It’s Saturday, August 20

Menus and shopping lists for August 21 – 26 and August 28 – September 2

Another great week of dining awaits. It’s time to make some plans and go grocery shopping.

Many of us have turned to online shopping apps and grocery delivery services over the past two years. For those who continue to utilize these services, we will continue providing two weeks of shopping lists so you can order ahead when you prefer.

This Week’s Recipes
August 21 – 26

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Sunday:Breaded Rockfish and Lemon Rice with Seared Fennel and Summer Squash

Cook a piece of breaded rockfish tonight using an age-old cooking method that I watched my mother perform many times. It’s a frying method using flour, egg and breadcrumbs and it works for chicken, meat or fish.

Tonight’s fish is served with a homemade tartar sauce and complimented with the bright flavors of Lemon/Scallion Rice and seared summer squash with fennel.

Grocery List: Breaded Rockfish with Lemon Rice, summer squash and fennel
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Breaded Rockfish with Fennel and Summer Squash

Produce
garlic (if needed)

sweet onion (if needed)

1 bunch fresh basil (if needed)

fresh curly parsley (if needed)

1 bunch green onions 

2 lemons 

1 fennel bulb

one 8 inch yellow summer squash

one 8 inch zucchini

Canned/Dried Foods
brown rice (if needed)

Panko or dried bread crumbs (if needed)

Low-sodium vegetable broth (if needed)

low-sodium soy sauce (if needed)

canola oil (if needed)

sesame oil (if needed)

low-sodium soy sauce (if needed)

rice wine vinegar (if needed)

dill pickle (if needed)

capers (if needed)

Frozen Foods

Meat/Fish/Poultry

1 lb. Rockfish fillets 

Chilled Foods/Dairy

plain, nonfat Greek yogurt or quark (if needed)

eggs (if needed)

low-fat or vegan mayonnaise (if needed)

Monday: Chef’s Salad

Tonight the “King of American Salads” wears a crown of sliced hardboiled egg.
We’re talking about a Chef’s Salad. We’ll continue to take advantage of the abundance of the harvest season in the process by adding some shredded purple and Napa cabbage to the mix. The “cold cuts” consist of plant-based ham slices and thin-sliced Chik’n strips.

The salad is served with a creamy basil dressing and a choice of seasonal fresh fruit.

Grocery List: Chef's Salad
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Chef’s Salad

Produce

sweet onion (if needed)

1 head leaf lettuce

1 bunch fresh basil leaves

Napa cabbage (if needed)

purple cabbage

1 cucumber (if needed)

red bell pepper (if needed)

green bell pepper (if needed)

1 pint cherry tomatoes 

1 apple or pear 

Canned/Dried Foods

rice wine vinegar (if needed)

Dijon mustard (if needed)

Frozen Foods

chickenless tenders (if eating meatless)

Meat/Fish/Poultry

1 skinless chicken breast (if eating meat)

2 oz. sliced deli ham (if eating meat)

Chilled Foods/Dairy

eggs (if needed)

extra-sharp cheddar cheese 

plain, nonfat yogurt

meatless ham slices (if eating meatless)

Tuesday: Swiss Chard with Poached Apple, Fennel and Roasted Potatoes

The new apple crop has started appearing in grocery stores and farmers markets. There’s nothing quite like the flavor of fresh, tree-ripened apples. Tonight you’ll use these seasonal gifts as a feature in your greens dish.
Poached apple slices, seared fennel and thin-sliced Field Roast Apple sausage will share the spotlight with Swiss Chard this evening. The greens dish will be served over caramelized potato slices with a dusting of Gorgonzola crumbles to finish the plate. , Mmmm, Mmmm, GOOD!

Grocery List: Swiss Chard, Apple and Roasted Potatoes
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Chard with Apples and Fennel over Roasted Potatoes

Produce

garlic (if needed)

yellow onion (if needed)

1 bunch Swiss Chard

1 fennel bulb 

3 medium-sized red potatoes

1 apple 

Canned/Dried Foods

low-sodium vegetable broth (if needed)

low-sodium soy sauce (if needed)

balsamic vinegar (if needed)

Frozen Foods

Meat/Fish/Poultry

Chilled Foods/Dairy

Field Roast Apple Sausage or equivalent product

crumbled Gorgonzola cheese (if needed)

Wednesday: Southwest Beans ‘n’ Rice with Peppers and Seared Corn Salsa

Seared peppers, onions and Napa cabbage team up with beans and rice tonight. The Beans and Rice is topped with a delicious seared sweet corn salsa for a flavor-packed one-dish meal. Finish each plate with a drizzle of plain yogurt and a little shredded sharp cheddar cheese.

It’s seasonal dining with a Southwest accent. Enjoy!

Grocery List: Beans 'n' Rice with Peppers and Sweet Corn Salsa
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Beans and Rice with Peppers and Sweet Corn Salsa

Produce

garlic (if needed)

yellow onion (if needed)

fresh cilantro leaves (if needed)

Napa cabbage (if needed)

green bell pepper (if needed)

red bell pepper (if needed)

2 ears sweet corn (buy frozen if not available)

2 kiwis 

Canned/Dried Foods

brown rice (if needed)

one 15 oz. can chopped tomatoes

one 15 oz. can pinto beans 

chili powder (if needed)

dried oregano leaves (if needed)

ground cumin (if needed)

 Frozen Foods

Frozen corn (if no fresh corn available)

Meat/Fish/Poultry

Chilled Foods/Dairy

plain, nonfat yogurt

extra sharp cheddar cheese

 

Thursday: Fish Tacos

You’ve saved some breaded rockfish from Sunday so you’re ready to enjoy yummy fish tocos tonight.
Homemade condiments will include a quick Tarter Sauce and Low-sodium Tomato Salsa.   A nice little cabbage slaw will fill out the menu.
Serve a couple of large purple plums as a finish to the meal.

Grocery List: Fish Tacos
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Fish Tacos

Produce

garlic (if needed)

sweet onion (if needed)

Red or green leaf lettuce (if needed)

fresh cilantro leaves (if needed)

Napa or savoy cabbage (if needed)

1 Jalapeno pepper 

1 Anaheim pepper

2 ripe avocados 

1 lime 

2 large purple plums

Canned/Dried Foods

one 15 oz. can no-salt diced tomatoes

sesame oil (if needed)

rice wine vinegar (if needed)

No Frozen Foods or Meats Today

Chilled Foods/Dairy

plain nonfat yogurt (if needed)

cheddar cheese (if needed)

soft 6 ” flour or corn Tortillas (if needed)

 

Friday: Free Food Friday!  It’s Leftover Night!

It’s time to use up the leftovers and clean out the fridge as you head into September. 

Serve a chilled cantaloupe or seasonal melon of choice to perk up those leftovers. 

Grocery List: Leftover night
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Leftovers

Produce

one ripe cantaloupe or melon of choice

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August 28 – September 2

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Sunday: Veggie Lasagna

It’s time again to take advantage of the new harvest.m Lasagna is always a standby comfort food and a most convenient food for entertaining. This vegetarian version will be anchored with slices of seasonal eggplant and fresh spinach. I prefer whole-wheat lasagna noodles and homemade marinara sauce for this recipe.

Grocery List: Veggie Lasagna
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Sunday, Veggie Lasagna

Produce

garlic (if needed)

1 yellow onion 

1 large bunch fresh spinach leaves or one 6 oz.  bag of spinach 

1 head leaf lettuce

1 cucumber

1 eggplant 

9 oz. crimini mushrooms

1 pint cherry tomatoes

1 lemon

Canned/Dried Foods

Whole wheat lasagna noodles

one 15 oz. can no salt chopped tomatoes

one 15 oz. can regular tomato sauce

low sodium vegetable broth (if needed)

balsamic vinegar (if needed)

oregano leaves (if needed)

basil leaves (if needed)

ground nutmeg (if needed)

red wine to cook with (if needed)

No Frozen Foods or Meat Today

Chilled Food/Dairy

plain, nonfat yogurt

 eggs (if needed)

shredded mozzarella

shredded Parmesan

1 pint Ricotta Cheese

Monday: Tomato Gazpacho

OK! It’s the height of tomato season. This ancient peasant soup is a must before the harvest is over. Prepare the soup in the morning and refrigerate in a covered glass bowl for the day. It takes about 20 minutes to assemble gazpacho.
This style of gazpacho probably has its roots in Spain and Portugal. I prefer a recipe that doesn’t use tomato juice. Commercial tomato juice is too salty.
I refer to my recipe as “Tomato Gazpacho” since the origins of this soup seem to be white gazpacho made with stale bread. Leftover (or stale) bread is still used in many tomato gazpacho recipes, but we’ll serve a fresh baguette with this soup… just because we can.

Grocery List: Tomato Gazpacho
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Gazpacho and Salad

Produce

garlic (if needed)

1 medium red onion

red leaf lettuce (if needed)

1 cucumber (if needed)

1 bunch basil leaves 

1 red bell pepper 

1 Anaheim pepper 

1 Jalapeno pepper 

cherry tomatoes (if needed)

5 large, ripe tomatoes 

1 lime

Canned/Dried Foods

one 15 oz. can garbanzo beans

one 32 oz. box low-sodium vegetable broth (if needed)
OR
1 box Not Chick’n Bouillon Cubes (if needed)

apple cider vinegar (if needed)

extra virgin olive oil (if needed)

Frozen Foods

Meat/Fish/Poultry

Chilled Foods/Dairy

Tuesday: Swiss Chard, Peaches and Feta

The last of the seasonal peaches are in the grocery stores and farmer’s markets now so be sure and take advantage of their availability.

Peaches deliver a stand-out performance tonight as they fan out across a background of nutritious green chard and protein-packed quinoa. This plate is a kaleidoscope worthy of a Busby Burkeley Musical. Strong supporting performances will be delivered by sliced “crispy tenders” and toasted almonds. “Oohs” and “Ahhs” are appropriate.

Grocery List: Swiss Chard with Peaches and Feta
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Tuesday, Swiss Chard with Peaches and Feta

Produce

garlic (if needed)

yellow onion (if needed)

1 bunch chard 

1 large or 2 medium peaches 

2 oz.  sliced almonds

Canned/Dried Foods

Quinoa (if needed)

olive oil (if needed)

low sodium veggie broth (if needed)

low sodium soy sauce (if needed)

balsamic vinegar (if needed)

Frozen Foods

Chickenless tenders (if going meatless)

Meat/Fish/Poultry

1 cooked chicken breast (If eating meat. From freezer at home)

Chilled Foods/Dairy

crumbled feta cheese

Wednesday: ASPGY Pasta

ASPGY stands for Apples, Spinach, Pine Nuts, Gorgonzola and Yogurt. I often use Granny Smith apples for this dish but any tart apple (Pink Lady, Braeburn, Empire) will work. The more tart the apple the better. The rich taste of roasted pine nuts and the savory flavors of freshly dressed spinach counter the tart apple flavors in this plate of pasta perfection.

I’ve created this light “cream sauce” using nonfat yogurt as a base. You get to enjoy the rich flavor combinations of a cream sauce without feeling like you ate a stick of butter.

Grocery List: ASPGY Pasta
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ASPGY Pasta

Produce

garlic (if needed)

yellow onion (if needed)

12 oz. spinach leaves or baby spinach leaves

red leaf lettuce (if needed)

cucumber (if needed)

cherry tomatoes (if needed)

1 slicing tomato

1 lemon

1 Granny Smith apple

one fourth cup pine nuts

Canned/Dried Foods

whole wheat or brown rice spiral pasta

low-sodium vegetable broth (if needed)
OR
Edward and Sons Not Chick’n Bouillon Cubes

corn starch (if needed)

dried oregano leaves (if needed)

bay leaf  (if needed)

Frozen Foods

Meat/Fish/Poultry

Chilled Foods/Dairy

plain, nonfat yogurt (if needed)

crumbled Gorgonzola cheese

Thursday: Teriyaki Cod with Pilaf and Dressed Arugula

Tonight’s sweet and savory flavors are sure to satisfy. Homemade teriyaki sauce adds the sweetness to a nice fillet of ever-versatile cod. Pair it with a seasonal pilaf and dressed arugula and you have another flavor festival to enjoy!

Grocery List: Cod Teriyaki with Rice Pilaf
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Cod with Teriyaki and Rice Pilaf

Produce

garlic (if needed) 

yellow onion (if needed)

one bunch green onions

1 package baby arugula

one bunch cilantro

1 carrot

1 lemon 

1 lime

3 oz. dried tart cherries

1 piece ginger root

Canned/Dried Foods

brown rice (if needed)

low-sodium vegetable broth (if needed)

sesame oil (if needed)

low-sodium soy sauce 

rice wine vinegar (if needed)

Asian garlic pepper sauce (if needed)

brown sugar (if needed)

honey (if needed)

Frozen Foods

frozen peas (if needed)

Meat/Fish/Poultry

1 lb. sable fish or cod (3 equal filets)

Chilled Foods/Dairy

orange juice (if needed)

Friday: White Pizza with New Red Potatoes, Sausage and Gorgonzola

You’ll have happy diners tonight! A unique and delicious white pizza is on the menu! Make a basic white sauce. Then prepare pizza with roasted new potato slices, browned Field Roast Apple Sausage, red onion, and Gorgonzola cheese. While the pizza cooks, throw together a green salad and dressing.


For convenience, I’ve suggested using a frozen crust. However, feel free to make your own crust (See Tips and Time Savers). It takes about 10 minutes to assemble the dough but allow a couple of hours to let it rise. This recipe makes one 12” pizza.

Grocery List: White Pizza Salad
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White Pizza and Salad

Produce

garlic (if needed) 

yellow onion (if needed)

1 red onion

fresh arugula (if needed)

red or green leaf lettuce  (if needed)

1 cucumber (if needed)

2 medium red potatoes

1 pint cherry tomatoes (if needed)

Canned/Dried Foods

Low-sodium vegetable broth (if needed)

dry oregano leaves (if needed)

cornstarch (if needed)

white wine to cook with (if needed)

Frozen Foods

1 packaged frozen pizza crusts or homemade pizza crusts

Chilled Foods/Dairy

 nonfat milk (if needed)

shredded Parmesan (if needed)

nonfat, plain yogurt (if needed)

Gorgonzola crumbles 

Field Roast apple sausage (if needed)

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Beet Salad, Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Beet Salad, Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Tonight we’ll feature the miraculous beet, While they’re at the peak of the season. For additional texture, we’ll surround them with an ensemble of lettuce, cucumbers, tomatoes, tree-ripened apple, plant-based tenders and toasted walnuts.

Beets, a root vegetable food source, originated in the Mediterranean and dates back to prehistoric times. High in antioxidants, beets were often used for medicinal purposes, but by the 18th century they became a popular food item.

If you haven’t already roasted beets, roast some during the day today.
*A note of caution, beet juice has been used as a natural dye (even a hair dye) for centuries, so be sure to wear latex gloves as you handle the cooked beets.

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