Pesach is expensive enough as it is; the food alone is at least double what I would normally spend in a week. Add to that the spring clothes and shoes we all need, yom tov gifts, chol hamoed activities and the random gadgets I purchase for the kitchen–and we’ve just about blown our budget for the year. That’s why I refuse to spend the week before Pesach eating out (not to mention the swarms of diners I’d like to avoid).
So it’s double dinners for me this week. I’m hoping to turn the kitchen over next Tuesday, which leaves three nights of dinners next week. I’m doubling up now, freezing and then heating dinner in the microwave next week.
Here’s the menu:
Tuesday: Homemade pizza and split pea soup
Wednesday: Spinach and mushroom lasagna with loads of ricotta cheese and lentil soup
Thursday: Veggie burgers and roasted cauliflower
And as long as I’m at it,
PEANUT BUTTER CHOCOLATE GRANOLA BARS
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup Old Fashioned oats
1/4 cup pure cocoa powder
1t baking powder
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup maple syrup or agave
1/4 cup roughly chopped peanuts
1/4 cup chocolate chips
Combine flour, oats, cinnamon, cocoa, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl. Combine egg, honey, syrup and vanilla in a small bowl. Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until combined (It will still seem a little dry). Stir in the peanuts and chocolate chips.