~Meatless Monday~a week of meals
So, Sunday was family day. We went to Farmer’s Market, we cooked on our backyard grill, we ate outside in our nice, paved outdoor dining area and after dinner we splashed around in the pool. It was a really nice day.
Here’s a peek at my super full fridge.
All day, while we played, two of my slow cookers worked. They were busy turning four pounds of pinto beans from hard and inedible to soft and delicious.
Four pounds is A LOT of beans. Am I crazy? Probably. Am I frugal? Absolutely. I had a bag of beans that was 15 days from the “use by date”. What’s a gal to do? Cook lots and lots of beans.Sure, I could have cooked half this week and half next week. It seemed like less work to get them all cooked now.
4 pounds of dried beans equals about 24 cups of cooked beans, give or take a cup.
That’s more than I expected, but I’m not worried.
I’m going to freeze some of the cooked beans. Beans freeze well, so cooking them now does not mean I have to eat them all now.
I’ve prepared 3 freezer bags with 4 cups beans in each one. 12 cups of beans are now in the freezer. Whew! The cooked/frozen beans will be perfect for stews, soups and chili.
I’m also going to be making 4 or 5 meals this week that include beans.
The rest of the beans are in a storage container in the fridge for our meals this week.
I have not decided yet which recipe I am making tonight. Here are the meals I’m planning for this week.
It’s like I’m meal planning or something….shocking. 😉
- Beans with Polenta squares
- Baked pasta and bean casserole
- Bean-pasta stew
- Macaroni-bean skillet
- Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie
Leave me a comment, let me know which recipes you’d like to see. I’ll post the one or two of them this week.
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