Menu Plan Monday: Week of September 14, 2015

September 14, 2015

Wishing a happy, healthy, and sweet New Year to all who celebrate Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year. Plus Link Love & this week’s Menu Plan Monday! 

MPM Sept 14

Shana Tova  – Happy and Healthy New Year to all who are celebrating the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashana! Last night we had a feast at our house! My husband smoked a 5 1/2 pound brisket on the outdoor grill for 8 hours, which we served with my noodle kugel (kugel is like a casserole for those who are unfamiliar), mushroom and onion barley, and grilled beefsteak tomatoes with aged balsamic. Plus we started the meal with my homemade chicken soup, chock full of veggies like carrots, parsnips, leeks, onions, and celery. The nice thing about the holiday coming so early this year is that we could use our grill to make some of the meal!

Rosh Hashana meal
Not the best food photography, but I promise it tasted really good!

It was also my father-in-law’s birthday, so instead of traditional honey cake for dessert, I made him his favorite type of cake – yellow cake with chocolate frosting. Since we keep Kosher and don’t mix dairy and meat, I needed a non-dairy cake for this occasion. Lucky for me, Kelly from The Pretty Bee (a fellow member of The Recipe ReDux) has lots of vegan recipes, including this Vegan Yellow Cake with Rich Chocolate Frosting. It was my first time baking a birthday cake (as you may know, I don’t do a lot of dessert baking), and I was pleasantly surprised with how it came out (as was my husband who was super skeptical!).  2015-09-13 14.52.08-1

We have lots of leftovers for tomorrow night and to balance out all these holiday meals I’m trying to keep the rest of the week’s menu a little lighter and less involved in the kitchen. Check out the full menu below after you’ve had a chance to look through some of my favorite links from last week!


Want to Raise a Good Eater? Let Your Child Make These 3 Mistakes @ Raise Healthy Eaters

Build a Better PB & J @ Healthy Bites

Why I Don’t Purposely Buy Organic @ Mom to Mom Nutrition (totally agree with Katie on this one!)

52 Healthy, Packable Back-to-School and Work Snacks @ Go Dairy Free (what a resource!)

Whole Grain Round Up @ Shaw Simple Swaps (celebrate National Whole Grain Month!)


Triple Berry Jam @ Sara Haas, RDN, LDN

The Essential Nut and Seed Granola Bar @ Uproot From Oregon

Apple Walnut Buckwheat Pancakes @ RDelicious Kitchen

Black Olive, Heirloom Tomato, and Arugula Farro Tapas @ Be Truly Nourished

Pumpkin Spice Granola @ The Pretty Bee

Chocolate Pumpkin Oat Muffins @ The Wholesome Dish

Black Olive and Sun-Dried Tomato Focaccia @ Craving Something Healthy

Greek Pasta Beef Casserole @ Chocolate Slopes

Menu Plan Monday
Week of September 14, 2015

Monday: Rosh Hashana Dinner #2 at my husband’s aunt’s house

Tuesday:  Leftovers from Rosh Hashana Dinner #1: Smoked brisket, Cinnamon Apple Noodle Kugel, Mushroom Onion Barley, and grilled tomatoes with aged balsamic

Wednesday: Glazed Dijon Salmon with Spiced Apples, Carrots, and Zucchini Quinoa

Thursday: Sweetpotato Black Bean Quesadillas with side salad

Friday: Roast Chicken with Rosemary Sweet Potatoes and Onions and Spiced Plum Cauliflower Rice

What do you have cooking in the kitchen this week?

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  1. Thanks for sharing the #sharewholegrains link 🙂 I love your Meal Plan Monday’s, I wish I was more diligent like you ha! Planning has taken a back seat right now with the new job- traveling is getting tough lol!