So, last Sunday as soon as I hit publish on this post, I pulled that turkey from the freezer, all 13.5 pounds of it. Last night, it was still icy. Not sure what gives! But, this morning, before I’d even had my coffee, I popped that bird in the oven. Several hours later and much goop on my hands, I have 10 cups of chopped turkey meat, 2 sliced turkey breasts for sandwiches, and a full crockpot of homemade stock cooking. Yeah for turkey!
Since I didn’t have the stress of a big Turkey Dinner to serve — we’d already had lunch — I was more patient with the carving and got a lot more meat off it than I might normally have done. I’ll make chili, soups, enchiladas, and maybe a pot pie with the chopped meat. But, for now, it’s chilling in the fridge while I decide.
Turkey is rarely photogenic. Just saying.
Now that that’s off my list, I can move on to our meal plan for the week. Yesterday I mentioned how we’re at a crossroads of convenience, quantity, quality, and cost, as regards to the foods we eat.
- My family’s appetites are growing and I will need to be more creative in keeping snacks on hand and in serving “enough” food at mealtimes.
- I don’t want to spend all day in the kitchen, so I’m strategizing my freezer cooking this month so that we have a lot of ready-to-eat choices.
- While I am leaning more toward unprocessed foods, I just can’t do it all and I don’t want to — or feel that I have to. I’m trying to be wise about the store conveniences I do buy. Hello, Trader Joe’s?
I am in the process of reconciling convenience with good eating habits. As such I need to step up my game a bit when it comes to make ahead meals. That pantry challenge last month made me a little lazy. I see a big freezer cooking day in my future, sales on meat or not.
I also have a kitchen list to work my way through this fine Sunday afternoon:
Clean out the fridge. Prep veggies for snacking. Prep cheese sticks and cracker cuts and grated cheddar from a large block.
cookies andzucchini bread and zucchini cake.
- Roast poblano chiles.
Make more granola.
- Make waffle mix.
As you can see, I have my work cut out for me. But I know that if I do it tonight or tomorrow, I’ll have a smoother week when it comes to feeding the hobbits that call me Mom.
(Edited to add: I didn’t realize I’d actually do this today. But, I’m doing it, so I thought I would chart my progress. I’m thinking this is the way to go for Sunday afternoons/evenings.)
Here’s my meal plan for the week:
served with fruit
served with fruit and veggies
served with a green salad
Farm-style Oatmeal Cookies (egg-free)
Trader Joe’s Dunkers
Veggies and Trader Joe’s Hummus (yes, I know I could make homemade)
Crackers and Cheese
Sunbutter and Celery
Chocolate Zucchini Cake