So today, I made a turkey. I put it in after breakfast and it was ready for lunch. And I learned that I am woefully inept at carving turkey. The funny thing is, I made the turkey, not so much for lunch, but for the recipe I was making for dinner… or supper. Whatever you call it – the last meal of the day. I, by the way, call it either one. We have breakfast, lunch and then dinner/supper. Anyway, I needed the meat for dinner, but I didn’t want to just cook the turkey for that and then tear it apart…
So lunch was turkey and macaroni and cheese. Well balanced huh!? Then after lunch, I tore apart the rest of the turkey and saved the meat for my dinner recipe. Then, in my proud frugal, “waste not want not,” cheapo moment, I put the carcass in a pot with water and set it to boil.
For dinner, I made this mexican casserole (with my turkey instead of chicken because I had a turkey in the freezer, not a chicken) with nacho cheese chips, LOTS of cheese, cream of chicken soup, diced tomatoes and onions. It was YUMMY!!! As the casserole was baking, I started putting my “turkey broth” in jars for later use. I got 2 1/2 mason jars, well 2 mason and 1/2 spaghetti jar, full of turkey broth. What’s great is that when I go to use it, I can totally scrape the fat that has “globbed” up on the top and get rid of it!
So, lunch was good, the casserole was good and the broth will be great for later. I have some turkey meat left for a sandwich. Some casserole left for lunch tomorrow and broth for another day.
I only share this because at times, I am proud of my cooking. Not that I create anything original, but I’m proud of my planning. I’m glad that I am able to use the resources I have and make them stretch further. Sometimes I wish I lived in a place and time when we HAD to make everything stretch super far, so that I could better appreciate what it is that we do have. I admit, we waste food. There are times I throw out fresh veggies that I didn’t use in time. Leftovers that molded because no one wanted to eat that again. And then there are kids – families – in our own community that would love to have had the food that we allowed to go to waste.
Anyway, my challenge this year is to plan our food better so that we are using our food money the best we can and using the food we have the best we can. One week in the near future, I’m going to have a pantry week and force myself to use what is in the pantry and not go the grocery. I’ll let you know how it turns out.