Everyday menus

bacon-pizza1Here are some menu suggestions for quick meals that you can enjoy any day of the week, at lunchtime or for a simple supper, whether you’re cooking for one, two or more.

Most include the simplest of French desserts — cheese and fruit. Total preparation time should be no more than 20-30 minutes, or a bit longer if the dish involves roasting.

Autumn update

Tarte fine bacon et sauge / French pizza with bacon and fresh sage
Salade verte à la française / Green salad, French style
Fromages et fruits / Cheese and fruit

Salade d’épinards avec pancetta / Spinach salad with pancetta
Escalopes de veau à la crème / Veal scallops with cream and mushrooms
Assiette de fromages / Cheese plate

Saucisses merguez / Spicy sausages
Couscous / Couscous
Salade de roquette / Arugula salad with balsamic vinaigrette
Clémentines et noix / Tangerines and walnuts

Jambon de pays aux figues / Cured country ham with fresh figs
Penne à l’arrabiata / ‘Enraged’ penne (in spicy sauce)
Fruits de saison / Seasonal fruit

Moules marinière / Mussels in white wine
Salade d’endives au roquefort / Salad of Belgian endive with roquefort
Fromages et fruits / Cheese and fruit

Summer update

Chipirons à la plancha / Grilled squid with garlic and parsley
Salade verte à la française / Green salad, French style
Chèvre et figues / Goat cheese and fresh figs

Caviar d’aubergine épicé / Spicy eggplant caviar
Boulettes d’agneau aux herbes / Lamb meatballs with herbs
Fromage et fruits / Cheese and fruit

Jambon de pays aux figues / Cured country ham with fresh figs
Gratin d’aubergines / Eggplant gratin
Fruits de saison / Seasonal fruit

Salade de tomates aux herbes / Herbal tomato salad
Saucisses merguez / Spicy sausages
Fromage et fruits / Cheese and fruit

Fromage blanc aux herbes / Fromage blanc with fresh herbs
Petits farcis / Stuffed vegetables from Provence
Fruits de saison / Seasonal fruit

Spring update

Cabillaud aux pistaches / Cod crusted with pistachios
Salade mesclun à l’huile de noix / Salad of mixed greens from Provence
Fraises  / Fresh strawberries

Soupe de petits pois à la menthe / Fresh pea soup with mint
Omelette bonne femme / Omelet with bacon, potatoes and arugula
Fromage et fruits / Cheese and fruit

Artichauts vinaigrette / Artichokes with mustard vinaigrette
Poulet rôti épicé / Roast chicken with spices
Cerises / Fresh cherries

Salade de pissenlits aux lardons / Dandelion salad with bacon
Quiche aux asperges et pleurotes / Asparagus quiche with oyster mushrooms
Fraises et framboises à la crème / Strawberries and raspberries with cream

Winter update

Raclette / Raclette
Salade verte à la française / Green salad, French style
Fruits de saison / Seasonal fruit

Céléri rémoulade / Celeriac remoulade
Travers de porc au miel / Barbecued ribs, French style
Fromages et fruits / Cheese and fruit

Salade de betteraves aux noix / Beet salad with walnuts and herbs
Entrecôte bordelaise / Pan-seared steak with shallots
Fromages et fruits / Cheese and fruit

Salade d’épinards avec pancetta / Spinach salad with pancetta
Gnocchis au four sauce tomate / Baked gnocchi with rustic tomato sauce
Fruits de saison / Seasonal fruit

Soupe au chou / Rustic cabbage soup
Pavé de cabillaud tout simple / Pan-seared cod with thyme
Fromages et fruits / Cheese and fruit

Salade d’hiver aux oranges sanguines / Winter salad with blood oranges
Poulet yassa / Chicken yassa
Fromages et fruits / Cheese and fruit

Autumn update

Truite de mer à la crème balsamique / Sea trout with balsamic cream
Salade verte à la française / Green salad, French style
Fromages et fruits / Cheese and fruit

Jambon de pays aux figues / Cured country ham with figs
Paëlla poulet, chorizo, moules, gambas / Paella with chicken, chorizo, mussels and gambas
Fruits de saison / Seasonal fruit

Salade de l’ambassadeur / Salad with bresaola, figs, pear and pine nuts
Steak maître d’hôtel / Pan-seared steak with parsley butter
Fromages et fruits / Cheese and fruit

Soupe aux épinards crème à l’aïl / Spinach soup with garlic cream
Pizza saucisse fenouil maison / Pizza with homemade fennel sausage, smoked mozzarella and broccoli
Fruits de saison / Seasonal fruit

Summer update

Brochettes d’agneau au romarin / Lamb kebabs with rosemary
Tian de légumes d’été / Summer vegetables, Provence style
Fromages et fruits / Cheese and fruit

Salade estivale / Summer salad with melon and bresaola
Penne au safran, roquette et noix / Penne with saffron, arugula and walnuts
Fromages et fruits / Cheese and fruit

Entrecôte bordelaise / Pan-seared steak with shallots
Salade de tomates aux herbes / Herbal tomato salad
Fruits de saison / Seasonal fruit

Saumon grillé, crème d’aneth / Pan-seared salmon with dill sauce
Haricots verts à la française / Green beans, French style
Fromage blanc aux pistaches et miel / Creamy cheese with pistachios and honey

Petits farcis / Stuffed vegetables from Provence
Salade verte à la française / Green salad, French style
Fruits de saison / Seasonal fruit

Soupe aux asperges / Asparagus soup
Assiette anglaise / Cold roast meat platter, French style
Fromages et fruits / Cheese and fruit

Poulet au miel et au thym / Chicken with honey and thyme
Aubergines au four / Oven-roasted eggplant, Mediterranean style
Fruits de saison / Seasonal fruit

Spring update

Tapenade / Black olive spread from Provence
Salade niçoise / Salade niçoise
Fruits de saison / Seasonal fruit

Salade de pissenlits aux lardons / Dandelion salad with bacon
Omelette au chèvre frais et à la menthe / Omelet with fresh goat cheese and mint
Fraises au sucre / Strawberries with sugar

Tagine de veau aux petits pois et citron / Veal tagine with fresh peas and lemon
Salade verte à la française / Green salad, French style
Assiette de fromages / Cheese plate

Quiche aux épinards et pignons de pin / Spinach quiche with pine nuts and parmesan
Salade d’épinards avec pancetta / Spinach salad with pancetta
Fromage blanc aux pistaches et miel / Creamy cheese with pistachios and honey

Salade d’epinards aux oeufs et oignons rouges / Spinach salad with egg and red onion
Assiette de jambon de pays / Plate of cured country ham
Fraises et framboises à la crème / Strawberries and raspberries with cream

Asperges braisées / Braised asparagus
Pavé de cabillaud tout simple / Pan-seared cod with thyme
Fromages et fruits / Cheese and fruit

Poulet à la citronelle façon Thaï / Chicken with lemon grass, Thai style
Riz blanc / White rice
Mangue / Mango

Soupe au céleri-rave / Celeriac soup
Salade tiède de lentilles au saumon fumé / Warm lentil salad with smoked salmon
Fromages et fruits / Cheese and fruit

Winter update

Brandade de morue / Pureed salt cod and potatoes
Salade de roquette / Arugula salad
Fromages et fruits / Cheese and fruit

Salade d’hiver aux poires et aux noix / Winter salad with walnuts and pear
Rôti de boeuf / Roast beef, French style
Fromages et fruits / Cheese and fruit

Potée auvergnate / Hearty winter soup from Auvergne
Salade verte à la française / Green salad, French style
Fromages et fruits / Cheese and fruit

Salade tiède de lentilles au saumon fumé / Warm lentil salad with smoked salmon
Tarte fine aux poireaux et lardons / French ‘pizza’ with leeks and bacon
Fromages et fruits / Cheese and fruit

Autumn update

Moules marinière / Mussels in white wine
Salade mesclun à l’huile de noix / Salad of mixed greens from Provence
Fromages et fruits / Cheese and fruit

Salade souterraine / Underground salad
Pizza saucisse fenouil maison / Pizza with homemade fennel sausage, smoked mozzarella and broccoli
Fromages et fruits / Cheese and fruit

Potage lyonnais / Pumpkin soup, Lyon style
Salade tiède de lentilles au saumon fumé / Warm lentil salad with smoked salmon
Fromages et fruits / Cheese and fruit

Porc aux légumes d’automne / Roast pork with autumn vegetables
Salade verte à la française / Green salad, French style
Fromages et fruits / Cheese and fruit

Salade César / Caesar salad with herbal croutons
Côtelettes d’agneau au romarin / Lamb chops with rosemary
Fromages et fruits / Cheese and fruit

Salade de chèvre chaud au miel / Mixed greens with goat cheese and honey
Fricassée de poulet aux figues / Chicken with fresh figs
Fromages et fruits / Cheese and fruit

Summer update

Assiette anglaise / Cold roast meat platter, French style
Salade mesclun à l’huile de noix / Salad of mixed greens from Provence
Fromage et fruits / Cheese and fruit

Pâtes aux tomates fraîches, mozzarella et basilic / Pasta with fresh tomatoes, mozzarella and basil
Salade verte à la francaise / Green salad, French style
Fromages et fruits / Cheese and fruit

Petits pois et haricots verts en salade / Early summer salad with fresh peas and green beans
Poulet au miel et au thym / Chicken with honey and thyme
Fromages et fruits / Cheese and fruit

Salade de tomates aux herbes / Herbal tomato salad
Bar à l’aïoli / Sea bass with garlic mayonnaise
Fromages et fruits / Cheese and fruit

Salade estivale / Summer salad with melon and bresaola
Aubergines au four / Oven-roasted eggplant, Mediterranean style
Fromages et fruits / Cheese and fruit

Velouté de courgettes épicé / Spicy zucchini soup
Pavé de cabillaud tout simple / Pan-seared cod with thyme
Fromages et fruits / Cheese and fruit

Spring update

Entrecôte bordelaise / Pan-seared steak with shallots
Salade verte à la francaise / Green salad, French style
Fraises au sucre / Fresh strawberries with sugar

Tarte fine aux poireaux et lardons / French ‘pizza’ with leeks and bacon
Salade mesclun à l’huile de noix / Salad of mixed greens from Provence
Fromages et fruits / Cheese and fruit

Asperges au parmesan / Asparagus with parmesan
Pavé de cabillaud tout simple / Pan-seared cod with thyme
Fromages et fruits / Cheese and fruit

Poireaux sauce verte / Warm young leeks with a green herbal sauce
Saumon à l’oseille / Thick-cut salmon with sorrel sauce
Fromages et fruits / Cheese and fruit

Soupe à l’oseille / Fresh sorrel soup
Omelette à la sauge / Omelet with fresh sage
Fromages et fruits / Cheese and fruit

Artichauts vinaigrette / Artichokes with mustard vinaigrette
Risotto au safran / Saffron risotto
Fraises et framboises à la crème / Strawberries and raspberries with cream

Winter update

Soupe aux poireaux caramelisés / Winter soup with caramelized leeks
Omelette au saumon fumé et aux épinards / Smoked salmon omelet with spinach
Fromages et fruits / Cheese and fruit

Salade d’hiver aux poires et aux noix / Winter salad with walnuts and pear
Gratin de tortiglioni aux lardons / Pasta gratin with bacon and thyme
Fruits de saison / Seasonal fruit

Salade de chèvre chaud au miel / Mixed greens with goat cheese and honey
Coquilles saint-jacques aux girolles / Pan-seared sea scallops with chanterelles
Fromages et fruits / Cheese and fruit

Salade d’épinards avec pancetta / Spinach salad with pancetta
Suprêmes de poulet aux morilles / Chicken breasts with morel mushrooms
Fromages et fruits / Cheese and fruit

Steak maître d’hôtel / Pan-seared steak with parsley butter
Gratin savoyard / Potato gratin from Savoie
Salade de cresson / Watercress salad
Fruits de saison / Seasonal fruit

Autumn update

Haricots verts aux noix en salade / Green bean salad with walnuts
Omelette aux cèpes / Mushroom omelet with porcinis
Fromage et fruits / Cheese and fruit

Salade César / Caesar salad with herbal croutons
Saltimbocca à la romaine / Veal and prosciutto ‘acrobats’
Fromage et fruits / Cheese and fruit

Côtelettes d’agneau au romarin / Lamb chops with rosemary
Fenouil et endives braisés / Braised finocchio and Belgian endive
Fromage et fruits / Cheese and fruit

Soupe paysanne / French peasant soup
Salade d’automne / Autumn salad with country ham and walnuts
Fromage et fruits / Cheese and fruit

Salade mesclun à l’huile de noix / Salad of mixed greens from Provence
Petits farcis / Stuffed vegetables from Provence
Fromage et fruits / Cheese and fruit

Mouclade / Spicy mussels in cream
Steak maître d’hôtel / Pan-seared steak with parsley butter
Salade verte à la française / Green salad, French style
Fromage et fruits / Cheese and fruit

Summer update

Salade de tomates aux herbes / Herbal tomato salad
Kefta / Kefta
Fruits de saison / Seasonal fruit

Salade de pois chiches au cumin / Chick pea salad with cumin and dill
Côtelettes d’agneau au romarin / Lamb chops with rosemary
Fromage et fruits / Cheese and fruit

Soupe de concombre aux herbes / Cold cucumber soup with herbs
Poulet roti épicé / Roast chicken with spices
Fromage et fruits / Cheese and fruit

Porc grillé aux herbes de provence / Grilled pork with rosemary and thyme
Courgettes sautées à l’ail / Sautéed zucchini with garlic
Fromage et fruits / Cheese and fruit

Dorade au four au pistou / Baked porgy with French basil sauce
Salade verte à la française / Green salad, French style
Fromage et fruits / Cheese and fruit

Spring update

Salade d’épinards et aux fraises et pignons de pin / Spinach salad with strawberries and pine nuts
Suprêmes de pintade au miel et au thym / Breast of guinea fowl with honey and thyme
Fromage et fruits / Cheese and fruit

Artichauts vinaigrette / Artichokes with mustard vinaigrette sauce
Petits pois à la française / Fresh peas with bacon and basil
Fromage et fruits / Cheese and fruit

Asperges braisées / Braised asparagus
Porc grillé aux herbes de provence / Grilled pork with rosemary and thyme
Fromage et fruits / Cheese and fruit

Salade d’épinards avec pancetta / Spinach salad with pancetta
Sauté de veau / Veal stewed in white wine
Fromage et fruits / Cheese and fruit

Assiette de crudités / Fresh vegetable plate
Omelette bonne femme / Omelet with bacon, potatoes and arugula
Fromage et fruits / Cheese and fruit

Soupe aux moules et au safran / Mussel soup with saffron
Salade de cresson / Watercress salad
Fromage et fruits / Cheese and fruit

Poireaux sauce verte / Warm young leeks with a green herbal sauce
Suprêmes de poulet aux morilles / Chicken breasts with morel mushrooms
Fromage et fruits / Cheese and fruit

Winter update

Salade mâche-betterave / Salad of lamb’s lettuce and beets
Sole meunière / Sole meunière
Fromage et fruits / Cheese and fruit

Salade d’épinards avec pancetta / Spinach salad with pancetta
Risotto à la trévise / Risotto with radicchio
Fromage et fruits / Cheese and fruit

Soupe de légumes / Puréed vegetable soup
Saumon vapeur au chouSteamed salmon on a nest of cabbage
Fromage et fruits / Cheese and fruit

Assiette de crudités / Fresh vegetable plate
Steak maître d’hôtel / Pan-seared steak with parsley butter
Fromage et fruits / Cheese and fruit

Moules au curry / Mussels in a light curry sauce
Salade de roquette / Arugula salad
Fromage et fruits / Cheese and fruit

Cailles rôties / Roast quail
Salade de roquette / Arugula salad
Plateau de fromages / Cheese board

Pavé de cabillaud tout simple / Pan-seared cod
Salade de cresson / Watercress salad
Fromage et fruits / Cheese and fruit

Salade de carottes à la marocaine / Spicy carrot salad, Moroccan style
Côtelettes d’agneau au romarin / Lamb chops with rosemary
Fromage et fruits / Cheese and fruit

Autumn update

Soupe au potiron / Pumpkin soup
Salade d’automne / Autumn salad with country ham and walnuts
Fromage et fruits / Cheese and fruit

Salade d’endives au roquefort / Salad of Belgian endive with roquefort
Steak maître d’hôtel / Pan-seared steak with parsley butter
Fruits de saison / Seasonal fruit

Artichauts vinaigrette / Artichokes with mustard vinaigrette
Filet de porc au romarin / Roast pork with rosemary
Fromage et fruits / Cheese and fruit

Salade d’automne / Salad with country ham and walnuts
Raviolis à la sauge / Cheese ravioli with fresh sage
Fruits de saison / Seasonal fruit

Tomates-mozzarella-basilic / Tomato-mozzarella salad
Spaghettis aux coques / Spaghetti with small clams
Fromage et fruits / Cheese and fruit

Jambon de pays aux figues / Country ham with figs
Coquilles saint-jacques au muscat / Scallops with sweet wine
Fromage et fruits / Cheese and fruit

Soupe au fenouil braisé / Braised fennel soup
Gambas au pastis / Gambas sautéed in pastis
Fromage et fruits / Cheese and fruit

Salade mâche-betterave / Lamb’s lettuce salad with beets
Escalopes de veau à la crème / Veal scallops with mushrooms
Fromage et fruits / Cheese and fruit

Tomates-mozzarella-basilic / Tomato-mozzarella salad
Saucisses merguez / Spicy sausages
Fruits de saison / Seasonal fruit

Côtelettes d’agneau au romarin / Lamb chops with rosemary
Tomates provençales / Roasted tomatoes, Provence-style
Fromage et fruits / Cheese and fruit

 


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4 Responses to Everyday menus

  1. Susie says:

    I am curious to know how you serve your dinners, both everyday meals and special ones. I suspect you don’t put all the serving dishes on the table and let people help themselves, American family style. Is the salad always served as a separate course, after the main dish? Is there bread and butter on the table? How do you serve a fruit course, and a cheese course? Thanks.

    • Meg says:

      Hello Susie. This is such an interesting comment that it deserves a full blog post in response, and I will plan on answering it more fully very soon. But very quickly: Yes, when dining at home, we often put the food on the table in serving dishes and pass it around. Salad can be served as a starter, alongside the main course, or as a separate course after the main course, sometimes accompanied by cheese. That’s how we do it these days. Previously, the French tradition was always to serve the salad after the main course. There is always bread on the table, but very rarely butter — only for something where buttered bread is essential, like oysters. As for the fruit and cheese, I plan to run posts on each of these subjects in the near future. In a word, serve the cheese first and the fruit afterwards, never the opposite. Cheers, Meg

  2. Meg says:

    Thanks for your suggestion, Ann. The dishes in the menus are all linked up to their recipes now. And weekend menus have been added to the site as well!

  3. Ann Mah says:

    Love this idea, Meg. It would be wonderful to have the dishes in the menus as links to their recipes, so one can contemplate, click, and cook!

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