Friday Night Under Five – Crockpot Seafood Gumbo-laya

Not quite gumbo and not quite jumbalaya….but as tasty and best served over a heaping spoonful of white Basmati or Jasmine rice. 
We made ours without sausage, but I can tell you from past experience, this is one occasion where I almost threw caution to the wind, and added the sausage anyway.  BUT we didn’t – this was seafood only. Don’t get me wrong, it was still incredibly delicious  – just a little twinge of longing for some really good sausage. Of all the meats – I miss pork most.  (wink)

ALDI Meal Challenge – Final Week 4

So, here we are at week four of our ALDI Meal Challenge, and honestly, what started as an experiment, has helped us develop a very good strategy for meal planning while saving both money and time each week.  It also forced my daughter and I to sit down, take inventory of what we had and create a good variety of meal options around that.  I would have been happy to simply see a savings in our grocery bill – but to also reduce waste, eat better, save time and ensure my whole family came together at the table every night, are benefits that compound in value exponentially.

Friday Night Under Five – Stuffed Pasta Shells

The Vegan version of these shells are seriously OFF.THE.CHAIN delicious.  I was surprised we had leftovers.  We would not have if my daughter had not made two huge pans (pictured above).  It’s when we have wonderful, filling and flavorful meals like these that I know we can live this (mostly) plant-based lifestyle for the rest of our lives.