Last week, I picked several recipes from the current Taste of Home magazine. I made substitutions according to ingredients I had, and cooked happily away. Soon, I realized, there was much too much food in the refrigerator, and I stopped cooking. Leftover time!
On Wednesday, I made the Slow Cooker Beef Tostadas on page 33. I used frozen peppers I had from last summer’s garden instead of what they called for, and then added a jar of my Salsa Verde.
I just grabbed a package of round steak from the freezer, and did not pay any attention to how much was in the package. There were 3 nice-sized pieces of meat. So, Wednesday night, while I finished my last lesson, they ate the meat as tacos. I ate taco salad with the meat in the van on the way to church. We again ate tacos over the weekend, and again, last night for dinner. Today, I took the rest of the meat/sauce and put some black beans and tomatoes with it and we will have taco soup for dinner. I sure hope that finishes it off! Wow, I got a lot of mileage from that.
Friday, there were several appointments I had to do with my kids, and went shopping in the middle. The last one was Patsy’s caseworker, who, through no fault of her own, got involved with another case. So, after calling, she ended up coming late. She did not leave until 5:35. I had to be in a near-by town by 6 to get ready for my piano recital. Yikes! So, no one got dinner that night, for the first time I can ever remember. Surprisingly, no one died or even thought they were going to. Afterwards, we grabbed this and that to eat and went to bed.
This week, I am home more than normal, but am packing up. I hope to do simple meals based on things I want to use up.
Tuesday: Black bean taco soup (using the last 2 cans of black beans and leftover meat) French bread I got on clearance a while back.
I am packing a lunch with tuna sandwiches, celery sticks, cut up apples and drinks. I am going to the used home-school book store to turn in the rest of my un-needed books. What they don’t want I will donate. I plan to get a Biology book for Ja’Ana for next year in exchange.
Lunch: My aunt will be here helping. We will have salad, and leftover soup.
Dinner: Turkey rice soup in crock pot. We will be busy all day, packing, and doing school with Ja’Ana, and taking a load to the storage unit.
Thursday: Lunch: Pack a lunch. We have to be gone for the appraisal during the lunch hour.
Dinner: Leftovers or sandwiches after dance class. OR: Pull something from the freezer that looks easy to cook, or off the shelf (such as a can of soup)
Friday: Lunch: Soup or quesidillas
Dinner: Barbecued chicken, potatoes, green beans
Saturday: Pack lunch: We plan to take a load to my sister’s, till in the morning, and work in the garden in the afternoon.
Dinner: Rob will barbecue pork chops. Frozen veggies, potatoes
Sunday: We will go out for lunch for Mother’s day, and eat leftovers for dinner.