We had a great visit with my son for family weekend in Pittsburgh last weekend and he is home with us for his fall break.  So so special! It’s actually nice to be cooking family meals again.  In our new empty nest, Hubs and I seem to be pretty content with either soup or a stir-fry most nights. Just a friendly PSA, Thursday, October 27th is exactly 4 weeks from Thanksgiving!! I will have an updated Thanksgiving ebook available for purchase next week, so be on the lookout!

Here’s your dinner planner for the week:


Meatless Monday: Spinach-Artichoke Spaghetti Squash Boats (this is filling, so you may not need more, but a simple salad would be a good addition.)

Tuesday: Miso glazed black cod, black rice, stir-fried baby bok choy p. 112 from Kitchen Matters 

WednesdayBlack bean and pumpkin soup, maybe some corn muffins (I love the parmesan zucchini corn muffins p. 132 from QTQ)

Thursday: Turkey meatballs with pasta or polenta, sautéed greens (use this method)

Friday: Grilled chicken paillard, harvest chopped salad

Saturday brunch: Quinoa granola with yogurt and fresh fruit

Sunday: vegan mac n cheese to which I am going to add steamed cauliflower and bake it all together; if we’re hungry, I’ll make a salad and add chickpeas



Here’s what you can do ahead if it helps you: 


Roast spaghetti squash and rake. 

Make spinach-artichoke filling. You can combine with cooked spaghetti squash strands and store in the spaghetti squash shells until you’re ready to bake the following day. 


Cook black rice

Marinate fish


Cook black beans if making from scratch


Make meatball mixture


Roast beets 

Blanch green beans


Make quinoa granola



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