So, this didn't rise to the level of a resolution, but I want to spend more mindfully at the grocery store this year. I have discovered the magic of ALDI, so we spend less money-- especially less than when we used to shop at Whole Foods exclusively-- but I still throw away soggy produce before it's eaten and pitch half-eaten bags of stale snacks from the pantry. We still scrap dinner plans and get junky takeout because the meal we planned doesn't actually fit our schedules. I want to cut out these inefficiencies. Any tips for me?
Looking back over our year in food, there are some recipes we definitely loved that made dinner time a little easier. Let me share them with you:
1. Indian slow cooker dinners: We use a simmer sauce from ALDI and their naan which is delish and then thrown chicken, potatoes and assorted other veggies in the crockpot with tons of Penzey's spices. Always good, always a little different, always a great way to get rid of extra produce.
2. This lasagna: It's awesome.
3. This one-pot pasta: EVERYONE LOVED IT
4. Make-your-own pizza. The kids ALWAYS adore it, and they will use homemade dough, English muffins, bagels, French bread-- all of it. Another good way to get rid of produce.
5. Tacos. Kids might love tacos more than dragons.
6. Spaghetti, sauce, garlic bread, canned vegetable, canned fruit-- my favorite $11 meal. We also do ACUTAL spaghetti with homemade sauce and meatballs-- no recipe, just wing it, but use lots of anise or fennel in your sauce. And, of course, garlic bread.
7. Chicken and noodles, my childhood favorite.
8. Rotisserie chicken soup. I call this my quasi-homemade soup because it starts with chicken and boxed broth.
9. Enchiladas: The first thing I learned to make by myself, and I have been making it since college.
10. Make your own chicken salads. The kids are meh about chicken and even more meh about salads, but together: YUGE HIT!
What are your most-made dinners? I am literally always looking for more ideas.