Here’s hoping you have not felt terribly neglected over the past months…we have been a little busy helping The Normanator recover from open heart surgery and conduct his cardiac rehab program. You can tell that our dining room is a tad disheveled but the kitchen is cheery and I love being there to prepare our meals.
Today I want to share with you how our food pantry was a huge, ginormous help to us. Occasionally they get truckloads of goodies that must be used ASAP. Yesterday was one of those days. I went there for a meeting and upon my leave, I had bag after bag after bag of fresh ORGANIC spinach and other greens! I was thrilled to have this fresh produce but I knew we could not use it all. I wondered who I could bless…
After most of the spinach had found new homes and delighted their receivers I set about to think of how I could best use the greens before they withered.
Here’s what happened: I made a white sauce in my 4 quart saucepan, using some coconut oil, flour, milk and just a touch of salt and pepper. I stirred it till it thickened and then I added all the freshly rinsed and drained spinach. It completely filled the pot to overflowing. I gently stirred the mixture as it heated. The warmer the pot and its contents, the more quickly the greens withered into a bright mass, soaking up the lovely white sauce.
It just so happened that my “cook once/eat twice” adage was working for me…I rummaged in the freezer to find a freezer container that was full and marked “cooked and seasoned ground beef”! I thawed that in a bit of beef broth til it was heated through thoroughly, stirring occasionally.
Just as I removed the lovely creamed spinach from the heat I sprinkled a little nutmeg over top. Mmmmm it smelled DIVINE. It was just as tasty.
I easily made a cheap and cheerful meal for almost no $. I am a happy girl!
Are you living on a dime? Do you use SNAP or WIC goods by having an EBT card? Maybe you receive food commodities or get help from a food pantry. The dish I described above can be made with canned spinach and if you have no beef, chicken, rice or orzo or potatoes could be substituted. We just wanna help those of you who depend on public assistance for your food dollars.
Our SENCA, South East Community Action, Center will be hosting a cooking class in Tecumseh, Nebraska on July 24. For more information you can email me: firstname.lastname@example.org. There is no charge for the class but you will need to know what to bring. *It’s gonna be FUN!
Here’s hoping your summer is making your heart sing! It really feels good to be blogging for you again.
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