Well, today was a day of firsts: our middle son's first day of kindergarten and my first day of teaching a class of high school literature. There is something tangibly exciting about the first day of a new school year; something that seems to promise a fresh start: a new routine, new knowledge, and new relationships. I love the freshness of books waiting to be read and people waiting to be known. It's very exciting. My sweet little redhead enjoyed his first day of school and I survived mine. NoBro, our third grader is a seasoned pro at school who tolerated his day with a laid back enthusiasm. Tinkerbell jumped in with both feet, packing her lunch box and begging to be left at school with her brothers. Even the weather cooperated with a break in the oppressive humidity we've had for weeks. Yay for a fun summer and for the routine of fall.
Part of my revised routine is to jump back on the meal planning bandwagon. Having a plan makes dinner so much less stressful around our house. So, here it is, the back-to-school, let's-get-organized, weekly menu plan. Enjoy!
Monday--Fresh Tomato Pasta
Tuesday--Turkey Breast Tenderloin
Friday--Tomato, Basil Pizza
Saturday--Grilled Chicken with Pine Nuts
This Fresh Tomato Pasta is excellent. It comes from a Bible study I did this summer called Ruth: Loss, Love and Legacy by Kelly Minter. I highly recommend both the recipes and the study!
Fresh Tomato Pasta
1 (12oz) package dried linguine
4 large tomatoes, chopped
5 cloves garlic, minced
6 big leaves of fresh basil, chopped
3 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1 (2 1/2 oz.) can sliced ripe olives, drained (We don't care for olives, so I omitted these.)
1 cup crumbled feta cheese
While pasta water is boiling, combine tomatoes and next 5 ingredients. Salt the mixture and let the tomatoes soak up the salt for a few minutes, this will bring out the flavor of the tomatoes. Drain pasta and place in a large bowl. Top with tomato mixture, and sprinkle with olives and cheese.