The problem is this: I still don't like to cook, even if I know it's for my own future benefit. I do like to bake, so our freezer is filling up with cookies and brownies. And while that's nice, and cookies and brownies are good for morale, I need to be focusing more on easy, nutritious food or else I'm going to be sitting there weeping, eating an entire bag of frozen brownies and getting the sugar shakes.
I do have one recipe I make pretty regularly, and I've frozen two half-batches of it so far. It makes a nice big amount and so it feels worth it, and it freezes well, and it's quick and easy to heat up, and it's heartening when you're feeling sad and like nobody loves you and like you should move in to the maternity ward where they do love you. I like it with a couple of slices of a nice chewy bread, toasted and then buttered and sprinkled with garlic salt.
- 1 pound or so of ground beef or ground turkey (I use ground turkey, which at our store comes in 1.3 pound packages, and I use the whole package)
- 28 oz can crushed tomatoes (I like Contadina)
- 15 oz can tomato sauce (I like Contadina)
- 4 c. water
- 1 tsp. sugar
- 16 oz package frozen mixed vegetables (I like Birdseye classic blend: carrots, beans, peas, corn)
- 8 oz frozen broccoli (I like to thaw it a little and then snip it with kitchen scissors into smaller pieces)
- 1 envelope Lipton Onion Soup mix
- 2 t. salt (or to taste--I love love love salt so maybe start with less than I use)
- 1 t. crushed red pepper (optional, for spicier soup)
One thing I like about this recipe is that it's flexible. You don't have to use broccoli and classic-blend vegetables, you can instead use up the little half packages of vegetables nobody liked as side dishes, or fresh vegetables that are in danger of going bad in the fridge, or a bag of Italian blend vegetables if you're feeling really wild and crazy. Last summer William grew some green bean vines but didn't want to eat the green beans, so I snipped some up into my soup every time I made it. Oooh, and lima beans are good.
Not exactly a great recipe for a breastfeeding mother, though, is it? Dried onion. Broccoli. Spicy red pepper. Oh, well.
Incidentally, if you do Weight Watchers Core Plan, this soup is a freebie. Well, unless you get all tight about how many grains of that 1 tsp. of sugar are in each portion.