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#1 of 15 Old 07-28-2007, 12:01 AM - Thread Starter
 
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OK so here is the list of foods that we have in our house. Funds are getting low lately so I am needing some help making meals out of what we have.

Let me first say a lot of this is stuff that I wouldn't buy but we have. We have had people staying with us and they have brought things in and left them so we have a ton of stuff that I don't know what to do with! Some of it may be better given away, not sure.

So, the challenge is to make as many meals out of these things as you can! I can and will buy some new things including fresh produce, meats, etc to go with some of the things if needed. (We buy fresh produce once a week and this is the end of our week, plus we were out of town for 3 days so we don't have much of it at all in the house right now!)


Pantry:
Quick Cooking Oats
Organic all natural wheat bread crumbs
Whole Wheat Penne
Whole Wheat Rotini
Brown Rice
Whole Wheat Couscous
Italian Bread crumbs
Buttermilk Pancake Mix
Jumbo Shells
Plain Bread Crumbs
Whole Wheat Bread Cumbs
Arborio Rice
White Rice
Lasagna Noodles
Thai Kitchen - Thai Peanut Mix
Seasoned Stuffing Mix
Top Ramen Noodles (Beef Flavor)
Strawberry Fruit Spread
Chopped Pecans
Plain Organic Chips
Whole Wheat Bread
Ezekiel Bread
Chicken Broth (boxed x2)
Organic Hummus Mix
Organic Apple Cinnamon Muffin Mix
Organic Raisins
Onion Soup Mix
2lb Dry Black Beans
Organic unsweetened Applesauce
Organic Rite Rounds crackers
Cooking spray
Hot Cocoa Mix
Ranch Dressing
Terriyaki Marinade (x2)
Agave Nectar
Italian Dressing
Tuscan Italian Dressing
Sesame Oil
Caesar Italian
Deli Mustard
Olive Oil
Whole Wheat Pita Minis
Organic Spaghetti Sauce
Sunflower Seeds
Taco Seasoning
Thai Ginger Instant Rice Noodles
Rice Cakes
Organic Popcorn
Vanilla Jello Pudding
Instant Oatmeal packets
Syrup
Canola Oil
Vegetable Oil
Nutritional Yeast
Raspberry vinegarette
Egg Replacer
Hollaindaise Sauce
Pink Salmon
Smoked Salmon
Gravy Mix
Chili Mix (x2)
Pesto Sauce
Onion
Garlic
Cashews
Whole Wheat Flour
Corn Meal
Corn Startch
Baking Supplies (everything!!!)


Canned Goods:
Mixed fruit
Mixed fruit w/ cherries
Evaporated Milk (x2)
Sliced Black Olives
Green chiles
Organic Black Beans (x2)
Cranberry Sauce
Green Beans (x3)
Pear chunks
Diced pears
Cream of mushroom soup
Cream of chicken soup
Pumpkin
Sweet Peas
Organic Diced Tomatoes
Diced Tomatoes with Italian Herbs (28 oz)
Crushed Tomatoes w/ Puree (28oz)
Chicken Noodle Soup (x3)
Organic Chick Peans (x4)
Vegetable Broth
Annie's No Chicken Noodle Soup
Annie's Organic Minestrone
Annie's Organic Black Bean Chili
Annie's Organic Vegetable Barley Soup
Chicken Breast

Fridge:
Raw Honey
Eggs
Peaches
Milk
Orange Juice
Apple Juice
Wheat Germ
Flax Seed
Grape Jelly
Mayo
Dijion Mustard
Earth Balance
Lettuce
Spinach
Cheddar Cheese
Mozerella Cheese
Pickles
Red Wine Vinegar
Balsamic Vinegar
White Vinegar
Sour Cream
Ricotta Cheese
Ketchup



Freezer:
Corn
Mixed veggies (x3)
Broccoli (x3)
Whole Chickens (x6)
Blueberries
Ground Beef
Tilapia
Pumpkin Muffins
Blueberry Waffles
Peaches
Juice
Spinach
Spaghetti Sauce
Pie Shell
Peas
Peas & Carrots
Bratwurst
Chicken frozen with Marinades (lots of flavors from a OAMC cooking site like cranberry chicken, pineapple chicken, terriyaki chicken, carribean chicken, orange chicken, etc.)


Please help! This is TOO much stuff and I don't know what to do with it! Especially the stuff I don't normally have here (you can probably tell what that is from the list).

I would appreciate any meal ideas or help you can provide.

Thanks SOOO much!

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I would concentrate on using up the perishables first.

The ricotta cheese. You could mix it with spinach and herbs and mozzeralla cheese and make stuffed shells. It looks like you have all that in your pantry already!

Eggs and Sour cream could be used in some sort of muffins for breakfast, snacks or the freezer.

Then I would move onto the stuff you don't usually get. Is that the premade stuff on your list? Like the pancake mix, instant oatmeal, etc. I found you can go to the brand website and find lots of recipes. Then you can alter them to be a little more nutritious.
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Are there a couple things you really don't have any ideas for? List them for us and see what we can come up with. That way we don't keep giving you ideas for the stuff you already know how to use up.
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Yes the premade stuff is the stuff we normally don't buy. We try to eat as close to whole foods as possible most of the time, especially for DS!

Here is a list of meals that I have come up with out of the stuff so far...
*Baked Ziti - Penne, Pasta Sauce, Ricotta, Mozeralla (and I would add some fresh veggies in that I buy)
*Pasta Salad - Rotini, Olives, Italian Dressing (and maybe a little ranch, again would add fresh veggies)
*Salmon Salad - a friend mentioned this, just like tuna salad but with the salmon pouches here (that is one I normally don't buy so any more ideas on that would be good)
*Blueberry Pancakes - blueberries and either the premade mix (again normally don't buy) or make them from scratch like normal with the ww flour
*Spaghetti Sauce - I could used the canned tomatoes and make a huge batch of spaghetti sauce with fresh veggies and the frozen spinach blended in then freeze in portion sizes
*Tilapia Nuggets - tilapia, bread crumbs, parm cheese
*BlackBean Soup - Canned black beans, chicken broth, brown rice, and I'd need to buy salsa to go in it for the recipe I usually make, oh and carrots
8Parmesan & Pea Couscous - ww couscous, frozen peas, parm cheese
*Hummus & Pitas - for both the hummus mix and the chicken peas


Stuff I still need help on....
- all the canned soup (I bought it when I was eating it very often but now I have no taste for it at all!)
- evaporated milk
- canned fruit
- cranberry sauce (leftover from one of the chicken marinades I froze)
- canned chicken (eww!)
- orange & apple juice (we don't drink it)
- Red wine/balsamic vinegar (seems not many of my recipes call for these)
- whole chickens (I need recipes!)
- pie shell (maybe a quiche?)
- instant oatmeal (these are flavored so not sure what can be done with them?)
- all the sauce mixes like the gravy and hollandaise ones, i don't even know where these came from!
- cocoa mix? we normally don't drink it
- salad dressings! (my goodness I don't know why they bought so many! these are not really healthy versions either)

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I never ate canned chicken growing up, so I though it sounded really gross when I first encountered it. However, my partner likes it so we have it sometimes, and I have to say it's not too bad. I wouldn't eat it all the time because it doesn't seem that healthy, but I find it tastes good in dishes like chicken and dumplings, soups, or stews. We make an americanized chicken curry with the canned stuff and I actually really like it.

I've used evaporated milk in mac and cheese, baking, and in my coffee. It's also good to have on hand if you lose power.

As for the ready to eat stuff, I would just save it for times when you need a really quick meal, but if you know you won't ever want to eat it, I would just box it up and give it too a food pantry.

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I've used canned soup in chicken pot pie, too. You could make a gravy out of a plain white sauce (use that evaporated milk), add some veggies (peas and carrots are good), the canned chicken, then place it in the pie crust. Sometimes I do only 1 crust, if that's all I have or if I'm trying to cut calories/costs. Just place the crust on top.
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what i like to do with soup especially mexican-type soups (i once had inexplicably 6 cans of it in my pantry!) is drain the broth and put in on a tortilla. i used to babysit for kids who ate drained chicken noodle soup.
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Stuff I still need help on....
- all the canned soup (I bought it when I was eating it very often but now I have no taste for it at all!)
- evaporated milk
- canned fruit
- cranberry sauce (leftover from one of the chicken marinades I froze)
- canned chicken (eww!)
- orange & apple juice (we don't drink it)
- Red wine/balsamic vinegar (seems not many of my recipes call for these)
- whole chickens (I need recipes!)
- pie shell (maybe a quiche?)
- instant oatmeal (these are flavored so not sure what can be done with them?)
- all the sauce mixes like the gravy and hollandaise ones, i don't even know where these came from!
- cocoa mix? we normally don't drink it
- salad dressings! (my goodness I don't know why they bought so many! these are not really healthy versions either)[/QUOTE]

Canned soup - will your DH take for lunch?

Evap milk - can use in custard or can use to make fettuccini

Canned fruit - DH lunch? or puree in smoothie?

Canned chicken - mix with mayo, honey mustard, lemon juice (a squirt, not a lot), pepper and celery salt to make chicken salad. Serve on crackers, bread, or lettuce. It is actually really good!!!

Red wine vinegar-
Mix tomatoes, basil, oil, red wine vinegar, garlic, salt, pepper, and serve over pasta. Serve cold. Yummy!!!

Balsalmic vinegar - mix honey, olive oil, and balsalmic vinegar to make salad dressing. Can add herbs or garlic if desire.


Juice - make homemade popsicles? for some kind of frozen treat?


Good Luck.
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Thanks everyone these are GREAT ideas! Keep them coming!!

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Thanks everyone these are GREAT ideas! Keep them coming!!

Allrecipes.com has a search function where you can put in an ingredient and get recipies. For example, I put in canned pears and got 4 recipes. I couldn't think of four things to do with canned pears. Just hit the more searches button.
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Oh good idea I forgot about that function!

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You could make a custard with your canned pears and condensed milk.

5 eggs
1 cup condensed milk
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 cup pureed pears (I used baby food, probably want to drain canned pears and then puree)
cinnamon - shake in an amount that looks good
1 to 2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 to 1/2 tsp almond extract
a tiny tiny tiny drop of lemon extract
1 pinch of ground ginger
I think I also drizzled a little honey in there too - 1 to 2 TBS
Could probably reduce the sugar and honey if you want.

Serve for breakfast. Yummy!

bake 350 in ramekins in a water bath for 35 to 45 min. If you don't have ramekins you could probably still do, but use a water bath in the oven.
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I've never tried it, but a friend of mine made cookies out of oatmeal in packets. She just emptied them out, measured them out like normal oatmeal. I think she said she reduced the sugar just a little bit.
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You can use the oatmeal for crisp topping,on those canned pears. Drain well almost dry, And mix butter (works best) oatmeal a table spoon of flour. Till its crumbly. And top the fruit,bake 350 till brown.


You could also add to breads and cookies.

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I love using evaporated milk for a cheese sauce. Beat a can of milk w/ 1 egg and stir in to hot pasta. heat gently over low heat - add cheese when it is hot. Just don't let it boil!!
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