Review of New Recipes & Weekly Meal Plan – October 12, 2014

Weekly Menu Plan May 2013

Last week the plan was to try new recipes.  Of the 4 planned and 1 somewhat spontaneous try only 1 did not actually end up happening – the Tikka Masala.  I am going to put that use it for a meal this week, as I already have the ingredients.  It will probably be on a night when it is just me and the kids as my husband is not a huge chicken fan.

  1. The Coconut Grits Dumplings came out sweet.  The addition of a crunchy outside was a  hit with some and not others.  This recipe actually took a LOT longer than I thought.  The step to bring it to a boil over low heat … yeah, ever try that?  Takes a while.  I ended up turning it to a high medium heat after more than 30 minutes had passed with nothing happening.  And the time of 8-10 minutes for it to thicken did not happen either.  After 15+ minutes I thought it was thick enough to finish thickening in the fridge.  Wrong again.  Put it in the freezer as the natives were starting to circle the wagons.  Finally dished it up on plates and topped it with the bread crumbs (I used Panko crumbs). The left over grits were added to not sweetened grits the next night for supper and worked really well.  In all, I am not sure I will try these as dumplings again, but I do now have a good grits recipe.
  2. The Spinach Farfalle is something we will probably also not repeat.  I thought the flavor was nice and subtle, though the sauce was not nearly as abundant as I would have liked.  My husband said he would prefer to get his calories from something like Malva Pudding.  Apparently my husband also does not like spinach.  I am starting to see a growing list of things being added to: “Things we should have talked about when dating.”  🙂  The kids liked this dish, though the fact that they ate it after running for over an hour at soccer could have helped.
  3. The Baby Back Ribs with Spiced Apple Cider Mop were okay, though we prefer our currently used rib recipe of black berry glaze.  That is the thing with new recipes though, you never know when you are going to find a new one you love or like as well as what you are using.  The Spiced Apple Cider Mop ended up tasting a lot like a tomato based recipe and not nearly as thick as I would have liked.  Not sure if this had to do with how I applied it, or just the nature of the recipe.Ribs with spiced apple cider mop
  4. The Eggplant Capontata was my husbands selection.  I am wondering if this is why he liked it so well and I thought it was less than great.  For me, the recipe help way, way too much vinegar.  Almost to the point I could not eat it.  Apart from the vinegar, I liked the flavor and was glad to have meat to eat it with to help subdue the vinegar taste.

Seems like this was not necessarily the week for “WOW!  How did we ever live without these?!” recipes.  We will keep trying and see if we can do better next time.



  1. Shakes
  2. Cereal
  3. Cream of Wheat
  4. Pancakes, fruit
  5. Shakes
  6. Hot Rice Cereal with Nuts and Raisins
  7. Eggs, Toast, Fruit



  1. Eat Out
  2. Outing with kids (take snacks, use “free” coupons for lunch and fill in where needed)
  3. Beef Bourguignon, bread
  4. Grilled Peaches and Pork, grilled flat bread (repeat from last week as we did not get to it)
  5. Sweet-n-Tangy Roasted Pork Loin
  6. Curry Beef, peas, rice
  7. *TRY NEW RECIPE, and Brown Butter Walnut Cake with Gauche


  1. Leftovers
  2. *Healthy Slow Cooked Tikka Masala, rice, green vegetable
  3. Tomato Soup (in the crockpot)
  4. Hot Dogs, homemade french fries
  5. Tangy Black Bean Soup, bread
  6. TBD
  7. Fruit, cheese, jam, and bread with tea

Tomato Soup and Grilled Bread

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Also check out Confessions of a Homeschooler’s October’s Monthly Meal Plan.


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