Just in case any of my 15 readers are interested in what we’re going to be eating this week, I’m participating in Menu Plan Monday, hosted by Laura at I’m An Organizing Junkie. I am usually quite organised in the kitchen because having a menu plan means that I generally spend less money on groceries. I have a steadfast rule that if it’s not on the list, I don’t buy it. The only exceptions are when I find a really good deal on something that wasn’t in the store flyer. For example, Saturday I went to Winco to do my fortnightly shopping and they had Stovetop Stuffing for 99 cents a box, which is really really good. I bought some, even though it wasn’t on the list. In spite of having a list and a menu, I’m still flexible. Even if the menu says we’re having pork chops on Wednesday, if Wednesday rolls around and I’m just not interested in pork chops I’ll substitute something else on the menu. But at least I know that I have the ingredients for different meals.
Anyway. On to the exciting part of the post. Almost all of these recipes come from my newest book purchase - Desperation Dinners. I first found this book at the Christchurch City Library (which is a great, fantastic, super library) (in New Zealand) several years ago. I still make one of the recipes (Speedy Black Bean Soup) on a regular basis. When we lived in Christchurch I had to go to the local health food shop to buy dried black beans and then soak them and cook them in order to the make the soup. Here I can buy a can of black beans for 50 cents. It’s still cheaper to buy dried beans, but boy, just opening a can is a lot easier. And I’m into easier at the moment.
So two weeks ago I was at the library and I discovered that they had the book!! I checked it out and started marking the recipes that I wanted to try. Like, real recipes that I knew we would probably like. When I got to over ten I decided to see if I could buy it used on Amazon. I was able to get a BRAND NEW copy from a second-hand seller on Amazon for about $1.50, plus $3.99 shipping. So of course I ordered it. And I love it. LOVE. IT. Handsome flipped through it while we were sitting on the couch a few nights ago and I could hear him saying Mmmmm… oh, that sounds good… yummmm… So this week’s menu features heavily with recipes from our newest cookbook (Edited to note: Actually, after typing it up I’m only using one recipe for the whole week. I’m sure I had a reason, but I don’t remember what it was. Stay tuned for next week. But I still recommend the book). I highly recommend you check your local library. The book purports that no recipe shall take longer than 20 minutes from start to finish. That is if you don’t have to soak and cook dried beans.
Monday: Homemade Hot Pockets (Handsome is at school on Mondays so we make easy, kid-friendly dinners. We love these and I make extra for the freezer)
Tuesday: Beef Stroganoff, garlic mashed potatoes, peas, salad
Wednesday: at mom’s house, trying to avoid trick-or-treaters. Our apartment will probably be inundated.
Thursday: Red Bean and Feta Salad (trying to recapture the summer.We love this salad. To all you NZers - a great salad for Christmas Day)
Friday: Homemade Pizza
Sunday: PDQ Broccoli Cheese Soup (DD pg 11) . I bought a LARGE bag of broccoli at Costco a couple weeks ago so we’ve been eating a lot of broccoli.