Unchained Dinner Menu ~ April

Hey guys!

April has been an interesting month on the Unchained Journey. We’ve conquered the hardest few months of a harsh winter, but we haven’t quite reached the abundant variety of spring just yet, but almost!

I’ve been waiting patiently for my favorite spring vegetable to gain a footing and reach for the sun through the wet, dark earth, and it’s finally HERE!

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These beautiful bundles were found at The Trading Post where they were cut from a local farm earlier that day. My heart rate increased as soon as I turned the corner….this is exciting news! Before this year, asparagus was a weekly staple in our diet, like apples and bananas. 😉 So, I’ve been waiting all year to eat this crisp vegetable again.

Did you know that once an asparagus bed is firmly established, it will produce for 25 YEARS?!  However, asparagus season is not lengthy….so we made contact with Farmer Steve at Nature’s Promise Farm to pick up as much as he can provide us with this week! We’ll be eating it in just about everything in the coming weeks!

Unchained Dinner Menu ~ April

Day 1
Beans & Cornbread

Day 2
Spaghetti & Tomato Sauce

Day 3
Good Friday! First Seder with the Perry Family!

Day 4
Meatloaf & Turnip Greens

Day 5
Roasted Chicken & Sauteed Greens

Day 6
Frankfurter & Potato Soup

Day 7
Sweet Potato & Egg Hash

Day 8
Chicken Tacos

Day 9
Chili & Cornbread

Day 10
OUT!

Day 11
Chicken Soup

Day 12
Beef Stew

Day 13
Zuppa Toscana

Day 14
Spaghetti & Meatballs

Day 15
Chicken Pot Pie

Day 16
BBQ Chicken & Sweet Potato

Day 17
Shepherd’s Pie

Day 18
Beef Burgers & Coleslaw

Day 19
Chicken & Sweet Potato Stew

Day 20
Breakfast for Dinner – Pancakes!

Day 21
Asparagus & Wild Onion Soup w/Biscuits

Day 22
Chicken Taco Casserole

Day 23
Cornmeal Dumplings & Turnip Greens

Day 24
Wild Onion & Egg Pizza

Day 25
Beef Stew & Roasted Asparagus

Day 26
Spring Pot Pie

Day 27
Chicken & Spring Vegetable Soup

Day 28
Radish Green Pesto & Noodles

Day 29
Beef Tacos

Day 30
Sweet Potato Soup

“For behold, the winter is past; the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth, the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land.” –Song of Solomon 2:11-12

Lisa

March Snapshot: How much did it cost?

Happy Resurrection Day!!

This post is a little late…but the planting season is here! I’ve spent much less time indoors over the past few weeks tending to our bottle lamb, our new puppy Annie, as well as, planting for spring and tending to warm-weather vegetables indoors. It’s a dawn-to-dusk scramble….in an enjoyable kind of way!

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We’re a few days into our 4th month without shopping at a grocery store for our Unchained Challenge. We’re harvesting greens from our own cold-frame and our hens are in full-swing after a winter of rest. However, I am struggling to find a balance between meal prep and outdoor responsibilities during such a busy season. I don’t see this easing much as planting moves to weeding/harvesting, but I am looking forward to expanding our menu options.

4-week-old heirloom tomato starts

Repotting a 4-week-old heirloom tomato start

Here is our March breakdown:

Nature’s Promise Farm = $40.00 (Baby Kale, Mushrooms, Eggs)
Country Pantry = $47.86 (Wheat Berries, Honey, Spices)
Trading Post = $102.73 (Local Honey, Homemade jam, Schlabach’s whole wheat noodles, Oats, Bulk Spices, Butternut Squash)
Lasaters = $22.08 (Coffee)
Tennessee Grass-Fed = $265.00 (1/4 cow divided by 3 months)
Giving Thanks Farm = $173.90 (Chicken, Pork, Eggs)
Tiffany, My Neighbor 🙂 = $6.00 (Eggs)
Milk Share = $47.50 (13 gallons, yogurt)
Grand Total for March = $705.07

You can find the information for each one of these sources under the Community Resource Guide.

Have a great week!

Lisa