What should I eat for dinner?

Have you been cycling through the same meals for supper? I have. Getting tired of them? Yup!

I thought it would be a good idea to start introducing new meals into our nightly rotation. I should tell you now that I am not a gourmet chef. In fact, until I got married I hardly ever cooked meals. Just simple stuff like grilled cheese. And it wasn’t any four-cheese-smoked-gouda type of grilled cheese. Just some fluffy enriched white bread and some yellow American cheese. Hmm. It’s been a long time…

Anyway, I went through the cabinet where I stored all of my recipes and recipe books and made a stack of recipes to try. Mostly so I could get rid of some of the books in my Thursday declutter box, but also because I’m tired of making the same old, same old.

My one stipulation for the recipes I try is that I must already have most of the ingredients called for. I don’t want to have to buy any more than 2 or 3 ingredients. That can break the bank folks!

Also, I’m going to try just one recipe a week because I meal plan, and let’s face it, when you meal plan you’re kind of used to the luxury of knowing how long your meals will take to make. Trying a recipe for the first time usually takes a bit longer for me than the prep time given with the recipe. So I’ll save the new recipes for a night when I have more time to make them.

So if you want some new ideas for dinner/supper- follow along!

Today’s recipe is Farmhouse Hash with Eggs from Sandra Lee’s Money Saving Meals & Round 2 Recipes. Click on the name of the recipe if you want the specifics on how to make it. I’ve had this book for at least three years and finally decided to look through it when I decluttered my microwave cart/cabinet. I decided this had a lot of recipes I’d like to try.

 

 

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So, this meal is supposed to look like the picture below.

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This type of meal is something my husband typically likes: meat and potatoes. 🙂

I had to brown up some sausage first. Be warned- I cooked a lot of sausage! Especially since the recipe only calls for a half pound of the stuff. This came out of a 2 pound package. I just fried it all up because I freeze the excess to save time in preparing other meals.

 

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Two pounds of sausage right there. Note: only half a pound needed for this recipe.

 

While I fried up the sausage, I started dicing up carrots, potatoes, and onions. The recipe does also call for celery, but my husband has an unnecessary amount of malice toward that veggie so I left it out.

 

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So lovely, and a little OCD. Don’t judge!

After the sausage was finished, I emptied it into a separate bowl and started cooking the diced vegetables.

 

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Diced vegetables sans celery. Not as colorful.

You have about 12 minutes for those veggies to cook. At this point you put some water on to boil in a pot big enough for 4 poached eggs. So I put the water on medium heat and started washing some dishes. I stopped every couple of minutes to stir the veggies and, later, to add the eggs to the water. They did stick a bit to the fry pan- the veggies I mean.

 

Not pictured: poaching eggs. Why? Because I don’t do well at keeping the whites together on them and it just looks so messy!

So if you’re poaching eggs and it seems almost disastrous- take heart! The meal still came out looking like this and I think it looks pretty close the book’s picture.

 

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Done!

So, there were some other ingredients like garlic, paprika, white vinegar(for the poaching), red pepper flakes, salt, pepper, and parsley. I didn’t use the parsley because I didn’t have any. The red pepper flakes did add a little heat to the meal, so if you don’t like spicy I’d omit them.

Overall, it was a pretty easy meal to make and we really liked it! My husband said he would like to have it again, so I’m putting it in the rotation.

As I try more recipes, I think we’ll get a lot more in the meal rotation and I am certainly ready for that!

Is this something you would try? Any dinner ideas you would like to share?

SAJ

 

 

 

 

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