Weekly Menu 10/24/10

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For some reason, planning out meals for this week was really difficult. Usually I can just flip through my recipe binder or see what I have starred on my Google Reader. This week I just flipped through recipe after recipe aimlessly trying to find something that would pop out to me.

Last week we visited a nearby orchard for apples. I really should have picked up all of our vegetables from there, but it was crowded and I wasn't thinking. I did, however, manage to pick up a butternut squash. This is a pretty foreign food for me. I never ate it growing up and always thought it sounded kind of gross.

In my mind, it was just like pumpkin and I never liked pumpkin, so what was the point in trying it? Well, when Tom and I went to see Jason & Grant of the Ghost Hunters earlier this month, I had an Autumn Harvest Soup from the venue. It was butternut squash and pumpkin. And then I even tried pumpkin cheesecake. You know how they say that every so many years your tastes change? Well, mine have. I can now say that I do like pumpkin. I even like it enough that we picked up a can of pumpkin from the grocery store and I'm going to use it to make pumpkin cheesecake cupcakes and pumpkin ravioli.

Anyway, I found a recipe for butternut squash risotto and knew that was exactly what I needed to do with this squash. Eventually the rest of the meal ideas fell into place.

Sunday - Steak with Butternut Squash Risotto

Monday - Crock Pot Beef Fajitas

Tuesday - Homemade Pizza 

Wednesday - sloppy joes

Thursday - Grandma's Beef and Vegetable Soup

Friday - Mango Habanero Chicken Sandwiches

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