Short version: Curried chicken with potatoes and carrots, rice
Long version: I took out the big bag of chicken leg quarters from the freezer and used about 2/3 of them for this. All I did was poach the chicken until I could pull it off the bone, then chop the meat up. In a separate big skillet, I fried onions and sweet yellow curry powder, then added chopped potatoes and carrots with the chicken, plus the liquid from poaching the chicken, and simmered that until everything was tender. Last I added some frozen peas (one-bowl meal! hooray!) and sour cream.
I always add sour cream or heavy cream or yogurt to curry. I'm sure that's not traditional, but it's what I like. And I certainly have no lack of sour cream right now, thanks to the THREE-POUND TUB A. bought.
Short version: Baked honey-mustard chicken, garlic bread, and frozen corn for the children, taco meat and mashed squash for the adults
Long version: I didn't have enough chicken for everyone to have some, but that's okay, because A. and I are not as enthused about chicken as the children are. We were happy with the taco meat I made a long time ago and took out of the freezer, and the children were happy with their chicken.
Well, except for Jack, who said the meat was "too sweet." Guess he's not a fan of honey-mustard (which I made by literally combining Dijon mustard and honey). But then he had three tacos after he ate about half his chicken, so he was happy in the end, too.
Short version: Fried pork, roasted potatoes, mashed squash, frozen green beans, apple crumble with cream
Long version: Another giant chunk of pork from the even more giant package I split up last week. We're getting another cow for the freezer in a few weeks, so I'm working on getting some of the bulkier items out of there. Those huge pork chunks are definitely bulky.
I made the crumble because I had a bag of apples that I bought just a couple of weeks ago, but that were already inexplicably soft and no good for fresh eating. Almost like they got partially frozen. I hate when that happens. So I peeled them all, sliced them up in a casserole, added sugar, cinnamon, and lemon juice, and topped them with a combination of oats, flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, and butter, and baked the whole thing along with the pork.
Is it a crumble if it has oats? Or is that a crisp? Who cares. The kids all liked it, and it used up the apples in what is actually a relatively healthy dessert, given the small amount of sugar I used in it. Win.
Short version: Bunless hamburgers, bread and butter, frozen peas, leftover mashed squash
Long version: More of the hamburgers I pre-made and stuck in the freezer. A good night for them, as we started back to in-person school this day, and it was a work day for me. We were all pretty tired.
Short version: Creamy green chili beef soup, cheese
Long version: I woke up this morning to this outside.
There were three packages of soup bones still in the big freezer from the last cow we got, three years ago. Better use those up before we get the next cow!
The bones were big enough that I needed to use my pressure cooker/canner pot anyway to cook them, so I decided to just use it as a pressure cooker first (not every pressure canner is also a cooker, but mine is) to make the stock, and then, while I still had it out, can the stock.
So I did. It took awhile, but at least it provided some distraction from the incredible mess and chaos that swirled around the house all day as the boys scattered every single one of their toys across every room of the house.
I just love snow days.
Those bones yielded about four cups of meat, so with that, some of the stock, onion, garlic, tomatoes, carrots, celery, potatoes, a lot of roasted green chilis, frozen green beans, and some sour cream at the end, I made a soup. Which we ate with cheese. Yup.
Oh! And I also put in about a cup of shredded calabacita from the freezer, and none of my children noticed. Ha! Now I know what to do with all summer squash: shred it, freeze it, and hide it in stews and soups in the winter. Sneaky.
Short version: Half tacos, half pork and sauerkraut, all frozen peas
Long version: It was a workday for me, which often means leftovers. This time I had some leftover pork, but not enough for everyone. And some leftover taco meat, but not enough for everyone.
I fried the pork with a jar of rinsed sauerkraut (hooray for the Megaton cabbages!) and heated the taco meat with cheese in corn tortillas.
Luckily, the half of the family that does not appreciate pork and sauerkraut does very much like tacos. Even better, Cubby was the only child who wanted the pork, and thus the only child who needed a separate starch. I had just one serving of leftover roasted potatoes in the refrigerator, which I fried for him along with the pork.
I just love it when things fall into place like that.
Short version: More leftovers
Long version: I had an unusual Thursday workday because Charlie's teacher needed a substitute, so we had more leftovers for dinner. Some of the same leftovers as the night before, as a matter of fact.
The same three family members had the same kind of tacos with the same leftover meat, plus the same peas, also leftover.
The other three had leftover beef soup, with cheese. And thus did I reach the end of another successful week of carefully nourishing my family. Ahem.
Okay, your turn! What'd you eat this week?