Dinner shopping completes your supermarket shop
And finally, dinner shopping. Usually known as the main meal of the day, it generally consists of either meat, chicken or fish with vegetables, rice or pasta. There are several other combinations, but here we will go with normal Australian meals.
Our younger generation will often eat in either hotels, restaurants or fast food shops, but you should be aware that they are all more expensive than cooking for yourself.
Choice will depend on your available cooking facilities
Here we will assume you have a microwave, hotplates and oven.
Into your shopping trolley you might place a variety of steaks, chops, sausages, chicken fillets, or larger pieces of meat suitable for roasting. Work out how many dinners you need to prepare to last until your next shop. Take note of the use-by dates on all products and cook meat with the shortest use-by dates. If you have freezer space available, you can freeze single serves which will be ready to thaw as required. You need to single wrap them so you can remove just one piece at a time.
Roast chicken is often available which can be used for an evening meal and perhaps several days of sandwich fillings.
Fresh vegetables are always in abundance. Potatoes must be kept in a cool, dark container. Carrots, pumpkin, sweet potato, corn, peas or beans, just to name a few. Corn, peas and beans are also found in the freezer department, and are just as nutricious as fresh. Why? Vegetables go straight from the paddock to be washed, prepared and frozen within several hours of being harvested. Fresh vegetables can take several days to reach the supermarket.
There are of course, heaps of other vegetables, but remember, this is just some suggestions assisting your first weekly shop, and sometimes with limited finances.
Dinner shopping would not be complete without a dessert. You should have already purchased enough fruit to give you two helpings daily. But ice-cream, custard, puddings, fruit pies, canned fruit, anything you could imagine would be available.
How do you cook it?
Now you have the main ingredients, how do you cook it?
I am the sort of cook that if the smoke alarm went off my lovely sons would call out “Tea’s ready!” Charming!
I cook very basic meals, but hopefully I can put together a few instructions in further articles.
Cook Roast Dinner
My husband and I just love cooking a roast meal, as we find it is very easy and everything turns out beautifully without stress.
At the Supermarket buy either a small leg of Lamb or 1.5 to 2kg of Chicken, Pork, Topside Beef or similar.
- You need to turn the oven on about 2 hours before you intend eating.
- Need to allow about half an hour cooking time for each 500 grams of weight of the meat. Therefore, if you intend eating at 6pm you need to turn oven on at 4pm.
- Turn oven on to 180 degrees C or 350 degrees F.
- Place 1 – 2 tablespoons Oil into baking dish.
- Place the meat into dish and put into oven when it has reached desired heat.
- Peel and cut into serving size portions your desired vegetables, something like Potatoes, Pumpkin, Sweet Potato, Carrot, Parsnip etc. These can be prepared early in the day. Place them into a bowl of cold water so they don’t discolour before cooking.
After meat has cooked approx 30 to 45 minutes, remove from oven.
- You can either place prepared vegetables into the baking dish around the meat and pour a small amount of oil over them.
- OR you can get a clean plastic bag, add about two tablespoons oil and then all the vegetables. Wriggle and squish the bag around until all the vegetables are coated with oil, and then add them to the baking dish around the meat.
- Return to the oven.
- Half an hour before you plan on eating, cook something like peas, beans, broccoli (green looks good on a plate) or corn or cauliflower or similar. Cook either on your stovetop or microwave.
- If you like Gravy, it is best if you purchase a packet and make it up as per directions on the label, just before your meat and vegetables are cooked. Keep warm.
- Some people like to remove the meat 10 minutes before carving. They put it onto a board and cover with aluminium foil and let it sit (or rest) before carving. We don’t do that but it can be done if it is how you prefer.
- If anyone offers to assist carving or putting vegetables onto the plates, welcome them with open arms.
- So meat is carved, vegetables onto plates and gravy on table.
- Now you just have to sit down and enjoy with good company and lots of laughter.
You will need
- Preferred Beverage (drink)
- Oven proof glass or metal baking dish
- Carving Knife
- Carving Board
- Tongs or serving Fork or Spoon
- Oven Mitts or heat-proof cloth (don’t burn yourself)
- Plates, Knives, Forks and Glasses