I hit all the proteins this week.
Short version: Sloppy joes, pureed potato soup, green salad with ranch dressing, composite cookies
Long version: Kind of a last-minute use for the package of ground beef I had taken out of the freezer, and then all I heard was how much everyone looooves sloppy joes.
Okay, then. I guess I didn't realize the depth of passion we have for sloppy joes in this household.
I made the soup for a sick child who had a terrible sore throat. It had a lot of cream in it, and thus, was good.
The cookies I made this day started with a chocolate chip cookie recipe, but then I added in cinnamon, oats, and raisins, so they ended up being a hybrid chocolate chip/oatmeal raisin cookie. Heartier than plain chocolate chip, but more indulgent than plain oatmeal raisin. A good mash-up, I thought.
Short version: Double dogs on homemade buns, pickled radishes and onions, cucumbers, cookies
Long version: I was making bread, so I made some buns. Because they were sourdough, and didn't have any milk or oil in them, they were more dense than your typical hot dog bun. They were also larger, which is why I actually put two hot dogs on each buns.
The hot dogs were some the school cook gave me a few weeks ago. There were like two dozen, and I knew we wouldn't be able to eat them all quickly enough, so I froze a bunch.
The radishes also came from the school cook. Sysco radishes have very little flavor of any kind, which is why I pickled them. Because then they taste like pickles. I used white vinegar, water, salt, and sugar (I didn't measure anything), and I also threw some thinly sliced onion in the jar too. There was room, so why not? They turned out a very pretty pink thanks to the radishes, and were very much enjoyed by those who put them on their hot dogs.
Long version: I probably shouldn't even bother listing the asparagus, because I'm cooking half a dozen or more spears almost every night. Often I eat them before dinner even starts, but sometimes they make it onto A.'s plate. This night, they did, and he very much enjoyed his fancy steak and asparagus meal.
Short version: Leftover steak, hot dogs, bread and butter, pickled radishes
Long version: I didn't have quite enough steak for everyone, so two kids had some of the cafeteria hot dogs from the freezer.
Pause for a pretty photo of pickled radishes and onion:
Short version: Roasted chicken with gravy, mashed potatoes, green salad with vinaigrette, peanut butter/almond cookies
Long version: We haven't had chicken from the store in a loooong time, but A. bought a couple of whole ones last time he went grocery shopping. I roasted one with just parsley and onion ends inside (I save the ends of onions when I cut them off for making stock or whatever), and butter, salt, and pepper on the outside.
It needed more seasoning, but it was fine. Especially with the gravy.
The cookies were these peanut butter cookies, but with some finely chopped almonds added, just because I have SO many almonds from commodities that any cookie that can reasonably accommodate them gets almonds in it. These cookies accommodated the almonds very well.
Short version: FFA food, buckwheat pancakes
Long version: I was at the FFA banquet, where I had smoked pork, coleslaw, and pinto beans.
A. used the remainder of Sunday's buckwheat pancake batter to make pancakes for the three children at home. They prefer buckwheat pancakes with peanut butter rather than syrup, so it makes for a slighly more wholesome dinner than standard pancakes.
Short version: Tuna patties, leftover mashed potatoes, green salad with mustard vinaigrette, cobbler with cream
Long version: I came home from work on Wednesday with a LOT of tuna. I guess the cook had opened a giant can and only used some of it for some tuna pasta salad for the salad bar, so she sent the rest home with me before it could go bad. That's what I used for the patties.
She also sent me home with a lot of leftover peach cobbler, and slightly less apple cobbler, so everyone got to choose. And then they had cream on it.
Okay, your turn! What'd you eat this week?