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Thursday, April 11, 2024

Cheap & Cheerful Suppers Using Up Odds and Ends

scratch pepperoni pizza, using tomato paste and dried tomatoes in the sauce
Cole slaw, using a leftover dressing packet from a salad kit last month
apple wedges
chocolate chip cookies

various leftovers turned into soup (lentil soup from earlier in the week stretched with leftover lentils, rice, and veggies)
homemade tortilla chips

peanut butter sauce with frozen spinach over
mix of brown and white rice
buttered carrots
leftover cake

beef and bean enchiladas
Cole slaw
leftover cake

leftover enchiladas
steamed carrots

tuna noodle casserole
steamed broccoli

tofu and vegetable stir fry
brown rice
pumpkin souffle
pumpkin chocolate chip snack cake

This was an exhausting week for me. I did my best with meals. I'm rushing to get the garden planted at the same time I'm juggling medical and dental appointments. This past Wednesday I had another long dental appointment, another crown. This one exhausted me. I did very little after coming home. But I did rouse myself enough to make a soft dinner. Thursday's dinner was another soft one. The nerves in my mouth are easily irritated still. I slept poorly Wednesday night. I'm hoping tonight's sleep is much better. I go in for more testing to see how my thyroid is doing on Monday. I'm hoping that there's been some improvement.

My husband pitched in on Saturday and Sunday and my daughters made the enchilada dinners on Monday and Tuesday. I'm thankful that I didn't have to cook every night. Thursday I got a bit of an energy burst and did some extra cooking and garden-harvesting so there's plenty of easy foods to grab. I picked a bunch of kale, turnip greens, Brussel sprout leaves, and watercress today. I washed it all, used some in dinner, then put the rest in containers in the fridge for lunches the next couple of days. The pumpkin shuffle was made with the 25 cent/cans of pumpkin that I bought at Grocery Outlet. I used 1 1/2 cans of pumpkin, making enough for leftovers to use as a vegetable side for breakfasts or lunches. The other 1/2 can went into the snack cake, hence the 2 pumpkin items on one meal's menu.

We're making progress using up foods from the deep freeze. I want to get that freezer thawed and cleaned sometime in May before I begin freezing produce from this year's garden.

I went grocery shopping earlier this week, mostly buying produce, milk, and eggs. My plan is to spend less on groceries for the month of April, both to use up foods in the freezers and pantry and to offset our big beef purchase last month. This looks do-able.

How were your meals this past week? Did you have any favorites?

Wishing you a wonderful weekend!


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