Crazy planning week as I am off to Africa on Friday. I need to use up a lot of Veggies in my fridge, make myself a special Birthday dinner and meet my goal of having no perishable food left in the house by Friday night. I still needed the crazy have to work night and need dinner in the oven before I go recipe. The Weekly Menu October 19-23 has a crazy amount of crossover ingredients; I didn’t even realize this until I made the menu notes. It makes cooking and prepping this week’s menu easy, with a variety of ways to pre-make and prep ahead the recipes. Grilled Vegetable and Polenta Stacks can be premade and hang around for a good long time and tastes really good reheated. Tender Jerk Chicken gets a quick cook in the pressure cooker or can go in the Dutch Oven and hang out in the oven for eons and still taste great. Sweet Potato Gnocchi can be made ahead and cooked in literally 3 minutes for a really special dinner, paired with Carrot, Sweet Potato and Coriander Soup, Oven Roasted Broccoli, a bottle of special red wine and dark chocolate, make someone else clean up and call it Birthday Dinner. Leftovers get turned into Japanese Fried Rice and on Friday make a Baked Potato Bar and let everyone top their spuds to their liking. Have a great week. Click the Weekly Menu for a list of recipes and a shopping list.