Menu for the Week of March 19, 2012

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We have LOTS of root vegetables from our CSA. They are not the kid’s favorite type of vegetable but I think I may have found some creative approaches to these “earth-diggen” veggies with lighter meals sprinkled in between.

Blueberry Oatmeal Pancakes

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We first had a version of these pancakes on a trip with good friends to the Grand Tetons in the Fall of 2002.  Maybe it was the magic of the trip, but these pancakes have remained a favorite.  We made them for my aunt and uncle at least seven years ago. Recently I received a message from my aunt saying how much she still loves the pancakes and munches on them throughout the day (the extra are great frozen as well).  Pete’s dad, who never has been able to eat pancakes, even likes them.  You have to give them a try!

Sprouting the Beans

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Today was a BEAUTIFUL day - sunshine, no wind, birds chirping, snow melting and no jackets required. Rather than writing a post, it was the kind of day for "sprouting" myself and the kids. So stop back tomorrow when I share a recipe for Blueberry Oatmeal Pancakes. One more way to help get your daily fill of fruits and veggies.

Weekly Menu for the Week of March 12, 2012

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This week my mouth was watering as I compiled favorite meals that feature fruits and vegetables. It made for easy meal planning this week!

Lovin' Your Fruits & Veggies for Better Nutrition

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March is National Nutrition Month. Fruits and vegetables contain important vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals, and antioxidants and are usually low in calories. Eating plenty of vegetables and fruits can help you ward off heart disease, stroke, control blood pressure, prevent some types of cancer, protect against autoimmune diseases and depression, avoid intestinal ailments, as well as guard against cataract and macular degeneration, not to mention make you FEEL GOOD!!! In today's post I've compiled many great ways to eat delicious fruits & veggies.

Menu for the Week of March 5, 2012

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Most of this week we need easy or make ahead meals. We're also having Skoogie's leftover bean salad creation.

Garden Planning

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With potential blizzard conditions coming tonight and tomorrow we are EXCITED about more snow.  If we are going to have winter, let’s have some white stuff!  BUT it also is the time of year that we are dreaming about and planning our garden.  Last weekend we thumbed through our seed catalogs, picking produce to supplement our existing seed packets.  We’ll start seedlings inside in the next couple of weeks—you need a jump start when you live in the Northland!

Weekly Menu for the Week of February 26, 2012

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In her first week on the job, Skoogie picked mac and cheese with a kale salad. We ate it the other night so that we would have a photo for the blog. After eating her salad and first helping of macaroni, I thought she was done and cleared things off the table….but I was wrong! Another bowl was downed! She earned her first week as Assistant Meal Planner with that meal!!

Skoogie's other meal request this week is cheeseburgers and bean salad. It was interesting to decipher what she wanted. I heard loud and clear that it needs to be GREEN beans. I thought maybe a pickled three bean salad might be worth a try. But told Pete I wanted to check to see what Hannah had in mind. The other night while we were eating dinner I asked her what she wanted to do with the green beans and I KID YOU NOT, she said, "I want pickled green beans." Spooky!!! But exciting at the same time, because maybe that means there is a greater chance of her eating them! We'll let you know.

Meal Planning Assistant

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This week the kids have their Winter Break.  We just got back from a fun weekend of cross-country skiing.  Both kids are trekking along on their skis and it is exciting to see!  The rest of the week we have lots more adventures planned to sprout the beans.

Weekly Menu for the Week of February 20, 2011

We're keeping things simple next week, allowing for playtime during the kids break.

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