Sunday, November 10, 2013

Bountiful Basket Freezer Meals

A few weeks ago it occurred to me that a great way to use all the vegetables in my Bountiful Basket would be to create freezer meals.  I often don't get a chance to use all the veggies when they are at their freshest.  Creating meals and freezing them seems like a win win.  Fresh vegetables and meals that are ready to go. 

Not all the veggies in a bountiful basket will freeze well.  So here are the ones I am planning on using:

Spinach
3 Zucchini
Cabbage

I think I will create a freezer meal for each of them.

Spinach artichoke dip chicken
Pork chops with zucchini casserole and stuffing
Cabbage burgers


Spinach artichoke dip chicken

For this one I think I will just wilt the spinach in some garlic and butter.  I will add that to a spinach artichoke dip recipe like this one.  Before cooking it I plan on freezing the mix.  When I am ready to cook I will probably place several chicken breasts in the crock pot, cover them in the dip and cook until the chicken is done.  

Pork Chops with zucchini casserole and stuffing

This will be another crock pot meal.  I found this recipe that looks easy and yummy.  I think it will be easy to mix the soup, sour cream and the veggies together and freeze them.  When I am ready to cook I can mix the stuffing and the butter together.  Then layer half the stuffing, pork chops, veggies and soup, and last the other half of the stuffing.  Cook until the pork chops are done.

Cabbage Burgers

This one is a favorite.  I found this recipe some time ago and have made them two or three times since.  I like to use my pizza dough recipe, but am sure the frozen bread dough would be good too.  They freeze beautifully and make great lunches on the go.

There you have it.  Three freezer meals from the Bountiful Basket veggies this week.  

Monday, November 4, 2013

Halloween Candy Fail

My very small children collected their weight in candy last Thursday.  Determined to get some it out of the house I decided to make cookies with chopped up candy in place of the chocolate chips and then give them away to neighbors.



First, I selected the candy I was most likely to eat myself: milky ways, crunch bars and m&ms.  Then I mixed up my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe and threw the candy in at the end.  I have made this recipe more times than I can count.  I barely need to look at the recipe to know the amounts of the ingredients.  You would think that this would be fool poof.


However, the cookies melted quickly and came out thin.


I don't know if the candy changed things or I just messed up.  Bryce claims I needed more flour.  Those pictured look ok, but the more I made the worse they got.  Now I am stuck with ugly, flat sugary things with too many calories.  I can't give them away; they are just too embarrassing. 


I finally gave up and froze the rest of the dough in balls.  I can now make more ugly, flat cookies with too many calories on another day.  Oh, goodie.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

You Can Be A Mom And One Other Thing


I wrote this some months ago.  Today I was finally able to hit the "publish" button.


I have been trying to write this post for a while.  But it's hard to tell a story when you are still in the middle of it.  The short version is that it appears that my life is not turning out the way I planned, the way I dreamed.  I once wrote a post that I never published about how I had found the one thing that I had always wanted to do: to be a mom.  I never published it because it's easier to talk about what we ate for dinner, or what we store in our pantry.  Mothering is a sacred.  Talking about the holy makes me cry.

I love being a mom.  And I love being a full-time stay-at-home mom.  But that is changing.  Due to circumstances beyond my control, I am returning to the work force.

The hardest part has been to think of myself as something other than a mom.  To think of myself as a lawyer again.  I no longer wear stylish suits.  I now wear frumpy jeans and comfortable sweaters.  I no longer eat out at fancy restaurants for important business meetings.  I try to find tasty crock pot recipes so I can make a quick and healthy meal.  I no longer think critically about anything more than trying to help my boys grow up to be happy and independent.  I no longer represent interests before a judge or jury.  I am the judge and jury and if you don't do what I say, you will get time out!

My own mom tells a story about when my sister and I were little.  We were talking about what we wanted to be when we grew up.  I think I said I wanted to be a mom and a ballerina.  My sister, who is much more ambitious than I, said she wanted to be a mom, an astronaut and a scientist.  I told her that she could only be a mom and one other thing.

My mom loved this little bit of wisdom I spit out without thinking.  You can only be a mom and one other thing.  Haha.  How true.

Being a mom takes a lot of work.  If you can focus all your energies on that one calling then you are blessed.  If you have to do something in addition to being a mom then you might want to take the advice of my wiser, younger self and stick to only one other thing.  That's what I plan on doing.  I am going to work on being a mom and something else.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Slow Cooker Coconut Chicken Curry: Review

Would it surprise you to know that I didn't take a picture?  Oh, well.  Life is busy and I am mostly happy that I managed to make dinner and blog about it.  How about another moving picture instead?

 

What I put in my crock pot:

1-2 lbs chicken, cubed (I would lean towards more meat, just sayin')
1 whole onion, diced
1 t. garlic, diced
1/4 c. dehydrated bell pepper (use 1 whole green pepper diced)
1 6 oz. can of tomato paste
1 15 oz. can coconut milk
1 1/2 t. salt
1 T. curry powder
1 T. garam masala (I made my own with this recipe)

I cooked it on high for about 5 hours.  It smelled wonderful.  I served it over white calrose rice.

What I thought:

This one has by far been one of the best slow cooker recipes I have made.  I loved it.  The flavors were wonderful and my 5 year old had seconds.

In addition, this one would work really well as a freezer meal.  I will not hesitate to make this one again.  And again.

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