For the past four months, Matt and I have been participating in a local CSA for all of our meat. It has been a great experience, and has shaved a great deal off or our monthly food budget. Last month, I also completed the process of loading all of our recipes into Evernote, and creating a seasonal/local/Paleo meal plan. Already having the meat in our freezer has made it so much easier to plan meals and get groceries.
Here is how it works: every month we go to the East Nashville Farmer’s Market to pick up a 20-lb bag of frozen meat. We avoid the strange looks we get when walking to the car. We have received everything from whole chicken roasters, to chuck roast, to goat chops. We plan our meals based on the meat that we get. Some of the recipes that we have made have been:
Beef Stew (from Paleo Comfort Foods)
Chicken Breasts with Mushroom Sauce (from Paleo Comfort Foods)
Chili (from Everyday Paleo)
Slow Cooker Barbecue
Pecan Crusted Chicken (from Everyday Paleo)
Puerto Rican Beef (my favorite! also from Everyday Paleo)
Perfect Roast Chicken (from Ina Garten)
Another favorite family recipe is sausage and peppers “rustica”- my husband worked as a server at The Olive Garden in college, and has loved this dish ever since. He has perfected it over ten years. Below are some photos of that process: we received hot italian sausage, sauteed zucchini and bell peppper with olive oil and spices, added a dash of white wine, and let it simmer. It is also amazing baked with mozzarella sprinkled on top!
I am considering another post on how I have done my meal planning using Evernote, for those who may be interested.