Monday, November 19, 2007

Menu Plan Monday - Week of Nov 18, 2007



This week is Thanksgiving! I am a bit nervous because I am hosting my husbands family at our house! I have never put on a meal quite this big, but I am lucky that my mother-in-law is helping quite a bit. In fact, my mother-in-law offered to make the turkey and gravy!

They don't usually shop organic or think twice about where their food came from, so my husband hinted that if she was going to do the turkey, it needed to be free-range and organic. I was SO very happy he did that! We don't eat much meat around here, but if we do, or if it is in our house, we want it to be properly raised without antibiotics and hormones.
Needless to say, this week is going to be a bit hectic (and expensive at the grocery store!). That is why most of the meals earlier this week are pretty simple.

Monday: Grilled Cheese and Curried Sweet Potato Soup
Tuesday: Chickpea, Spinach, Carrot and Quinoa Mélange
Wednesday: Tomato Pasta
Thursday: THANKSGIVING!
Friday: Date night!
Weekend/Other: Leftovers

So, you are probably wondering what our Thanksgiving menu looks like. All of the recipes I am linking to, I will most likely change up a bit. Here it is:

Thanksgiving 2007

APPETIZERS

Stuffed Mushrooms
Cream Cheese w/ Chipotle Raspberry Sauce and Whole Wheat Crackers

MAIN

Beer Infused Turkey - MIL making

SIDES

Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Apple and Sage Stuffing
- I am going to combine a bunch of recipes
Green Beans w/ Toasted Almonds

West Texas
Creamed Corn
Mixed Green Salad w/ Balsamic Vinaigrette

Roasted Butternut Squash

EXTRAS
Orange and Ginger Cranberry Sauce

Spiced Whipped Cream -
I will whip the cream w/ vanilla and cinnamon
Gravy -
MIL making

BREAD

White Rolls -
MIL making
Whole Wheat Rolls -
Following this recipe w/o cranberries and walnuts

DESSERT

Pumpkin Bread
- I use more wheat flour than white,
double the pumpkin, use real egg, and add some applesauce and nutmeg

Pumpkin Pie
- MIL making
Cheesecake w/ Strawberry Reduction Sauce
- sister-in-law making

BEVERAGES

Wine

Sweet Tea

Coffee/Tea

Whew! I hope it all goes as planned - I will let you all know!


2 comments:

Mike and Pumpkin said...

What a lovely menu. I will need to jot this one down. I am sure your Thanksgiving dinner will turn out just wonderful. I am glad that you took the time to host it. My first Thanksgiving gathering at my home made me nervous as well. But all the preparation was well worth it. It is a true blessing when you are able to bless others with your home. May the Lord richly bless you this Thanksgiving.

MP

Meredith A. said...

mike and pumpkin -
Thank you for the encouraging words! You are exactly right, it is a blessing to be able to have a place where people can gather. I need to remind myself sometimes that this home is for the Lord to use as He sees fit!