We’re going to do things a little differently at our house this week. Usually, we look at what we have, look at what we want to make, buy what we need, and also stock up on good deals. This week, we are going to look at what we have, and make that work. We’ll only buy the essentials (milk, maybe some a few veggies) this week. This is hard because there are some good deals I really want to take advantage of.
The GRACE Hunger Walk, which raises money to fight hunger is this weekend, and my husband and I have decided to donate our weekly grocery budget. It’s not that significant of an amount in the grand scheme of things, but the meaning is important to us and is a good reminder that no one who has as much food as we do should EVER say, “There’s nothing to eat!”.
If you plan on popping by this week, just be forewarned; it could get a little interesting by Sunday
Pizza Hot Dish. I made a batch last week and there was too much so I froze half of it; the recipe I used is here. We also had salad with home made croutons (using bread ‘scraps’). I also used some turkey pepperoni so it was really pizza-y. For desert we had watermelon.
Cornish Hens. I got these really cheap a while ago and still don’t know how to cook them. I’ll give this recipe a try. We’ll also have brown rice and mixed veggies I cut up and steamed for a different meal, but didn’t use so I froze. For desert we’ll have more watermelon.
Another previously frozen meal from last week; Brunswick Stew. This is a total cheater recipe; just one tub of Lloyds Chicken BBQ and one of Pulled Pork. I added some corn I had frozen last summer and 2 cans of lima beans. Anyone south of the Mason-Dixon line is throwing wads of paper at the computer right now We will also have carrots and celery cut up, and dip. For desert we are having popcicles made of yogurt, rasberries, honey and bananas just blended together. It is a re-working of a failed fruit dip I tried to make this weekend.
I am making a turkey. I bought one very cheap around Easter and I don’t really know how to make it but I am just going to follow the directions. It has one of those pop up timers, and everything. I think this is my final frontier of domesticity. We’ll also have applesauce, and peas.
This is the biggest potential for failure. I am going to try and make french bread; using the dough cycle in my bread maker and finishing it in the oven. In continuing with my bad imitation of Southern Cuisine, I will call this, “I Swear I’m Not Mocking Mufaletta“. I’m going to use that french bread (once baked) and cut it in half, then pour olive oil on it. Once that sinks in, I will put some leftover green olive bruschetta and layer some turkey-ham lunchmeat and swiss cheese, then put the top half of the bread back on and bake it until the cheese melts. We’ll also have a pretty beefy salad with hard boiled eggs and garbanzo beans. Since we are having some young friends (2 and 4) over for dinner, we’ll have rootbeer floats for desert.
I will give home made hamburger buns another try. The last attempt ended up like bagels someone forgot to punch the middles out of and I went to Great Harvest instead.
I’ll leave the Southerners alone and start messing with the Vietnamese now. We’ll have Turkey Pho, and a salad with Carmelized Walnuts. For desert we’ll have Apple Oat Bars if there are any leftover; and if not, we shouldn’t have eaten them all anyway
For more Menu Plan Monday, head over to Laura’s blog.