Well I'm sure this has been done, but I could really use help here. I recently moved for the third time in the past year, so our food routines have been totally thrown off, and I'm trying to get into a groove cooking just for DD & myself. Seems like we end up either making soft tacos or reaching for crap. I have to spend as little as possible for the next few weeks; I will be able to get about twenty bucks worth of stuff from the farmer's market each Sunday but hopefully that will be about it. I have been totally neglecting my pantry since the move, tried making a large batch of beans and let half of it go bad, I just need some fresh ideas and accountability. There is a lot that can be done here but when I look at it all I see is what's missing! :( Here's what I've got:
tons of rice! 6 pounds of brown, ~2 lb white, 2 lb arborio, some instant brown,
also a little bit of cous cous and maybe a pound of millet.
dried: ~3lb of pinto beans, 2/3 lb small white beans, 1 lb red lentils
canned (15 oz): 1 garbanzo, 1 pinto, 1 black beans
24 oz can tomato puree & 15 oz stewed tomatoes (organic), 8 oz tomato sauce
1 lb medium shells, 1 lb orzo, 1/2 lb linguine
4 qts organic chicken stock, powdered veg bouillon
~3 lb almonds
12 oz box dried prunes, about a cup of dried cranberries
flour: ~7 lb bread, 4 lb WW, 4 lb white ww, 2.5 lb AP
~2 lb raw sugar, 2 lb powdered sugar, 1.5 lb dry nonfat milk,
tons of baking soda, 8 oz baking powder in the fridge, vanilla, um, a dozen Clif bars.
a couple jars of jam, 1/2 jar of conventional PB,
half a loaf of multigrain bread, 6 burger buns, 2 chickpea/spinach patties in the fridge,
the bottom of a bag of tortilla chips, a box of multigrain crackers,
salt, a grinder full of whole pepper, various dried herbs & spices, EVOO
large supply of radish & red clover seeds for sprouting
freezer: a whole chicken & one turkey breast (for crock pot),
2 lb tater tots, 1 1/2 lb peas, 1/2 lb corn, a couple rich appetizers, 1 qt ice cream
fridge: 1 gal milk (for yogurt or baking), wheat germ, flax meal, & more WW flour
tortillas, mango salsa, jarred pasta sauce, lettuce, cream cheese, kefir, rice milk, little bit of juice,
eggs, ketchup, bbq, mayo, soy sauce, a lime, unfortunately no vinegars except white
and a decent supply of granola. that's all I got. I'm thinking first objective, get those seeds sprouting!! I work from home, there is no excuse not to be able to take care of some sprouts. Definitely do the chicken or turkey in the crock pot (don't have a proper pan to do them in the oven & just never have), as well as a batch of beans. I also have a dutch oven, larger stock pot, two frying pans, an 8" square baking dish, loaf pan, 9" round springform pan, and muffin tray with a good supply of liners. So I have what I *need* ....help me use it efficiently. Thank you thank you!!!