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Thursday, July 8, 2010

Penne in Red Sauce

Last night I used up the tomatoes that we got from the food bank along with the last of the sausages they had on sale. Normally we don't have meat with our sauce, but my eldest really wanted it and she rarely asks for anything. How could I resist? There is no picture because I am pretty sure that everyone knows what pasta and sauce look like.

From the cupboard I had a lot of small cans of tomato products which I introduced to some sauteed garlic that I had on hand. I put in some dried basil and red pepper flakes the dropped in the Italian sausage and let it simmer for about 20 minutes before I put the water on for the sauce. We didn't have an additional vegetable, but I do have enough sauce leftover and in the freezer for another day. I got the penne at on of the frequent pasta sales they have at the grocery. This box has been in my cupboard for a couple of months.

There will be no produce box this Friday which is good because we have no money right now because of bills, so this coming week should be interesting. I do have a few things left from the last box though, so we will see how it goes. I am avoiding going to the food pantry since we do have some food in the house still from the last time.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Chili Night

Even though it was hot out yesterday, it is going to be even hotter today, plus I will be in a hot kitchen for three to four hours for the Bread of Life. With that in mind I cooked up chili last night. My chili isn't the best in the world, but that may be because I really don't like beans a lot, but it was filling. I use two cans of black beans instead of one to stretch it out. The family liked it well enough, so that is really all that matters. More red pepper next time though. There were no vegetables other than the tomatoes in the chili. I will have to make up for that this week, but making a salad would have been fruitless because they would fill up on chili and not eat it anyway.
The beans and hamburger were from many months ago when they were on sale. I believe the ground beef was 1.99 a pound and the beans were just regular price. The crushed tomatoes and cheese came from the food pantry and the chips (not pictured) were a cheap buy at the dollar store.


Besides the cheese and chips we had some leftover sour cream sitting in the fridge on its way out.

Monday, July 5, 2010

July 4th Meal

There was really nothing patriotic about my food except the vegetables were all locally sourced in America. I am not sure what to do tonight because it is miserable hot and while we have a window unit air conditioner, it doesn't cool off the kitchen. Maybe it will make me sweat away the weight! LOL.
We had to go to the grocery, so while I was there I picked up some Italian sausages that were on sale, so I cooked them with some sweet white potatoes and then simply cooked beet greens and chard. The beet greens are very bitter, so I may just have to trash them next time we get beets with the greens attached. The only person in this house that doesn't like beets is...you guessed it, Paige. Ah well, dinner is for everyone so those are the types of things she just has to deal with.

Ew, the plate is not pretty, but the greens look lovely. :)