For the Curious: A Typical Autumn Weekday Meal

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I thought some of you might be curious about what a typical weekday meal looks like at our house. Here is a super simple meal from this past week.  Everything is made from scratch with wholesome, healthy ingredients.  It was also super quick and easy — a must for the weekdays.

Menu:
Hearty Beef Stew
Pumpkin Soda Bread
Spinach Salad with Oranges and Dried Cranberries

I put the stew in the crockpot in the morning as school was starting.  It is a wonderful recipe from Sue Gregg’s Main Dishes cookbook.  The whole family really likes it, including our toddler. She had three helpings.  It only took maybe 15 minutes to chop the vegies and dump the ingredients into the crockpot.  If you work outside the home (or if you homeschool, work from home, etc.) your crockpot is your friend.  Dump the ingredients in and forget them.  When you get home, you will be greeted with the wonderful smell of dinner.  Ahhh….

I whipped the Pumpkin Soda Bread together with a spare 10 minutes I found later in the day. It is another dump and pour recipe.  No kneading, rising times, etc.  The rest of the prep time, it’s in the oven, without any need for my attention.  I set a timer so I wouldn’t forget about it.  If you don’t have time to make a fresh bread, you can swing by a bakery and pick up a loaf.

The salad takes only a couple minutes.  It’s just fresh spinach leaves, a can of mandarin oranges and a good handful of dried cranberries.  Sometimes I’ll sprinkle some sliced almonds on there.  Serve with a nice vinaigrette.  I like Raspberry Walnut Vinaigrette by Paul Newman, when I don’t have time to make a dressing.

All that’s left is setting the table and calling the family.  No sweat.

Have a great day!

Angela

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