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#31 of 47 Old 08-20-2013, 05:58 PM
 
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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.

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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.


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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.


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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!

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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.


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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.


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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 


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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!

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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. 

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

 

Check Goodwill. I always see some nicer, newish at mine, for $10 or so. 


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I'm curious if your sticky chicken is similar to mine!  Actually, it's not my recipe, it's been on the internet for as long as I can remember.  Make a spice rub out of paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and other things, and roast the seasoned chicken in the oven at 250F for 5 hours?


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Check Goodwill. I always see some nicer, newish at mine, for $10 or so. 

got a basically free crockpot at kohls today... $18 and I had $10 off anything and $10 off $30. they combined the coupons plus I had a email %15 off your purchase.  I picked up a couple other things to get to about $75 so after coupons I would have $50 for a reward for next week .  Got a couple little jammies for my neice for xmas and a shirt for me, the crock pot and a 2 nighties for me, for around $50.


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got a basically free crockpot at kohls today... $18 and I had $10 off anything and $10 off $30. they combined the coupons plus I had a email %15 off your purchase.  I picked up a couple other things to get to about $75 so after coupons I would have $50 for a reward for next week .  Got a couple little jammies for my neice for xmas and a shirt for me, the crock pot and a 2 nighties for me, for around $50.

 

Nice! I actually just found a Crockpot Little Dipper for $5 at Goodwill to add to my growing herd of crockpots. :-)


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Spiderdust: I never made the chicken. My internet fell out that day, so I had no way of finding the recipe! So I made something else with the chicken.

 

 

Yesterday I made soft taco`s with lettuce, minced beef with seasoning, sour cream, cheese etc. I wanted to use the beef, cause it was close to it`s expiration date.

On Tuesday I made a nice meal with the leftover chicken from Sunday. (I made a stirfry on Sunday, with chicken and lots of veggies.) So on Tuesday I threw all the chicken and veggies in a pan, added some more veggies and poured over some heavy cream and some cajun spicemix I make. Served it with rice.


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Just baked up some banana cinnamon muffins with overripe bananas I had frozen.  Will be sticking some in the kids' lunches at school over the next few days.  I have a pot of brown rice on the stove right now simmering in homemade veggie stock(from peelings and ends of veggies I save and freeze) to make stir fry over rice for me tonight and chicken and rice soup for the kids for lunches.  I need a good lentil recipe though.  Anyone???


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 I need a good lentil recipe though.  Anyone???

 

Lentil soup - and you can do it in the crockpot if you want. 

 

1 onion, diced

2 carrots, diced

3 ribs celery, diced

2-3 cloves of garlic, minced

1 large can of diced tomatoes

ham hock or cubed ham (optional)

8 cups of chicken stock or water

1.5 cups of dried lentils

1 teaspoon thyme

salt and pepper to taste

 

Toss it all in the crockpot and cook on low for 6 hours or high for about 3. Serve with crusty bread. It's super good. 


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