Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Some days are like that

Some days I have it all together, some days I don't.

This week I didn't make a menu or a shopping list. I did go to Walmart and filled in with some items that we needed. When I asked my Dub men what they needed from the store Jake said "bread and milk" which cracked me up. It's like they think if they don't tell me exactly what to do every step of the way, chaos ensues.

Anyway, there is no menu this week. I've back-slided (backslid?) a little and lost some of my focus with the budget/menu planning goals but I have my reasons. They are my own reasons, and may not be very good, but they're mine. I've decided that it's okay. I don't have to be perfect all the time. If I work my plan most of the time, it's better than not trying at all and lots better than giving up because I fall short sometimes.

So this week we are eating what is already in the fridge/pantry/freezer. Friday night I picked up take-out burgers and chicken nuggets. Saturday night we had...um...I think it was nachos. Sunday was leftovers, Monday was tacos, and tonight we had lentils.

The lentils are SO good - this is one of my favorites, and my Little Prince requests them quite often and specifically asked for them tonight. Maybe not the most suitable for a hot spring day, but definitely delish:

Sara Hunt's Lentils
  • 1 lb lentils, picked over and rinsed
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 tbsp. ground cumin
  • 8-9 cups chicken stock (or water and chicken bouillon powder)

Combine the ingredients in a large cooking pot and bring to a boil. I usually start with 6 cups of stock and add more as needed. Reduce heat and simmer 45-60 minutes or until lentils are tender. Then add:

  • 1 package (I think it's 12 oz.) smoked sausage/kielbasa, sliced into bite-size pieces.
Continue simmering until sausage is heated through, maybe 5 or 10 more minutes.
Serve in bowls with a spoonful of sour cream and some shredded cheddar cheese.

Corn muffins go along great with this. It needs to be thinned a bit with water or broth when reheating. I like it a little more soupy than thick.

I wonder if I've shared this recipe on the blog already. I feel a little deja vu. If so, well, there you go. I'm not into being perfect this week.


  1. I haven't seen it, and it looks wonderful. Whether or not you think you're perfect, you're great to me, and I don't really care about perfect!