One of my 2010 goals, one I didn’t really publicize because at the time I didn’t think of it, was to put forth more effort with dinner. It’s not that I didn’t cook before, I did; but I didn’t really make a lot of homemade things on a regular basis. I relied too much on pre-made foods, or quick meals that required me cooking only one dish, and just boiling up or microwaving the rest. This year I have been kicking butt at not only buying loads of meats (and vacuum-sealing them with my trusty sealer!), potatoes, rice, vegetables, and other things (and tons of pantry essentials like sauces, cream soups, broths, seasonings, etc.), but I’ve been USING them. I’ve been making slow-cooker meals, casseroles, stir-fried meals, etc.
I’m rather proud of my most recent homemade dinner, which we enjoyed last night:
The recipe made eight 10 oz. custard dishes worth of the beef stew in a bread bowl (the “bread” being a flattened Pillsbury flaky biscuit, lol). I served up four for dinner, though Dan had to help me eat mine, and then I vacuum-sealed the remaining four. That’s the other thing — we have been doing SO much better at using up leftovers. And I have been cutting back on the portions I make for meals, so a lot of the time we have very little leftovers, if we even have any at all!
Go me and my domesticatedness!