My garden is slowing down. Tonight we will have our first freeze which will kill off all of the tomatoes, peppers, and squash in the raised beds. I have already moved some of the plants to my container garden, so we can enjoy some home grown veggies all winter, but they will become a treat rather than the foundation of every meal. Not everyone is as sad about this as I am. My daughter refers to all of my “garden recipes” as “Death By Vegetables” and has asked several times “when will gardening season end and baking season begin?”
I have found that I can keep greens growing in my garden all winter long, even with below zero temps and several feet of snow. So we will continue to enjoy homegrown salads with lunch and dinner. I have root vegetables stored in the pantry and some veggies flash frozen in the freezer, but my grocery bill is going to jump by at least $20.00 a week now that I have to purchase fruits and veggies.
This also means the return of premeditated leftovers!
Monday – Pasta with Vegetables and Alfredo Sauce (recipe up Monday night) and Garden Salad
Tuesday – Broiled Chicken, Long Grain and Wild Rice, and Sautéed Summer Squash
Wednesday – Use some of the leftover chicken to make Pasta Salad.
Thursday – Use leftover Alfredo Sauce and some broiled chicken to make Chicken Alfredo Pizza. Serve with a garden salad.
Friday – Use the last of leftover chicken and leftover rice to make Chicken and Rice Soup. Serve with a garden salad.
Sunday – Leftover Buffet
For more menu ideas, visit Menu Plan Monday.