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August 5, 2008

The Missing Link

Filed under: Canning and Preserving,Demarle,food,Recipes — by CarrieK @ 4:20 pm
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We had beef patties for dinner tonight. I used some leftover mashed potatoes and smashed beans with cheese plus I roasted some broccoli with leeks. I LOVE roasted broccoli! We picked blueberries today, so obviously we had some at dinner too. Yum.

Splurged a bit by taking the kids to Burgerville for lunch. Feels like it’s OK because I’m just not spending the money the way I used to. The missing link: actually keeping track of my expenses!!!

I made blueberry jam with my neighbor yesterday. She estimated that it cost just over a dollar per half pint. Not bad. BUT I STILL NEED TO TRACK THE ACTUAL EXPENSE!

Numbers hurt my head…

Meanwhile, check out the new pictures I downloaded on my Canning and Preserving page and Demarle page….soon to come….frozen foods on Demarle bakeware and before and after pictures of my newly organized pantry.


August 3, 2008

Day 21

Filed under: Demarle,grocery,Recipes — by CarrieK @ 4:54 am
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Lovely dinner tonight. Poached chicken in the Flower Mold with the Octagonal Silpat, sauteed green beans, and a pot of organic long grain brown rice. Lots of leftovers. Very economical.

We are doing great this week grocery-wise. I am up $15 because my DH bought the wrong bread and wrong beans at Trader Joes. He also missed a couple of items that I clearly don’t miss! Well, that’s not true. I was missing my sourdough bread yesterday.

Been working on The Menu and The List for next week. I am riding my bike to the grocery store on Sunday. I’m holding on to my excess grocery money for our camping trip next weekend. Hmmm, beer? S’mores? Maybe both!

Planning on blueberry picking Monday and “jamming” that afternoon. I picked up more of that amazing raw honey from the Farmer’s Market today. Man that stuff is gooooood! My goal is to pick about 7 pounds of blueberries and can about 9-10 half pints of jam.

Since I reorganized my pantry, it’s looking even more bare. Oddly, I’m not as panicky about it this week. I’m holding off until my Meal Planning and Grains class with Monique from Sustainable Budget on the 13th. I am hoping to get some info on bulk food that night. I really want my Menu Plan to include healthy food, easy food, real food. I am curious about grinding my own grain for making my own bread.

July 19, 2008

Day 6: Salmon Burgers with Rice and Salad

Filed under: food,grocery,Recipes — by CarrieK @ 6:34 am
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It’s Day 6 of my new menu plan. I’m halfway thru the week and my kitchen is practically empty. (OK, I admit to a small, quick visit to the grocery store today – don’t tell my DH! – and I used cash, way less than I have spent in the past!) Today, for our trip to the zoo I stopped at New Seasons and picked up lunch for me (salmon and avacado sushi and Kombucha) and for the kids I got string cheese, Veggie Booty, fresh blueberries, and Z bars. And water. Tomorrow’s lunches will be interesting….PB and J for sure, leftover Veggie Booty, more blueberries, more cheese…Ok, well that doesn’t sound too bad. There’s some hummus in the fridge, I could toast some bread to go with that for me. And carrots, I know I saw carrots in the fridge too.

I’ve been reading a great blog about Bento lunches (is that redundant?) Check out She’s got great ideas for lunches (Ok, so my kids won’t eat octopus or skate, but rice balls and mini jello cups sound great!) I especially like her preparation times. She gives you a good idea of how long these lunches take to pack. Not long at all. She utilizes leftovers like no one I’ve ever seen; she finds a way to use even a tablespoon of food. She relies very heavily on plastic and microwaving (I don’t use either) but her pictures are pretty and she is a great resource for everything Bento.

So, on to the Salmon Burgers with Rice and Salad. Originally, it was with Chard, but I used that in the Turkey Meatloaf Patties and then again in the Broken Lasagna. Not a bad dinner tonight, very healthy, fairly quick to make. Leftovers included an extra salmon burger for DH’s lunch tomorrow and LOTS of rice. Good rice too, it’s organic, long-grain brown rice. Yum! What shall I do with it? Maybe fried rice? No, I’ve only got 2 eggs left until Sunday and I’m making blueberry muffins tomorrow. Plus I’m out of veggies. I’ll have to come up with something else….

Salmon Burgers

I purchased a package of premade salmon burgers from TJ. I grilled them on the stove top in my iron skillet. (They are also great on the BBQ) I served them on toasted sourdough bread with Garlic Dill Mayo

The salad I served tonight was a combination of creativity and desperation. Well maybe not desperation, but I am seriously running low on food. It’s not like we are going to starve, but flavor and variety will not be around for long. Is it Sunday yet?

Day 6 Salad

2 hearts of Romaine lettuce, chopped

1/4 cup crispy walnuts (recipe follows)

1/4 cup dried cranberries

1/2 cup homemade croutons

1/3 cup Oriental Dressing from Nourishing Traditions

Add all ingredients, toss well.

Day 5: Broken Lasagna

Filed under: Recipes — by CarrieK @ 5:50 am
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I am going to use a Broken Lasagna recipe inspired by Rachel Ray for Day 5. I am going to incorporate yesterday’s leftover Turkey Meatloaf Patties plus some leftover marinara from Day 3.

Broken Lasagna

1 box of no boil lasagna noodles, broken up into bits

2 cups cheese (any kind; ricotta, mozzerella, cheddar, whatever you have on hand); reserve about 1/2 cup for the top

2 leftover Turkey Meatloaf Patties, broken up into bits

1 1/2 cups of marinara (use leftover or store bought)

Mix all ingredients well and pour into a Demarle Flexipan Mold. I like to use the Fluted Square Mold. Top the mixture with the reserved 1/2 cup of cheese. It’s important to do this: all the broken bits of no boil noodles need to be covered with cheese, otherwise they stay kinda crunchy.

Cook in a preheated 350 degree oven for about 25 minutes. Serve with a spoon right out of the Fluted Square Mold. You can flip it onto a plate too if you are looking for a nice presentation.

The Broken Lasagna turned out great! It was easy and quick to prepare, it utilized leftovers and there’s enough left for more leftovers. Guess what my DH is having for lunch tomorrow? For me the best part is always the easy clean up. Hot soapy water in the Fluted Square Mold and I’m done. No spraying, soaking or scraping.

Day 4: Hot Dogs and Hamburgers

Filed under: Recipes — by CarrieK @ 5:42 am
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I’ve skipped to Day 4. Days 1-3 went well, not bored yet! No grocery shopping this week, although we are going berry picking Thursday and possible Friday. I have cash for that 🙂 The “real” grocery shopping starts on Sunday, 7/20, what I call Week 2.

All L wants to eat is hot dogs right now. C won’t eat much of anything. So it’s hamburgers for the grown-ups! I don’t really want a hamburger, but that’s what the plan is for today so I’m sticking to it, sort of. I am going to use ground turkey to make a meatloaf, sort of. But I don’t have time to cook a meatloaf so I’m going to cook it as patties.

Turkey Meatloaf Patties

1 package ground turkey from Trader Joes

2 eggs

2 tblsp mustard

4 leaves of Chard, de-veined and finely chopped

1/2 cup Sourdough Croutons

1 tblsp Soy Sauce

Mix all ingredients together, form into patties and cook in a skillet roughly 5 minutes on a side.

Serve on toasted sourdough bread. It’s especially good with homemade Savory Plum jam (can’t find this recipe right now but I’ll keep looking). We had it with guacamole and organic tortilla chips.

L ate a bunless hot dog with organic ketchup, some guacamole from Trader Joes and some organic tortilla chips.

C ate…organic tortilla chips? I can’t remember what the little guy ate, but I guarantee you it wasn’t much. 😦

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