We have been doing so good for eating in lately - I was paid today and kind of surprised at the amount of money left in the bank at the end of the month. I wasn't quite feeling that way when I spent $105 on three bags of groceries at Safeway on Sunday though!
It's true that I bought some indulgences like a box of bakery cookies for work and some cherry strudels, but even a beef roast seemed indulgent at $24. Do you think this post going to be about Crockpots? Of course.
I really appreciate the Crockpot trio. The beef roast just barely fit in one crock, but I made a whole bunch of vegetables in the other. I get organic groceries delivered sometimes from Spud, and cooking the whole bag of carrots was a good idea again. I added in creamer potatoes and a couple of parsnips along with a handful of organic green beans.
This is the beauty of slow cookers - when you arrive home and put the key in the door, that warm hearty scent seems like it's just for you. The beef roast was excellent, it fell apart with the slightest touch of the fork.
I also bought a deli chicken and made butter chicken with a jar of sauce on Sunday. Leftovers on Tuesday, random dinner tonight.
When my Dad made random dinner, it was truly random, like a can of baked beans and baked salmon or some other combo that didn't really go well together. I was actually surprised by how well tonight worked. I took the leftover vegetables and broth from the Crockpot, threw in some red lentils and set it to simmer. Since I didn't want the fridge to be the place where good intentions go to die, I threw the rest of the beans in the steamer along with two portobella mushrooms I ordered from Spud that didn't quite fit into any meal plans. I nuked a tray of deli mac and cheese and the leftover chicken, and with copious amounts of soy sauce, it was all quite a feast. Dessert was a box of Jello that found in the back of the cupboard on the weekend. Hubs loves it.
I think part of the satisfaction is simply from all the pennies that were pinched in the process.