Once again, Monday has arrived. Somehow doesn't seem like a whole week since we greeted a Monday! Time flies I guess..
Saturday's evening meal left me feeling inspired. With the frugal finds of the past week that I just couldn't pass up staring at me from the shelves of my refrigerator, I decided to see if I could make it a full frugal weekend. I grabbed a package of frozen ground turkey, some veggies and crackers, and one large bowl and set to work. Once finished with my creation, I estimated the cost of our Sunday meal (including sides) for 4 at approximately $3.50, and we have leftovers, which will provide 3 generous lunches for my children. A few more peas, a couple more potatoes on the side, and it would easily serve 6. The main dish is a variation on one I prepare often for my family, as it is a favorite with them. Actually, every time I prepare it is a variation, as the ingredients always vary by what ingredients I have on hand (including the meat) and just how generous I'm feeling as I'm dumping things in the bowl ;-) Anyway, on the off chance that anyone else might like to create this dish for their family, I took the time to note the amounts I used this time around:
Ma's Turkey Patties
1 lb. ground turkey
1 bunch (4-5) green onions, thinly sliced
about 1/2 lb. mushrooms, sliced (optional)
1 sleeve soda crackers. crushed
garlic (1 clove or 1/4 tsp. powder)
salt and pepper to taste
Mix everything up real good. Drop good size spoonfuls into preheated, lightly greased (I used olive oil) skillet, pressing down with back of spoon to form patties. Fry until golden brown, turning to cook other side. Keep warm while frying subsequent batches.
Options:This is a fun mixture to play with! I've used canned tuna, salmon, crab, ground beef, pretty much whatever you can think of for the meat with excellent results. I've made them with and without the mushrooms, and have even added a wee bit of BBQ sauce, cocktail sauce and/or lemon juice to the mixture. You could also add a small can of tomato sauce and turn it into meatloaf if you prefer.
Yesterday, for sides we served potatoes, and peas from our garden, and since it was Sunday dinner, we added a can of cranberry sauce for good measure. The potatoes were great, and the peas so sweet. Sure wish we could get veggies like that at the grocery! It was another tasty, filling, and frugal weekend meal.
Today, it's back to school, and we're hoping the clouds will clear allowing the ground to dry out enough the kids can enjoy some outside fun this afternoon. Otherwise, I guess we'll just have to pull out some indoor activities. Either way, it promises to be another fun Monday, the beginning of yet another week of new adventures awaiting our discovery.