This week in my kitchen felt like the bounty of the season had descended upon us! We had so many things cooking, roasting, and freezing it looked like a tornado had hit.
Are you wondering what a “Freegatarian” is? Well, it’s someone who is accepting of free food – even if they have to harvest it themselves. It was a “Freegatarian” love fest at our house this week – thanks to the generosity of friends and neighbors. Here’s how we benefited from accepting free food:
- Neighbors who I drove to the airport told me to please harvest and take away all of their ripe tomatoes. Oh, alright, twist my arm, I’ll do that.
- A friend in the neighborhood asked if our family would like their share of CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) for the week because they would be out of town. Why, yes, I would be happy to take it, thank you very much.
- Our other friends asked if we’d like their grapes from their “vineyard” which is really a large grape-vine over a backyard trellis. Yes, please, we’ll take all of those little green jewels.
So, we roasted 4 batches of tomatoes, roasted red peppers, baked beets for beet salad, sauteed the beet greens, roasted broccoli, and froze 24-muffin tins filled with grape juice concentrate for our smoothies.
I also made pesto this week – whew! My girlfriends and I got together and made pesto one morning and then I went home and harvested all of my basil from the garden and made more! We have a lot of pesto! The batch below has spinach in it, also. I just tossed it in with the basil and processed it. I don’t think you can tell a difference but my foodie-teenagers think you can. They were eating it with spoons!
Weekly Meal Plan
This meal plan is from Monday, October 1, 2012 to Sunday, October 7, 2012.
Monday: pinto beans (from the freezer) with shredded pork (from the freezer) over brown rice and fresh tomato salsa
Tuesday: Pad Thai with chicken (we made this for dinner and actually followed a recipe, but doubled the vegetables)
Wednesday: Pad Thai with chicken (leftovers), beet salad and beet greens
Thursday: fish, quinoa and oven roasted broccoli
Friday: homemade pizza! whole wheat pizza dough (from the freezer), fresh tomato pizza sauce and vegetables
Saturday: dinner at our friend’s house – we brought pumpkin spice cake and vanilla ice cream
Sunday: whole wheat pasta with roasted red peppers and green salad
My daughter made dinner on Friday night and confirmed that freezing homemade pizza dough works really well. She chopped up artichokes, onions, and tomatoes for her creation and topped it all with cheese. My son made dinner on Sunday night. He was hoping for some sort of meat (of course he was ~ he’s a teenage boy!) with the dinner so we promised next week he could cook some sort of animal protein. Teens!
Do you meal plan? Do you like free food?
Go Gingham related links:
Take the night off and let your kids cook dinner every week
More meal plan ideas are here
Homemade pesto – that can be made and frozen
Frugal grocery shopping and slowing down for family eating
How to roast red peppers or food you’re supposed to burn
How to roast tomatoes freshly picked from the garden – so good!
How our freezer gets used – ways to organize and optimize
All of these pictures were taken with my iPod Touch (I don’t have a smart phone) and shared on Instagram. Instagram is a photo sharing app that lets you add finishes and filters to your pictures. You can follow me on Instagram here: @gogingham