Monday, February 27, 2012

Menu Plan Monday: Meals for Colds

The whole family is struggling with colds. We were stuck indoors all weekend, despite a beautiful blue sky begging for us to go outside. Not wanting to spread our germs around we stayed home from church, listening to sermons online instead.

Despite warmer weather sickness in the house is a perfect opportunity for soups this week. Taking part in Org Junkie's Menu Plan Mondays has inspired me to keep on top of menu planning every week (even if I forget to post my plans). Yesterday we didn't have soup. So without further ado, our meals for this week:

Sunday: Chickpea and Sweet Potato Shepherd's Pie

Monday: Vegetable soup and leftovers from Sunday.

Tuesday:  Egg Drop Soup and a Stir-fry, if I'm up to it.

Wednesday: Classic chicken noodle soup

Thursday: Curried Lentil Soup *I'll include the recipe as it's a favorite!*

Friday: Lentil Tacos (we've got to have a change, right!?)

Curried Lentil Soup

2 T olive oil
2 carrots, peeled & finely chopped
2 ribs celery, finely chopped
1 medium onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 T curry powder
5 c broth
1 1/2 c dried lentils
  1.5 - 2 c tomato puree
1/2 lb mixed greens (love combining kale and spinach)
salt & pepper

In a large pot heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the carrots, celery & onion. Sauté until just getting tender. Add the garlic & curry powder. Cook while stirring for 2 to 3 minutes.

Add 1 cup of the broth & scrap the brown bits off the bottom of the pan. Add remaining broth and lentils. Place a cover on the pot leaving it slightly ajar & bring to a boil. Reduce the heat & simmer for 30 minutes stirring from time to time.

Check to see if the lentils are done. When they are tender add the tomato & greens. Simmer for about 10 more minutes. Salt & pepper as needed.


BerryMorins Bits & Tips said...

My adorable husband gave me a terrible cold last week. Since I suffer from severe chronic pain issues the cold also heighten my pain. Today is my first day of feeling better.
I hope everyone gets better soon.
In the meantime, I'm getting my fill of "Law & Order".

May @ So Very Domestic said...

I looooove chickpeas. I will defo try this shepherd's pie!

Lisa said...

@Berry- Sounds like a great way to chill with your cold. Sorry about the pain.

@Mah-jong hope you enjoy the pie.