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Has anyone else been absolutely stumped when it comes to what to cook for supper lately?  I think it is all the sewing, but I am beyond un-inspired when it comes to meals as of late.  I did stop sewing this weekend for a much needed home clean-sweep.  Isn’t funny how once you get started it is hard to stop! 

We started cleaning out flower beds, but then cleaned out the garage yesterday.  Oh, our garage gets so very cluttered in the winter.  It is a very small garage.  Forest’s old Toyota Celica would go in, the mini-van I am not fond of…not so much.  If need be the truck would fit in there, though you might have to climb out the window.    During the winter, it is the dumping spot for all sorts of nothingness.  Eight trash bags later, you can walk freely and park the girls’ bikes in there.  Yes, it has been warm enough for them to be out biking! 

In our garage is our beloved freezer.  It is still relatively full and I took a visual inventory while out there.  I was concerned I made too much applesauce last fall, but not so as we still have quite a bit left.   There is still a ton of veggies left out there as well as odds and ends of meat, lots of broth, and a few bags of fruit.

Here’s my list of things I want to use up, we seem to have a surplus of them:

  • broth
  • zucchini
  • rhubarb
  • sour cream (it was on sale, I bought extra, we already had plenty)

To help plan on using some of these things up, I am going to try a loose meal plan for the week.  I used to do a meal plan and it really helped.  It is time to get back into that habit and I am thinking next week will be a no-grocery week so we can eat out of the freezer and save a bit of money for some bedding plants and mulch.   To complicate things, soccer starts this week.  It’s been a blissful two weeks without swimming, now soccer starts.  We have practices Mon and Wed at 4:30 and Forest is going to help coach.  There is no game schedule yet, but if I am remembering right this is a fairly short season.   This week I am also working on Fri and Sat, so that is two meals I do not need to bother with.  My goal for Mon and Wed will be quick and easy meals or (like Sunday lunch) a crockpot meal.

Monday- Oven Fried Shrimp, wild rice, and broccoli

Tuesday- Beef, Pepper, and Mushroom Fajitas

Wednesday-Beef Stew in the crockpot with potatoes, peppers, and onions

Thursday- Sausage Lasagna (with  lots of zucchini in it)

Sunday Lunch- Whole chicken with new potatoes and carrots

While doing at that, I also cleaned out the pantry cupboard and refrigerator.  Next is the rest of the kitchen cupboards.  There is a big yard sale in my near future.  I have quality things I want to get rid of and would like a bit o f cash for an upcoming trip.  Also on my list is a massive sorting of all little girl clothes and toys…the two things that seem to take over my home!

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meal plan…oops!

So I sat down in bed last night (after soccer and swim team practice for the older two) to post my meal plan, late of course, but still on Monday.  I fell asleep!  My husband was sweet enough to rescue the computer and tuck me in.  Imagine my surprise to wake in the middle of the night wondering what was going on.  Alas, here is the meal plan for the week…it’s camping week!  Husband and I’s first couple nights away from the twins and the first time away from the older two since we went to adopt the twins.  I’m nervous how the twins will handle it all, the older two will barely notice we are gone.  By the way the “c” word (camping) is not uttered as the girls would be insanely upset that we were camping without them.  However, with family vacation the following weekend we can’t afford anything else, besides I like to camp and we will be meeting up our best friends mid-way.  Plus, taking twins that are 2 camping is not high on my husbands “fun” list.  I’m drifting here….meal plan for the rest of this week:

Meal Plan (trying to use non-starchy veggies and what we have on hand)

Tuesday

  • b-eggs and pancakes (and cole slaw…the twins requested cole slaw)
  • l-leftover pork roast, squash, and green beans
  • d-at the fair (hoping we can find veggies there)
  • todo: bake bread, soak granola, freeze rest of peaches, check tent,spend evening at neighboring county fair

Wednesday

  • b-Summer Egg Casserole
  • l-sandwich and salad
  • d-out (I work this night so it’s likely fried chicken with baked potato and salad)
  • todo: dry granola, gather linens, clothes, toiletries, food, and camping supplies into car, soccer/swim

Thursday

  • b-granola
  • l-clean out fridge lunch
  • d- sandwiches, veggies, and fruit smoothies on the road
  • todo: farm in early afternoon, give kids tons of kisses and say goodbye for a couple days, enjoy time alone with husband

Friday

  • b-something over a fire as we do not have a campstove or anything…ideas anyone?
  • l-cornbread salad my friend makes, yum!
  • d-fish, onions, zucchini, and potatoes
  • todo: enjoy time with good friends, try not to injure myself hiking, learn from some seasoned campers

Saturday

  • b-eggs, bacon, pancakes ?  (friends are cooking!)
  • l-chicken salad, greens, fruit
  • d-out
  • todo: home late, pack bag for church (I run out of time in the morning)

Sunday

  • b-granola
  • l-clean out fridge
  • d-mom’s
  • todo: pack van at moms for family vacation, take a nap (I’m wore out just looking at the next couple weeks!)

Next weeks meal plan will be one of necessity.  The plan is to clean out the fridge and use what is on hand.  If I’m able to skip a week at the grocery, that is $100 I can use on vacation.  99% of what we have on hand is whole, healthy foods….meals just might not be as well balanced as I would like. 

Next post is my peach all-fruit jam!

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My goals for this weeks meal plan were to have at least two meals a day having 50% non-starchy vegetables.  Not every day looks like it fits, but it is close.  It’s hard to balance this with the grocery budget, using what I have on hand, and not burning out on salads.  Take a look and see what you think, I say it isn’t too awful bad:

Sunday: church, bread, family, soak nuts

  • b-summer egg casserole (see below for recipe)
  • l-Chicken Caesar Salad
  • d-moms (I brought creamy beet salad on greens)

Monday: mom to doctor, soccer, swim team, dry nuts

  • b-bagels with cream cheese
  • l- out
  • d- taco salads (see below for recipe)

Tuesday: soak granola, marinate jerky, dentist, older girls at grandmas overnight

  • b-granola
  • l-hot dogs, green beans, and tomatoes
  • d-fish, mixed vegetables, slaw

Wednesday: dry granola overnight, dry jerky, work, swim team, soccer

  • b-eggs in a basket
  • l-ants on a log (pb and raisins on celery) with a cheese stick
  • d-Chicken, broccoli and rice

Thursday: twins to doctor, clean out the fridge

  • b-smoothie on the go
  • l-leftovers
  • d-vegetable beef soup

Friday: farm day, soccer

  • b-granola
  • l- sandwiches with leftover soup
  • d- fried rice (with lots of veggies!)

Saturday: market, family reunion, work

  • b-Summer Egg Casserole (because it is so good I could eat it a few times a week!)
  • l-family reunion
  • d-work (hoping to avoid the pie, nut rolls, and macaroni salad)

 

Summer Egg Casserole-very yummy recipe I made up as I was cleaning out the fridge based on my quiche recipe.  The zucchini maintains some of it’s texture since you do not cook it before it goes into the oven.

  • 1 medium zucchini
  • 1 Tbsp Salt
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1/2 lb of sausage
  • 6 eggs
  • 1/4 tsp ground mustard
  • cayenne, salt, and pepper to taste
  • 2 cups of shredded cheese

Shred/Grate zucchini, sprinkle with 1 Tbsp salt, and set aside. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a small skillet saute onion until translucent, add in sausage (out of casing) breaking it up while it cooks. When done set aside.

In a large bowl beat six eggs, add mustard and other seasonings according to preference. We like more pepper than salt, and a sprinkle or two of cayenne. Mix well.

Pour zucchini out onto a lint-free dish towel and roll it up. Squeeze it a few times to get rid of excess moisture. Unroll and add to egg mixture along with meat/onions and cheese. For cheese we used 1 cup of mozzarella and 1 cup of CoJack (cleaning out the fridge.)

Stir well and pout into a greased quiche dish or 9 inch pie plate. Bake for 45-50 minutes or until lightly browned and cooked in the middle.
Taco Salad: easy and quick for a day that you’ve not been home much

  • salad greens
  • taco meat (I fry my own with a mix of cumin, chili powder, cayenne, a bit of tomato paste and onion, lots of onion!)
  • lacto-fermented salsa
  • shredded cheese
  • corn chips
  • sour cream
  • beans if you have them or want them

make a nice pile of Greens on your plate.  Top with a bit of cheese and meat.  Add to the mix a healthy amount of salsa as this is your “dressing” for your salad.  Top with beans or a couple of crushed tortilla chips and a dollop of sour cream.  For the girls I shredded up my lettuce very fine, put it all in a bowl and mixed well.  They all four loved it!

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This weeks meals

I’m starting with Tuesday seeing as how it’s late Monday.

Tuesday-TItus 2 class, prepare for pot-luck, spout and dry grains

Wednesday-grind grain

  • b-eggs
  • l-sandwiches and fruit (I have a surplus of plums that need used up, recipes anyone?)
  • d-grilled fish with quinoa and veggies

Thursday-make yogurt

Friday-farm day

Saturday-market, work evening shift

Sunday

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Last week we deviated a fair bit from the menu.  This was due to taking dad to the hospital, visiting him, delays picking up my sister at the airport, etc.  This week I’m holding out for only one meal out (both for financial and health reasons!)  It shouldn’t be hard seeing as I have a fair bit to do for the twins’ party on Sunday aside from everything I fell behind on last week. 

Monday

b-granola and fruit

l-peanut butter and banana sandwiches, cucumbers, and carrots

d-Roasted Chicken, noodles, kholrabi, and peas

to do: house needs a good cleaning, make yogurt, visit dad

Tuesday

b-pancakes

l-chicken salad

d-Fish, red potatoes, and broccoli

to do: laundry

Wednesday

b- eggs and toast

l-chicken with cucumer salad

d-burritos

to do: start bread, dry old bread for crumbs

Thursday

b-granola and fruit

l-dump soup with fresh bread

d-steaks with cabbage, potatoes, and fruit

to do: bake bread, clean out fridge

Friday

b-muffins and fruit

l-pb sandwiches, fruit, crispy nuts

d-roast, onions, carrots and farm veggies

to do: farm day, store produce, finalize plans for twins’ party

Saturday

b-eggs and toast

l- leftover roast

d- out (I work again this night so it has to be eating out)

to do: work, prepare for party)

Sunday

b-granola cereal

l- leftovers

d- twins’ birthday meal that I still am not sure what I am serving

to do: clean up from party

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Meals for the week with todo’s in ( ):
Monday (bake bread)
b-oatmeal (with dried bilberries)
l-mom’s (not my first pick, chicken strips and french fries.)

d-roast, onions, broccoli, carrots, raw strawberry-banana ice cream (recipe below, yum!)

 

Tuesday-(out of town)

b-granola

l-pack a lunch (pb and banana sandwiches, cheese, and veggies)

d-DaVinci’s Italian for supper

 

Wednesday (chicken in crockpot, make yogurt)

b-eggs and fruit

L-dump soup (using up veggies and likely a piece or two of beef)

d-roasted chicken, red potatoes, carrots

 

Thursday (pick berries)

b-oatmeal

l-out

d-chicken salad

 

Friday (farm day, save time to store veggies, 10 yr wedding anniversary!)

b-granola on the go

l-meatloaf, mashed potatoes, green beans

d-leftovers

 

Saturday (market day, work 4-8 )

b-pancakes

l-chicken quesadillas, salad

d-family will eat out at my work

 

Sunday (pick sister up from airport, start bread)

b-eggs and sausage

l-leftovers

d-airport supper

 

This is such a hard week to plan.  My husband is gone all week for his job.  I try to keep really busy when these things come up as I don’t like being without my help-mate.  Don’t get me wrong, it’s nice to watch a chick-flic at the end of the night, but he is so much help with the girls and picking up and just me getting a quiet moment here and there.  He’ll be home friday, for our anniversary, so that’s good.  I’m out of town on tuesday and thursday this week and trying to plan accordingly.  Also, being oput and about so much and not cooking big meals (the girls and I really are okay not eating so heavy as he likes to) it doesn’t look like I’ll have leftovers like I normally do.  I hardly ever work outside the home, but this happens to be a weekend that my services were requested.

 So that is my semi-plan for the week.  If I do as good following this weeks plan as last weeks I’ll be super amazed as this is a really going to be an in and out week!

Here’s the ice cream, it turned out wonderful (I started this post yesterday)

Raw Strawberry-Banana Ice Cream

4 cups of half and half (I’m usually heavier on the cream, I like creamy ice cream)

2 very ripe bananas

1 cup pureed strawberries

3/4 cup maple syrup

1 TBSP arrowroot

2 egg yolks

Whir it all in the blender and freeze according to your ice cream makers instructions.  Makes about 1 and 1/2 quarts. 

 

Weekend market and CSA report coming next, I was holding out for my camera that has come up missing but alas it is still not around.  I think the twins have taken over it, who knows where, if, and when it will be found.

 

 

 

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This week in meals

Here it goes, I’m going to try meal planning (for suppers, at least)…let’s hope it sticks!  I’m including, along with my meal planning, some things I need to do to keep my meals moving.  It’ll make sense as you see it.

Monday: eat at mom’s bring smashed new potatoes and zucchini (remove lemon balm and wheat from dehydrator and soak nuts and granola, dry nuts overnight, grind wheat, freeze chicken broth)

Tuesday: chicken soup for lunch and Fried Rice for supper (remove nuts from dehydrator, dry granola overnight, start bread before bed, start beef broth)

Wednesday: Yogurt with Granola for breakfast, clean out the fridge for lunch, Tostadas with fresh salsa and guacamole for supper (bake bread, make food for zoo day)

Thursday: zoo day, eating out for supper but planning on a wonderful chicken salad, greens, fresh fruit, and lavender lemonade lunch! breakfast on the run will likely be bananas, cheese, and granola (roast out of freezer for tomorrow)

Friday: farm day so day two of breakfast on the run, this time likely a bagel with fried egg, lunch will be very dependent on when we get home (likely PB and J at the last minute!) and then for supper Beef Roast with potatoes, garlic, and whatever veggies need used up (premake food for reunion)

Saturday: family reunion, bring tomato and cucumber salad, zucchini casserole, bread, and macaroons (morning market, look for veggies to freeze/dehydrate for winter)

Sunday: I can’t think that far in advance, but I do know we’ll have eggs for breakfast.  We will likely eat dinner with one set of our parents and whatever is leftover in our fridge will be consumed for lunch.

I plan on reporting next week how I did on this weeks meal planning.  I really think that if I can get into the habit of doing this that I will be able to not only save on waste (which really is not an issue with us), get the whole family to be eating foods better for us, and also maybe save a little in the grocery area of our budget.  Please let me know if you are interested in any recipes for items in my meal plan and I’ll post them and (hopefully) link them as well in this post for future reference.

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