(This is the weekly post where you share your week of food. Did you have anything that really made your week, such as your favorite soup, a lunch out, or maybe you had something new? Find a new food product? A new appliance? Please do share!)
I had a windfall this week, and was able to shop for a sale on produce. I haven't bought a full measure of produce in a while. I got 22% off!
6 bunches of collards
Some beautiful beets
A head of cabbage
A bag of carrots
1/2 a bunch of parsley (split it with Ds.)
3 or 4 bunches of celery
I may be forgetting something.
Today I will prep and cook some of it, then freeze it.
There were only 2 items that I didn't get. Broccoli, and kumquats. I usually have a couple of kumquats each year, very thinly sliced with food, as a kind of spring tonic, but I've not found them anywhere. I may have waited too long this year.
And, they did have broccoli. But, it didn't look great. Kind of rubbery, so I took a pass on it.
The key, when we do our monthly shopping, will be to get some chicken - still can't get meat - though it was very expensive the last time that I bought it.
I wanted the extra bag of carrots for stew, chicken pot pie or chicken pot pie soup, and I want to make candied carrots.
The beets will make pickled beets, and roasted beets.
The collards, when pre-frozen, will go into fried rice, and noodle dish.
The onions go into everything, I always start meals with, 'First we chop the onion!' I'll pickle some with the beets, also.
The cabbage, I don't know. It's good for soup, I like it sautéed with some caraway seeds, or just quartered and boiled as a side dish. There's just one small head, so I'll have to choose.
The celery is for soups, chicken pot pie, and stir fry or fried rice.
The lemons are to rotate the ones in the freezer. I drink a lightly sweetened lemonade, make lemon pudding, and enjoy many lemony vegetables and desserts. I've been holding off, but now that I was able to get some new ones...!
And, apples. Dh loves them in his oatmeal, but I want to make small, apple hand pies with them. It only requires dicing them small, cooking them in a saucepan with sugar and cinnamon etc., then making the dough. Fill each piece of dough, fold over and crimp, bake, freeze. Voila!
So, everything is earmarked for one or more things. The last time that I cooked and froze a lot of vegetables, we were able to use them to make meals for almost 3 months. So, a lot of work, yes, but completely worth it in the end!
All that's left on my shopping list now, are chicken and meat (I wish!), water and paper towels, sweet potatoes from the co-op, and if I can swing them, cheese and tortilla chips for Dh, and the flour mix for my bread. We'll see what happens!
I have made spaghetti twice this month, trying to be super careful with those last 2 pieces of meat. One was our regular spaghetti, and one was chili spaghetti. I've missed my large batch of chili put into the freezer in servings, This was just enough for 1 night, and it was really good. For some reason I've been craving spaghetti the past 3-4 weeks.
Well, that's all from here! How was your food week?
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