Wednesday, pizza night

   Indian goodies from Trader Joe’s frozen foods section: vegetable biryani, chicken tikka samosas, tzatziki (made with cucumber and dill from the box), and freshly sautéed pears. My co-workers were totally jealous. 
Mmmmmmmmmmmm. Spinach Alfredo sauce made from scratch, topped with shrimp and fresh tomato slices. Now you’re jealous, right? 😉

Out of the box:

  • Spinach
  • Cucumber
  • Dill



Tuesday, field trip

  Boring breakfast, but it can be pulled out of the freezer and made quickly. Eggs, Canadian bacon on a toasted English muffin with a side of orange wedges. 

Didn’t get a pic of the kids’ lunches this morning – too crazy getting everyone off on time. The girl has a field trip to the science museum and the Holocaust Museum today (so I needed to pack a disposable sack lunch, which messed with my menu plan) and the boy has choir practice this morning. She had the last sausage from last night (WHY do they come in packs of 5!?!?) in a roll from the freezer, a bag of freeze dried grapes, and a bag of lentil curls from Trader Joes. He had a bean and veggie burrito, pan fried for an almost chimichanga like experience; broccoli and the other half of my orange. 

I love burritos. You can clean out the fridge with a pack of tortillas and fill your freezer at the same time. This time, the last of the ginormous head of cabbage, a carrot, beans from the freezer, salsa, bell peppers from the freezer, and an onion went into the burritos. If I had had any meat, I could have shoved that in there, too. Now, we have a lunch/dinner plan B in the freezer. 🙂 

 Peanutty noodles with a BUNCH of veggies. And a blob of garlic chili sauce. Noodles are kind of like burritos: easy to clean out the veggie drawer by tossing them in the noodles. 

Out of the box:

  • Orange
  • Cabbage
  • Carrot
  • Sugar snap peas (all gone!)

Monday, goodbye greens

Breakfast and lunch was pulled from the freezer, but dinner is my new favorite way of eating greens: 

 Mmmmmmmmm, creamed. This time, it was collards, kale, and mustard greens. I know it was done right when my daughter asks longingly if she can finish up the rest – right out of the baking dish! I told her she had to put into her plate, but she did scrape the dish pretty darn clean. Served with fresh butter beans cooked all day long with some chicken sausage over rice. A very delicious, very Southern kind of a dinner. 🙂

Out of the box:

  • Collards (all gone!)
  • Kale (all gone!)
  • Mustard greens (all gone!)
  • Butter beans (all gone!)

3/19 Box


  • 3 heads of lettuce
  • Swiss chard
  • Collard greens
  • Mustard greens
  • Spinach
  • Baby celery
  • Kale
  • Cilantro
  • Radishes
  • Carrots
  • Butter beans
  • Cabbage (just a little head this time!)
  • Cucumbers
  • Oranges
  • Sugar snap peas
  • Beets
  • Green tomatoes


  More fridge clean out. Leftover potato, diced and pan fried with some green pepper and onions, with the last of the magic quiche. The fridge is starting to look ready for a nice big box of produce. 🙂 

 Chicken salad: the last of a rotisserie chicken carcass picked clean, with lettuce, the last of the cherry tomatoes, baby celery, green onion, and fresh dill. 

Out of the box:

  • Dill
  • Lettuce
  • Baby celery

Friday, Spring Break

Is it over yet?!?! 

 mmmmmm, leftover soda bread toasted and buttered.  

 Cleaning out the leftovers for dinner: pan fried potato slices, asparagus quiche, strawberries. The kids had rice and chili, or frittata and baked potato and broccoli.      And then out for sushi for dinner. Yum!

Out of the box:

  • Nothing. Cleaning out leftovers. 

Thursday, Spring Break

Happy St. Party’s Day!! Are you wearing your green? 

 We started the day by cooking breakfast on a can. This can. Kind of a warmup to an upcoming camping trip with the Troop, as well as something fun to do.  

 Turkey bacon 

 Toad in the hole. Yep, it gets hot enough to cook eggs.  

 And burn toast!

Lunch was out for sushi with grandma.   

Then our traditional St Patrick’s Day dinner: corned beef, cabbage, potatoes, carrots, and onions all cooked together all day long in the crockpot.  Ooh, and some homemade dilled cucumber pickles. 

 Brought out the nice dishes.  

 And the piece de resistance, soda bread. Crunchy with a sugar glaze, made with raisins instead of currants (because we like our teeth), and eminently suitable for soaking up anything that might be left on your plate. Just ask my daughter, she experimented with EVERYTHING. Including the spicy whole grain mustard. 

Out of the box:

  • Cabbage 

Freezer Cooking and other adventures