I decided last week not to add my breakfasts to the menu plan, or even all my lunches for that matter. But some of them are still coming out of the freezer.
Take this morning for instance, the bagel was supposed to be eaten with soup for my lunch but I just wasn't in the mood for soup and as you read further down I was messing about with my potatoes for a while and it got me in the mood to have a baked/jacket potato for lunch. So I decided to switch around the soup and bagel and baked potato meals.
But I did have 'bagel' on my mind, so I decided that I would still have it but for breakfast and with some dairy-free cream cheese instead. A small but very tasty breakfast, and of course according to my freezer inventory list I do still have two more bagels left to eat.
I bought these potatoes right at the start of December and they have been in the Stayfresh bags and inside a cool bag to try and keep them in a dark place, and then in the coolest place in the lodge ... which is actually my bedroom windowsill.
Yeah ... food is never where you expect it to be with me!!
Anyway they had spouted much more than I expected them to, although they were still lovely and firm.
I tipped them all out into a bowl of cold water, washed the bags ready to be used again for something else and then spent five minutes scraping off all the sprouts. But you know me ... I couldn't resist leaving two of the smaller potatoes with their sprouts and pushing them into the soil in the middle section of the large raised bed in the garden ... it's always worth a try. 😁
I ended up with some very respectable looking potatoes.
One of the large ones was zapped in the microwave for my lunch and served with some butter and grated cheese and all the smaller ones were peeled, chopped and turned into mashed potatoes.
On my menu plan was mince and mash with the 'bonus peas', but I decided to keep it simple and just have these potatoes as they came out of the pan, so it was a very deconstructed Shepherdess Pie, and a very filling evening meal.
Once I had finished eating I mashed up the rest of the spuds and left them to cool in this container, which is now in the fridge and has enough mash for my three other planned potato meals for this week.
It's always nice to have a bit of meal prep done for the week ahead.