Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Food for Thought

I have never thought of myself as a good cook. My brothers will tell you that I still don't know how to make spaghetti and meatballs and my husband will say that there are some favorites his mom used to make that no one can duplicate. But I hope my family will tell you that there are a couple of meals that I have put out there that are not too bad.

The funny thing is, the recipes that enjoy are not necessarily those that I have perfected after many trials and errors. The best meals are those I put together out of desperation or just pulling ingredients out that should go well together. And then there are those that my daughters call "mom cleaned out the freezer". I thought I would share with you one of my latest freezer creations. Please feel free to ignore, change or enjoy.

Several months ago my youngest went to the grocery store for me. I mentioned that sirloin steaks were on sale and she should by some. Lauren mistakenly bought rump roast steaks.(Never complain if someone will shop for you.) I have always thought that rump roast was rather tough and why would they make these into steaks? This is totally confusing to me. Into the freezer they went.

Sunday I decided I needed to do something with them before they were totally freezer-burned and way too old to cook. So this is what I did:

1. Throw the steaks (semi-thawed-it was getting late) into the crockpot.
2. Mix leftover pizza sauce with a packet of beef stew flavoring I found in the back of the cupboard.
3. Add the half bag of stir fry peppers and onions from the freezer.
4. Start the crockpot on high for a couple hours, then on low until dinner time(approximately 7 hours total time).

I made this with oven roasted potatoes, sweet mashed potatoes (I made both because I did not have enough of either), mixed vegetables and applesauce.

My family actually enjoyed this meal. We probably should have had more veggies but that would have required going to the store. (I did have broccoli but my son-in-law does not like it).

So let's see if my kids read my blog. If they leave a comment about one of their freezer favorites, I will post the recipes.

My next post will get back to sewing AND will be within the next week. Pinky promise!


beauty said...

Momo! Definitely hamburger Diane! But don't forget to mention that one time you put corn in it!!! My freezer favorite is probably chicken soup. Cant wait to try the rump roast myself!