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post #161 of 292
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Originally Posted by Amys1st View Post
Any ideas for a few sweet potatoes? I have 3 so I am thinking of sweet potato french fries unless a better idea comes up.
With my lone sweet potato a few weeks ago I made some AWESOME sweet potato black bean nachos! They were a huge hit. You can also do sweet potato black bean enchiladas or tacos...but sweet potato fries are always good, too.

Or sweet potato, apple and sausage hash (we use field roast veggie sausage, but any would be good!).
post #162 of 292
Went tot he store today to pick up a few things - got a ton of Danimo yogurt that was free after coupons, and corn dogs for dinner tonight.


So we're mostly good for a few days - I need to stay home and cook more.

Tonight will be corn dogs with fries, chocolate pudding, and broccoli Normandy.

Tomorrow plan is:

Breakfast - Milk and cereal
Lunch - Lipton Noodle Packets and veggies
Dinner - Beef Stew meat in brown gravy with mashed potatoes and veggies, with cheesecake for dessert. I might try to make some of the frozen dough rolls I have in the freezer - I hate to bake when it's so hot out though.


Does anyone have ideas for what I might could do with the frozen bread dough rolls besides baking them? They are just dough - need proofed, etc. Could I just flatten and grill into like tortillas?
post #163 of 292
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Originally Posted by Keeta View Post
With my lone sweet potato a few weeks ago I made some AWESOME sweet potato black bean nachos! They were a huge hit. You can also do sweet potato black bean enchiladas or tacos...but sweet potato fries are always good, too.
Or sweet potato, apple and sausage hash (we use field roast veggie sausage, but any would be good!).
Do share what you did.....
post #164 of 292
Yesterday took out some bratwursts from the deep freezer and we had those for lunch. Dinner was Steak Frites to honor Bastille Day...

Today, found some felfal we didnt cook last time so dh cooked them up and found some frozen pitas for lunch. We also had leftover swedish meatballs.

Tonight, dinner at my parents house...

It might almost be time for the grocery store! First I need to plan this weeks meals.
post #165 of 292
This weekend has been hell! We've been eating on the go all weekend, and take out. BLAH

I have no idea whats on the menu for this week. We picked up the kids frm. my aunts and my 17 year old cousin decided to come home with us for a few days. Luckily he threw together a bag of "food" that we dont have in the house ie-kd,pop, toaster things. And my aunt gave me one MASSIVE zuke and 2 small ones from her garden. So I know we'll be having stuffed zuke sometime this week
post #166 of 292
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Originally Posted by caiesmommy View Post
And my aunt gave me one MASSIVE zuke and 2 small ones from her garden. So I know we'll be having stuffed zuke sometime this week
What do you stuff them with? I would love new zucchini ideas. It is early in the season and my family is already tiring of zucchini - I gave away a bag tonight because I was afraid they would go bad before I cooked them and I didn't have time to shred them for bread.
post #167 of 292
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Originally Posted by dbsam View Post
What do you stuff them with? I would love new zucchini ideas. It is early in the season and my family is already tiring of zucchini - I gave away a bag tonight because I was afraid they would go bad before I cooked them and I didn't have time to shred them for bread.
I stuff ours w whatever I have laying around really. I'm thinking this one will be stuffed with the leftover rice from chinese food we had at my Grandmas, w whatever bean we have in the cupboard, the inside of the zuke chopped up, onion, garlic, whatever veg is about to rot and herbs from the garden and some pasta sauce. Some people sautee the veg first but I dont bother. I just stir it all and stuff the zuke. Bake it and call it a day. You could add cheese on top(I will prob steal a bit for my inlaws to add to my cousins.)

You could also make zuke pancakes(same way as potato panckes) as a side dish
post #168 of 292
We had some outstanding zucchini fritters as an appetizer this weekend (parents took us out ). I think they were breaded in panko breadcrumbs...and there was a dill-style ranch dipping sauce that really made them yummy. My 4-year-old had like 3, we were all shocked.

As for sweet potato nachos - I kind of winged it -Let's see...I peeled and cubed one med-large sweet potato and sautéed it with 1 medium chopped onion and about 4 cloves of minced garlic in a tablespoon of olive oil until the onion was translucent. I then added a splash or two of water and put a lid on the whole deal to steam the sweet potato a bit so that it would get soft. In the meantime, I pressure cooked my quick-soaked black beans (you can definitely use canned, about a can's worth, drained). When the sweet potato is soft, add the beans, some salt and pepper and I added some fresh chopped oregano and chili powder to ours. Oh, and I had cooked the beans with a dried red sweet banana pepper, so I chopped that and added it to the pan, too. Then I just spooned it all onto the chips that I had laid out on a cookie sheet. I added some shredded cheese and broiled it just a few minutes, until the cheese was melted. It was soooo good!
post #169 of 292
Thanks CaiesMommy! I'm going to try stuffing some zucchini.


Keeta, I am going to try to make fritters. I actually have two bottles of panko in the pantry! I've never used it before; just bought it to fill a case in my buying club (a bad habit I have). I can make a gyros type sauce for dipping or even a cocktail sauce (being veggie I miss the cocktail sauce from shrimp)
Thanks
post #170 of 292
No idea whats for dinner tonight - I'm thinking fridge clean out meals.

I've got a few corn dogs, some heat and eat mac & cheese, fried fish and potato wedges to use - surely I can come up with something from that, can't I?


Tomorrow is going to be the stew meat in brown gravy over mashed potatoes with veggies.

My list of things we have lots of and need to use up are:

Sliced American Cheese
stuffing mix
sausages
break and bake cookies
salad dressing - assorted flavors
breakfast cereal
milk
cherry pie filling
spaghetti noodles
spaghetti sauce
crackers
unbaked white bread dough - the kind that has to be proofed, etc before baking
coffee creamer - flavored liquid type that I froze
green giant broccoli steamers

Any new meal ideas that use those?
post #171 of 292
Todays meals

Breakfast-banana coconut sunflower seed muffins w grapes
Snack-skipped(late getting up)
Lunch-tossed salad, lettuce from garden veggies needing to be used up w a cold pasta salad w tomatoes, olives, arugala, basil w leftover fruit kabobs for dessert
Snack-stove popped popcorn
Dinner-Zuke stuffed w leftover steamed rice from chinese food, garlic, onion, basil, chickpeas(cooking extra for later this week), capers, black olives, corn, tomato sauce, mushrooms and grated cheese for my cousins) w tossed salad and fruit kabobs
post #172 of 292
I'm going to join in! We don't have much to spend on groceries until the end of the month and I need to find some ways to make what we have last...

Last night I made black bean burritos using what we had in the fridge and pantry. The kids had quesadillas and watermelon for lunch.

Tonight I'm making some lentil soup and homemade bread. I need to make some zucchini bread today, too. And probably some sort of zucchini cake or cookies... I have more zucchini that I know what to do with. I've shredded over 20 cups of it and put it in the freezer and I still have some in the fridge. Any ideas?

For tomorrow... Probably eggs and toast for breakfast. PBJ and melon for lunch. And pasta for dinner. I have some summer squash and zucchini I need to use up and I have canned tomatoes and pasta in the cupboards.
post #173 of 292
I'm out of money for the month.

Whatever we've got is what it will be.

Joy.

I need to work on my meal planning. Last night I just went to bed without dinner told DH to feed the kids anything but grilled cheese or deli turkey with cheese.

Liz

ETA: We have plenty of food it's just that it's hot and I'm pregnant!
post #174 of 292
Last night it was a use-up-CSA-goodies stir-fry (used snow peas, kale, itty bitty carrots, broccoli and broccoli greens, scallions and pea shoots) over brown rice and tofu. The tofu was the only non-pantry, non-csa item.

Tonight I think it's going to be savory lentils with mashed potatoes and braised greens. It's been such a long cool spring here, we have sooooo many CSA greens!
post #175 of 292
Today's meals-

Breakfast-almond granola cereal(we have TONS) w soy milk, and blueberries for dh, ds and I...muffins and blueberries for dd
Snack-green grapes
Lunch-leftover pasta salad and fruit kabobs, veggie hotdogs
Snack-movie theatre popcorn, organic cereal bars, blueberries
Dinner-CURRY NIGHT!!!!-dahl and a potato chickpea curry. Used up the coconut milk in the freezer, some of the pasta sauce from dinner last night, chickpeas from last night, potatoes that needed to be used up. With a vegetarian ceaser salad and zucchini pancakes or fritters whatever you want to call them, and brown rice YUMMMMY meal!

Did do a light grocery shop today...25 bucks was spent. eggs, bread, fixings for tacos. I feel weve been doing pretty good on the groceries this month, and I havent caved and gotten take out since my cousin got here and I usually do
post #176 of 292
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I made a chicken pizza tonight. I had some pizza dough mix in the cabinet. We also had some sliced black olives & a jar of pizza sauce. I baked one lone chicken breast that we had and then diced it in the food processor, added some cheddar on top. It was delicious!

DS & I went to the grocery store. We spent $20 - pet supplies, tortillas, shampoo, milk, and cheese.


I need help with lentils. How do I use them? I bought a large supply of them once and have tried them a couple of times in soups, but they never turn out right.
post #177 of 292
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Originally Posted by VisionaryMom View Post
I need help with lentils. How do I use them? I bought a large supply of them once and have tried them a couple of times in soups, but they never turn out right.
Two of my favorites are:
Honey Baked Lentils (note: I like using brown lentils, because I prefer the more bean like and less soup-like consistency)

Lentil and Vegetable Soup with Dumplings - wicked cheap and soooo delicious!

You can also make taco filling with lentils, lentil chili, etc. Check out hillbillyhousewife for some examples.
post #178 of 292
I'm joining for the rest of the month.

Tonight we had burgers, veggies, and steak fries.

We finished up the teriyaki seasoning for the burgers, pulled buns from the freezer, finished up the last bit of steak fries, and ate up some of the cucumbers from the neighbor's garden.
post #179 of 292
I'm joining in too. I have a super small budget for the rest of the month. We pretty much live out of the pantry/freezer.

Tonight I dug out 2 frozen salmon fillets, so the kids and I are sharing that, and prob steamed broccoli and a baked potato. DH is at a work-related thing, and he hates salmon, which is why it was buried to begin with LOL. Oh and he hates broccoli too.

I have lots of chicken breasts so I think I'll dig up a slow cooker recipe and use them tomorrow.

I have about 5 heads of romaine lettuce I need to use, maybe I'll try to dig up a recipe for lettuce wraps. Anyone have one? I'm hoping I have all the ingredients LOL.
post #180 of 292
Today's meals-

Breakfast-blueberries and grapes and the kids split an organic cereal bar(THE LAST ONE)
Snack-peanut butter sandwiches
Lunch-leftover pasta salad, eggs of some sort(they are going crazy not having eggs for a whole week)
Snack-unknown
Dinner-Taco night-soft shell tacos, refried beans,lettuce, tomatoes, red peppers, salsa, guac.

Im having my dinner wrapless Im in carb overload right now and just CAN NOT do any bread today without exploding

I realized I didnt grab anymore fruit at the grocery store while I was there. But we do have the raspberries still pumping and a couple of apples. So that'll have to last until the weekend.
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