Sunday, April 8, 2012

Menu Plan - Pantry Challenge Week 15



Happy Easter!

Our church held a traditional Passover meal as part of our Holy Week activities; it was something new for everyone involved.  It was interesting to know the symbolism of the meal but the most significant aspect for me was that this would have been the same supper, the last supper, that Jesus ate before he was tried, condemned, and crucified.  It was a very solemn affair.

We also had our annual Easter egg hunt at the church on Saturday which was not at all solemn.  ;)

But other than Holy Week functions, I have been tied up with reducing the sweet potato population here at The Little Pink House.

The beauty of a CSA is that you get fresh in season locally grown produce.  The downside is that you may not be able to keep up with using the amount of said produce that you receive. 

Case in point, we don't eat that many sweet potatoes, mainly because Engineer doesn't care for them.  But when sweet potatoes are in season we get lots from the CSA.  Even after giving many, many away, cooking some, and freezing some along the way, I still had 60lbs. of the tubers to deal with. 


They were taking over my life.

Drastic action had to be taken.

After 4 full days of peeling, boiling, roasting, shredding, mashing, pureeing, chopping, and baking, I finally made it through the last of the sweet potatoes.

Here's what became of the spuds:

3 Full Sized Loaves of Sweet Potato Bread
2 Mini Sized Loaves of Sweet Potato Bread
Sweet Potato Cranberry Casserole
Sweet Potato Apple Casserole
Sweet Potato Surprise Casserole
2 doz. Sweet Potato Croquettes
4 doz. Sweet Potato Biscuits
Cold Sweet Potato Soup
Fresh Sweet Potato Salad
Warm Sweet Potato Salad
Sweet Potato Hash
Southwestern Mashed Sweet Potatoes
Sweet Potato Chili
3 pans Sweet Potato Cornbread
4 doz. Sweet Potato Muffins
Chipotle Sweet Potato Soup
Mashed Sweet Potatoes for use in future

It's a good thing we have been eating from the freezer all this time or I would have never had a place to put all of the results of the sweet tater-a-thon!

I don't want to seem ungrateful but...if I never see another sweet potato it will be too soon!

Oh, and look, they have made it onto this week's menu plan!  ARGH!!!!!!

We may all be orange the next time you see us and it won't be a fake tan, it will be a beta-carotene overdose!

Sunday - Leftovers
Monday - Pinto Beans, Collards, and Warm Sweet Potato Salad
Tuesday - Croque Monsieur, Cranberry Compote, Fresh Sweet Potato Salad, Green Salad
Wednesday - French Bread Pizza & Vegetable Soup
Thursday - Enchiladas, Rice, & Beans
Friday - Steak, Baked Potatoes, & Salad
Saturday - Date Night

This is part of Menu Plan Monday.

12 comments:

  1. It all sounds so yummy to me!!! (The meal plan, that is...) The sweet potatoes sound daunting indeed. Two of my littles and I eat them, but that's it. I would probably have to sneak most of them into muffins or breads. That being said, we just joined a CSA and get our first share next week! I'm excited...but now a bit scared ;)

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    1. So excited about your CSA membership. Let me know if you have any questions about what to do with some of the more, uh hem, uncommon veggies. :)

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  2. Hmmm.. I might have to try some of the sweet potato recipes you mention. We've have some extra sweet potatoes I don't have on the menu yet. Thanks for sharing!!

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    1. If you are only going to try one recipe, try the Warm Sweet Potato Salad (linked above) it's everybody's favorite.

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  3. My kids like sweet potatoes but my husband and I don't, so much. Can't imagine having so many to use! You were very creative!

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    1. Thanks Ms. Nest and it is difficult to find recipes that everyone will eat happily.

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  4. Oh my....I love sweet potatoes, but 60lbs goodness! Great use of them all...we love to freezer cook and then have things ready to go. That is so helpful! Have a great week! Blessings Lisa Marie

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    1. Howdy Ms. Lisa Marie! You are right, it is a blessing to have side dishes ready to go at a moment's notice. Thanks for dropping by!

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  5. Menu sounds good! We love sweet potatoes here! I am going to have to try the chili soon!

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    1. Do try the chili it is really good and very flexible which is always wonderful. Thanks for dropping by Ms. Jennifer.

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  6. Wow...talk about sweet potato overload! lol

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