Menu Plan for the Week – Branching Out and Eating a Variety

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My Real Food Reality tip for you today is to be brave! Try something new! You know…like cauliflower. It’s a brand new vegetable. It’s the latest craze in the produce section. Everyone is talking about it.


It’s just that our family has just never been very big on cauliflower. So this week, in an effort to give us more vegetable variety (green beans, peas, broccoli…green beans, peas, broccoli…yawn, ho-hum, snooze) – I’m branching out and experimenting with a new cauliflower recipe. Actually, I haven’t found a recipe yet, but I’m sure it’s out there. Have anything for me???

How can you branch out? What “new” real food can you try? I encourage you to continue trying new foods to expand the variety of healthy options you can serve to your families!

Crock Pot Hamburger Cream Cheese Dip

My kids have been requesting this Crock Pot Hamburger Cream Cheese Dip for several weeks. 
I’m finally remembering to add it to the menu plan.
Tasty, fun, and easy!

Here’s our menu plan for the week:

Sunday, January 19
Instant oatmeal, dried fruit
Small group – Alfredo sauce with pasta, sides others bring along

Monday, January 20
Easy biscuits and gravy, apples
Hamburgers, chips, carrots, raspberries (friends coming over for Elias’ birthday)
Chicken tacos, fresh pineapple

Tuesday, January 21
Pancake sausage muffins, oranges
Grilled cheese, tomato soup, applesauce, sweet pepper slices
One dish meat and potato casserole, tossed salad

Wednesday, January 22
Breakfast cake muffins, bananas
Easy noodle stir-fry with broccoli, carrots, and zucchini
Sweet and sour meatballs (recipe in Let’s Do This eCourse, Lesson 5), rice, something with cauliflower  :)

Thursday, January 23
Homemade grape nuts cereal, blueberries
Chili mac, peas, sliced cucumbers with homemade ranch
Fried chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans

Friday, January 24
Raspberry oatmeal bars, clementines
Hamburger cream cheese dip, corn chips, fruit-kefir smoothies
Crock pot bbq chicken breasts, baked potatoes, tossed salad, steamed broccoli and carrots

Saturday, January 25
Zucchini bread, applesauce
Cheeseburger soup, tossed salad

Help a girl out! Give me some good cauliflower recipes (please)! And let us know what “new” real food you can try this week. :)

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  1. mary g says

    Do I have strange kids? They love cauliflower. Actually ask me to buy it every chance they get. All I do is steam mine using salted water and thats it. They love it. Don’t even offer them cheese for it, plain is great! Our kids are 10, 8 , and 6 .


  2. Deloris says

    I tried this cauliflower recipe the other day and I LOVED it and so did everyone that tried it too!

    Cauliflower Fried Rice (serves 4)

    • – 3 cups of raw grated cauliflower (use a cheese grater or food processor)
    • – ½ cup frozen peas
    • – ½ cup carrots, thinly sliced
    • – 3-4 garlic cloves, minced
    • – ½ cup onion, diced
    • – ½ TBSP olive oil
    • – 2 eggs (or 4 egg whites) scrambled
    • – 3 TBSP soy sauce

    1. In a large pan, saute garlic and onions in olive oil on a medium/high heat, until onions become soft and transparent. (about 2-3 minutes)
    2. Next add in peas, and carrots and cook until carrots begin to soften and peas are heated through, about 3-4 minutes
    3. Next stir in scrambled eggs , cauliflower and soy sauce. Cook stirring frequently for about 5-7 more minutes.
    4. Enjoy adding in your favorite protein and veg. Possible add-ins: baby corn, broccoli, cabbage, bok choy, water chestnuts, chicken, tofu, and shrimp!


  3. Jennifer says

    I LOVE roasted cauliflower. It is one of my absolute favorite foods :) This is a good recipe: (Sorry I don’t know how to make it into a link). I don’t usually use the garlic, lemon juice, or parmesan cheese, I just toss it with olive oil, salt, and pepper. It is important to get the cauliflower nicely browned, because it caramelizes and gives it a lot of flavor!


  4. Layna says

    Steam whole head of cauliflower. Put on serving tray. Top with cheese sauce, then 2 cups cooked peas, and top with croutons. Very pretty and yummy! CHEESE sauce – melt 2 tbsp butter or coconut oil, add 1/2 cup flour and mix, then add approx. 2 to 3 cups milk and cook till thick, then add 1 cup cheese and sal t and pepper to taste. Very delicious.


  5. Jessica says

    There are quite a few recipes for cauliflower soup floating around out there – very much like a potato soup with a little bit lighter texture. Yummy!


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