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Every year when the weather turns cold and dreary, we find ourselves trying new recipes. It helps had some excitement to our day, and we have time since we are not spending it outside on other activities.
A few weeks ago I found myself facing a week with extra meat in the freezer and no clear plan of what to do with it. I knew it needed to be used up, but my creative juices were just not flowing.
“What do you do with a bit over 1 lb of already cooked ground beef? We have already had spaghetti and soup and curry …. Oh, beef and peas. If only I knew how my mother-in-law made it. Her’s is so much better than mine; she always knows which spices to use.”
With that, I took to the internet and found a recipe that looked promising – Kheema Indian Ground Beef with Peas. I was lacking only 1 spice, but with lunch an hour away I forged ahead away. The result was delicious and a definite addition to our meal planning rotation.
I also had extra pork to use, but did not want to make more Chinese BBQ Pork. I found a partial bottle of BBQ sauce in the fridge and more in the pantry. With such success with the ground beef and peas, I decided to try the same for pulled pork. Using this Pulled Pork Sandwich recipe from the Food Network, I added seasoning to the meat while cooking and sauce at the end. This was placed in the freezer for a future meal.
Feeling like I was on a roll, I looked for a new coleslaw recipe to use as a side for one of our dishes. The recipe was not out of this world, but a good basic one that used ingredients I had on hand. That is always important when you wait till right before a meal to look for a recipe. Not that I would ever do such a thing. 🙂
Last week I knew I had several cuts of meat in the freezer, and for lack of a desire to go grocery shopping, I decided to use them as my menu – I chose one each day to use and that was that. Yes, I stayed out of the grocery store. No, I did not always have supper or lunch made on time. By the end of the week, my husband was frustrated with the late timing of the meals. Seems having a plan has become a habit/desire for even him.
One of the recipes I tried last week was Company Pot Roast. It was like Beef Bourginion met a pot roast. Loved the quickness and simplicity of the meal. The flavor was great and everyone loved it.
Several days last week also brought bad weather. George had a day off in the middle of the week. We used this opportunity to teach him how to make french toast. Not only did he learn how to make it, and helped do so, but he also flipped the toast all by himself! 🙂 He thought he was big stuff. In reality, he was actually doing a good job and being a help.
He also learned that if you touch the griddle with your finger, it does hurt and you will get a blister. In his surprise at being burned he dropped the spatula on the griddle and hopped around. I saw what he did, but thought I would let him learn yet another lesson. After making sure he was okay, and giving the appropriate amount of hugs and reassurances, I turned his attention back to the griddle. I explained at plastics melt and can catch fire, that you need to be careful with them around heat. I turned over the spatula to show him the back of the handle, which had been sitting on the edge of the griddle and which now sported a gouge. This is something I had done before and was not mad at him about, and I told him as much. It will be another visual reminder to a lesson (hopefully) learned.
When looking to make this week’s menu, I revisited the site of the Kheema Indian Ground Beef with Peas recipe. When I find someone who has a recipe I like, I look through their others, hoping they also share similar likes as we do. Two looked like they would be simple enough to try for this week – Mum’s Everyday Red Lentils and Lebanese Meat-Stuffed Pitas. Another recipe was added to next week’s meal plan.
- Eggs, toast
- Eggs, croissant, bacon
- Eat Out
- Superfast Salisbury Steak, barley, beets
- Leanese Meat-stuffed Pitas
- Dad’s Meatloaf with Tomato Relish, beets, corn
- Chinese Style BBQ Pork, rice, peas, vegetables
- Herb Crusted Pork Chops, beets, peas
- Peanut butter sandwiches, cottage cheese, banana
- Mum’s Everyday Red Lentils
- Falafel, side salad
- Slow Cooker Lentil and Brown Rice Taco
- Pulled Pork Egg Rolls
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For more ideas also check out This Week For Dinner.