|Butter Beans Cooked With Ham Bits|
I was surprised at how long the list was and I could have thought of more, but was in a hurry to get out the door.
Here's what I came up with:
Green Beans cooked with ham bits
Butter Beans (Lima) cooked with ham bits
Three Bean Salad
Fruit with cottage cheese
Black Eyed Peas
Great Northern or Pinto Beans
Chips and Salsa
Broccoli and cheese
Baked Sweet Potatoes
Sweet Potato Casserole
Broccoli, rice and cheese casserole
Brown Rice cooked in chicken broth
|Sweet Potato Casserole|
Just having things to choose from makes menu planning so much easier. I put this list to good use for our lunch yesterday. We had butter beans cooked with ham bits, sweet potato casserole and beef kabobs. I found the sirloin steak for the kabobs at Food Lion marked down.
|Okra, Cherry Tomatoes, Regular Tomatoes|
I've been trying to use our fresh vegetables from our small garden as much as possible. This includes vegetable soup, fried okra, BLTs, tomato sandwiches and more.
I buy the little vacuum sealed packages of ham bits, which I call seasoning meat. Once the package is opened, I separate it into little packs the size needed for one pot of beans and then freeze them. I wrap each pack in plastic wrap and put them in a freezer bag.
I usually have some pecans in the freezer and can take out just enough needed for the top of the sweet potato casserole.
For menu planning I don't assign a certain food for a certain day. I just have a list of things that I could cook. Usually on Sunday I try to cook a little bit a head for the upcoming work week for suppers and also things to take for lunch.
And I'm always open to that unexpected offer by hubby to go out to eat! We don't do this too much because its so much cheaper to eat at home, but we do eat out occasionally.
What side dishes do you like to cook?