the freezer, make your own salad

Wednesday: lunch: any leftovers from other meals
supper: split pea soup, homemade pizza (filling soup - maybe I won't have to make so much pizza?), homemade french fries and sweet potato fries (baked, not fried, actually)

Thursday: lunch - split pea soup, rice, roasted vegetables
supper: macaroni and cheese,  roasted vegetables

And I think that will do it! We'll be out all day Friday so we'll have to wing it...

Have a great week!

Thursday, January 9, 2014


My menu planning was pretty abysmal this week.

I just never made a plan.

We somehow managed to eat most meals and scraped by, but now I have to do better for Shabbat! And hopefully for next week, too...

For Shabbat this week, we are "just us" for Friday night and have a family joining us for lunch. (And it's my birthday, so I'm thinking about a cake...)

So here's the plan:

Friday night:
Whole Wheat Challot (from the freezer, probably)
Split Pea Soup
Roast chicken with burgul
Something for the vegetarian (??)

Whole Wheat Challot
Black Bean Cholent
Spicy Roast Chicken
Spicy Sweet Potatoes
Apple Crisp
Potato Kugel (I only have enough eggs for one! - does anyone know how to make eggless potato kugel?)
Stir-fried Veggies with toasted Sesame Seeds

Other things I might to make, cuz I've been told some people are stopping in over Shabbat for my birthday:
Cinnamon Cake
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Corn bread muffins with molasses
anything else I can figure out...

Somehow my plans to cook during the day on Thursday got messed up by a plumbing issue in my kitchen.
Here's to a better night!!

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Good news about supermarket gift cards!

Do you ever get gift cards for the supermarket?

You know, the annoying kind that say they are for 100 shekels, and then you go to the store and discover they are only worth 90 shekels, unless you shop at the most expensive stores of that chain (like Shufersal Sheli, or Mega Ba'Ir)? This has really annoyed me, any time I've had the pleasure of receiving a gift card! It was the kind of thing that really, really reduced the pleasure of the gift, sadly.

Well... that will be a thing of the past, it seems! 

Globes reported that the Knesset passed a law that requires all stores to honor gift cards at their face value. No more small print saying it's only worth 90% of the face value!

I only rarely find myself in receipt of gift cards, but I'm sure this is good news for lots of you!

Please let me know if this will make a difference for you!

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Thursday, January 2, 2014


This week I am actually writing out separate Friday Night and Shabbat Lunch menus. Because I'm overwhelmed. We're having some guests for Shabbat, and more for lunch than Friday night, so this is what happened...  and now I must get cooking and enlist some helpers!!

Friday Night

Whole Wheat Sweet Challot with Flaxseed (I'm out of oat bran)
Split Pea Soup
Roast Chicken
Bulgur with mushrooms and garlic
Apple Crisp
Spicy Sweet Potatoes
Israeli Salad


Whole Wheat Sweet Challot with Flaxseed
Chicken Strips of some sort
Black Bean Cholent
Potato Kugel
Apple Crisp
Squash Kugel
Spicy Sweet Potatoes
Israeli Salad
Honey-Cinnamon Oranges

Chocolate Chip Cake

Also making:
Banana Breakfast muffins
various snacks -- not sure how much those 19 yr old boys will nosh on Friday night -- gotta be prepared!

What are you making?
Do you also get a little paranoid with 19 yr old boys visiting - wondering if you made enough food?