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#1 of 4 Old 09-30-2009, 01:53 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I'm bad about shopping for more food when we really have plenty of food, but I'm not sure how to use it. I guess it's a combination of being lazy/not planning and being in a food rut. I just made an inventory list of everything in my kitchen and would like to plan our dinner meals around these things and only buy a few items on my grocery trip (fresh veggies, oatmeal, etc.).

Is anyone up for the challenge?

Here's the list:
Dry Beans:
Red Beans x2#
Lentils x2# (one red, one brown...my family hates lentils )
Garbanzos x.75#

Pasta:
WW egg noodles x2.5#
ww penne x.5#
ww wagon wheels x1#
ww shells x2#
whole grain cars x2 12-oz pkgs
ww speg x2#

Canned goods:
og corn x2
garbanzos x2
navy beans x2
peaches x1
tom. paste x3 8oz
artichokes x3
cream of mushroom soup x1 (but if this has MSG in it, I'd rather donate it)
cream of chicken soup x1 (again, probably has MSG)
refried beans x1
tuna x4 (we don't eat tuna casserole)
Ranch Style beans x5
Black olives x2
Baba ganouj x1

Dry Goods:
Brown rice x 1.5 bags
Spanish rice mix x 2 (this is actually MSG free )
Taco shells x2 boxes
grits x1 canister

Freezer:
Chicken ravioli x4 trays
bison polish sausage x12 links
ground beef x 4.5 pounds (uncooked)
Tilapia one 48oz bag fillets
italian chicken sausage x 1#
Mexican chicken sausage x 1#
one 3-4# whole chicken
Hamburger steaks (what are those called?) 12 patties
ground vennison 5#
Corned beef roast, uncooked
mixed veggies 16oz
green beans 16oz
pie crust x6 boxes (oh, the trans fats, but...)
1 gallon sized bag meatballs
1 gallon sized bag Thai squash soup

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I was thinking (but I'm in a rut, so...)
Meatloaf
Chili with venison
corned beef roast one night, corned beef hash the next day
minestrone with the italian sausage
"fish sticks" made with tilapia maybe with from scratch shells and cheese
bake the whole chicken and make chicken pot pie
some sort of veggie lasagna with the artichokes
red beans and rice
swedish meatballs w/ egg noodles

But there has to be some more creative stuff out there. I feel like the meals I'm listing are the same meals we've been eating all year!!

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Chicken ravioli x4 trays
bison polish sausage x12 links
ground beef x 4.5 pounds (uncooked)
Tilapia one 48oz bag fillets
italian chicken sausage x 1#
Mexican chicken sausage x 1#
one 3-4# whole chicken
Hamburger steaks (what are those called?) 12 patties
ground vennison 5#
Corned beef roast, uncooked
mixed veggies 16oz
green beans 16oz
pie crust x6 boxes (oh, the trans fats, but...)
1 gallon sized bag meatballs
1 gallon sized bag Thai squash soup

Ok this is what I was thinkin:

Meal 1: Roast the chicken and serve with your fave sides and gravy. Yum.
Meal 2: Use 1/2 left over chicken meat and the gravy left overs and italian chicken sausage and 2 tilapia fillets, tomato paste, rice etc to make jambalaya. Mmmm... (I can give you my recipe if you need one.)
Meal 3: Use the bones to make stock. Take some of that stock, some pasta and the left over meat to make chicken noodle soup.
Meal 4: Make ravioli casserole. Add veggies, ravioli, and maybe some of the thai squash soup thickened with a bit of corn starch. Top with cheese and bake.
Meal 5: Make italian wedding soup with your chicken stock, meatballs, some spinach and seasonings. I often make potato dumplings the same size as the meatballs.
Meal 6: Fish pie. Pie crust, tilapia, cream sauce, veggies seasonings, and in my house, cheese!
Meal 7: Meat pie with your ground venison.
Meal 8: This with more of your tilapia!
3 fillets (or however many you need to serve)
5 tbsp sour cream
2 tsp coarse mustard
3 Roma tomatoes
5oz cheddar
pepper
salt

Lay your fillets in the bottom of a greesed baking dish, and salt and pepper them. Slice the tomatoes and lay the slices on top of the fish. Mix the sour cream, mustard (I use dijon) and grated cheddar together and scoop over the tomatoes.

Bake at 375 for 25-30 min or so, depending on how thick your fillets are so keep an eye on it.
Meal 9: Corned Beef roast with sides from either your rice or pasta.
Meal 10: Corned Beef rueben casserole. http://www.grouprecipes.com/59916/ea...casserole.html
Meal 11: Sausage and pepper buns. Buy sub buns. Saute red, yellow green etc peppers, onions, and the bison sausage chopped, add a bit of tomato sauce and spices. (We like this spicy!) I have also served this over rice.


Use your beans as sides, in soups, for lunches etc.

That's all I can do right now, the boys are yelling!

Hope that helps a bit!

I am not crunchy enough for this forum. Everyday I get a little crunchier though! :
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Thanks! That helped a lot . I used some of your ideas, some of my ideas, and found some new ideas. We only spent $107 at the grocery store last night, so I guess it worked, but now I'm paranoid that we don't have enough food..lol!

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