Avoiding Mother Hubbard Syndrome
I'm not sure if we got caught up in the widespread Mother Hubbard Syndrome or just lost track of our grocery lists, but the freezer in the basement was so full we couldn't put another thing in it. I haven't been formally Meal Planning in the way of so many frugal bloggers, but this week it helped keep us on track and use up some of what's in the fridge and freezer. Sunday night I made a homemade pizza with spaghetti sauce, red and green peppers, & pepperoni from the freezer. Monday was teriyaki beef, Husband's Chinese noodles (I'll post his recipe soon), and steamed cauliflower. Tuesday: roaster chickens were on sale last weekend, so we bought one. No room in the freezer, so it goes on the menu ASAP. In the empty the freezer project, frozen veggies will join the chicken on the table. Leftovers will end up in soup -- soup to cook this week, as there's no room in the freezer for extra stock or meat scraps!
Next: there was a frozen container of tomato soup (from last fall's garden) that'll join leftover sloppy joe mix in a crockpot chili on Thursday.
Oops, missed a day. What to do today, Wednesday? Tacos! If we have any leftover meat, it can join the chili.
Friday? Friday we'll be on the road to pick up La Petite which makes it another good crockpot day: time for the leftover chicken to surface in a soup. We'll come home to the aroma of homemade soup and (if I'm on top of things) bread in the bread machine. What a great welcome for all of us!
It's a great feeling to feed my family and still have food to spare. Many families aren't so lucky. Please consider buying a little extra for your local pantry. Together, we can weather this recession by helping each other out. Stumble It!