I accomplished a few things in the kitchen yesterday. I browned and froze four pounds of sausage, and I chopped and froze a turkey breast Aunt Jean cooked for us. Last week I cooked and froze five pounds of chicken. I hope to brown several pounds of ground beef today. All this will give me a nice little stash of pre-cooked meats in my freezer before we start back with our school work next week. I think I've mentioned a time or two, or maybe more like - twenty, that pre-cooking and freezing meats is the best meal planning tool I've found!
On Monday night, Logan and M.C. ate supper with Aunt Jean, and Larry, Dude and I polished off the last of the pot luck leftovers from Saturday night! Larry had taken Dude to the doctor in Memphis on Monday, and they stopped by at had a yummy lunch at Corky's after Dude's appointment! We all love Corky's! Their frozen bbq, which is available in most grocery stores' freezer sections, makes a great, quick meal! I love their sauce, which is also available at the grocery!
Erin B. ate supper with us last night. She is a very sweet girl, and she sets such a good example of living out her faith as a young college student. We are grateful for her influence on, and friendship with, our kids. Larry and I really enjoyed eating and visiting with all three of these young people last night. There are some things I guess I will always miss about having small kids, but teenagers are pretty neat, too!
We did eat our planned menu last night, which turned out to be a good pick with our guest. All the kids came through the kitchen while I was cooking and said - "What smells soooo good?!" I cooked some of the Farm Rich frozen mozzarella sticks that are stuffed with marinara that I've told y'all about before. The kids really like these. We all loved the Pizza Pot Pie. All three of the younger ones had seconds - always a good sign!!
Pizza Pot Pie
1/2 pound ground beef, browned and drained
1/2 pound sausage, browned and drained
1 tablespoon butter
1 small onion, chopped OR a bit of onion powder
2 garlic cloves, minced OR a bit of garlic powder
1 (8-oz.) package sliced fresh mushrooms
1 (26-oz.) spaghetti sauce
1 teaspoon sugar
1 refrigerated pizza crust dough
1 - 2 cups shredded Italian five-cheese blend
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Sauté onion in butter for 2 minutes. Add garlic, and cook 2 minutes. Add mushrooms. Sauté 8 to 10 minutes, until most of liquid has evaporated. Stir in beef, sausage, spaghetti sauce and sugar. Bring to a light boil; simmer 5 minutes.
Pour meat mixture into a 9x13 baking dish sprayed with cooking spray.
Sprinkle with shredded cheese.
Unroll pizza dough and place on top of meat mixture. Brush with a bit of olive oil, if you like.
Bake for 16 to 20 minutes or until crust is golden brown.