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Old 12.09.2012, 09:36
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Re: Menu Planning?

We don't always eat meat, sometimes we eat fish!

Planning for me consists of figuring what to do with leftovers, stuff from the garden, etc., for the next days, and what, if anything, I will need to buy. Generally, I just stop by the Denner on my way home after work for most things, or do a ride up to Migros, Coop, or Manor at lunch (all of which are five minutes away).

Right now, I'm being creative with eggplant, tomatoes, okra chiles, and Sweet corn from the garden, and a fridge full of cheeses and dried meats, so tonight will be pasta with a tomatoe based sauce, follewed by cheese, tomorrow will be green chile and chicken enchiladas, chile rellenos, and tacos (still have some leftover corn tortillas from last week), and Friday will be eggplant parmagiana, and perhaps a fritto misto di mare for Saturday.

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Old 12.09.2012, 09:40
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I wouldn't want to eat at your house
I did say it was non-food.
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Old 12.09.2012, 09:58
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We don't always eat meat, sometimes we eat fish!

Planning for me consists of figuring what to do with leftovers, stuff from the garden, etc., for the next days, and what, if anything, I will need to buy. Generally, I just stop by the Denner on my way home after work for most things, or do a ride up to Migros, Coop, or Manor at lunch (all of which are five minutes away).

Right now, I'm being creative with eggplant, tomatoes, okra chiles, and Sweet corn from the garden, and a fridge full of cheeses and dried meats, so tonight will be pasta with a tomatoe based sauce, follewed by cheese, tomorrow will be green chile and chicken enchiladas, chile rellenos, and tacos (still have some leftover corn tortillas from last week), and Friday will be eggplant parmagiana, and perhaps a fritto misto di mare for Saturday.

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Tom, I just love it when you talk about what you cook!

In all seriousness, have you ever considered opening a restaurant?
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Old 12.09.2012, 10:10
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We don't always eat meat, sometimes we eat fish!

Planning for me consists of figuring what to do with leftovers, stuff from the garden, etc., for the next days, and what, if anything, I will need to buy. Generally, I just stop by the Denner on my way home after work for most things, or do a ride up to Migros, Coop, or Manor at lunch (all of which are five minutes away).

Right now, I'm being creative with eggplant, tomatoes, okra chiles, and Sweet corn from the garden, and a fridge full of cheeses and dried meats, so tonight will be pasta with a tomatoe based sauce, follewed by cheese, tomorrow will be green chile and chicken enchiladas, chile rellenos, and tacos (still have some leftover corn tortillas from last week), and Friday will be eggplant parmagiana, and perhaps a fritto misto di mare for Saturday.

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Tom, I just love it when you talk about what you cook!

In all seriousness, have you ever considered opening a restaurant?
I don't know how he finds time to work, as it is.
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Old 12.09.2012, 14:06
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I have a hard time finding ground turkey at all, but especially lean ground turkey. Where do you get yours?
Sorry, missed this the first time round. I get the Weight Watchers ground turkey at Coop. The other option is if you have a butcher nearby, just buy some turkey breasts and ask him to grind it for you.
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Re: Menu Planning?

DrMom also asked about cleaning and toiletries. So here are a few more comments.

Cleaning: We save by using washable rags instead of paper towels. Vinegar, bicarb, soap and water are cheap and clean almost everything. You don't really need fancy cleaners. I keep a spray bottle of diluted bleach for disinfecting purposes. My only cleaning "splurge" is Potz because it seems to work better on calc deposits than anything else. You can also generally use far less wash detergent and softener than the labels say. A half cap or scoop is usually more than enough to do the job.

Toiletries: We save by buying most of them at Aldi or Denner, or better yet I stock up on favorites when I am Stateside. We don't go to France or Germany often, but when we do we also stock up there. We almost never buy anything as a single - always double or triple packs on sale.

Great thread, btw!
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Old 12.09.2012, 19:24
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I get bored with the same meals never know what to cook gets boring so I have a look what I have in my freezers and fridges and do a google search my family always get a surprise in the evening lol
What results does Google come up with for Beer and Ice Cream?
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Old 13.09.2012, 15:51
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What results does Google come up with for Beer and Ice Cream?
Guiness Chocolate Cake and Vanilla Ice Cream or Muller Brau Honey Ice cream of course.
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Re: Menu Planning?

I found some good ideas and menu planning tools on netmums.com.

October is going to be a good month for us grocery wise as we are travelling to the US. On the other hand, I have probably already ordered more $ worth in stuff than our grocery bills would have been. But I used my $ account so it is like it is for free . Hubby doesn't necessarily agree... But, I think I will be surprised when I go back as things aren't as cheap there as they used to be. And I will probably faint when I see the aisles of junk food...as will the kids I am glad that there is such an emphasis on eating healthy here for the kids - my kids eat their chips and all, but they also eat fruits and vegs and salads pretty well. Sometimes when I see the pics of our friends' kids back in the US, I think they are already doomed for a life of obesity...
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