|rhubarb-blackberry gelatin (chilling in the shallow baker shortens it's set-time)|
Here's our Cheap & Cheerful menu for this past week:
Friday (my husband's birthday with a family celebration at home)
Cod cakes (remember when I asked for ideas to use some frozen cod?)
Homemade sweet potato shoestring fries
Lemon Meringue pie
Homemade olive and mushroom pizza
Carrot and celery sticks
Scratch macaroni and cheese
Leftover minestrone soup
Corn souffle (using this recipe) (with the last of the ham cracklings as the add-in)
Leftover rhubarb-blackberry jello
Frozen spinach-garlic-canned tomato-celery top gratin
Corn bread waffles
Spinach frittata topped with cheddar
Tortilla chips (made from corn tortillas)
Guacamole (using those 59-cent avocados from the ethnic market)
Refried beans, brown rice and cheese
Tossed green salad (yep! from the garden!)
My husband's birthday was one week ago. He does like fish. And I hardly ever cook fish, as I really don't relish eating it. But for his birthday and Father's Day, I do make fish as a special favor to him. (aren't I swell?!)
For the fishcakes, I found a recipe online that used potatoes with the flaked fish. I had a hunch I would enjoy those more than cakes that use bread crumbs. So, that's the recipe that I worked from. My fishcakes also had eggs, onion powder, minced chives, mustard, salt and pepper mixed in with poached cod fillets and mashed potatoes.
I didn't feel like it was a very imaginative week for meals. A lot of celery sticks and apple wedges for fruit/veggies. But it all worked out. Everyone had plenty to eat, and somewhat balanced meals. Bonus -- eating simply kept my grocery spending under budget, once again. I'll post my spending recap for April, on Monday. (The month's not over yet. I could go hog-wild and spend, spend, spend tomorrow!)
Did you make anything that wasn't something you regularly like to eat, this week? Is it ever difficult balancing some family members's favorite foods with your own dislike for them?
Have a great weekend!