After stowing away the food we picked up from our local distribution point for Angel Food Ministries, I sat down to make a couple of adjustments to the menu, grocery list, and work plan for this week. I decided to purchase a small frozen lasagna to cook for Wednesday and decided that I needed two bags of Simply Potatoes to make the Mary Potatoes for Thanksgiving day. I had wondered whether the hash browns in this month's Angel Food signature box would work and decided that they'd be too much bother. I also had let too much of Saturday go by before I went to the grocery store, so I decided to use canned beans instead of dried beans for the chili.
I also went through the shopping list that I had put together and removed any of the items which I already had on hand. I want to make sure that I use up the older canned goods and stuff from the freezer. During my time off work at Christmas, I plan to do some “cooking ahead” and make some “mixes” to make cooking easier in January.
My goal on Saturday night was to get into the Angel Food and make a quick assessment as to the quality of what I had purchased. That would help me decide whether to consider ordering next month's offering or not. So, as soon as I had stowed away the Angel Food order, I set out two of the four pork chops and the one pound of ground beef so they could thaw. At dinner time, I opened a bag of frozen corn and one of broccoli cuts and took out 1/2 of each bag to cook for dinner. While the veggies were cooking in the microwave, I quickly browned the pork chops in a skillet with some Mrs. Dash original seasoning. I then splashed in approximately 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar, put a lid on the pan, and let the vinegar steam off, cooking the pork chops the rest of the way done. Results were yummy. Hubby fixed a bowl of ice cream for dessert, while I exercised newly discovered discipline to resist over-eating and eating empty calories.
On Sunday morning, after a breakfast of cottage cheese and blueberries—my new favorite breakfast—I chopped an onion and sautéed it with the ground beef until the meat was browned. I then poured the meat into crockpot with the canned items and taco seasoning and set the crockpot on high for a couple of hours. Early in the afternoon, I dropped the temperature to low and then forgot all about it until supper time. An hour before supper, hubby put brown rice into the rice cooker. Our dinner was excellent and I have two portions of chili in the refrigerator for lunch later this week and two portions in the freezer for whenever.