Planning Ahead

Life gets crazy sometimes. OK, a lot of the time, especially if you have kids. Or a job. Or a house. Or… you get it.

That’s why it’s so important to use down time to plan ahead. I’m on the receiving end of many a joke for the state of my freezers (yes, multiple), which spend a large portion of the year at – or, honestly, beyond – capacity. Between the seasonal abundance of the CSA and my penchant for combining sales and coupons, I do a lot of squirreling away.

Tonight is one of those nights where it paid off.

I have an odd tutoring schedule today. My first student got extended until 4 pm, and my next two are at 6 and 7. I needed a dinner that didn’t require much preparation time, that I could eat on my own at about 5:30, and that could be kept warm for my husband and son to eat a little after 6.

This was the result.

Broccoli-Turkey Pie, Maple Mashed Sweet Potatoes, and Green Beans.

The Broccoli-Turkey Pie recipe is here. After Thanksgiving and Easter, as well as any other time I have a turkey stashed in my freezer, I make this pie. If you err on the side of slightly undercooking it (which, in my experience is still a longer cooking time than the recipe suggests), it freezes well. I leave it in the glass pie dish, allow it to cool, wrap it in plastic wrap, and then wrap it again in foil. Defrost in the microwave and then leave in a 350 degree oven until it’s heated through.

I took 2 lbs of sweet potatoes (what I happened to get in my share two weeks ago), and peeled and cubed them. I then boiled them until tender. I drained most of the water, but left a little. Leaving some of the starchy water allows you to cut back on the amount of milk necessary to mash, and since I’m gradually on the downward spiral of lactose intolerance, this is appealing to me. I added a splash of milk and some butter, and mashed. I then added some (maybe between 1/8 and 1/4 cup) maple syrup, and some cinnamon and nutmeg. YUM.

The green beans were from the CSA, blanched and frozen earlier this summer. Straightforward boiling, topped with lime sea salt and lemon pepper.

Hectic work evening: managed.

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