This is a mid-month update to one of my major goals. At our house, we made up a meal plan that would use up all the remaining meat in the freezer – 7 weeks’ worth. The plan is to go vegetarian for a month after that, and see how we like it.
The amusing thing is that we had bought a package of 26 dinner sausages at Costco and had to come up with a way to use them all in 7 weeks. So the sausage meal plan so far has been:
Week 1: just one traditional meal of sausages with mashed potatoes
Week 2: made a macaroni and cheese casserole that would normally have chicken and broccoli in it, but substituted sausages and peppers. The sausages were traditional “English banger” style but with maple. This lasted for 3 meals and we actually enjoyed it all 3 nights. The next night we went out to dinner at il Mercato and I ordered a penne dish with roasted pumpkin in it. There was an ingredient in the dish I didn’t know by name – salsiccia – which I thought might be salsa? You guessed it, it’s sausage! LOL! It was made on-site. And I liked it very much.
Week 3: today we had a stirfry of sausages, perogies and peppers. The sausages were my favourite “toulouse” style (made with white wine and a little garlic).
Now I have to be honest and say that to my great surprise, I am not tired of sausages yet. In fact, because we are having meat dishes every evening (much more so than we used to), I might be acquiring more carnivorous tastes! So it might be even harder to go veg at the end of the 7 weeks.
For the next 4 weeks our line-up is:
Week 4: Lentil shepherd’s pie with sausage (will last for 2 meals)
Week 5: Italian sausage soup (2 meals)
Week 6: “Pigs in Blankets” (sausages baked in biscuit dough)
Week 7: Last of the local kielbasa with pasta and tomato sauce
There is one thing I am dreading. We have only 2 chicken breasts left and they are earmarked for a chicken apricot curry. After that…no more chicken for 4-6 weeks until our vegetarian experiment is over. I have a feeling I will be craving chicken stir-fries.
So that is the tale of our Super Sausage Meal Plan to date. I will omit the expected sausage party jokes 🙂
PS – I would highly recommend the 5 lb package of assorted sausages from Costco ($16.99 Cdn)!