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Menu Plan Monday, September 22

I like this latest scheme of Laura, the Organizing Junkie.  Dedicating a Menu Plan Monday to sharing favorite family recipes is pretty brilliant.  I look forward to reading everyone’s ideas, since I’m always on the prowl for new healthy recipes.  Here are my contributions:

White Turkey Chili — One of my personal recipes, this is a favorite of my husband, my family (including my in-laws), and just about everyone else who tries it.  It is a perfect meal to take to others because it’s easy, people-pleasing, hearty, and freezer-friendly.  Did I mention that it’s healthy?  And allergy-friendly?  Seriously, what’s not to like?  

Kale with Aduki Beans— Granted, this recipe won’t suit everyone’s tastes, but we surely like it!  A macrobiotic dish, it makes a wonderful meal in itself or a hearty side.  We just ate some last night, and I plan to prepare it again this week.

Grilled Lamb Patties, Lemon Lentil Soup with Collard Greens, Fattoush, and Hummus with raw veggies — This meal sends us into orbit.  We love, love, love it!  Our guests do too.  I’m drooling just thinking about it…

Mulligatawny Soup — Heaven.  Really.  An Anglo-Indian curry creation, Mulligatawny Soup is easy, fragrant, and just plain delightful.  I like to make it by pureeing the vegetables and the broth before adding brown rice and chicken (I use extra chicken).  This allows me to leave out the flour with no loss in body and texture.  Using cultured butter and raw cream from grass-fed cows keeps this recipe in the “healthy” category, at least according to alternative nutritional guidelines, a la Nourishing Traditions.

Cran-Turkey Enchiladas — Alright, so this one won’t win any health awards, but your taste buds will rejoice.  I discovered this recipe in Better Homes and Gardens soon after Justice and I married, and we both really enjoy it.  Now that I’ve been diagnosed with a gluten allergy, I’ll have to prepare it with corn tortillas, but I’m sure it will still be delicious.

Pecan-Crusted Chicken Salad with Cranberry Vinaigrette — Studded with dried cherries and gorgonzola, this salad is my recreation of our favorite meal from our honeymoon in Traverse City, Michigan.  This Wednesday marks our second anniversary, so I’ll be preparing it then, at my husband’s request.  Look for the recipe and photographs on Thursday, September 25th.

And, now, here is my menu plan for the week:

Monday
low-glycemic smoothie
leftover chicken and vegetable soup
Kale with Aduki Beans and green salad

Tuesday
low-glycemic smoothie
leftover chicken and vegetable soup 
leftover Kale with Aduki Beans and green salad

Wednesday (our second anniversary)
low-glycemic smoothie
leftover chicken and vegetable soup
Pecan-Crusted Chicken Salad with Cranberry Vinaigrette, champagne, and Chocolate Orbit Cake with Creme Anglaise, an incredible-looking flourless chocolate cake suggested by Amy of Eggs on Sunday (fantastic food blog with great photos!)

Thursday
scrambled eggs and veggies
leftovers
White Turkey Chili and green salad

Friday
scrambled eggs and veggies
leftovers
Dinner at Masraff’s, the restaurant where we had our wedding and reception

Saturday
low-glycemic smoothie
leftovers
??? (depends on what I find at the farmers’ market)

Sunday
scrambled eggs and veggies
leftovers
beef and vegetable soup

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