Here's the deal. It's just me. And my 4.5 yo dd. She is finally at an age where cooking for "us" might remotely make sense. (No big fancy dinners here - I can only feed the freezer so much... and eat the same thing for so long.)
For about 3 years now I've been simplifying, reducing - becoming more minimalist. I've ignored the food in my home. I knew I had TONS of food on hand but really - it's disturbing. I'm embarrassed to admit to how much I have. I created an Excel spreadsheet and wrote out EVERYTHING in my kitchen (except for spices and fresh fruits/veggies/milk/cheese/eggs/butter). There's over 150 rows!!!! And that doesn't count 2 of something.
Seriously, I hope I never say I have nothing to eat again - this is humbling and embarrassing.
I like to cook but a) I'm way out of practice (just the 2 of us) and b) I've never been organized enough to PLAN. I want to do that now. Oh, I work from home but full-time.
You all are SO creative. I'm wondering (embarrassed) if any of you mamas wants to take a stab based on the insanity that is my food inventory? I'm thinking a kick start will a) get me going, b) clear out this mass amount of food, and c) help ME learn how to piece meals together, plan, be more organized and deliberate in how I feed MY "family". I've always envied you mamas that can look in 3 different areas of your kitchen/grocery store and pull something together. I'm one of those.... "apples are in front of me. Ok, we'll have apples and.... peanut butter?" Since it was just my daughter and me and she ate so little and requested so much fruit and veggies, I just haven't been inspired to really cook. Until now.
Can someone PLEASE PLEASE help me start off with a calendar of items to make based on my inventory (and minimum buying of stock items going forward)? I wish I could express how much this would be a "and she'll feed herself forever" thing rather than a "she'll just eat for the night" lesson.
Due to the embarrassment of epic proportions, I won't upload the list until/if someone could help. I know it is asking a lot -- but I'm hoping it is either easy or fun for some of you creative mamas that just know how to pull it together - I'm an excellent student/learner and would be a most appreciative protege ;)
Sorry for the wordiness- it took me forever to do that and I'm feeling very.... spoiled. Like I should slap myself if I ever think I have nothing to eat.
We are not vegetarian by vegetarian police standards ;) but I do keep my house blatantly meat free (a few yucky exceptions) and would like to keep it that way.