Meal Plan Oct 3: The Kids Pick

There is finally a definite chill in the air here. Two nights ago hubby got up in the middle of the night to grab a blanket for the bed, and long sleeved PJs have become a neccesity!

When Fall hits I begin to crave comfort foods like stew. Still, I was feeling a bit uninspired, so before I made my meal plan, I asked the kids what they wanted to eat this week. Here were there answers:

* Slow Cooker Beef Stew

Always a favorite. So glad I decided to throw this in the slow cooker, because Ruby was being a pill this afternoon and cooking would have been stressful.

* Loaded Nachos

“Just like at Moe’s Mom” was what they said. So I bought organic corn tortilla chips and we’ll serve them up with all the fixin’s: ground beef, cheese, pinto beans, avocado, tomatoes, salsa, black olives, sour cream.

* Pot Roast

Julien’s request, this one. It’s his favorite. What’s better than a big slab of beef, cooked alllll day in the slow cooker until it’s tender enough for the baby to tear up, with potatoes, carrots, and green beans? (And maybe biscuits on the side!)

* Homemade Pizza

This was Sadie’s request. I got a GF pizza crust mix from Bob’s Red Mill, we’ve made this before and it’s good. Caleb, 13, is our resident pizza maker. He’s become quite the pizzaiolo!

* Black Bean Cakes with Tomatillo Salsa

Ok, I admit. This one I chose. Hubby and I went to one of our favorite local restaurants, The Flying Biscuit, Saturday and we ate these. They are sooo amazing, and I promised him I would do my best to re-create them at home. Anyone have a recipe they want to share?! I know they have masa and black beans, mashed. I have a recipe for tomatillo salsa too, so I should be able to come up with a close approximation. At the Biscuit these are served with goat cheese and cream grits on the side. Heaven!

Edited to add: Found the Black bean cakes aka “Love Cakes ” recipe on the Flying Biscuit website. The house smells sooooo good right now!

* Remember the recipe I linked to Saturday for the gluten free blackberry lemon donuts? I made them today and they are unbelievable!

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