What am I feeding my Family This week?

Soup, a frugal go to meal

 

Over the weekend I try to limit my cooking. My husband doesn’t like me to be busy on Sunday’s so my goal is to have plenty of left overs in our fridge to eat through Sunday night.

Thursday I made this big pot of soup for our dinner.

Friday we had pizza night. I like to do something like this once a week so that I don’t have to do so much cooking at least one day during the week. Since we can’t go out to eat that often it usually looks like some sort of processed, frozen type meal.

Saturday I cooked a ham. We do eat a lot of ham. I buy it because it is relatively cheap. My family really likes it so that helps. I do all sorts of things with ham. Saturday afternoon I cooked the ham, and my plan was to make ham, potatoes, beans, and a vegetable for dinner. It didn’t work out that way. My husband had some trouble with our van so he was out taking care of car issues and I was home with the kids. So We had ham sandwiches. (I didn’t want to go to too much trouble, and the kids prefer the sandwiches.)

Sunday For our lunch we had ham sandwiches again, and for supper we ate soup. It was a nice thing to have available for such a cold cloudy day. — We don’t usually pay much attention to football so the Superbowl was not even on our radar.

Note: When I cook a ham there are a few things that I do with the stuff that is left over. Usually there is a good bit of mean that you just can’t cut off the bone. I wrap that up in a bag and stick it in the freezer. When cooking beans it is always nice to have a ham bone to throw in. The bone adds great flavor to the beans, and when you are running low on meat in the house you will be surprised how much meat can come off the bone once you cook it again in the beans. Also there is usually some ham broth in the bottom of the baking dish. I save that too and put it into the freezer. I use that for soups as well as for cooking beans. It also adds nice flavor to rice if you are looking for something different.

Plans for This week:

I have a good bit of stuff in my refrigerator. I will be eating what is there for a while. For example, we will eat the soup until it is gone. That will probably make a few good lunches for my husband and I.

I also have two types of left over beans that are in the refrigerator. I will probably make some vegetarian chili on Monday. To make my chili I take beans, and sometimes ground turkey if I have any in the house. I will add some beef broth for flavor because I have that in the fridge. I will add some veggies like carrots, celery, onion and garlic and then all the yummy chili flavorings.

I find that the best way for me to be careful with my budget is to really make use of everything that we have in the house. That means: If I cook something we eat all the left-overs. Sometimes that means sending them in a lunch for my husband, or I eat them for lunch at home. Other times it means having a dinner that it is a hodgepodge of different left over items.

Tuesday will probably be a beans and rice day. That is a go to meal here at my house that we eat a lot. I am assuming we will have some more beans left over and if so I want to eat them before they go bad. My favorite way to cook beans and rice is:

Saute some onions and peppers.

Warm beans

Cook Rice

Sauted Cabbage.

When I serve it I put the rice down, and beans on top of the rice and topped off with the sauted onions and peppers. The cabbage is served on the side. I like to add Saracha sauce to mine because I like spicy, but my kids usually add ranch. Another great addition is guacamole, but since some members of my family have an avocado allergy we don’t keep it in the house any more.

There are a lot of ways to cook beans and rice. This is a way that is simple and really tasty. If anyone has a favorite way they want to share I would love to hear about it.

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