Shortly after we moved to this very small town in North Central Texas, I saw a flyer on a bulletin board offering low cost food from "Angel Food Ministries". I thought about it, spent some time researching online, and decided I'd give it a try. So I looked up my local host site, and called the phone number that was listed. The lady that I talked with wasn't very helpful and she suggested that the best way to place an order was to see her after church on Sunday morning and be sure to bring a check with me. Problem was that she didn't attend the same church as me, and I didn't really want to try to find this stranger after services on Sunday, so I just passed on the opportunity.
Then, about 3 weeks ago, I stumbled across the Angel Food Ministries web site and noticed that they now had online ordering with payment online via credit card. OK. Now we're getting somewhere. Just my style. I noticed that there was a Thanksgiving Holiday Box special which had to be ordered no later than 28 October. Regular monthly order was due by 12 November, and delivery of both orders would be on 21 November. I ordered the Thanksgiving box which will contain a large roasting hen, boneless ham, frozen veggies (sweet potatoes, corn cobbettes, and green beans), frozen cranberries, cornbread dressing, dinner rolls, brown gravy mix, and a dessert item. When I told the family that I'd ordered this box and thought that chicken and ham would be good for Thanksgiving dinner, I faced a small rebellion. They demanded turkey, so of course we will have turkey.
As I looked again and again at the Angel Food Ministry web site, I thought some more about their signature box and specials offered in the November delivery. Since I had been telling myself that we needed to cook and eat at home more often and reduce the number of meals eaten in a restaurant, I decided to go for it. I went back online and ordered the signature box and a fruit and veggie box. The web site says that the signature box will feed a family of four for a week. Well, since hubby and I are empty nesters and I had ordered the Thanksgiving box, I figured that these two other boxes would totally cover all our evening meals and quite a few of our lunches!
I spent a couple of days studying how we might spread these foods out through the four weeks after pickup. Hardest part was thinking about the several food items that are not ones we normally eat—particularly the breaded chicken and fish patties. But, taken as a whole, the variety is good and it's mostly basic foods; just the two breaded items and two ready-to-eat main dishes (chicken fried rice skillet meal and a pan of lasagne).
In the next couple of days, I'll post the weekly meal plans, shopping lists, and recipes.