Pesach is getting close. Countdown: one week and one day. Next week at this time we will be doing bekidas chometz (search to check that all traces of levened products have been removed). Besides for the shopping and cleaning, one other thing my family does to prepare for the holiday is eat up all the leftover food from the freezer and refrigerator.
This can be a very creative endeavor. For example, pre-Shabbos we had a vegetable soup. Since I failed to label the container, I wasn’t sure if it was a chicken broth or vegetable only. We avoided cheese sandwiches just in case it was meaty. For Shabbos lunch we had a combination of leftovers from the freezer and store bought prepared foods. We ate a beef dish (freezer), Spanish rice (freezer), chicken nuggets (store bought), cranberry kugel (freezer), salad veggie (fresh) and potato kugel (new dish). **A shout out for some fantastic Schwartzbaum’s Potato Kugel in Ramat Bet Shemesh**
For supper tonight some family members had lemon chicken and rice (dish from Friday night), cholent pot pie (freezer), or pureed rice made from Friday’s rice. I puree in the blender cooked rice with water and then add either cinnamon and brown sugar or honey. One family member had the a smoothie with the pureed rice, bananas (frozen), and cocoa powder.
I haven’t thought about tomorrow’s meal plan yet. Perhaps it will be French fries with corn shnitzel, frozen peas, with fresh carrot sticks. Or maybe pasta with meat sauce (freezer) and the rest of the leftover vegetables. Or maybe canned chickpeas, rice (leftover), and canned pineapple. Homemade applesauce is a big hit here, so maybe I’ll recruit someone in the family to peel the apples. Applesauce is a favorite on it’s own as well as stirred into the pureed rice. Or maybe we can have the applesauce with the French fries. Hey–it’s like latkes and applesauce…sort of.
In any event, creativity is the key to this week’s menu. What interesting culinary combinations are you enjoying?
Thanks for reading.
Karen, TKK (The Klutter Koach)