Sunday, July 25, 2010

Meal Plan Monday

 There is a turkey and a roast left in the deep freeze.
The turkey will be thawed and then carved raw into a breast or two to bake.
Scrap to grind into turkey burger then the carcass to soup. Perhaps a potato base.
There are several of the potato the golden Yucatan, oh man they are so good.
With a large bag of blue berries in the freezer there will be protein smoothies, berry pancakes too.
A meal of deep water ocean fish will be mid week.
Salad of Romain, cucumber, celery, carrot, bell peppers of three colors, onion.
Herbs to abound over it all.

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This is the second to the last week of the children home so it is the end of the freezer and pantry for the summer. Like the mountain women of old, we store up before the heat comes and run low at the beginning of fall just sorta flip side of the frozen tundra HA!. The clearing of the deep freeze marks the beginning of a new school year. Inventory removes any old foods ignored and forces them to be used up so the new can be welcomed in come the fall. With temp over 115* some days it is safest to live this way. Perishables are well...perishable and there is nothing worse than food poisoning from the heat that builds up in a car. Our cars can reach an easy 160* inside. Ice chest help.

The children have not to be bothered with shopping nor do I for that matter in the middle of the heat. 
Steve will stop here and there during the weeks and grab few perishables. Or in the evening I'll shop a little for fresh produce. Once in a while they come just to keep the skills up. We pick advertising apart with abundant humor.

 So here are a couple of ideas to conserve and reduce.

With the left over ground beef a nice rice dish was made.
It is settling  in to me that we really do not need to use as much meat.
By reducing the 1 pound to 3/4 pound in recipes and adding the rice up and the veggies up to the full measure the meals are just as good. 

Our little family really dislikes the 'Heal' of a loaf of bread.
This is a use for it we often find for salad there is non better.
Simply butter with softened butter and layer a good shower of garlic salt and Italian seasoning.
Cube with a heavy knife then crisp toast or as I did use the heat left in oven after a cake is baked.
Use up any thing even heat that is left in the oven.
Just think ahead a bit.

The garden is beginning the fall awakening.
Dug up several small onions while soaking the soil in preparation for the planting of the early beans.

That is the sad ol' tired and hot sweet potato plant, poor thing.
This desert heat plays hard on the garden and the gardener alike.
After the soak soil turned and the straw blanket it will rest another week or two.
The pre-emergent is in for the lentil family.

It is just too


Denise said...

Awesome sis.

Susie said...

What a yummy looking week!

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