As far as meal plans go, mine went off the rails completely the last few days. I've been pretty much living on store bought soup that my husband has been nice enough to bring home to me as all I was really up to doing was lying on the couch, dragging myself into a vertical position when I absolutely had to to take care of the kids, and shivering. I rarely get sick to a point where I can't function, but running a fever will take me out quicker than a plank board to the face every single time. Luckily I run a fever next to never, but this virus I got from my son took me down hard.
I feel like someone took a bottle brush to the inside of my throat and I've just been wrapped up in about four layers the last three days. It's been awful.
Thank goodness my husband didn't work today as he watched the kids and told me to rest. And boy did I. About the only time I was out of bed today was for a short period of time about noonish when I threw things into the crock pot to make soup for dinner tonight and then about six when I threw the rest of dinner together so we could eat.
Times like this I'm doubly grateful that I have things in the pantry and I did use up some things this week. So, let's get to that shall we?
1. Leftover Beef and Vegetable Stew (picture seen up top)
I had frozen a few smaller portions of the beef and vegetable stew from last week and I pulled out a few of them during the week so I had a quick lunch while my son was sick. I was glad I had it as it made a quick and easy meal when I didn't have a lot of time to spare.
This was actually really simple to put together. I just followed the directions on the can of this...
3. Cider Pork Roast
The pork came out a bit dry (it was a loin roast I noticed after the fact...oops), but it tasted pretty good. I'm going to use the leftovers to make some ground pork sandwich spread, hopefully tomorrow if I'm feeling somewhat human.
4. French Fries to the Rescue!
5. Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup
Four hours on high later and I was ready to finish it. I cooked some little star pasta in a separate pot and then added it at the last moment to the soup. It worked great to thicken the soup up to an almost porridge consistency and it made it so my daughter actually ate the nutritious juices out of the pot as she ate the small little pasta out of her dish (bwahahahahaha!). My husband assures me the soup tasted alright as all I can taste right now is that it was hot and had some salt in it that I'd taste every once in a while. Sad, but that's about all I can tell you about it right now.
We had buttered bread with the soup to finish it off. While the pasta was cooking to finish dinner, I pulled out my container of Bisquick and made some biscuits. These are for breakfast tomorrow or maybe lunch. I'm planning on browning up the sausage I got cheap at Fred Meyer a little bit ago (it's defrosted and in the fridge), mixing it in with some country gravy that's in the fridge right now and making sausage and biscuits. I'll have either pears or peaches as a side to go with it, but I figure I'll use up the gravy that way and it'll be a simple, but filling, meal.
The rest of the week was pretty much store bought stuff. My husband got himself some more chicken fried steaks at the store (where the gravy came in) for his dinner while I was eating soup and then he got pizza for the kids for dinner last night (well pizza for my daughter, bread sticks for my son) and he had leftover pork in a sandwich.
The one final thing I did today was I took what was left of the failed pound cake from my birthday from the freezer to defrost and pulled out one of my free things of Cool Whip I'd gotten with coupons last year and put those in the fridge and then I sliced up the last pound of strawberries and mixed them with some sugar to macerate in the fridge. Pound cake with strawberries and whipped topping will be for dessert tomorrow night. I might not be able to taste it, but I think the husband and daughter will like it.
So, there you are folks. My culinary adventures, as they were, for the week. Did you do anything interesting on the culinary front this week?