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Menu Planning is for the Birds!

We’ve recently had a few out of town guests and, as usually happens, our regular food budget/cooking routine kind of went out the window!  It’s always fun to break out of the routine and splurge a little, but now it’s time to get back on track!

So I’ve spent the morning clipping coupons and surveying the contents of my pantry, fridge and freezer.  And since I want to use up what I already have on hand, it looks like we’ll be eating a lot of pork and whole wheat pasta this week!

I wasn’t planning on sharing these mundane details of my life, but as I was scouring the food blogs looking for new ways to use up the Costco-sized package of pork chops in my freezer, I realized that you might also be interested in a few of the recipes I came across.

One recipe we’ll definitely be trying this week is the Vermont Maple Syrup Pork Chops from Simply Recipes. Just reading over the sweet and sour flavors present in the ingredient list made my mouth start watering!

I also recently bookmarked this Five-Minute Indian-style Cabbage from Herbivoracious.  It looks like a quick, easy, and inexpensive side dish since I already have all the spices in my cupboard.  If you’re new to cooking with Indian spices, this would be a great introduction!

I’ve really been craving soup the last couple of days and Rachel’s Autumn Vegetable Chowder over at Coconut & Lime looks like a rich, hearty, and surprisingly healthy chowder.  It’s definitely on my list!

And since there will be an emphasis on pork chops this week, here’s another one that caught my eye.  Peter’s Grilled Pork Chops with Mustard, Honey and Sage look amazing!  Here in San Diego, we can keep the grill going all year round!

So those are my must-try food blog recipes for the week.  The rest of our meals will probably be improvised, as usual!

Are there any new recipes that have caught your eye this week?  Leave a comment and share the link!