My musings…

Dinner tonight was a win on all fronts – unstuffed cabbage roll skillet and italian green beans from my parents’ garden.

I’m not fantastic at following recipes, but here is more or less what I did:

Unstuffed Cabbage Roll Skillet

1 T oil
1 lb ground turkey
1/3 c chopped onion
1 minced garlic clove
1 1/2 t salt
1 t black pepper
2 t oregano
2 8oz cans tomato sauce
3 c chopped cabbage
2 carrots, chopped
2 c beef broth
2 T Worcestershire sauce
1.5 c cooked brown rice

Heat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat.  Add in the ground turkey and heat until cooked through.  Add in the onion, garlic, and spices, cook until onion turns translucent. Add in remaining ingredients except rice. Bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat and simmer until cabbage is cooked through.  Add in rice until heated through.

Serve with green beans.

Pantry Challenge Continued

Okay. So I’ve done a horrible job at keeping going with this thing. Going to try again!

Spent about $60 on groceries this week. I picked up chicken breasts thinking we were out, but we weren’t. Oh well, they’ll all be eaten. Also it’s supposed to snow this weekend somewhere between 3″ and 2′ so I stopped by the store yesterday to pick up milk and bread before all the crazies go out tomorrow.

Here’s what we ate:
Saturday
B: bacon and eggs
L: salad for me, cheese and blueberries for S3. S2 and H were out fixing the car.
D: I had ratatouille (from the freezer) and rice. Boys had popcorn? I don’t really remember.

Sunday
B: pancakes and bacon
L: pizza and salad
D: pumpkin, black bean chili and cornbread muffins

Monday
B: pancakes, eggs and bacon
L: leftover chili and muffins
D: sausage, white bean and kale soup

Tuesday:
Me:
B: Turkey bacon and spinach mini frittata
L: leftover chili, salad, muffin
S: apple, pear

Boys:
B: pumpkin mini muffins, bananas, pancakes, cottage cheese, blueberries
L: chili and cornbread muffins
S: mandarin oranges, apples

Dinner: chicken enchiladas, black beans

Today’s plan:
Boys:
SIL is going to feed them

Me:
B: mini frittata, zucchini mini muffin, coffee
L: lunch bunch
S: roasted seaweed, pear, blueberries, carrots and cucumbers (might not eat all of this, just packed a bunch because I’m not sure what lunch will be)

D: leftovers

Pantry Challenge Day 15

Halfway through the month! I’m not sure we’ll make it the whole way to the end, but we’re also in an apartment and don’t have a deep freezer or anything like that too clean out. We still have steaks, a roast, salmon, shrimp, and liverwurst in the freezer. Some bread, edamame, strawberries, and random fruit, too. We’ll see how we do on the meat end of things.

Boys:
B: pancakes from the freezer, applesauce I canned in the fall
L: chicken noodle soup
S: pear cups, bananas, apples

Me:
B: quiche
L: salad and soup
S: apple, carrots and cucumber

D: if the boys are hungry (they don’t normally want dinner) I’ll make eggs to go with the black beans currently in the crockpot. If they aren’t, I’ll probably make some soup or salad for myself.

Pantry Challenge Day 14

Okay, first things first. H and I went it for dinner last night. Total was like $60. That’s more than what I’ve spent this week and almost more than what I’ve spent this month to feed our family (I guess that’s not exactly accurate, I mean I did spend money on the food we’re eating, I just didn’t spend the money in this month…) anyway we both also ate way more calories than we needed to. Yes, it was nice to have a “date”; we don’t get very many of those, but still crazy to think about the cost of eating out.

Today:
Boys:
B: SIL is feeding them
L: ham, green beans and potatoes
S: mango, apples

Me:
B: cereal and banana
L: salad and soup
S: apple, orange, roasted seaweed

D: hopefully the last of the ham, green beans and potatoes!

Pantry Challenge Day 13

Okay, so today doesn’t really count. We’re eating mostly nothing from the pantry…

Boys:
B: pumpkin mini muffin, oatmeal, strawberries
L: pizza, carrots and hummus
S: bananas, apples

Me:
B: quiche, pumpkin mini muffin, coffee
L: lunch bunch
S: veggies, apple, orange, roasted seaweed
D: out with gift cards from H’s boss

Pantry Challenge Day 12

So far, so good!

Boys:
1st breakfast: waffles with jelly, pumpkin mini muffin
B: scrambled eggs, black beans, strawberries
L: ham, green beans and potatoes
S: apple, popcorn

Me:
B: oatmeal, 1 slice quiche, coffee
L: salad, soup
S: roasted seaweed, apple, orange

Dinner: leftovers (Chicken and mushroom spaghetti, shrimp and rice, pizza, and ham, green beans and potatoes are all hanging out in the fridge )

Yesterday:
B: bacon, eggs, black beans and tortillas
L: homemade pizza, salad and strawberries
D: shrimp and rice Ecuadorian style
S: bananas, oranges

Today:
Boys:
B: oatmeal muffins, strawberries
L: mushroom chicken over spaghetti, broccoli
S: bananas, oranges

Me:
B: quiche
L: salad, soup from freezer
S: orange, apple, roasted seaweed

Dinner: ham, green beans and potatoes (soup style) with peanut butter bread