Sunday, January 3, 2010

January Menu Ideas

Holiday eating is over - the last fruitcake cookie is gone - no more pecan pie - time for some veggies and regular eating!

I picked up a CSA bag for a friend on Saturday - lots of greens! Then I restocked my pantry and took a freezer inventory - we have a lot of bread, blueberries, pesto and seafood! (When fish is on sale I usually buy one for that night and get one double-wrapped for the freezer.)

Here are my menu ideas to make use of seasonal produce, raid my pantry and to use up the bounty in the freezer - I love shopping in my own kitchen!

BBQ Eggplant and Lentils
BBQ Tofu
Mjuddrah (lentils and rice with onions and olive oil)
Latkes with Sour Cream and Applesauce
Turnips, Sweet Potato, Apple, Pecans with Balsamic as side with Fish
Mashed Potato and Curly Kale as side with Fish
Split Pea Soup with Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
Veggie Salad with Garbanzo Beans or Tuna
Spaghetti and Sweet Basil Sauce as side with Fish
Spaghetti and Pesto as side with Fish
Linguine with Clam Sauce
Linguine with Pesto and Scallops
Penne with Cabernet Marinara as side with Fish
Penne with Shiitake Mushrooms and Sun Dried Tomato Sauce

Roasted Turnips and Carrots with Meyer Lemon Marinade
Baked Sweet Potatoes
Kale with Ginger and Meyer Lemon
Turnip Greens with Sweet Smoked Paprika, Hot Peppers and Onions
Steamed Broccoli with Meyer Lemon Marinade
Green Salads
Veggie Salad with cucumber, tomato and carrot
Spinach Salad with Shiitake Mushrooms with Miso Ginger Dressing
Avocado Grapefruit Salad with Poppyseed Dressing
Spinach Salad with Strawberries and Balsamic

Blueberry Bread Pudding
Sweet Potato Custard
Sweet Orange Compote

Take the time to inventory your pantry and freezer for your own menu ideas. Just think of all the money you'll save by shopping in your own kitchen!