Short version: Chicken salad sandwiches, cucumbers
Long version: A., Cubby, and Calvin weren't home. Cubby had an away game that was seven hours away (that's crazy even for here), and rather than making him come home on the bus that night and not get home until after midnight, A. decided to go and bring him home, stopping to fish in the mountains on the way home. Calvin wanted to go, too, but it was too much driving for the younger two, so they stayed here with me.
They had the sandwiches, made with the last of the leftover chicken breast from Sunday's giant roasted chicken.
Short version: Green chile beef stew, garlic bread
Long version: I wasn't sure if the travelers would be returning this night, so I made something that would keep if they got home late. They ended up staying one more night in the mountains, so it was just the three of us for dinner again.
I was very, very tired and not into making dinner by the afternoon, because I spent the entire day in the kitchen dealing with the 30 or so pounds of apples a very kind lady brought us. She has five apple trees, and had heard from one of the teachers at school that we could use them. She dropped them off on Friday, and I spent Saturday making applesauce and canning it.
I felt like I would never get out of the kitchen.
Short version: Beef stir-fry, rice, apple crisp with whipped cream
Long version: The butcher we used this time for the steer we bought from our neighbor was a new place for us, and the first place that ever asked me if I wanted any of the meat cut into stir-fry strips.
I make stir-fry a lot, and if I can get someone else to cut up the meat for me, I am all for it. Especially if I use the bags of frozen stir-fry vegetables--which I usually do nowadays--it makes for a very quick meal.
I didn't make the kids do their bathroom chores this week, so I got to choose the dessert. And I chose apple crisp. I made a big 9x13 one and used up the very last of all those apples.
Short version: Leftovers
Long version: Work day! Which you could probably tell from the leftoveres.
A., Calvin, and Poppy had leftover roast beef, rice, and cucumbers. Jack, Cubby, and I had the hamburger stew. Everyone had the last of the apple crisp.
Short version: Beef ribs, pasta, raw green beans, calabacitas
Long version: There were several packages of ribs at the top of the freezer, so I pulled those out and cooked them a few hours.
Not long enough. They were still a bit tough, so I pulled the meat off, cut it up smaller, and simmered it for awhile with barbecue sauce to get it a bit more tender.
Egg noodles with just butter, salt, and garlic powder.
And the zucchini-like calabacitas fried in olive oil with onion, tomatoes, and garlic. I love this. It's one of my favorite things in summer, and I can eat it with just about everything.
Short version: Meatloaf, leftover pasta, frozen green peas
Long version: I mixed and formed the meatloaves in the morning so I could put them in when I got home from work. I made them on the smaller side so they would cook faster, but they still took almost an hour.
On the upside, I did not have to be frying hamburgers or something during that hour, because the baking meatloaves take no hands-on cooking. Always appreciated after work.
Short version: Leftovers, canned clam chowder
Long version: Cubby had a home football game at 6 p.m., so the rest of us had dinner before we left. A. had the barbecue beef ribs, tomatoes and pickles, and some yogurt. I had leftover meatloaf and coleslaw. The kids had meatloaf, pasta, and coleslaw.
The coleslaw was just a small bowl of this recipe that I made because when I was starting to slice cabbage with the food processor to make sauerkraut, I accidentally put the shredding disc on instead. So I shredded a carrot to go with the accidental shredded cabbage and made some coleslaw.
Cubby had the chowder when he got home. I recently bought a box of six cans of it online for him, because he loves seafood of all kinds, so he's quite happy to eat this soup. And even though it's in a can, it doesn't have any sketchy ingredients. Yay.
Okay, your turn! What'd you eat this week?