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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #1050 on: December 14, 2016, 08:32:57 AM »
The list, off the top of my head since I'm not at home:
2 bottles cocktail sauce (I mistakenly opened the second.  Sigh) - The gravy suggestion would work for cocktail sauce, I've never tried it and am slightly horrified and intrigued at the same time :) Would also be good on/in meatloaf. Of course, the correct answer is to make some bacon wrapped scallops or oysters!
taco sauce - Taco Soup!
lemon juice - I usually use in water either cold or hot, you can add sweetener as you like. You could also make a lemon curd. Or a glaze to drizzle over something sweet (Powdered sugar and lemon juice)
mayo
Dijon
regular mustard
ketchup
sugar free ketchup
chili sauce-will use some tomorrow
strawberry preserves - good candidate for stirring into oatmeal, smoothies, yogurt.
apricot preserves (ugh, could have used this on last night's pork!)
bottled wasabi which expires this month - I like the idea of this layered sushi. Would use the mayo, soy and you could add the wasabi: http://www.goodmorningcali.com/sushi-bake/
light soy sauce-will use some tomorrow
We also have some sweetened lime juice from the Halloween party
Oh, and pickle juice, LOL!  - Sauteed Mushrooms! Seriously, these are sooooo goood...I keep a jar of pickle juice on hand. Although I have only done it with Garlic dill pickle juice. Not sure if a sweet pickle would be as good.http://www.vodkaandbiscuits.com/2015/06/11/the-best-ever-sauteed-mushrooms/

mustache, that gravy sounds really good.

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #1051 on: December 14, 2016, 09:50:35 AM »
Was going to buy a dessert to bring to Bible study tonight, but I found a cookie mix that had been in my pantry for awhile (not expired though) and made those instead.

Made a grocery list for the week and there are only 9 things on it, and it would be even lower if not for dishes I need to make for a church potluck and a Christmas party. Hoping my pantry and freezer look a little less crowded by the end of the week.

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #1052 on: December 14, 2016, 09:55:04 AM »
Anyone got ideas on how to use up peanut butter? Tailored to someone who can't stand the taste of peanuts? (Got the peanut butter for satay. Liked satay. But I'll be making it with cashews from now on. Or something not peanut.)

Curried "African" peanut soup?  Sweet potato/yams/winter squash, onions/garlic, greens/kale/spinach, curry, peanut butter, coconut milk, favourite curry blend or paste, stock.  You can blend everything and then add the greens, or blend the greens in too.  Great for the winter.

Lamb in peanut curry or Massaman curry is also very good, and might work if you like satay.

I also make a version of African peanut soup:  http://allrecipes.com/recipe/73090/african-peanut-soup/

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« Reply #1053 on: December 14, 2016, 09:59:22 AM »
The list, off the top of my head since I'm not at home:
2 bottles cocktail sauce (I mistakenly opened the second.  Sigh) - The gravy suggestion would work for cocktail sauce, I've never tried it and am slightly horrified and intrigued at the same time :) Would also be good on/in meatloaf. Of course, the correct answer is to make some bacon wrapped scallops or oysters!
taco sauce - Taco Soup!
lemon juice - I usually use in water either cold or hot, you can add sweetener as you like. You could also make a lemon curd. Or a glaze to drizzle over something sweet (Powdered sugar and lemon juice)
mayo
Dijon
regular mustard
ketchup
sugar free ketchup
chili sauce-will use some tomorrow
strawberry preserves - good candidate for stirring into oatmeal, smoothies, yogurt.
apricot preserves (ugh, could have used this on last night's pork!)
bottled wasabi which expires this month - I like the idea of this layered sushi. Would use the mayo, soy and you could add the wasabi: http://www.goodmorningcali.com/sushi-bake/
light soy sauce-will use some tomorrow
We also have some sweetened lime juice from the Halloween party
Oh, and pickle juice, LOL!  - Sauteed Mushrooms! Seriously, these are sooooo goood...I keep a jar of pickle juice on hand. Although I have only done it with Garlic dill pickle juice. Not sure if a sweet pickle would be as good.http://www.vodkaandbiscuits.com/2015/06/11/the-best-ever-sauteed-mushrooms/

mustache, that gravy sounds really good.

Welcome, nessness!

Swick, thank you so much!  I am eyeballing the sushi bake and have printed out the recipe.  :)

After investigating last night, I also found:
A-1 sauce
BBQ sauce
ranch and blue cheese dressings

Nessness: Your tiny grocery list is impressive!

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #1054 on: December 14, 2016, 10:04:06 AM »
I forgot to add:  I'll be making this tonight.  It will take care of the frozen spinach and cauliflower and I'm tossing in some chicken breasts for protein:

http://onglutenfree.com/?page_id=1357

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #1055 on: December 14, 2016, 10:50:16 AM »
Any recipes that use rice noodles?  We have 5 boxes. 

I'm making a pecan pie tonight for a work event with the leftovers from my efforts at Thanksgiving. 

Anyone have any advice about what to do with jam?  I was thinking about making thumbprint cookies.  We have at least 10 jars of jam because I have friends that are jam-making fiends.  I love all of the jam, but our stockpile has gotten out of control. 

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #1056 on: December 14, 2016, 10:59:32 AM »
Anyone have any advice about what to do with jam?  I was thinking about making thumbprint cookies.  We have at least 10 jars of jam because I have friends that are jam-making fiends.  I love all of the jam, but our stockpile has gotten out of control.

Individual jam tarts. You'll never get through 10 jars making thumbprint cookies, though it is a fine use of jam.

Toast and jam or pancakes and jam for breakfast on a scheduled, but not everyday, basis.

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« Reply #1057 on: December 14, 2016, 11:28:17 AM »
Any recipes that use rice noodles?  We have 5 boxes. 
Dragon noodles! The recipe calls for lo mein noodles but I think it's just as good, if not better, with rice noodles. This is actually on my meal plan for this week to use up some of my rice noodles!

http://www.budgetbytes.com/2012/08/spicy-noodles/

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #1058 on: December 14, 2016, 02:55:26 PM »
For jam: I don't have a specific recipe to recommend, but look up some recipes for linzer bars. They use up lots of jam and I think you could use whatever flavor you had too much of. Example: www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/raspberry-linzer-star-bars-recipe.html
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« Reply #1059 on: December 14, 2016, 04:22:01 PM »
Any recipes that use rice noodles?  We have 5 boxes. 

I'm making a pecan pie tonight for a work event with the leftovers from my efforts at Thanksgiving. 

Anyone have any advice about what to do with jam?  I was thinking about making thumbprint cookies.  We have at least 10 jars of jam because I have friends that are jam-making fiends.  I love all of the jam, but our stockpile has gotten out of control.
My favorite things to-do with jam is:
- cheese. Few things is better than toast (or crackers) topped with a slice of Brie and jam.
- yoghurt. Get the non-sweetened kind and mix in jam. Top with nuts or granola.
- sandwich. Homemade bread, cheese, bacon, Tomato, jam, more bread, toast. Amazing.
- dressing. Got fancy fig jam? It makes one tasty mustard-fig dressing.

I like rice noodles both in stir fry and soup. They make a nicely plain contrast in anything spicy.

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #1060 on: December 15, 2016, 08:05:32 AM »
I received a basket of Italian foods as a Christmas gift last night - olive oil, balsamic, dried porcini mushrooms, traditional pesto, red pepper pesto, a huge wedge of parmesan, and some sort of candy that I don't know the name of. It's an awesome gift but definitely doesn't help with this challenge. I know if I don't start eating the foods now they'll stay in my pantry forever, so I think this weekend I'll try making quinoa with parmesan, pesto, and mushrooms.

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #1061 on: December 17, 2016, 12:40:56 PM »
Used rice and lentils yesterday in a tasty soup.  It also used up some carrots that are looking a bit sad, and about half a can of chipotles.

Thursday night I made a meatloaf with lots of grated winter squash mixed in.  My husband is no fan of squash, but the flavor blended well, and he seemed to like it.  The meatloaf also used up half a jar of leftover BBQ sauce from last time we had ribs. 

Not counting wine, I've only spent $60 on groceries so far this month!

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« Reply #1062 on: December 17, 2016, 01:37:30 PM »
I have half a bag of spinach and a frozen pie crust, so spinach quiche is on the menu for tonight.

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« Reply #1063 on: December 17, 2016, 03:44:03 PM »
I've been using up the stuff in my cupboards...

-used brown lentils to make soup
-used barley to make soup and also used as a substitute for rice in stirfry
-used cornmeal to make polenta (yuck!) Is there a way to make that taste good? Or another use for cornmeal?

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« Reply #1064 on: December 17, 2016, 03:47:58 PM »
Cornbread and corn muffins!

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« Reply #1065 on: December 17, 2016, 03:52:09 PM »
Cornbread and corn muffins!

Thanks you! Will try some muffins.

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #1066 on: December 18, 2016, 09:00:55 AM »
Any ideas for using up these items?
-Dijon mustard
-Rice vinegar
-Worcestershire sauce

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Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #1067 on: December 18, 2016, 09:07:14 AM »
http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ree-drummond/caesar-salad-recipe.html

Just use the rice vinegar instead of the balsamic. It should still be good. Oh, and omit anchovies if you don't like them.

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #1068 on: December 18, 2016, 01:40:53 PM »
Any ideas for using up these items?
-Dijon mustard
-Rice vinegar
-Worcestershire sauce

Rice vinegar - Asian slaw with sesame oil and ginger.  Other oils work too, just won't have the Asian flavor profile.

Dijon mustard - makes a good pan sauce with honey over Brussels sprouts, other vegetables or chicken.

Worcestershire - anywhere you can use a little umami flavor - beef stew and the like.  I don't know of any recipes that use lots of it, but it seems to last forever.
Here's a chicken recipe that uses 1/4 cup of Dijon, plus a bit of Worcestershire http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/mustard-chicken-1862

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« Reply #1069 on: December 18, 2016, 02:05:13 PM »
Any ideas for something easy to do with pork chops that doesn't involve frying or browning?  I've been ill and get an asthma attack when there's smoke in the house. Husband took kids out of the house to give me some rest, and said to order in some food for dinner, but I'd rather not.

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #1070 on: December 18, 2016, 02:09:13 PM »
Anyone have any advice about what to do with jam?  I was thinking about making thumbprint cookies.  We have at least 10 jars of jam because I have friends that are jam-making fiends.  I love all of the jam, but our stockpile has gotten out of control.

Individual jam tarts. You'll never get through 10 jars making thumbprint cookies, though it is a fine use of jam.

Toast and jam or pancakes and jam for breakfast on a scheduled, but not everyday, basis.

Did anybody mention Linzer Torte? I was just wishing we had enough jam for one.
https://smittenkitchen.com/2013/12/linzer-torte/
http://www.austria.info/us/basic-facts/austrian-cuisine/linzer-torte

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« Reply #1071 on: December 18, 2016, 02:29:42 PM »
Any ideas for using up these items?
-Dijon mustard
-Rice vinegar
-Worcestershire sauce

Any ideas for something easy to do with pork chops that doesn't involve frying or browning?  I've been ill and get an asthma attack when there's smoke in the house. Husband took kids out of the house to give me some rest, and said to order in some food for dinner, but I'd rather not.

Bonus points for answering two queries with one recipe? :D

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/44742/marinated-baked-pork-chops/

Oven-baked chops marinated in soy and Worcestershire sauce.

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #1072 on: December 18, 2016, 03:57:33 PM »
Any ideas for using up these items?
-Dijon mustard
-Rice vinegar
-Worcestershire sauce

Any ideas for something easy to do with pork chops that doesn't involve frying or browning?  I've been ill and get an asthma attack when there's smoke in the house. Husband took kids out of the house to give me some rest, and said to order in some food for dinner, but I'd rather not.

Bonus points for answering two queries with one recipe? :D

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/44742/marinated-baked-pork-chops/

Oven-baked chops marinated in soy and Worcestershire sauce.

Thanks so much!!  Chops are baking right now and they smell great! I usually brown chops and then cook through with apple slices or potatoes/onions, so it's nice to do something different.

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #1073 on: December 18, 2016, 06:37:49 PM »
Happy to help, Poundwise, hope they are yummy.

I need advice on something before I buy it.

I like sliced turkey from the deli but it's $30/kilo.

With Christmas just around the corner, the supermarkets are selling turkey rolled roasts for $10/kilo.

Could I buy a couple of those to cook, slice and freeze? Would the meat be ok for sandwiches and salads?

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #1074 on: December 18, 2016, 08:25:33 PM »
With Christmas just around the corner, the supermarkets are selling turkey rolled roasts for $10/kilo.

Could I buy a couple of those to cook, slice and freeze? Would the meat be ok for sandwiches and salads?

I would think so. I think the lady on the Prudent Homemaker blog does this frequently? That said, I'm not sure of the proper technique so that you can defrost it as you need it. Maybe someone else has an idea there.

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« Reply #1075 on: December 19, 2016, 05:34:07 AM »
With Christmas just around the corner, the supermarkets are selling turkey rolled roasts for $10/kilo.

Could I buy a couple of those to cook, slice and freeze? Would the meat be ok for sandwiches and salads?

I would think so. I think the lady on the Prudent Homemaker blog does this frequently? That said, I'm not sure of the proper technique so that you can defrost it as you need it. Maybe someone else has an idea there.

I buy a ham, boil then bake it (Nigella recipe), and when it's cold, slice, then freeze. I have a meat slicer (I know, so extravagant), but honestly, I can make a whole ham for 14 and I parcel up the meat in tin foil to freeze. In the mornings I just take a tin foil parcel to work, it has defrosted by the time I want to build my ham sandwich. I got about 30 portions out of my last ham! For reference, the ham I like to buy in the supermarket (real ham, not 'reformed' honey roasted) is 4 a packet (which lasts two days), 2 a portion. Frugal win!

The ham was fine for MONTHS in the freezer. I didn't think it would make so much at first, so I had the chance to check, and yeah, it lasts.

So, anyway, long story short, I haven't tried with turkey, but with cooked ham it was great.

What's a 'rolled roast' though? I would only do it with un-messed with meat. So if it's just fillets rolled up with stuffing in the middle, fine. If it has been in any way shaped or mechanically recovered, I personally wouldn't.

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #1076 on: December 19, 2016, 01:14:19 PM »
Condiment focus continues....

Used up the rest of the apricot preserves into a dump chicken recipe and froze it.

Used some of the sweet chili sauce on chicken breasts tonight, and will use more in a Mongolian lamb recipe tonight.

We used a bit of the BBQ sauce on sliders Saturday night.

I sucked it up and poured out about 1/2 cup sweetened lime juice and 1/2 gallon apple juice from our Halloween party.  This is primarily because we needed the fridge space for Christmas Eve.

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« Reply #1077 on: December 20, 2016, 08:34:56 PM »
Definitely going to make vege sushi sometime soon to use up some nori sheets.

And I found some Arborio rice hidden in the pantry: risotto! Yay!

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #1078 on: December 21, 2016, 12:06:26 AM »
The was a large moose roulade in the freezer, sitting there since the summer. Way too much diner for the two of us. Not expecting visitors soon. So we just prepared it on Monday, ate some slices. I cut up the rest into slices that went back into the freezer for some other time.
Yesterday I found 4 scallops and 2 big shrimp(s) in the freezer, which had been sitting there since who knows how long. It was still edible. I served it with thinly cut vegetables, soy sauce and noodles.

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #1079 on: December 21, 2016, 08:44:22 AM »
Finishing off some dried apple slices right now.

Used lamb kidneys and lamb heart in a shepherd's pie we're having for dinner tonight, which also used up more potatoes, carrots, and the last of a jar of tomato jam that's been in the fridge far too long.

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #1080 on: December 21, 2016, 08:53:21 AM »
Happy to help, Poundwise, hope they are yummy.

I need advice on something before I buy it.

I like sliced turkey from the deli but it's $30/kilo.

With Christmas just around the corner, the supermarkets are selling turkey rolled roasts for $10/kilo.

Could I buy a couple of those to cook, slice and freeze? Would the meat be ok for sandwiches and salads?

Thank you again, everybody enjoyed the chops and I think that we'll add that recipe to our regular menu! We didn't have lemons so I tried a splash of cider vinegar and it worked fine.

As for using regular turkey for sandwiches, I don't see why not?  I could see roast turkey meat on a baguette, with romaine lettuce, cheese and honey mustard. Maybe even splash of cranberry jelly for interest.

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« Reply #1081 on: December 23, 2016, 01:02:29 PM »
It's been a little while since I've posted, but I'm still making slow progress. The holidays have been both a help and hinderance on my cupboard clearing ambitions.

Good: I was able to use 1 old can of evaporated milk and some frozen pumpkin in a Thanksgiving pie (and will be making another for Christmas, which will use the last of the evaporated milk), and finally used up an old tub of whipped topping on said pie as well.
Bad: Of course, I filled the freezer with leftover turkey, broth, and mashed potatoes.
Good: I made one batch of turkey soup a couple of weeks ago
Bad: I still have enough broth and turkey for 1-2 more batches of soup. And I'm making another turkey for Christmas.
Good: After I cook the Christmas turkey, there will not be a giant turkey in my fridge/freezer
Bad: This is the time of year I stockpile baking supplies (especially flour and sugar), so I'm re-filling all that nice empty space I had cleared.
Good: I have lots of space to stockpile the things I know I will use while they're cheap, and I have a much better idea of how much and what I should be buying.
Bad: One of my regular stores has been doing almost daily e-coupons for free items, so I'm ending up with some kind of random stuff filling my cupboards again.

Anyway, you get the gist... using up old stuff but frequently replacing it with new.

I have finally used all the instant brown rice and tomato paste that was on my "urgently needs to get used" list, so that is good. My chest freezer has descended into chaos once again, and I desperately need to do another inventory. Last night I planned to make salmon for dinner - had the rice cooking on the stove, then went out to the freezer to get the last salmon fillet... and no salmon. I think I used it last week and didn't realize it was all gone... sadness ensued. But then I remembered I had two cans of soup on my "urgently needs to get used" list so I heated those up and made some grilled cheese sandwiches. It was a lovely dinner on a cold, rainy night, and the soup is gone! Hooray :)

I have decided that January is going to be a pantry challenge month, and I will only buy fresh produce, dairy products (milk, eggs, yogurt, butter), and nuts. I'm working on a list of meals I can make from the things I currently have on hand, and finding that it is a very, very long list.
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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #1082 on: December 23, 2016, 07:37:49 PM »
Made a double batch of broccoli mac and cheese to use up some pasta, breadcrumbs, and frozen broccoli. Froze one batch. I know making freezer meals isn't technically using things up, but one of my goals is to have a freezer full of meals rather than random ingredients before this baby gets here, so I'm counting it as a win.

I participated in a silly white elephant exchange the other day so I included several packs of ramen in my gift. It was quite popular lol.

Grocery spending was about normal for the week but that's mostly because we're hosting Christmas. Other meals for the week will mostly be Christmas leftovers or from the freezer/pantry.


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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #1083 on: December 28, 2016, 06:20:38 AM »
Red curry paste used up along with half cups of coconut milk and stock from the freezer and the leftover turkey we were sent home with.
Bag of polenta used up (which also used up 2 cups of stock) for cheesy spinach polenta.
Two cups of stock used up in a vaguely Asian soup with napa cabbage & chicken meatballs.

A coupe of chicken carcasses and a beef blade bone are simmering to make more stock.  Doh!
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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #1084 on: December 28, 2016, 08:17:24 AM »
Last of the kale and collards from the garden used up in a batch of green soup this week.

Leeks from the garden used up in a saute with mushrooms and carrots last night

I've been working away at the big winter squash by shredding it and having squash hashbrowns for breakfast most mornings.

Have been using some of the potatoes and sweet potatoes, but the carbs are kind of problematic after stepping on the scale post-holidays.  Ugh.  Some things might go to waste in the name of fitting back into my jeans...

Still have a bag of Swiss chard and two large cabbages to use, as well as a whole chicken

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #1085 on: December 28, 2016, 08:50:24 AM »
Officially joining in preparation for Uber Frugal January.  My main goal is to eat everything in my freezer & chest freezer so that by summer it's empty and ready for the new harvest.  There's also a few things languishing in the pantry that will be good to use up.

The trick will be to plan ahead and make some big meals every weekend so that it keeps things easy for me on weeknights.  I also want to turn my freezer full of ingredients (mostly veggies and meat) into a freezer full of ready-to-go single-serving meals.

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #1086 on: December 28, 2016, 09:20:29 AM »
Vegetarian-friendly uses for salsa that don't involve eating lots of chips? I canned a LOT of salsa this summer. Too much, really. Should've done more diced/crushed tomatoes, which I'm nearly out of, and less salsa. Lesson learned for next year.

Lately I have been making taco "meat" by combining vegan ground "beef" crumbles with a jar of salsa and heating it up. It's tasty but I'm getting bored with this. Also, this does not work as well with green salsa (made with tomatillos). The recipe called for a lot of lime juice, I guess to get the acid up, and it just tastes.... strange. Not bad, just strange.

Also trying to decide on a use for about 1/3 of a bag of frozen fresh cranberries (which I don't really like; bought for a failed cranberry-red-wine jam recipe). Some sort of cobbler, maybe? Add enough sugar and I can probably get them down, haha.

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #1087 on: December 28, 2016, 11:11:34 AM »


Also trying to decide on a use for about 1/3 of a bag of frozen fresh cranberries (which I don't really like; bought for a failed cranberry-red-wine jam recipe). Some sort of cobbler, maybe? Add enough sugar and I can probably get them down, haha.

Smoothies! I just add a small handful to a regular 2-cup smoothie so it's not too sour.

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #1088 on: December 28, 2016, 11:49:04 AM »
Ok, I've just done inventory of the freezer.  It is a bit overwhelming.

2 puff pastry sheets (expire Jan 2017)
17 cups of stock (mostly in 2 cup containers)
8 cups of pulled pork (1 cup containers)
2 cups of shredded balsamic beef
1 cup each - chickpeas, cream, mixed poultry fat, pork fat
1 bag shrimp
1 bag of chicken meatballs
8 packages of bacon
1 freezer bag of chicken breasts
1 freezer bag of pork tenderloin

3 sandwich ziplocks of roast peppers quarters
3 sandwich ziplocks of roast tomato quarters
1 freezer bag of spinach plugs
2.5 bags brussel sprouts
1 bag avocado

4 bags cranberries
2 bags mixed fruit
1 bag mango
5-6 bananas

Lower carb ideas greatly appreciated.
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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #1089 on: December 28, 2016, 02:31:16 PM »
Vegetarian-friendly uses for salsa that don't involve eating lots of chips? I canned a LOT of salsa this summer. Too much, really. Should've done more diced/crushed tomatoes, which I'm nearly out of, and less salsa. Lesson learned for next year.



Salsa is good on plain old beans and rice. Just spoon some on top and eat. Works with red, black, or pinto beans (I prefer brown rice, but then I prefer it in all scenarios, so white might be fine.)


I make a soup with beans, a jar of salsa, and shredded chicken to eat with tortilla chips, but it's pretty good without the chicken, too, and would likely go well with your green salsa or with the two salsas together. I usually use a red salsa and add lime juice.

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #1090 on: December 28, 2016, 02:56:12 PM »
Have been working on Christmas leftovers:

Last Thursday's leftover restaurant prime rib made it to Friday brunch.

Made breakfast for dinner last night to use up Christmas morning's overnight French toast.

Ham has been made into sandwiches, wraps, on top of Triscuits, and last night's omelet.

Rolls have been used to make sliders and sandwiches.

Raw veggies have been supplementing meals, along with my mom's dip.

I've gained 5 pounds this season.  :S

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #1091 on: December 29, 2016, 04:02:18 AM »
Having friends over for NYE and planning to use up olives, three or four different types of cheese, tomato relish, frozen rolls, red wine vinegar, potatoes, and nuts in various recipes.

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #1092 on: December 29, 2016, 05:11:01 PM »
Vegetarian-friendly uses for salsa that don't involve eating lots of chips? I canned a LOT of salsa this summer. Too much, really. Should've done more diced/crushed tomatoes, which I'm nearly out of, and less salsa. Lesson learned for next year.

Lately I have been making taco "meat" by combining vegan ground "beef" crumbles with a jar of salsa and heating it up. It's tasty but I'm getting bored with this. Also, this does not work as well with green salsa (made with tomatillos). The recipe called for a lot of lime juice, I guess to get the acid up, and it just tastes.... strange. Not bad, just strange..

I make these Lentil Tacos pretty frequently. I usually use red salsa though so I'm not sure how they'd be with green. But they are really good, even my ultra carnivorous husband enjoys them.

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #1093 on: December 30, 2016, 12:36:25 PM »
The Christmas Eve ham is officially gone as of lunch time.  :)

We have way too many holiday treats left, so I brought a cute penguin gift box full of Dove chocolates and Christmas Hershey's kisses to the Veteran's home this morning.  The gratitude shown made my heart swell.

Happy New Year, everyone.

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #1094 on: December 30, 2016, 01:45:18 PM »
Vegetarian-friendly uses for salsa that don't involve eating lots of chips? I canned a LOT of salsa this summer. Too much, really. Should've done more diced/crushed tomatoes, which I'm nearly out of, and less salsa. Lesson learned for next year.

Lately I have been making taco "meat" by combining vegan ground "beef" crumbles with a jar of salsa and heating it up. It's tasty but I'm getting bored with this. Also, this does not work as well with green salsa (made with tomatillos). The recipe called for a lot of lime juice, I guess to get the acid up, and it just tastes.... strange. Not bad, just strange.

Also trying to decide on a use for about 1/3 of a bag of frozen fresh cranberries (which I don't really like; bought for a failed cranberry-red-wine jam recipe). Some sort of cobbler, maybe? Add enough sugar and I can probably get them down, haha.

I've been making beans and rice with onions, carrots, and sweet peppers and serving it over salad with a tomatillo salsa as dressing (sort of like a Chipotle salad bowl). It's an easy lunch and tasty.

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #1095 on: December 30, 2016, 03:55:16 PM »
Between hosting Christmas, preparing to host NYD brunch, and generally not being diligent, I'm pretty sure I made negative progress this week. I could barely close my freezer today (but I do have four freezer meals in there, which is still an improvement over random half-full bags of vegetables).

Back on track this week. DH is going out of town which should make it easier; he's a little less willing to eat random concoctions of pantry food than I am.

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #1096 on: December 31, 2016, 05:46:30 PM »
I'm pretty sure I made negative progress this week.

Me too.

Back to the drawing board...

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #1097 on: December 31, 2016, 06:37:30 PM »
It is NYE and I decided to look in the back of my liquor cabinet and start using the stuff I have bought that I either have no idea what to do with or that I thought I liked that is not wonderful.

So tonight instead of putting whiskey in my soda I found a Dr. Pepper of DH's and I poured some hot pepper vodka (that is too spicy to drink on the rocks) and a dash of lime. It tastes like chocolate. It is crazy good. It wont be be go to. But it is a good way to get through this bottle by the end of 2017.

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #1098 on: January 01, 2017, 03:50:53 PM »
New Years Eve and Jan 1 dinner was very yummy fake empanadas - I defrosted one of the puff pastry packages and a cup of pulled pork (the label says it was frozen Jan 2016).  Sauteed the pork with some corn (freezer), shredded carrot (freezer), roast tomato (freezer), spinach (freezer), cauliflower puree (freezer), chipotle in adobe sauce (freezer), roasted garlic, sauteed onion, paprika, and cumin.  Then took it off the heat and stirred in some feta.

Rolled out half the puff pastry, cut into 5 pieces (one half cut into two, one half cut into three) and put a scoop of the pork mixture into each, and then folded the pastry over (into triangle turnovers for the quarters, and into rectangles for the thirds).  Cut a slit for steam to go out, and baked in a 425 oven for 22 minutes.

I ate mine with sour cream, the SO ate it with Nanny Hudson relish (https://www.foodiepages.ca/Nanny_Hudson/p/Nanny_Hudsons_Homestyle_Relish)

A great celebration meal and a good reminder of why I stock the freezer with these kinds of ingredients.
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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #1099 on: January 01, 2017, 10:52:54 PM »
Pulled a bunch of dry goods down from the highest shelf in my pantry to use up.
Assortment included: a bunch of tea, rye (to grind in grain mill), a cake mix, expired mustard, expired red pepper jelly and an empty jar for homemade hot chocolate mix.

I need to investigate how to make rye bread again. I think that bag has been there about 4 years.