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Meal Costs Have Plummeted This Week

July 29th, 2011 at 07:38 am

Today was a long day and I completely overdid it and was useless from six o'clock on. But in the meanwhile, I did have enough ham broth to make both egg noodles (with ham and peas) and ham and gnocchi soup and the kids were doing cartwheels over the taste, so yay. A few weeks ago one of our stores started carrying inexpensive shelf stable gnocchi in the pasta section, and none of the stabliziers were ones my son is allergic to. I don't score that very often so I bought some. The original plan was to find a copycat recipe of Olive Garden's chicken and gnocchi soup, but this worked out just as well. There's enough soup left over for two more meals. The noodles vanished completely.

And there is still about a pound and a half of ham left. DD is going to make a pound of it into a tater tot casserole for tomorrow's dinner. I've cut up some for putting into eggs and onto pizza and the rest for sandwiches. I am really proud of how much we got out of this ham. When all is said and done it will be at least six family size meals, as well as ingredients in a couple others. Plus I've got a couple of recipes to try next time I make one, which won't be for a while. The next big crockpot meat will be a potroast on Sunday so now I need to come up with ideas for the leftovers besides hash. Meanwhile good old cheap chicken and a homemade pizza will be the order of tomorrow's day.

2 Responses to “Meal Costs Have Plummeted This Week”

  1. Jerry Says:

    That sounds delicious, and you stretched that ham into a whole lot of meals... nice going. What was in the ham and gnocchi soup that leads to such rave reviews? Did you use a recipe or just make it on the fly? (My wife is more of a person who sticks with strict recipes, for the insurance that it will turn out perfectly, while I take a few chances now and again!)

  2. LuckyRobin Says:

    Actually, all that was in the ham and gnocchi soup was the ham broth, cut up pieces of ham, and the gnocchi. They just really liked the ham broth. I had let the stock condense down a bit more than normal so that might have intensified the flavor. Most of the time my soup is on the fly based on what I have in the house.

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