Thanks to my family, I now have a hand-me-down small upright freezer in the basement. Two happy results of this development are:
I no longer almost break a toe every time I open the freezer,
and I can actually buy meat when it's on sale.
Since it's upright and not a chest freezer, the cold air spills out whenever you open it. That means limiting how often I need to go down there. It also means to keep it running efficiently I need to keep it fairly full. I'm considering trying to buy a portion of a whole cow (in neat white packages, of course). I was wanting beef so badly lately. I hadn't seen any good enough sales for a while. But I did find some last weekend.
I am getting back into the groove of cooking again, I think. Tonight I made crock pot Mongolian Beef with stir-fry vegetables added towards the end. This is definitely one of our recent favorites. It is so easy and has great flavor, though it is spicy. We eat it with brown rice.
I did some cooking yesterday for breakfasts. I made about 2 dozen Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal muffins out of 4 of the approximately 6-8 frozen brown bananas I had accumulated in the freezer.
I also made my crust-less version of this spinach quiche recipe, using a 2 pound bag of frozen spinach, about 18 eggs, about 1 1/2 cups of cheddar cheese, a little milk, about 1/4 cup Parmesan, garlic, onion, Italian seasonings, seasoned salt and pepper. Using such a large bag of spinach was actually kind of an accident (I had in my head that it was 1 pound), but I compensated by throwing in more eggs. But I was pleased to end up with 2 dozen muffin sized quiches and 6 larger ones (made in a giant muffin tin, about half full). I love this recipe, especially with the additional veggies. It's so easy, has a ton of flavor, and it really isn't bad for you at all. I have been very bad about eating breakfast lately, and these really help me start the day with some good protein and vegetables.
I froze most of the oatmeal muffins and quiche for future breakfasts. They're staying in the upstairs freezer where they're easily accessible.