During the week, we don’t often eat dinner at home.
Sunday nights we have dinner at church, some Mondays I have meetings that include dinner, every other Tuesday is couple’s dinner, Wednesday is small group and Thursday is Survivor night at the Lingbloom’s.
It’s great because we get to eat a variety of food and share a meal in community. But, all those lovely dinners made by others mean that we don’t have leftovers to take for lunch. I can get by with a salad, apple and cheese for lunch, but Tommy needs a meal. So I try to cook large meals over the weekend that will be good for lunch. Luckily, Tommy can also eat the same thing every day if I set it out on the counter for him in the morning. (Ask him about my social experiments).
This weekend I combined the meal prep with cleaning out the pantry and didn’t have to buy anything special to prepare these freezer friendly items:
- Buttermilk Waffles – I used up the buttermilk I made a couple of weeks ago that I had stored in the freezer. I didn’t have quite enough buttermilk, so I “made” some by including whole milk with a little lemon juice.
- Lentil Soup with Sweet Potatoes and Spinach – I was cleaning out my tuber box and remembered that I bought a sweet potato a few weeks ago. It was definitely time to use that up, as well as a bag of lentils that has been in my pantry for ages. I have so many lentils and beans in my pantry that I am not allowing myself to buy any pasta products until they are all gone. We all know that pasta is way easier and yummier sometimes. The soup also took care of the celery and carrots that have been in the produce drawer for way too long as well as some home-canned tomatoes from last summer.
- Zucchini Bread with Applesauce and ChocoChips – Tommy would eat the whole loaf if I let him! I used up 3 containers of frozen, shredded zucchini and only 1/2 cup of applesauce. We have a lot of applesauce.