Today’s dinner was something I came up while looking in the cupboards and freezer. As my boyfriend woke up from his nap around 2:00 pm wanting to know what was there to eat.
Cooking with a budget is something my family does a lot. Today’s meal was no different. I got out 6 frozen hamburger patties that we picked up from the local food bank.. placed them in a glass pan. Added some water. Placed in the oven. 4 of the patties were frozen together. I was allowing them to thaw. So, I could separate them. While doing that. I made a mushroom beef gravy to go over top. I sauteed mushrooms from Aldi’s in butter. Added flour to make a rue. Added 2 cups of milk. Blended together. Added 1 tsp of sea salt, and pepper. Added 1 can of Campbell’s French Onion soup from the food bank. Mixed into a gravy. Drained the hamburger patties. Added the mushroom gravy over top. Placed back in oven at 425 degrees for a half hour.
Next I grabbed a bag of pre-made Chipotle Butternut Squash Ravioli I picked up from Aldi’s last week for $1.99. Placed them in boiling water. Waiting for them to get done. I started making a Creamy Oregano Butter Sauce to go over top of the ravioli. I melted butter in a sauce pan. Added flour. To make a rue. Added three cups of milk. Added 1 tsp. of sea salt, pepper, oregano, ginger and nutmeg. mixed all together into a creamy white sauce.
From there I opened up two cans of peas I picked up at a local food bank to heat in the microwave. While waiting for all that to get done. I cut up 5 or 6 large apples. As I plan to turn one into an apple crisp pie. As I also picked up 2 pre-made pie crusts from the local food bank.
I tell you what, dinner was very scrumptious. It looked good, it tasted good, and it filled you up. I could not eat everything on my plate. This is a meal I will make again. It was definitely a hearty Sunday meal fit to warm anyone’s stomachs from the cold.
Photo take by and copyright by me, Sandy KS aka rusty2rusty.