Arabic Spinach Stew from my sister’s kitchen

My sister lives in the Middle East with her family.  She posted this today on her blog, and I thought I would share it.  This is a yummy recipe that I love.  Are you brave enough to try it in your kitchen 🙂 ? I love to add a little international flare to our dinner table, so I will be including international recipes from time to time.

http://all6bridges.wordpress.com/2013/07/17/spinach-stew/

more Feb 017

menu planning tools

I’ve finally come up with a system for menu planning that works well for me. It’s not really a system, but I follow the same steps every time. First, I look up the King Soopers and Albertsons ads to see what meats and produce are on sale. Then I try to incorporate sale meats and produce into my menu by looking up recipes that include those food items.  For example, salmon is on sale this week at King Soopers, so I looked up salmon on the Wildtree website and chose the recipe Outrageous Salmon with Vegetable Stir Fry and Teriyaki Pineapple Fried Rice. Then I write the title of the recipe, the cookbook and page number or the website down in my planner. Then I get a piece of paper that will be my grocery list and, using the recipe and what I already have in my kitchen, I write down the items that I need from that recipe on my grocery list. Then I move on to the second recipe.  Sometimes I have a grocery list for more than one store if there are fantastic sales. I don’t time or energy to run around to a lot of stores for the sake of saving a little money though.

My planner has little strips of paper that can be torn out and are the perfect size for lists.  But I have started reading the blog I’m an Organizing Junkie, and today she posted two cute menu planning tools that I’m sharing with you.

This first menu planner is from a blog called Cut & Create.

The second menu planner is from a blog called A Daily Dose of D.

Will one of these help you? I may start using the blue one and keep it on my fridge.  How do you menu plan?