Saturday, October 12, 2013

It's a feast!

October 11 & 12, 2013

We have been trying to eat up our leftovers of pizza and lasagna yesterday and this afternoon. Even though there was still some of them left, I needed to step away from them at dinner tonight.

This afternoon I spent 2 1/2 hours raking leaves (7 1/2 hours in the past three days). I was beat. I wanted something delicious but I didn't want to have to put much effort in.

I settled on trying a new item that I bought this week. Morning star veggie meatballs are pretty easy. All you do is bake them. I prefer to make my own meatballs but for those days when I just don't want to cook, store bought will do.

My daughter loves mashed potatoes so that is what I worked on next. I still had some chopped cauliflower leftover from veggies and dip last week. Man was that a huge thing of cauliflower. I had veggies and dip, cauliflower soup, and steamed cauliflower. I decided to make mashed potatoes using about 1/3 cauliflower and 2/3 potatoes. I make my mashed potatoes by adding butter, milk, sour cream, salt, pepper, and garlic & wine seasoning.

I am not the gravy maker of the family. My hubby wasn't able to make it to dinner tonight so I had to give it a whirl. I sauteed onion and fresh garlic in a little butter. I stirred in two tablespoons of flour and let it cook for a few more minutes. I thawed out just over 1 1/2 cups of my homemade vegetable broth. I put about a quarter cup of it into a bowl and stirred in 2 tablespoons of corn starch. I added the rest of the broth and the broth/corn starch mixture to the pan. I seasoned it with salt, pepper, garlic & wine seasoning, and thyme.

Our other simple sides were steamed green beans and Hawaiian dinner rolls. As my daughter was getting the milk out of the fridge, she spotted a container of cottage cheese. Good call daughter. It needs to be eaten up during the next few days so we had some of that too. It's a feast!

How were the veggie meatballs? More importantly, how was my gravy?! I started out our plates with three meatballs. My son kept going back to get more. He ate I think 7! We all said that we should buy them again. My daughter is excited to try making a meatball sub with them. The gravy was delicious. I wouldn't change a thing about it. Score! We worked up an appetite with all that raking today but it sure made up for it by being able to fill our faces tonight!

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