But sometimes, when the recipe either makes too much, or I know I'll be out of town, I stick some of those Ziploc containers in the freezer and make my own version of frozen dinners.
Here are a few pictures of my Farm Fresh box from last week:
Wouldn't you have made a stew? (By the way, Rachael was totally right, I still haven't eaten the pears that came with this week's box. My aversion continues following Rat-gate 2010.)
Spicy White Bean Stew
2 Tbs. Olive Oil
4-5 Cloves Garlic, diced
1 White Onion, roughly chopped
1 1/2 C. Dried White (Cannelini) Beans, soaked for 24 hours, or 2 Cans Cannelini Beans (I got my dried beans from the bulk section at Whole Foods, 1 1/2 Cups only cost me about $.50)
4-5 Carrots, sliced into coins
4 Stalks Celery, diced
2 Leeks (Washed and sliced into coins; white parts only)
1 Tsp. Sea Salt
About 8 C. Water, you might need more or less
1 Large Can Whole San Marzano Tomatoes and Juice, chopped into quarters
1 Tbs. Italian Seasoning
1 Tsp. Red Chili Flakes
1 Bunch Kale, ribs removed and sliced into strips
In a heavy bottomed pan*, saute garlic and onions in olive oil. Add soaked beans and stir, cooking for about 6-8 minutes. Add carrots, celery and leeks, sprinkle with the salt, stir and cook a few minutes longer, until veggies are sweating and starting to get tender. Cover with water until water is about 1/2" higher than the vegetables in the pot. Bring to a boil, cover and simmer about 1 hour, until beans are tender. Add tomatoes, spices and kale, cook about 5 minutes longer. Serve!
*I was lucky enough to get a Le Creuset pot (seen above) for Christmas after one was donated to the thrift shop at my Grandma's retirement village. She volunteers her time to help with the shop, and called me upon making this discovery. $40 later, the $204 Le Creuset pot was mine. Do you check out thrift shops? I don't have enough time to do so, but if your mom or grandma or relatives do, have them be on the lookout for you! Give them pictures of items you like, and have them call you if they see what you're looking for! I promise they'd be happy to help!