Each week, to help our readers with their meal planning, we invite an FBC member to put together a weekly menu plan based on recipes from their blog that includes a week’s worth of dinners from Sunday to Saturday. We include a printable shopping list so you can get everything you need and be ready to cook. And you’ll get introduced to some new recipes and meet some great new Canadian food blogs!
This week we've invited Kristy Gardner from She Eats to fill our plates with beautiful seasonal and local bounty. Take it away Kristy!
Sometimes meal planning can seem like such a process! Especially when I'd rather be on the patio with a bourbon in one hand and a good book in the other. But it really does make my week - and the meals I inhale during it - so much easier.
I believe in eating locally, in season and as often as possible. Most of my meals involve some kind of cheese, sustainably caught fish, bold wine or pastured meat and I tend to prefer slow food over fast. I'm really an equal opportunity eater. That being said, my CSA (community supported agriculture) box program and the farmer's markets keep PLENTY of vegetables on my table year round. And I'm grateful for that.
I hope this meal plan helps you create healthy, locally seasonal and ridiculously delicious meals for your dinner table - be it your family, your friends, your partner or just your own bad self! Eat, drink, nourish, laugh and enjoy.
These Beautiful Pan Asparagus & Perfect Poached Eggs are seasonal, fresh, and combines a variety of colours and textures and flavors. This dish really is dinner (or brunch!), perfected.
Round off the meal with Dessert: Stolen Fruit Crumble
Sometimes you just need more vegetables in your life. I can't ever get enough. These are the solution - quick, delicious and super nutritious. These fresh and healthy tacos are definitely in my weekly rotation.
Round off the meal with dessert: Almond Torte
The best thing about this dish is how quickly it comes together. It looks stellar fancy (which is sometimes what a gal needs midweek to make it to the weekend) but is uber simple. Feel free to sub regular prawns or any other fish you prefer if you don't have access to spot prawns.
Round off the meal with dessert: Molten Chocolate Lava Cake
Corn is cheap and plentiful right now and every Summer, I eat as many of these bad boys as humanly possible. Corn and lime? Count me in! Make extra to reheat for breakfast on the weekend - you'll love em!
Another Summer classic in my house, this dish cooks quickly and is loaded with fresh seasonal produce. Plus you get to use the leftovers from last night's salsa, just toss in a diced mango!
Saturday nights are called "Saturday Suppers" in my neck of the woods. I make time to indulge in really good food and supper on these nights is always a feast. Usually Italian. So that's what I'm feeding you.
Round off the meal with a cocktail:Raspberry Margaritas, an appetizer: Ridiculously Luscious Arugula Pesto, a side:Super Soft Homemade Bread and dessert: Zeppole (Italian Doughnuts stuffed with Blueberry Compote)
After Saturday's binge, I like something lighter and simpler for Sundays. These grilled veggie "sammiches" are quick, delicious and make good use of the Summer produce on the grill!
MENU PLAN SHOPPING LIST
Don’t forget to grab your downloadable shopping list (FBC Meal Plan - She Eats) that includes all your pantry staples as well as fresh foods and the more unique ingredients!
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Kristy writes, photographs, podcasts and drools on the food blog She Eats. She digs food (literally), nature, camping, reading good novels, drinking bourbon, making pasta from scratch, feminism, mail art, bourbon and pigs. Not all at the same time. She also runs a website and graphic design & social media boutique called ohksocialmedia.