Saturday, August 21, 2010

an all day event

On occassion I go through these little spurts of financial panic (although, I'm not sure it's always necessary).  Everytime I do this, I take drastic measures to fix the little issues.  It usually begins with Brad's lunches because the boy knows how to spend money on food.  It's amazing the food he can eat & never gain a pound.  LUCKY!  However, his coffees and snacks sure do add up financially.  So, this week we made a deal to try harder to eat a little less from the local businesses & a little more home cooked meals.  This is my attempt at making this an easy transition for him. :-)

I woke up this morning, took Damon for a walk & went out to the grocery store to pick up the necessary ingredients.  His options are endless...

Mmmmm... lasagna.  You just can't go wrong with this!  This is sure to keep Brad full all day.  Lasagna is one of the easiest & one of my favorite meals to make.

And, you'll never guess what I did today...

I cooked meat!!!  I've been a vegetarian for about 16 years & haven't done much in the meat cooking department since.  I knew I couldn't go wrong with ground beef.  It didn't go into the lasagna... it went into this dish:

Brad's favorite meal is Shepherd's Pie.  I don't enjoy it the way I used to because there was a period we ate it WAY too much, but it was a special request from Brad, so I happily added it to the menu.  When I used to make it for us, I used the Morninstar Farms Crumbles in place of the beef, but I figured since this was Brad's menu, I would make it the way he would love it best! :-)

And then I had added two chicken dishes to the menu: Chicken Parm & a Spinach & Chicken Casserole.  Well, I totally forgot about the chicken parm & used all of the tomato sauce in the lasagna... oops... so, scratch that off the list.  Then it dawned on me... I have NO IDEA how to cook chicken.  It's nowhere near as easy as ground beef!!  Thank goodness for Facebook & Brad's sargent's wife who walked me through the steps of baking chicken... haha.  It came out great & I made this yummy looking casserole with it:

Unfortunately, I can't tell you how it tastes, since I don't eat chicken... but, I imagine it must be good since the website I got it from said it was "The BEST Spinach & Chicken Casserole" & it got 4.5 out of 5 stars, but we'll let Brad be the judge of it.

So, this is what Brad's lunch looks like for tomorrow:

(the Easy Mac is for him to put in his desk for emergency moments when he forgets his lunch... Not included in his meal for tomorrow)

He's going to love the Arizona Sweet Tea (his favorite) & that's right, I made homemade brownies... I know it looks like a muffin, but I couldn't find my brownie pan.  A few weeks ago I went to a yard sale at my friend Jen's house & she had brownies in muffin wrappers... she's a kindergarten teacher & thinks of it all.  So, I stole her brilliant idea! :-)

And then, there was even a surprise at the end of the day...

Banana Bread!!!

Brad & I bought bananas this week that turned awfully quick, so as I put them in a bag to throw them away, it dawned on me that I just MIGHT have all of the ingredients for banana bread.... and yippy, I did! :-)

So, let's add this up:

  • Lasagna

  • Shepherd's Pie

  • The BEST Spinach & Chicken Casserole

  • Homemade Brownies

  • Banana Bread
All taking up space in the freezer, waiting for Brad to eat.

It really felt like so much more as I was making it, but boy, between cooking, dishes, & cleaning the house, this is how I spent my Saturday & I hope, in the end, Brad walks away full & enjoying his meal so much more than the sandwiches he buys from the Mobile station.  :-)

1 comment:

  1. Kalen all the foods look GREAT. Brad is lucky to have someone who knows exactly what he likes. He loves you so much.. How was it cooking the meat?? That alone expresses the love you have..