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post #41 of 224
We had some not usual things in our pantry - sweets over the holidays - like sugared breakfast cereal and marshmallows (I know, I know ...) and I made a rice crispie treat of sorts with it last night ... just dumped all the remainders of the cereals together, heated up the marshmallows w/ a lump of butter and mixed it all together and pressed it into a pan.

So, 2 boxes of cereal and a bag of marshmallows is GONE

There's still a tiny bit of bean soup and ham left, but I think I'm going to dice up the ham and throw it & the bean soup into the chili I'm making today for the weekend's football game viewing.

I need to have a bread baking day this weekend, too. And possibly those blueberry/banana muffins or bread or something to use them up before the bananas get even more brown ... we'll see what inspiration my Kitchen Muse strikes me with.

We *may* need to run out and get milk today, but I'm trying to put it off until tomorrow (need a NO SPEND day)
post #42 of 224
So far so good.

My new bread recipe was a hit. I'll make some sandwich rolls the next time I have the oven on.

I have a crockpot of beans simmering and am planning on making some of those tasty-looking tortillas Norasmomma posted. We'll have burritos tonight and leftover quiche for lunch today.

I have two more dinner's worth of veggies and maybe some chard in the garden that can make a third meal, but am out of produce after that. I am trying to hold off till Tuesday.
post #43 of 224
Hubby's work schedule is throwing my meal planning this week. He's working today, but doesn't know for how long or if he'll be home for meals. He's also got three 24-hour shifts and four days off next week.

So ...

B: Oatmeal/Malt-o-meal (pantry)
L: Grilled chicken salad w/ garlic bread if hubby IS home; aloo chana masala, curried greens, and basmati rice if he isn't (either would use up stuff already in the fridge)
D: Leftover chicken casserole; baby carrots/broccoli w/ garlic and EVOO

Tomorrow:
B: Steel-cut oats w/ raisins (pantry)
L: Will probably hit Subway after church
D: Veg. chili (tomatoes, black beans, corn, chili mix in pantry); baby carrots and celery sticks (already in fridge)

Monday:
B: Baked oatmeal w/ apples and cranberries (pantry)
L: Mushroom udon w/ dried shiitake mushrooms and baby bok choy (pantry/fridge)
D: Fish fillets (freezer); coleslaw; rosemary-olive oil oven fries (gotta buy potatoes, but hubby's been asking for these)
post #44 of 224
So far so good We did potato skins for lunch yesterday (DH's request) and DH made some corned beef hash and eggs this morning for the child and himself, and our dinner is simmering on the stove as I type - pasta with homemade scratch spaghetti sauce with tomatoes I canned myself and meatballs. Can you tell I'm inordinately proud of the spaghetti sauce? All I have to do is cook some spinach, and we're good to go tonight.

We still have some leftover shredded bbq chicken and chicken salad for lunch (with homemade buns I made a few days ago that we need to use up).

DH was so happy yesterday - he found 2 two-liter bottles of Coke in the back of his jeep. He brought one in, but, I think he's hiding the other one. Which is just as good.
post #45 of 224
Let's see, last night we just did leftovers because I was too lazy to cook.

Tonight we're having pasta carbonara, pasta shape depends on what I've got in the cupboard. The rest of the ingredients I've got.
French bread (from my mom's pantry)
Salad, I'll use whatever is in the fridge.

I need to make some banana muffins today and tomorrow I'm making soup, cutting up the rest of ham and freezing part of it and making some with part of it.

I've got a bag of dried pinto beans I don't know what to do with. I've made refried beans with them in the past but I've already got some of those in the freezer.
post #46 of 224
I am simmering the Black Bean and Corn Soup from Cathe's cookbook right now, so when dinner comes I'll be ready. I have no idea what the little ones had for breakfast, I slept late, but I think it was leftover cornbread w/ honey. Dh fed them, they weren't scavenging on their own . The older kids are still in bed at noon, but they can feed themselves. Lunch will be leftovers from the last couple days.

I've got a ton of blackeyed peas cooked up in the fridge, any ideas of what to do with them other than just eat them? We do love them as is, but we've had them for two days and I think we're over them. I'm going to stick them in the freezer, but in a few weeks I'd like to have something else to put them in. I'd love suggestions, but it needs to be vegan and gluten-free.
post #47 of 224
Alyantavid, I have found some great bean recipes at http://www.justbeanrecipes.com/index.html. I'm sure you could find something to do with those pinto beans.
post #48 of 224
Oh thanks! I'll check that out.
post #49 of 224
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Originally Posted by katheek77 View Post
and our dinner is simmering on the stove as I type - pasta with homemade scratch spaghetti sauce with tomatoes I canned myself and meatballs. Can you tell I'm inordinately proud of the spaghetti sauce?
You should be. Not many people can say that their food was grown, canned, and cooked from the sweat of their own labor. It sounds yummy... What time did you say we should be there?
post #50 of 224
My pantry challenge for myself is to keep my pantry list better. I am embarrassed to say that I had to throw out 1 gallon of aseptic (shelf stable) milk because it was 1 *YEAR* past best-by date. Now, as a rule, for canned goods, I ignore these dates. As long as the can is intact, has no bulges, no dents, and no rust I well know that canned food is good for years past this date. However, milk... aseptic carton... wasn't going to risk it. In all my years of having this large pantry, this is the first time I've had to throw something away... and it wasn't a very pleasant, eco-friendly, budget-friendly feeling.
post #51 of 224
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Originally Posted by velochic View Post
You should be. Not many people can say that their food was grown, canned, and cooked from the sweat of their own labor. It sounds yummy... What time did you say we should be there?

I didn't grow them myself.... They were from our CSA. Although you just reminded me to check and see if they're taking 2009 subscriptions yet.

I need to get a good pantry list going, too - I haven't found a real system that works well for me yet...So far I haven't had to ditch any food, but, I really need to figure out something that works well...
post #52 of 224
I have been lurking in Frugality & Finances for awhile... just started posting here today. I am very interested in the Pantry challenge. I have a HUGE pantry and typically keep it pretty well stocked but I am horrible at keeping a good running list of what's in it. So, we'll be at Sam's Club and get a huge box of canned corn and come home and we already have canned corn... tons of it. Granted, when I accidentally end up with a ton of extra that's when I weed stuff out and make a little trip to our local food bank.

So, here are my pantry goals:

1. I want to create and continuously update an inventory list for my pantry and big freezer.

2. I want to focus on creating meals/planning menus to utilize what I have in pantry so that I spend less money at the grocery store. I tend to realize at the last minute that I'm out of a key ingredient for dinner and then have to either send DH out to the store (which results in him picking up extras like chips) or rearrange my menu entirely.

3. I want to better organize my pantry so that it's easier to see what I have (I have a huge space but it is easily cluttered).

4. I want to use up things in there that I bought but we haven't really been eating (probably as a result of not being able to see what we have).

Hopefully I'll have it organized and my inventory made soon. That's my first step.

I've also figured out dinner from the pantry and freezer. We're making tortilla soup from a mix. Adding chicken from the freezer and making steamed carrots and rolls as well (from the fridge/freezer).

Beth
post #53 of 224
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Originally Posted by katheek77 View Post
I didn't grow them myself.... They were from our CSA. Although you just reminded me to check and see if they're taking 2009 subscriptions yet.

I need to get a good pantry list going, too - I haven't found a real system that works well for me yet...So far I haven't had to ditch any food, but, I really need to figure out something that works well...
The next-best thing. Nothing to sneeze at. Good for you.

My system is to keep everything in an excel spreadsheet. I don't update it as often as I should because often what I'm rotating in, I'm rotating out. It's a pain to enter 1 can of beans only to remove 1 can of beans the next week. That's the problem once you are sustaining your pantry.
post #54 of 224
I did some good work on food organization today -- cleaned out the freezer. I am thawing out a venison roast that we have had for about 2 years. I'll crockpot that tomorrow. Had a bit of bacon this morning (yum! I loved finding that buried in the freezer).

Went through the pantry and am making up a double batch of granola from oats, sesame seed, cashews, bit of oil and sugar, and spices.

I have a lot of popcorn (15 pounds) that I am not sure what to do with. We used to eat a lot of it, but we have found that my son is sensitive to corn. I also have a mess of polenta that he cannot have. It would be rough to make food that he cannot eat. I might have to give all the corn to someone who can use it.

I have a pot of beans ready to be mashed and made into burritos. So all in all, a great day of food organization and prep. It is amazing how much effort it takes to stock a pantry, monitor it, cook from it. No wonder my mother used to call for delivery so often!
post #55 of 224
Well I am currently clearing my freezer out and defrosting it, it had bigger glaciers than Mt. Rainer in it.

I discovered we have a boatload of food in there and now I have to reconfigure my freezer list to what is in and what is out. We had a huge box of stuff, plus a regular sized cooler full. They are out in our shed, with the temp hovering around 0 F I think it will all be just fine.

Now I can organize my new stuff that's been packed with the Foodsaver, there will be no freezer burn on that(awesome!). There are a number of pork roasts, 3 chickens, a couple small beef roasts that may get cut into stew meat. There's a lot of food.
post #56 of 224
Why do we have SO MANY boxes of pop tarts?? I do stockpile and grocery game but I swear they are pro-creating in there... My goal is to have them all gone by the end of the month so we can start fresh.
post #57 of 224
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Originally Posted by 1growingsprout View Post
Why do we have SO MANY boxes of pop tarts?? I do stockpile and grocery game but I swear they are pro-creating in there... My goal is to have them all gone by the end of the month so we can start fresh.
That's funny. I hate poptarts. Because of this my children have yet to be introduced to them. My own hatred of them acts as a natural repellent!!

Tonight we almost ate out. Almost. I had every justification for doing so. But, I decided to cook instead.

Potstickers from the freezer
Rice noodles cooked with shallot, garlic, carrots, bamboo shoots, and peas. Flavored with soy sauce, rice wine, and dark sesame oil.

(noodles, rice wine, and sesame oil all courtesy of friends of ours who moved out of the country earlier this summer)

ETA: After assessing my food supply, I've changed my goal somewhat. My pantry is stocked mostly with Cheerios, canned tomatoes, and black beans and some chicken broth and snacky foods of various sorts. Then the usual oils and sauces used in cooking. The freezer is also lacking some veggies and other essentials. My main goal is to NOT EAT OUT all month and to only restock or replace food that we need to fill out recipes and meals I know we'll eat. I'm not going to buy snack foods and cookies. Rather, I'll bake cookies to use up flour and other baking staples. DH has a birthday and our anniversary is this month. So, we'll eat out at least once for that. Imagine how much more fun it'll be if we haven't eaten out all week!
post #58 of 224
The lasagana i made for dinner last night (pulled from freezer) is all gone...
We are happily working on the tuna salad now.

Tomorrow I need to make regular salad, we have lettuce to use up.

I have enough pre-made lasagana in the freezer for one more meal plus left-overs this month. We will probably have that in 2 wks.
post #59 of 224
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Originally Posted by 1growingsprout View Post
Why do we have SO MANY boxes of pop tarts?? I do stockpile and grocery game but I swear they are pro-creating in there... My goal is to have them all gone by the end of the month so we can start fresh.
I read your post to my dh and he is salivating. He has offered to come over and help you eat up any and all pop tarts you need to get rid of. Poor guy...he is a pop tart man and foolishly married a brown rice gal.
post #60 of 224
I looked around and found 5 boxes of spaghetti, 3 boxes of macaroni and 3 boxes of other varieties of pasta! That's just ridiculous! I have only cleaned 1 shelf so far... We will be eating a little bit of pasta this month, I guess!

We are having Sassy Spaghetti for supper tomorrow. I used http://supercook.com to find some recipes, so we'll see how it turns out!
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