Apparently I am feeling adventurous this week because I have chosen several new recipes to try. This may not sound daring at first, but when you discover that I have five children ages seven and under, you realize that there is a high probability that my extra efforts will be greeted with icy stares. Consequently, I will be forced to either have hungry children (read crabby children) or have plan B waiting in the wings. Bring it on. Here’s hoping at least one is a keeper.
Vanilla Spice Smoothie, cereal bars
Oatmeal or homemade granola x 2
Pumpkin Pancakes with Maple Icing
Yogurt with fresh fruit x 2
Tuna Salad and crackers, peas
Egg Cups with spinach and pesto, apples and peanut butter
Black Bean Quesadillas with tomatoes, green beans (this one never happened last week)
Turkey Roll-Ups (no nitrate turkey slices with various things rolled up in them – cheese slices, apple slices, avocado, tomatoes, homemade ranch dressing – to avoid bread), fruit smoothie
Roasted Potatoes and Green Beans, homemade oatmeal bread, fruit and nut smoothie
PB & J (easy lunch for my mom to serve while we are selling at the farmers market), fruit, carrot sticks
Church Pot Luck – I’ll bring No Bake Energy Bites and Apples with Caramel Dip (mixture of cream cheese and sucanat)
Green Rice Casserole, steamed broccoli, fruit
Chili Burgers (make a double batch and freeze half) with avocado and tomato, steamed corn
Minestrone Soup, oatmeal bread, fruit
Black Beans, brown rice, spinach and fruit salad
Italian Beef and Beans (make a double batch and freeze half), oatmeal bread, steamed green beans
Tuna, Spinach and Rice Casserole (make a triple batch and freeze two), fruit
Leftovers and Whatevers
As you can see by my notes, I plan to cook extra of a few dishes this week to freeze for the coming weeks. I have never tried big batch freezer cooking because I can’t ever seem to make a block of time I can devote to it. But, I would love to have the freezer stocked with a few quick meals to fall back on in case life gets crazy. As it tends to do. I’ll see if this method works for me.
Now, if I could get my grocery shopping into a routine. Any suggestions?