I’ve gotten so many emails and comments on a recent post (see the post HERE)! I asked YOU what you would like me to post about during these difficult times. And so many of you asked for meal ideas that are easy and doable with all empty shelves at the grocery store! So I listened and here’s what’s on the menu this week!
I must admit it was a bit hard! I’m not sure what is stocked up in your freezer or your pantry! But I know what I have and what we don’t. So here is a simple and delicious menu that I hope you can make with what you have!!!
Eat well this week! And take good care of yourself!
MONDAY- PASTA DAY
This is one of my favorite easy dinners to make. Since I keep bacon (or pancetta) in the freezer this pasta dish is one I can make with few ingredients. If you have never made pasta carbonara you will want to give this a try! The secret is stirring the eggs in furiously!
If you don’t have bacon you can make it without!
As you probably know I grew up eating salmon patties and I love them! My mom used canned salmon and her salmon cakes were really scrumptious! So if you can’t get fresh salmon use canned! And I’ll be using roasted red peppers in a jar instead of fresh peppers because I can’t find them right now. If you don’t have breadcrumbs you can make them if you have bread!
This wonderful recipe is from Natasha’s Kitchen.
Let’s make chili. If you can’t find hamburger used ground turkey and if you can’t find ground turkey how about ground sausage? No meat? No worry! Add an extra can of beans and add rice.
If you don’t have chili seasonings use a canned chili or use a small palmful of chili and about the same as cumin.
No salsa, don’t worry! Add tomato sauce or diced tomatoes or any canned tomatoes and a little ketsup!
You can substitute so many things when it comes to chili!
A big thank you to Becky at The Cookie Rookie for this easy mostly pantry meal!
So many of these recipes this week are a real blast from my past. My mom made easy dinners that fed a large family! And may ingredients came out of a can!
I have a couple cans of tuna in my pantry and was looking for a tuna noodle casserole and came across this more grown-up version from Six Dollar Family. This is an amazing frugal-lovin’ site!
Our small local farm market is open and offers hydroponic greens. So I’ll get there early in the week and get a head or three of gorgeous lettuce.
- GROWN-UP TUNA NOODLE CASSEROLE
- GARDEN SALAD WITH AN ORANGE VINAIGRETTE. You can see how to make a simple vinaigrette HERE.
FRIDAY- EASY SOUP DAY
Soup is a good way to use frozen broccoli. I have a big bag in the freezer and this soup will be not only easy to make with just a few ingredients but instead of heavy cream I’ll use evaporated milk and whole milk. Thanks to Monica at Food Recipe.
The beer bread on today’s menu is at the end of the post. I’ve been making this for years and it is just delicious and filling! If you are finding it hard to find bread make beer bread! No beer? Use soda!
Have you noticed that chicken does not appear on the menu this week? That’s because many of you can’t find a chicken fresh or frozen in your grocer’s this week.
So, I hope I’m helping you find alternatives to chicken and other meats.
I love quesadillas! And they are so so versatile! These are vegetarian and look amazing! Thanks, Jenny from The Diary Of A Real Housewife.
SUNDAY- BREAKFAST FOR DINNER
My husband loves breakfast for dinner. No wonder! Breakfast is his favorite meal of the day!
So honey, this is for you!!!!
- FLUFFY PANCAKES
- HOT SYRUP
- BREAKFAST SAUSAGE
TREAT OF THE WEEK
It’s so important to treat yourself during this hard time. So, let’ make something we all love! And we all love chocolate chip cookies!
Have a safe and scrumptious week! I’m here… staying calm and carrying on!