This week’s meal prep wasn’t exactly inspired or nutritionally advisable. But it made the kitchen smell good, it wasn’t difficult, and I’ll have a few meals on hand to prevent quesadillas from hitting the dinner rotation too many times.
First up was greens and beans in the slow cooker. This is technically a Cuisinart Multi Cooker , and I’m forever greatful for this gem we received as a wedding present. It can sear, simmer, slow cook, and even has a self storing cord. In short, I love it.
I soaked a bag of white beans in water overnight. Drained and then covered with fresh water, two leftover chicken thighs,and a ton of garlic. Slow cook for 5 or so hours, then added chopped up escarole, roasted garlic seasoning, and italian seasoning. Raised the heat to simmer for a few hours and then voila:
I mean – how could you not want to eat that?
I packed up individual servings with some extra greens to be eaten for lunch as a soup. The rest will be added to pasta dishes throughout the week for dinner. What I appreciate most is that this is an incredibly cheap batch of food to put together.
- Two chicken thighs leftover from a rotisserie chicken ($4.99)
- garlic ($2.29 for 5 bulbs – don’t need that many)
- bag of dried great northern beans ($1.39)
- 2 bunches of escarole ($2.29 each / $4.58 total)
- Spices you have on hand
$13.25 for nearly 4 quarts. (prices based on PeaPod) That’s $3.32 a quart. or roughly $1.65 a serving.
Don’t worry, I’m not making Mister eat beans for six meals straight.
He got meatballs.
While I prefer meatballs that are pan fried and then baked, Mister likes them soft and squishy from being slowly cooked. We do them his way, since its the easier way.
With the slow cooker filled with beans, I pulled out two Corningware casserole dishes (that match the general decor of my dated kitchen very well). There’s about 9 meatballs in each dish, snuggled in with some Trader Joes sauce that I found in the cabinet.
I love that the label is so bright and the High in Vitamin C notation – its like pasta sauce for children. But with booze. and Organic? There’s a lot going on there.
I cooked these in the oven at about 300 for a while – honestly I sort of forgot they were in the oven at all. When Mister came in from doing some car maintenance and yard work (with the weather finally above freezing he was pretty excited) and appeared to be starving, I was able to plate up some pasta and meatballs.
In the fridge I’ve got cooked brown rice pasta (Trader Joes), cooked spaghetti squash, and brown rice. I also have baby spinach, eggplant, zucchini, and mushrooms in the fridge, with some frozen veggies in the freezer. With all that on hand, we should be able to breeze through a few days without having to do too much.
This week Mister and I have slightly busy schedules, plus my younger sister is driving up from VA for the week to celebrate my older sister’s wedding reception this Saturday. With all that in mind, I’ll be thankful for my warm bowl of beans and greens.