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A good example?

October 23rd, 2011 at 12:18 pm

Last week my partner at work said I was a good example to her. Me? Really?

Last Sunday she and her husband spent part of Sunday going to the grocery after planning a menu, and then went home and fixed three make ahead dinners. The goal was to have these meals ready to heat and eat when she got home from work.

At the end of the week, she said this is something she will do again, because it made for a good week. She said it was nice knowing they had something ready to eat and they also had plenty of leftovers for other meals.

I was pleased for her because I know it had to have made it less stressful for both of them.

It was nice having someone I am around think I'm not crazy too!

We are friends with another couple and they eat out at least once a day...sometimes twice. They complain about being short of money and they think they are saving money because they are always going places with coupons. One excuse we have heard is they don't think about a meal until it time to eat so it takes so long and it is just easier to go out.

I just finished, in less than two hours, 4 meals and they are in the fridge. Three casseroles and a stew. With some of these, we will have leftovers for lunch. I also cut up fruit for a fruit salad so other than adding a cut up banana or apple, that is done for the week too.

Two hours on a Sunday as opposed to coming home tired from work then wondering what I'm going to fix and hope I have the ingredients...no thanks! I like eating good stuff and saving money as well. I had put a chicken in the Crockpot beforehand and with the meat and broth, made 3 of the meals. I figure I squeezed that chicken until it squawked!

Although I am not sure this is a make ahead recipe, I did find this one and think it looks great, especially with the fresh herbs I need to use before we have a frost.

Zucchini-Tomato Casserole
2 T olive oil
1 t garlic powder
1 T dried basil or 3 T fresh basil, shredded
2 t dried oregano or 4 t fresh oregano
1 T dried rosemary or 2 T fresh rosemary
1 T olive oil
2 medium zucchini, trimmed and thinly sliced
1 large onion, peeled and thinly sliced
4 ripe tomatoes, thinly sliced or 1 cup tomato sauce
1 13 ounce can white or pink beans, rinsed and drained
1 cup seasoned bread crumbs
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Preheat oven to 350. Mix 2 T of oil, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and herbs together
Prepare a 2-quart casserole with nonstick spray. Layer zucchini, onion, and tomato. Spread with beans. Top with the rest of the veggies. Drizzle with the oil and herb mixture. Sprinkle with bread crumbs and Parmesan.
Bake at 350 for 15 minutes or until the casserole sizzles and the top is golden.

1 Responses to “A good example?”

  1. Looking Forward Says:

    Good job. Smile
    The Zucchini casserole looks very tasty. Thanks for sharing.

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