Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls and Baked Mac&Cheese

This will be the first in a series of “What’s cooking” type posts.
Every week Christopher and I plan our meals for the week, buy what we need (plus snacks), then prepare, portion and fridge/freeze our individualized meals for the week. This helps us not to waste food. After grocery shopping on Saturday or Sunday, the fridge is stuffed full of meat, fresh fruits, and vegetables from Pete’s Market. By the end of the week there are a few eggs, milk, and condiments.

Recently, I’ve taken to stockpiling the freezer. I prepackage a few extra meals every week so that there’s always options when I want to take out a meal and heat it up. In my freezer right now there are frozen fruits for shakes, chicken and veggie chow mein meals, and veggie fried quinoa.
This week I am adding two more meals.

I feel the need to warn you: I follow recipes very loosely. No two meals will be the exact same twice! ( Drives my husband crazy)

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Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls
1lb ground beef (hormone and antibiotic free)
1 pkg taco seasoning
1 tsp minced garlic
1cup brown rice
1 tomato
2 tbsps cooking oil ( vegetable oil)
2 jars spaghetti sauce ( classico marinara this week)
1/2 head of large cabbage ( I used the rest when I made chow mein)
1 carrot
1 onion

Brown the beef with oil, garlic, chopped onion and taco seasoning in a large pot.

Add rice, chopped cabbage, carrot, tomato and tomato sauce to beef. Bring to boil, then cover and cook on low until veggies are soft and rice is cooked. About 45 minutes, when I use brown rice.
(Note: this week I added lentils)

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Baked Macaroni

1 box elbow macaroni
1/2 brick of cheese
1 tomato
1 cup milk
1 egg
2 tbsp butter

Preheat oven to 350° and grease a baking dish.
Bring macaroni in a pot of water to boil then lower and cook for 5 minutes until half cooked.
Mix egg and milk, then add melted butter, chopped tomato, and 3/4 of shredded cheese in a bowl.
Discard water and place macaroni in greased baking dish. Mix in cheese, butter, milk, egg, tomato and stir. Sprinkle the rest of the cheese on top and bake for about 30 minutes. Switch oven to broil for 5 minutes or until the top layer is browned/crispy/delicious looking.

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