Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Menu Plan Monday {Massachusetts and Connecticut Style}

 Apple Cranberry Chicken. Photo by Luschka

Wow!  I haven't post a menu plan in a loong time! 

We are continuing with Trail Guide to Learning this year, and moving on to Paths of Settlement.  I am sure you are wondering what in the world that has to do with meal plans, right?  Stick with me. 

A large part of TGTL is geography, and this year we are studying the states.  From what I can tell, we are studying about two different states a week.  TGTL suggests that as you study the different states, you could also enjoy foods from the different states.  

We are going to try to incorporate at least one food from each state this year.  We gotta eat anyway and besides, it sounds kinda fun!

Along with Paths of Settlement, we received Eat Your way Through the USA. There are lots of great recipes and fun facts for each state.  My kids love the fun facts, by the way.  I have already learned how lollipops and Tool House cookie came to be. {smile} 

This week were are learning about Massachusetts and Connecticut, so a few of our meals are either popular there or originated there.

Oven Eggs, Toast and Fruit
Maple Brown Sugar Oatmeal with Banana Slices
Blueberry Waffles
German Apple Pancake a.k.a "Dutch Baby" (popular in New England States)
Banana & Apple Breads

Hot Dogs, Boston Baked Beans (MA), Veggie
Bean Burritos, Salsa and Rice
Tuna Pita Pockets, Carrots and Apple Slices
PB&J's (my kids never tire of these), Chips and Fruit
Mini Pizzas (make from biscuits)
Ploughman's Platter {slightly more kids friendly}

BLT's, Tomato Soup
Cranberry Apple Chicken (they grow lots of cranberries in Massachusetts), Asparagus, Parmesan Noodles 
Spaghetti and Meatballs
Hamburger, Corn on the Cob with Cucumber and Tomato Salad

Not sure which one yet, but we will either make an Election Cake (CT) or a Boston Cream Pie (MA).

What are you cookin' up this week?  If you happen to be from MA or CT, please feel free to chime in with any good local recipes that you have. {wink, wink}



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