Menu Plan Monday: Roasted and toasted

More rain is scheduled for this week, and with that, I definitely feel like comfort food. Yesterday, a few of us were chatting about our favorite way to cook vegetables, and roasting was by far the preferred method. Everything from brussel sprouts to sweet potatoes taste better when roasted with olive oil and a sprinkle of salt. I mean, really, fat and salt, what could be better than that!

From my last trip to the Farmer’s Market, I discovered I still have a couple acorn squashes, a bag of mixed root vegetables ad carrots, and orach. Using those items, here is my menu plan for the week of Monday, February 8:

Monday: Roasted chicken with mixed root vegetables (carrots, potatoes, turnips, rutabagas), sautéed orach

Tuesday: Dinner out after basketball, while I get to go eat dinner for Check Please! Bay Area!

Wednesday: Pizza for the kids

Thursday: Baked salmon, sautéd orach, roasted Delicata squash rings, steamed rice

Friday: Healthy Mac and Cheese (with acorn squash), salad

Saturday (we will be celebrating Valentine’s early): Sweet and spicy Asian pork shoulder, steamed rice, bok choy

What is on your menu plan this week? Any special Valentine’s Day plans?


  1. Also making roast chicken and veggies tonight. Hope to have some leftovers for sandwiches later in the week.

  2. You’re going on Check Please!? How cool is that! 🙂 I hope you’ll come back with a review! 🙂

  3. Kitchen Gadget Girl

    love leftovers for lunch – purposefully bought an extra chicken leg just for that reason!

  4. Kitchen Gadget Girl

    My friend Marie is actually the one participating, I could never think up a restaurant in my area that I was that passionate about. Oh sure, there are great places to eat, but for some reason, no place that I felt like going on TV and talking about!

    But Marie is different – she has a place she loves and has been selected to participate, so we are going tomorrow night to one of the other restaurants that she needs to review. I am very excited, keep trying to think up clever things to say 🙂

    Have you been on the show before? Or just a faithful viewer?

  5. I think I’m going with a Mardi Gras theme for Valentine’s Day… thinking porkloin and andouille with some sort of bourbon glaze.

  6. Kitchen Gadget Girl

    Tasty! Since Valentines is a Sunday, are you also going to bust out a special breakfast too?I am hoping dear hubby will do something at ours 😉

  7. Breakfast is usually the Hubby’s to make fabulous, so I’m hoping mine will step up to the plate.

  8. ooh, check please – that’s exciting! you’ll be the infamous “my friend had the blah blah blah” person. i hope you get to go to a good place. the worst episode was the one where some chose the snack stand at a bowling alley!

  9. Kitchen Gadget Girl

    we are already driving across the Bay for dinner, so I am hopeful it is worth the effort! Will definitely let folk know if it is worth a trip….

  10. We are eating at a highly-recommended steak place for Valentines Day, so we are going veg all week. 🙂

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