Weekly Menu

Locavore Menu Plan for Southern Ontario October 7-13

Meal-planning is an important part of our week.  It allows us to be more prepared and relaxed with regards to our nightly meals and reduces stress.  As locavores, it also makes eating locally much easier because we take the time to figure out what seasonal foods are available and how we can use them.  If you live in a similar climate (we’re in Southern Ontario, which is a pretty classic upper-midwest climate) then you should sign up for email updates or check out the facebook page or twitter feed and compare what you’re eating with us!

This next week sees us eating a mix of summer and fall foods.  Since it hasn’t frosted here yet summer veggies remain and therefore we plan to make use of them (and preserve them, most recently sweet peppers)!  Most of the recipes this week come from The Food52 Cookbook which I found while browsing at the library this week (and I’d love to check out their Volume II Seasonal Recipes too!) .  We tend to prefer compilation cookbooks because they have much more variety and diversity of styles, as opposed to those written by one author.  When paging through single-author cookbooks it’s easy to get bored quickly and feel like you’re looking at the same recipe over and over.  This one is filled with recipes from almost 100 different cooks, so there’s little chance to get bored!

Summer and Fall Produce

Well, only the tomatoes and butternut our from our Kitchen’r Garden, but the rest is straight from a Mennonite farm just outside of town!

Thanks to this cookbook this one was one of our easiest meal plans to come up with in quite a while, we just flipped through the cookbook and jotted down ideas and in about 20 minutes had plan.  Now it’s time to cook!

the local kitchener meal plan logo

 Menu Plan Monday for the week of October 7-13 (however, there’s no plan for the weekend…)!

  • Potato Cabbage Casserole
  • Beets
Wednesday Bigger Meal!

Friday Gone
Saturday     for
Sunday         Thanksgiving…

Be sure to check out Food52 which is an awesome site that features home cooks and their recipes all year long (thus the 52…).   Also if you’d like more late summer/early fall menu ideas check out the last menu plan.

6 thoughts on “Locavore Menu Plan for Southern Ontario October 7-13

    • Haha, yup, as in Canadian Thanksgiving (which around here is just referred to of course as Thanksgiving). I keep getting myself into trouble referring to it as Canadian Thanksgiving… guess I’m not in the States any more!

  1. We don’t have Thanksgiving here in Australia but I still remember the first time I was invited to a celebration with US friends. I loved every part of it… amazing sentiment, warmth and pumpkin goodness! Great meal plan. Love the sound of Wednesday, I am a little Moroccan-spice obsessed!

    • Thanks, Laura! Thanksgiving has been my favourite holiday for the last 10 years I think, basically ever since I realized how much I love meals with tons of different foods. Since it typically ends up being a potluck style meal you get so much variety and everything is so focused on the harvest, which also appeals to me and my locavore obsession! And hey, you might as well celebrate in Australia, most everyone has something to give thanks about 🙂

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