Friday, June 3, 2016
Cheap & Cheerful Suppers for the very last of May and beginning of June (using up stuff from the freezers)
Blackberry and cream cheese stuffed French toast casserole
Home-style macaroni and cheese
Scrambled eggs with bacon bits
Canned green beans
Herb-crusted roast pork loin
Oven-roasted sweet potato wedges
Green salad with rhubarb dressing
Cream puffs filled with whipped cream and topped with strawberries (all from the freezer)
Leftover brown rice with turkey gravy from freezer
Baked beans combined with leftover refried beans from last week
Sauteed cabbage (last of the head) and kale from garden, in bacon fat, topped with some leftover brown sauce from when I made soy bean patties on Monday
Cornbread, from scratch, using slightly sour milk I had frozen for baking
Curried pumpkin and peanut soup, with some shredded, fresh spinach thrown in for an extra veggie
Yorkshire pudding wedges
Cream cheese and pecan stuffed celery
Baked Huevos Rancheros
Brown rice topped with last of the turkey gravy
I didn't feel well over the weekend. Dinners had to be super easy. It's end of the quarter for my two daughters, which means I haven't had them to help, when I'm not feeling well. And my son isn't home as much, any more (work/girlfriend/meeting up with friends). My husband doesn't cook, ever, period. So, I have to come up with super-easy ideas. The stuffed French toast was good, quick, and I could prepare it early in the day, then pop it in the oven a half-hour before dinner, and cut and serve. Nothing else with it, except glasses of milk.
The meatball goulash was something I just dumped into the crockpot early in the day, all but the frozen meatballs. I added rice, canned tomatoes, various liquids from fridge, black olives, sliced celery, cooked garbanzo beans, herbs, spices (especially paprika) and cooked until the rice was soft, then topped with meatballs to heat through for 30 minutes. I split and toasted 2 hamburger buns, and that was dinner.
Sunday's dinner had only a bit more effort involved, but I spread that over a whole afternoon. Monday, I did put several hours into cooking, again spread out over a day. By Tuesday, I was feeling better and could do more, both with cooking and getting things done around the house and outside.
I'm also cleaning out the freezers. I emptied the stand-alone freezer, on Wednesday. I unplugged it and have left it off for a month or two. As I was cleaning it out, it made for some interesting meal combos. But a few treats emerged as well.
What was on your menu this past week? Did you have a traditional cook-out or barbecue for Memorial Day? I felt lucky to just do a pork loin for dinner. It was delicious and everybody enjoyed it. So, I guess that's what counts.
Have a great weekend!