I’ve got an even dozen meals to share with you for this What’s For Dinner post. The only meal I didn’t photograph was the pizza we picked up a few nights ago. I had cooked dinner (and prepared all meals) for 38 days in a row so when David suggested picking up pizza – curbside/contactless – I was more than happy to agree.
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I had some pork chops in the freezer, some apples getting a bit past their prime and part of a head of cabbage. Sounds like dinner to me!
Smothered pork chops over rice, cooked cabbage, cooked apples
The traditional Thanksgiving turkey dinner is one of my favorites. With a turkey tenderloin in the freezer and a box of Stove Top Stuffing, we had the next best thing.
Turkey tenderloin, mashed potatoes, stuffing, broccoli, cranberry sauce
I intentionally made extra potatoes last night so I only had to cook another vegetable to serve with leftovers. When you are cooking every single night it’s nice to plan for leftovers occasionally.
Homemade waffles are becoming our Sunday dinner tradition. We have David’s grandmother’s old waffle maker and I love having things that belonged to family. I served the waffles with sausage patties and fresh fruit smoothies.
Waffles, sausage patties, fruit smoothies
Sheet pan dinners are easy and I love the minimal cleanup. This night we had chicken/spinach/feta sausages with roasted veggies and a rotini pasta side dish.
Chicken/spinach/feta sausages, roasted veggies (potatoes, peppers, onions, Brussels sprouts), pasta
Taco Tuesday makes isolation better, right? I made these with lentils and topped them with lettuce, tomato, green onions, cheese and sour cream. And yes, that is ketchup you see on the tacos. I think it must be a California thing.
Lentil tacos with all the toppings, chips and salsa
Swiss steak cooked in the oven is a super easy dinner. I served it over rice with sides of mixed veggies and salad.
Swiss Steak, rice, mixed vegetables, salad
This next meal is what I’m calling Quarantine Soup. I pulled out all the leftovers and turned it into soup…a very THICK soup. I also baked homemade bread to go with it.
Soup from leftovers, homemade bread and butter
BBQ chicken, veggies, salad, the last of the cranberry sauce and baked potatoes…one of which exploded in my oven. Fortunately I had put in a couple of extras because they were small. We won’t talk about the state of my oven.
BBQ chicken, baked potatoes, salad, mixed vegetables, cranberry sauce
The pizza dinner was next but as I said, I didn’t take a picture. I’m sure you’ve all seen takeout pizza.
Next up is our Easter dinner. I had bought an extra turkey during the holidays and stuck it in the deep freeze. I figured this was the perfect time to cook it. I didn’t put a freshly ironed tablecloth on the table but I did pull out the china, silver, crystal and linen napkins. It wasn’t our usual big family gathering but the three of us enjoyed a delicious meal. I then took plates of food to my parents.
Turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffing, sweet potatoes, corn, Brussels sprouts
One of the best parts about cooking a turkey is the leftovers. I simmered the carcass in the crockpot overnight which gave me three containers of very rich, reduced turkey stock for the freezer, plus about a cup of meat for a future meal – probably turkey and noodles. We’ve had turkey and cranberry sauce sandwiches for lunches and Monday I made this sort of shepherds pie from the turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes and mixed veggies. I’ll share the recipe tomorrow.
Turkey shepherds pie, salad
Finally, last night I made turkey green chili enchiladas. They were SO good. I served them with rice, salad, chips and salsa.
Turkey green chili enchiladas, rice, salad, chips and salsa
And that wraps up another edition of What’s For Dinner. I’d love to know what you’ve been cooking. Are you finding it a challenge to get groceries? The one thing I’m really missing is good salad greens. I’ve had to rely on iceberg lettuce because that’s often all that’s available and because I’m using a delivery service. Fresh organic greens don’t last long and I can’t know what the expiration date is in advance. But I’m truly grateful for what we have and I know that when this has passed I’ll appreciate fresh produce all the more.
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