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post #21 of 47

Yesterday was a hit.  Mustache cake was a win.  It was vaguely reminiscent of the bat signal but....ROTFLMAO.gif

 

So yogurt and fruit for breakfast, lunch at the children's museum with goldfish, ham roll-ups for the kids and hummus with lettuce and cucumber rollups for me, water, and random assorted bits of fruit.    Dinner ended up being spaghetti with meat sauce (vegetarian for me), garden green beans, and salad with homemade garlic french bread.  LOTS of pantry ingredients there and leftovers for lunches.  

 

 

Today was cereal for breakfast, lunch program at the park today with friends, and we'll have to see for dinner.  I'm thinking something with beans and quinoa and fresh veggies.  Or maybe a frittata and quinoa on the side????  Definitely making fruit smoothies for snack this afternoon, it's pretty hot and humid again.

post #22 of 47
We've been eating at home and from the freezer/pantry all week. I've been packing lunches so that means (rice cakes and jam, fruit, lara bars etc) DS has been having left overs for lunch. Dinner was Hamb. helper for ds one night. Lots of yogurt for DS, granola bars, Most of the fresh produce is gone (I had a salad last night for dinner and lunch today). The fresh fruit is almost gone too. Next week is looking like lots of frozen items. More Hamb. helper for DS. Cake to finish for DS. Chicken sausage and french fries one night Pasta and sauce one night (garlic bread for ds) No food stamps until 8/7 so this is going to become tricky. I have plenty of lara bars for breakfast and ds has granola bars for his swim team practices. I have fruit strips for my snacks if needed. I think I have a huge bag of chicken in the freezer and we have boxes of rice and frozen veggies too. There is a 'dinner in a bag' for ds hummm seems like lots of DS food and not alot of mommy food.
post #23 of 47

I was able to use up two packages of frozen GF English muffins this week.

I also used a bunch of frozen blackberries (we are picking fresh now but I have not been freezing; I am giving away what we cannot eat.)

I also used two boxes of frozen spinach littles.

 

Any ideas for frozen cubed butternut squash?  I have a couple of pounds to use up.


Edited by dbsam - 7/27/13 at 1:08pm
post #24 of 47

Only got produce at the store. forgot rice milk ;(

Ate dinner out with a friend (their treat) and DS was gone all day.

 

Tomorrow planning on:

DS to friends for afternoon and lunch there

Dinner: dinner in a bag for ds,  salad for me

 

Made some brownies GF and DS has cake to finish up/

 

Need to look for 'fun' lunches for work next week.  ugh

post #25 of 47

Been plugging along here. Need a few things from Sprouts Market today and I have Bountiful Baskets pickup on Saturday.

Stocked up 123 Gluten Free mixes that were on mega clearance at the store (wasnt planning but they were 75% off or more) I can have pancakes again!!!.  

 

DS had hamburger helper and leftovers the past couple nights.  Tonight is apple chicken sausage and french fries. The last of the broccoli and dip. and maybe salad.  A bit of cake for him for dessert and I have GF cookies.

 

Lunch today is more left overs or a freezer meal.

post #26 of 47
post #27 of 47

We are still at it.  Pancakes with apple peach sauce in them this morning.  Lunch was simple peanut butter and jelly with grapes and home grown green beans at the park.  Dinner: http://beautythatmoves.typepad.com/beauty_that_moves/2013/07/the-other-day-i-found-myself-craving-a-meal-rich-in-protein-perhaps-i-was-simply-craving-a-meal-and-the-protein-part-was.html  The tomatoes, chives, and parsley are all homegrown.  SO good.  

post #28 of 47
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Originally Posted by justmama View Post

Pancakes with apple peach sauce in them this morning.  

Sounds good...Can you give a recipe for this apple peach sauce?

 

We haven't been using up pantry or freezer items.  We are picking so much from the garden that we are just trying to keep up with eating the new pickings (and giving away some of it.)  We picked a lot of peaches and blackberries this week and our neighbors said they had enough and I still have frozen from last year.  The tomatoes and peppers are ripening slowly which is sort of nice - we can keep up with them. 

post #29 of 47

Oh my goodness, I'm sorry.  I didn't check back on this.  I just chucked peeled apples and peaches into a pot with a little bit of water and cooked them until they were all soft and mushy and I ran them through my food processor after.  I've also done it in my crockpot before.

post #30 of 47

Seeing the question about frozen cubed butternut squash reminded me that I have several packages of Cascadian Farms butternut squash puree in the freezer.  What can I do with this?  I originally intended to serve it like a mashed vegetable of the side, but it's too runny for that, so they've been sitting in there for months.

post #31 of 47
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Originally Posted by spiderdust View Post

Seeing the question about frozen cubed butternut squash reminded me that I have several packages of Cascadian Farms butternut squash puree in the freezer.  What can I do with this?  I originally intended to serve it like a mashed vegetable of the side, but it's too runny for that, so they've been sitting in there for months.

Could you use it in a quick bread instead of pumpkin?  I've done that with sweet potato puree.

 

Your message reminded my about my cubed squash...I think I will try adding a bit into our enchiladas tonight.

post #32 of 47

Can't you mix purees into spaghetti sauce and chili and stuff like that?  Kinda like when people on WIC try to get rid of the bazillions of jars of babyfood they get that the baby doesn't eat.  

 

 

We are making muffins from leftover brown sugar oatmeal from this morning and probably some veggie stock this afternoon in the crockpot from all the trimmings and single bites of carrot or celery or whatever that the kids don't finish.  I just realized that we'll be losing our food stamps in a month and so eating out of the freezer/pantry will be pretty important very shortly.  I'm going to really appreciate all that garden produce that I've been freezing and canning very shortly.  It's almost time for concord grapes to be ripe as well so that's going to fill up the freezer quickly with juice and all the canning jars with jelly.  I know we'll be REALLY grateful this year for the free grapes.

post #33 of 47

Hmm.  Using it in muffins or butternut squash bread could work.  It's probably perfect for butternut squash soup, but the kids aren't fans of that.  I'll give the muffin thing a try, especially since those would go well in lunchboxes.

post #34 of 47
There is a recipe by Ellie Krieger - macaroni and cheese made with squash puree. I bet you could google it and find it. IIRC, it was yummy!
post #35 of 47

Using up the last 1lb pack of grass fed beef I got on sale at Aldi a few months ago to make crockpot meatballs for the kids for lunch and to freeze in canning jars for meatball sandwiches for school lunches.  I also made yogurt yesterday and will be making frozen yogurt pops with the last few shriveled up old blueberries in the back of the fridge.  My kids LOVE yogurt pops.

 

 

I'm getting bored with our typical black bean go-to meals.  Anyone have an awesome recipe I should know about?  I buy the 1lb bags of dried beans and cook them in my crockpot and freeze them in baggies.  My crockpot is just the absolute most irreplaceable item in my kitchen.

post #36 of 47

I need a crockpot and a blender.  Those are on my 'wishlists'

We have been stocking up and eating out of the pantry.  Keeping a good rotation going here

 

Tongiht was salad to get rid of the veggies that were wilting. and PIzza - more veggies  yummm

I am also making GF bread for yarn club tomorrow and using up some frozen nectarines yummmy.

Since the oven will be on I might make a double batch make make blueberry for us!   No sense in heating up the house for a single item ya know??

 

I've got lots of frozen fruit to do something wtih and gosh a blender would be so useful... they are on sale now with BTS stuff... I have 2 coupons for KOHLS  $10 off anything and $10 off $30, i think I can combine them and maybe I can get one appliance??  hummm have to go check it out this weekend.

post #37 of 47

So happy to say we've been doing really well! We also cleaned out our freezer (found my placenta way in the back, need to plant that thing!) and we are done to bare minimum in there ..some grass-fed meats, some fish, and a few packages of appetizer things from Whole Foods I got for a party, and haven't made. Thinking of doing a movie + snack night for the kids, they will love that! Snacks for dinner! The pantry is going well too - I actually ended up finding a lot of things we can't eat now (cutting back/out gluten) so I gave them to my Dad (who gets his food from the food pantry and happily took everything I had to give..) Doing lots of cooking lately! Tonight we had a roast chicken with leeks/carrots and onions..and than I used the rest of the meat for a chicken salad, and I will use the bones for a broth. YUM 

post #38 of 47

We've been doing well too.

We still have too much food in our house redface.gif.  But we have been concentrating on using the items that we have had a while.  We'v been using up a lot, throwing out a little, and donating some to the food pantry.

We've done a good job of keeping up with the garden too - except for the blackberries...there are just too many.  (We had a scaled down garden this year and are still giving away quite a bit.)  I am not canning or freezing this year...I'm sure I will regret it this winter.

 

I've thoroughly cleaned and organized the fridges and freezers.  I am also going to change my buying habits.  I buy too much each month from UNFI...I am going to be more selective.  That said...yesterday's order included 50 pounds of beans.  I've always bought Eden canned beans but they have gotten so expensive.  So I bought dried pinto and northern beans; they were not available in 5# bags...so I bought the 25# bags.  I didn't realize just how many beans make up 25 pounds!

post #39 of 47
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Originally Posted by justmama View Post

Oh my goodness, I'm sorry.  I didn't check back on this.  I just chucked peeled apples and peaches into a pot with a little bit of water and cooked them until they were all soft and mushy and I ran them through my food processor after.  I've also done it in my crockpot before.

Thank you.

Our peaches are gone but I will remember for next year.

We are still picking apples and pears, and the plums will be ready soon, so I might try it with those. 

post #40 of 47

Can I join? shy.gif

 

 

I am a Norwegian, single mama to my 12 YO LoveBug. Living in Norway is extremely expensive, so this is a challenge right up my alley.

We just moved into a new apartment 8 days ago, so I don`t have a lot of old food laying around, but I have a bad habit of not using what is in my freezer/fridge, because it looks boring/I don`t want that kind of food that day etc. And, then it goes bad and I throw it out... whistling.gif

 

So, I need a challenge like this! orngbiggrin.gif
 

Today I am making chicken meatballs in a creamy tomatosauce. I`m serving it with ww pitapockets and a salad.

Tomorrow my son is with his father, and I am eating leftovers.

Sunday I`m trying to use up a bag of chickenthighs. I saw a Jamie Oliver show on tv last night, and he made something he called sticky chicken. It looked yummy, and I think I have enough

spices etc. to try and make something similar, atleast. Serve with a salad and maybe rice.

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