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post #81 of 192

Today, I am planning to try a new soup: http://www.littlehomeblessings.com/?p=7523

That will be using some of the many sweet potatoes here, our 'fall table decoration' (an acorn squash, one butternut squash and one small pumpkin) and some of the kale that is starting to wilt in the fridge, as well as some leftover sauteed mushrooms. I hope it will be yummy. :)

post #82 of 192

Just put dinner on for tonight. Carrots in the fridge turned out to be gone - too many bad spots to salvage. Will add a can of canned veggies to replace.

 

Used a beef gravy packet from the pantry to season the pot roast, added potatoes & it's on to cook low & slow.

 

Cleaning pantry now - so far I have a lot of low sugar cherry pie filling, bisquick, canned crushed pineapple, canned cranberry sauce {whole berry}, ketchup, bbq sauce, and cake mixes to use up. I forsee pancakes / waffle with cherry fruit topping, cranberry bread with extra cranberry {using bread mix I have}, and bbq sauced chicken {we have a LOT of chicken in the freezer}

post #83 of 192
Sounds yummy all the plans you have!
post #84 of 192

Forgot to take out the spare ribs (and I need to plan a little better before I can try those out), so I scrounged a natural kielbasa that I didn't know we had and the last two salmon fillets out of the deep freeze for dinner tonight. I had also planned on cooking one of our pork sausages, but I did a water thaw since everything was vacuum packed, only to find that there must have been tiny holes in the sausage packaging, because it had taken on a ton of water and turned into mush disappointed.gif I don't think I can salvage that, but I'm open to suggestions!

 

I'll be making more apple muffins in the morning, and possibly some chocolate chip cookies to use up a giant bag of chocolate chips I have in the freezer. And DD8 is using an aging lemon to make some (probably extremely sour) lemonade. 

 

ETA: I also managed to use our last little garden eggplant (sauteed with garden basil) and the last two days' tomatoes (three different kinds and sizes), plus garden basil and the tiny, unplantable garlic cloves to whip up side dishes for our dinner. This may be the last time I get to do that this season, though. I'm always sad when the garden is just about shut down *sigh*


Edited by melissel - 10/15/13 at 3:57pm
post #85 of 192
Couldn't you so still sauté the sausage until the extra water was gone and make it some kind of hash?
post #86 of 192
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Originally Posted by Springshowers View Post

Couldn't you so still sauté the sausage until the extra water was gone and make it some kind of hash?

 

I honestly don't know. Maybe? I guess it's worth a try if it's going in the garbage anyway, right? It looks so gross though bag.gif I'll try it tomorrow--I'll need to figure out something to use it in. I have no pasta sauce (or pasta) at the moment. Hmmm...

post #87 of 192

Tonight we made our roast chicken with carrots and our last onion, and we won a cake at the Waldorf fair so that's going to be desert the next few nights! Going to bake bread tomorrow (cinnamon and regular) using the mixes I found...bring on the carbs! 

post #88 of 192
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Originally Posted by Springshowers View Post

Couldn't you so still sauté the sausage until the extra water was gone and make it some kind of hash?


 This was my idea too, either that or leave it to drain overnight in the fridge using a wire strainer or cheesecloth. Them scramble in the morning just like loose sausage. Might have to add in some spices as they may have soaked away.

post #89 of 192

MIL offered to take me into town yesterday, so I jumped at the chance.  So I'm not really in "pantry challenge" mode any more, although I'll still try to use up the odds and ends.  It feels so good to have meat and fresh veggies again (that's mostly what I bought). 

 

This afternoon I sat down and tried to make a meal plan.  I got about 4 days' worth of meals planned.  I remembered why I stopped meal planning in the first place.  Nobody wants to eat what I eat!  I eat paleo and everyone else eats 'normal'.  I kind of made it work by planning a meat we would all like, and then 3 or 4 side dishes.  So for example, tomorrow night I am going to grill some pork loin and potatoes and serve with a salad and leftover artichoke spinach dip.  I can eat the pork and the salad, hubby will eat pork, potatoes, and dip, and kids will eat pork, potatoes, and salad.  Whew!  Is that how it is for everyone?  

 

I want to get better about meal planning and not wasting food though.  I feel like we waste tons of food, although I take comfort in the fact it goes to our chickens, so it's not totally wasted.  

post #90 of 192

Kids had chicken tacos tonight.  Leftover chicken from the free*er with taco seasoning.  broken taco shells that they used as "chips" to scoop the meat.  Cheddar from the free*er.  I had red beans, leftover acorn squash, and tomatoes with some seasoning in the last whole wheat tortilla.  We all had spinach salad on the side.  And they each ate half a candy bar from my oldest daughter's field trip fundraiser from school.  

Breakfast:  I turned that fail of a pumpkin steel cut oats into pumpkin oat muffins that were only so-so.  Combined that with some yogurt vanilla yogurt.

 

Lunch:  one kid had leftover chili and the other two had pbj.

post #91 of 192
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Breakfast:  I turned that fail of a pumpkin steel cut oats into pumpkin oat muffins that were only so-so.  Combined that with some yogurt vanilla yogurt.

 

 

Good for you for even trying!  I dumped mine  :(  I hate to waste but..... 

 

The 'chookies cookies' I made a couple days ago are really good!  I like that they are grain free, have protein and good fats (almond butter and coconut) and they aren't too sweet.  I hesitate to call them 'cookies' though - esp to my girls.  I think it would just lead to disappointment.  Next time I will make them rectangular and call them 'bars'  ;)  I want to make another batch, but I used the last of my dates for those....other ideas?  I could just use an alternative sweetener but I'm wondering if if will effect the texture.  I don't think I have any other dried fruit....hmn...

http://www.wholefoodsimply.com/chookies-cookies/

 

Last night we splurged and got Thai food.  Since we moved to a rural area about 5 years ago, we almost never eat out or get take out (nowhere to go, this place just opened), so it was a very rare treat!

 

I did buy a few fresh veg at the store as well as cheese, coffee, eggs and sour cream.  I don't feel that is bad though because it is mostly to help me use up other things we have. 

 

Today I made yogurt with some extra milk.

 

lunch - leftover Thai

Tonight (hubby's bday!) - baked penne and salad  - everything from the freezer/pantry/garden except the cheese and sour cream (and there will be enough of those to left have with pizza and shredded pork tacos on another night - have everything else for those I think) 

 

Tomorrow night (Thurs) - some sort of pork, veg and broth concoction - 'soup'

Friday- maybe pizza

Sat - roasted pork leg, potatoes, kale  (I think I'm going to brine the pork first, rub it with rosemary (garden) and slow cook it similar to how I did my ribs so it gets a nicely glazed exterior....in theory)

 

I'm going to turn the loaf of homemade bread that no one is eating into french toast since it is getting a little stale.  If not before the weekend, Sat..

 

 

I have several quart bags of tart pie cherries in the freezer I really need to use.  I'm sure I'll make a pie or two (maybe one for Thanksgiving) but what else besides dessert or jam?  Any ideas?

post #92 of 192

Made blueberry muffins this morning - big hit. Tonight will be fish, mac & cheese & veggies. And I think I'll make some date bread & maybe some brownies. It's cool tonight so baking while I can.

 

Getting a kitten tonight, so dinner is delayed. Got a couple of cans of cat food but will have to go to the store in the morning & get litter & dry food.

post #93 of 192
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I have several quart bags of tart pie cherries in the freezer I really need to use.  I'm sure I'll make a pie or two (maybe one for Thanksgiving) but what else besides dessert or jam?  Any ideas?

Maybe as a sauce for pork?  I don't have a recipe, just an idea...

post #94 of 192

I made a yummy breakfast for myself today.  I browned some ground pork in coconut oil, then added some sliced green cabbage and a small diced gala apple.  I added some fennel and a little cinnamon.  It was very buttery and delicious.  And the cinnamon was surprisingly good.  I ate it with a fried egg. 

 

Kids and dh has breakfast burritos (trying to use up tortillas and fresh spinach).  Lunch was leftovers for everyone- fish and salad for me, turkey sandwich for dh, leftover casserole for kids. I don't really like leftover fish but I am trying not to throw stuff out.

 

Dinner was fried potatoes, sliced pork loin, salad, and leftover spinach artichoke dip.  It is going to take forever to get rid of the dip at the rate we're going.  Maybe it would be good inside an omelet?

 

Potatoes rock in my opinion.  Not sure why they get such a bad rap.  They are naturally gluten free, very filling, and cheap.  Plus kids like them, and they can be prepared a million different ways. 

post #95 of 192
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Originally Posted by artemis33 View Post
I have several quart bags of tart pie cherries in the freezer I really need to use.  I'm sure I'll make a pie or two (maybe one for Thanksgiving) but what else besides dessert or jam?  Any ideas?

 

There's only one real solution here: more pie. As many as it takes to use up those cherries. I'll be glad to take a pie or two off your hands if you need some help over there.

 

:yum

post #96 of 192

I'm getting to the bottom of the barrel now. I need to figure out dinner for tonight. Our CSA box came this morning and I see the makings of a veggie soup, but I don't have any broth. I have tons of carrots I need and some tomatoes I need to pull before the freeze this weekend. I also have 2 acorn squash, 1 butternut squash, and bok choi I need to use up. I also have chicken (had some last night), tons of homemade sauce, little bit of pasta, a couple of potatoes, rice, can of black beans, some cream of chicken soup, frozen green beans, frozen strawberries, It just feels like I have a lot of odds and ends that I need to figure out how to work together.

post #97 of 192
I don't ever use broth when I make soup. I just make it then puree part of it at the end. It is yummy.
post #98 of 192

Organizing the pantry trying to figure out what needs to be used soon. Found a large bag of Active Dry Yeast that expired 05/2012. I wonder if it can be used for anything or should I throw it out?

 

Yesterday's meal was just a simple avocado tomato salad and hummus sandwiches that used some just about to expire hummus and overripe avocados. Today I'll try something similar to Chinese Eggplant in Garlic sauce. Trying to use some more of the CSA veggies before the next box come tomorrow. Had to throw away a handful of moldy green beans that I missed last week. Feeling guilty about the waste.

post #99 of 192
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Originally Posted by artemis33 View Post
 

 

I have several quart bags of tart pie cherries in the freezer I really need to use.  I'm sure I'll make a pie or two (maybe one for Thanksgiving) but what else besides dessert or jam?  Any ideas?

 

I use mine in my morning smoothies, along with whatever other fruits I have at the time. My kids also love to eat them as a cold snack instead of ice cream or sometimes mixed with plain ice cream.

post #100 of 192

I need recipes using dried pinto beans.  DH bought a 25 lb bag about 5 years ago, and I am determined to get it used up before the end of the year.  I have made refried beans with them and I add them to soups sometimes.  Ideas?

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