Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Tuesday Night (Feb. 8, 2011)

I'm a little under the weather, but I still need to run my household. I hung out a couple of loads of laundry today, even though it's raining (I put the drying racks in the covered part of my mirpeset). (I have no dryer)
I didn't think of putting on a coat for that task... I'm cold.

If you have great warming foods to serve, please tell me! I could use some creative and different ideas.

My kids are wondering why I've been serving soup so often lately. Don't they notice it warms them AND fills them?

Here's tonight's menu:

Minestrone Soup
Cheesy Baked Cauliflower
Roasted Beets
Tomato and Chick Pea Salad

Some notes about this menu:

Minestrone Soup is very forgiving - you can really use all sorts of veggies in it!

I'm experimenting with the cheesy baked cauliflower. I bought a whole lot of cauliflower  for 1.99 NIS/kilo. Now I hope I have the energy to clean and check it... I know cheese is not the most frugal food, but you can stretch it pretty far with enough ingenuity.

I will make oven-baked rice, since I'm roasting beets also, and I'll probably bake something else since the oven will be on already. Date bread? Chocolate Cake? Cookies?

I cooked a lot of chick peas the other day, and now we need to be sure to eat them... so we're having a salad repeat. Especially since tomatoes were 1.99 NIS/kilo...

Let me know what you're making for supper!


  1. Spicy rice & bean casserole is a hot, filling dish -- pretty frugal, too. Made it last night and we loved it. It'd be great with an avocado salad.

    Sautee one chopped onion and 2 minced cloves of garlic in olive oil. Add 1 c uncooked brown rice and 1 t cumin. Stir over heat for one minute.

    Add 2 c vegetarian chicken stock (but I just used water and soup mix), 1 c salsa (made my own), 14 oz. red beans (also made these), 1.5 c corn, and about a 1/2 t each of salt and pepper.

    Transfer to a 9x13 casserole dish and cook covered at 180 (350) for 45 minutes. Remove from oven carefully, as it will still be somewhat liquidy. Pour can of crushed tomatoes over the top, stir in a bit if you like, and return to oven for 15-ish minutes.

  2. Sounds yummy! I'll have to give it a try! Thanks for the recipe.

  3. We are having salmon tonight. Not very frugal for a whole family, but only 3 out of 5 of us eat it. I buy the salmon frozen from Costco. We serve it with a soy/mustard glaze, cous cous and green beans.

    A favorite in our home is taco salad night, with tofu or soy crumbles with taco seasoning over a large salad of lettuce, tomato, cucumber, avocado, olives and corn. We also serve it with sour cream, shredded cheese and salsa. If you want to you can serve with some Spanish rice.

  4. Liza, I like salmon too, but wild caught salmon is so hard to get here in Israel, and the one time I saw it it was so expensive! So we'll have to save the salmon for a splurge-worthy occasion!

    We also do taco salad night! It's usually a big hit, but since we're used to eating tortilla chips with it - my kids think it's weird to have it without, and I can't justify the expense of imported tortilla chips- i haven't done it much here. I may just have to figure out a way to make my own corn tortillas and turn them into chips. How hard is it to make tortillas? anyone ever done it?


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