I’m growing lots of yummy edibles in the yard, as you’ve seen. I’m starting to think about cooking and preserving with them. In fact the salads above were picked from out yard! I’ve also frozen quite a few gallon bags of strawberries (cored) for smoothies.
I pulled out an unused calendar tonight and started writing dinner ideas on it. I didn’t look anything up special, I just used recipes (or vague ideas of things to make) that we always come back to. Here is what I have so far:
BBQ (Bj) 20
Pasta salad 15
Slow cooker 18
Pizza (we make) 18
Chicken & polenta 4
Aaron & Erin 8
Potato chowder 7
Pot sticker soup 8
Tomato soup and cheese sandwiches 10
Pot pie 1
Veggie mulligatawny 2
Salmon chowder 2
Other Soup 16
Stir fry 9
Chipotle pork 4
Stuffed pumpkin 5
Eat out 12
Party (&holidays) 8
Left overs 44
This leaves 74 nights unaccounted for, more if we want less leftover nights (but I do find we use those, and will as long as the girls are too young to eat full servings). Of course this is an ideal world, we always eat out (or get take out home) way, way more than this. Ugh.
I would love more ideas specifically on summer time foods or foods I can make (or ingredients I can prep) to put up for later. I will hopefully have lots of lettuce, kale, cucumbers, peas, beans, carrots, radishes, Swiss chard, and fruit (strawberries, blueberries, marionberries, raspberries, plums, apples, Asian pears, and figs) to work with. Plus a few cabbages, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, peppers, onions and melons. I’m also thinking about what to plant next month to harvest through the fall into winter (and maybe even very early spring). Garlic is on my list! I just saw my friend pull up beautiful garlic from a bed she planted last fall, so cool. I should have artichokes in the spring too, those are growing well.
For lunches we do leftovers, muffin tin lunches, sandwiches and salads. I could probably use a few ideas in that department too!
Breakfast is usually one of these:
Parfait (yogurt, fruit and homemade granola)
Cereal (Tuesday; when she won’t eat anything else)
Oatmeal (pretty much every day in winter with canned peaches or pears mixed in)
Smoothies and toast
Bagels and cream cheese
Eggs/veggie/hash brown scramble
Muffins. Yes! I finally tried muffins, twice. Both times they were not so good. We ate them, but couldn’t finish either batch. Must figure out muffins.
So that’s how we eat in a year. Have you ever done long range meal planning? How do you decide what to put up in the summer? I’ve always just winged it, but 17 jars of corn relish and no more Italian sauce tell me it’s better to have a plan.