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what can i make with these ingredients??
« on: April 26, 2014, 09:33:45 PM »
Four days left in the month, and getting a kick out of the food budget! I was determined to get by, and said to my friend, "On MMM they always say to use up what you have." He burst out laughing, saying, "Yes, but they're referring to people with overstocked pantries, not to organized minimalists like you!" Oh. But still, wouldn't it be fun to come up with ideas, especially for combining our current items into surprise deliciousness? Yes!

I can make a beautiful loaf out of sunflower seeds, but usually have more veggies around to add to it.
I make a gorgeous snack/dessert with cocoa, coconut oil, honey, etc.


Require animal protein at each of three meals per day.
We do poorly with starch/sugar-centred meals (oatmeal, fruit, etc) but can add those ingredients to protein-meals.
Feed the equivalent of two adults at each meal; have three guests til tomorrow afternoon, too! :)


For items extremely limited in quantity I added a measurement.
We still have $11.20 available to spend!

On Hand

mackerel, 1 small can
tuna, 1 can
frozen salmon (one now thawing)
6 eggs
beef rib ends
cottage cheese
cheese, 1 cup

baking soda
tomato paste, 1 tiny can
sunflower seeds
coconut oil
cocoa powder
shredded coconut
spices (favourite ones used up, but still a wide range available)
pumpkin puree
arrowroot powder
kelp noodles
nori sheets
oats, 2 cups
frozen fruit
butternut squash
coffee grounds
lemon juice
salsa, 1/4 cup
sour cream, 2 cups
wasabi seaweed
syrup, 1/4 cup
sesame-ginger dressing
cream, 3 tablespoons
olive spread
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Re: what can i make with these ingredients??
« Reply #1 on: April 26, 2014, 09:46:03 PM »
Do some googling with some of the ingredients, for instance "recipe salmon lemon" or "recipe sour cream honey."  Do you have any flour?  That would expand the things you could make, e.g. flour tortillas.

You can definitely have breakfasts of oatmeal, sunflower seeds, honey, and frozen fruit.


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Re: what can i make with these ingredients??
« Reply #2 on: April 26, 2014, 09:50:35 PM »
Fun, fun, fun challenge!

Here are some ideas:

Make an egg casserole. Mix 4 eggs, shredded cheese, melted butter, a cup of sour cream and a cup or so of bisquick/flour/bread crumbs if you have them. You could throw in some diced onions and some of your peas. Mix it all up and bake at 350 until cooked through (maybe 30-45 minutes). Top with salsa. Serve with frozen fruit smoothies.

Salmon- marinade with equal parts soy sauce, lemon juice, honey and olive oil. Salt and pepper. Bake, grill or pan fry. Sauté your onions, squash and carrots in olive oil for a side dish. Alternatively, oven roast them. Season them as you desire.  Buy a head of lettuce ($1) and serve a salad with your sesame- ginger dressing.

If you don't have your own chicken or veg stock, buy a large container of stock ($3). Sauté garlic, onion, carrots and any other veggies you have until tender. Set aside while you cook the beef rib ends. Add the veggies and rib ends to stock pot and add stock. Add some of the peas and tomato paste.  Season as you wish and cook until everything is blended well. Voila. Beef Stew.

If you have 1 egg, 1 cup nut butter and 1 cup sugar, mix them all together and bake at 350 for 12-14 minutes. COOKIES.
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Re: what can i make with these ingredients??
« Reply #3 on: April 26, 2014, 09:55:57 PM »
How many people do you need to feed per meal?


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Re: what can i make with these ingredients??
« Reply #4 on: April 26, 2014, 10:03:07 PM »
How many people do you need to feed per meal?

Good question! Adding that info to original post :)


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Re: what can i make with these ingredients??
« Reply #5 on: April 27, 2014, 09:04:12 AM »
Thanks, folks! Love the ideas! Please keep em' coming...

I think one of my buys will be cream, as tea with cream is my primary sanctuary/respite/nurture these days. Actually, maybe I can use the Starbucks gift card my dentist gave me to buy a cup of milk and bring it home :)

In my morning meditation, this side dish came: vegan nori rolls. So good! I don't have all the original ingredients (walnuts, curry powder, celery, etc) the recipe called for, but I've made it often enough that I know what variations will work. So I will blend together sunflower seeds, tahini, olive paste, lemon juice, salt and roll those into the nori sheets. YUM!

Went through my recipe file this morning and found one for a sweet, crustless pie which will allow me to use up the pumpkin puree.

Can make coconut pudding from the shredded coconut -one of my favourites.

Excited to make the ribs into a stew, vs just roasted as we normally do.

Today looks very delicious!


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Re: what can i make with these ingredients??
« Reply #6 on: April 27, 2014, 09:50:14 AM »
This is like an episode of the Food Network show "Chopped"  :)

Here are few ideas based on what you have listed as well as the need to purchase a few items, although not all contain the protein you are looking for:

Green Pea Hummus-  Green Peas, Tahini, Garlic, Lemon Juice, Garlic, Olive Oil and salt and pepper to taste. Serve with Pita Bread

Pasta tossed with Butternut Squash- Sautee cooked pasta noodles such as bow-tie with cooked cubed and cooked butternut squash, butter, garlic, chopped onions, chopped fresh or dried sage and salt and pepper. At the end add some cream to bring it all together.

Braised Italian Beef- Brown the Beef Rib Ends in a Dutch oven and add tomato paste, garlic, 1 can of beef stock, chopped onion, minced garlic and some Italian seasoning. Reduce heat to low and braise until meat is tender. Serve with steamed rice or cooked pasta/buttered egg noodles. Steamed carrots on the side.

Broiled Asian Salmon-  Marinate the Salmon in the Sesame-Ginger dressing for and hour or so and then broil until done. Serve with a side of carrots that are sautéed with the fresh minced ginger and butter. Season with salt and pepper. Steamed rice on the side.

Buy some large baking potatoes and make a "build your own baked potato bar" using the sour cream, cheese, salsa and possibly the tuna if you need the protein. Another idea is to split the cooked baked potatoes in half and top with some tuna and cheese. Broil until the cheese is hot and bubbly.

Good luck.


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Re: what can i make with these ingredients??
« Reply #7 on: April 27, 2014, 11:33:47 AM »
Asian style fish cakes- Use the tuna, 1 egg, sunflower seeds, 1 grated carrot, the sesame-ginger dressing and some fresh ginger and garlic. If you are going to buy anything some green onion is nice in these. Mix it all together and fry in some oil. I usually use 2 cans of tuna and get 4 cakes but with one can it will make 2.

Oven roasted vegetables: Carrots and butternut squash. Peel and dice the carrots and butternut squash, toss with oil, grated garlic, sprinkle with salt and pepper and cumin if you have it. Roast on a baking sheet in the oven at 350.


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Re: what can i make with these ingredients??
« Reply #8 on: April 27, 2014, 12:52:54 PM »
As part of a meal, maybe a coconut-heavy curry based on pumpkin or squash, maybe pureed? Big dollop of sour cream and/or toasted sunflower seeds on top? Not sure how to get animal protein into every meal with the ingredients you listed, though.


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Re: what can i make with these ingredients??
« Reply #9 on: April 27, 2014, 07:04:00 PM »
I know somebody already suggested consulting the oracle of Google, but I'd also recommend the site Allrecipes, which will let you input a bunch of ingredients and then view a list of recipes that include all the things you listed.


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Re: what can i make with these ingredients??
« Reply #10 on: April 27, 2014, 07:31:19 PM »
Today is delicious indeed!

We made the rib-ends stew, as suggested. YUM! Served it over the kelp noodles -a wonderful mix of textures.

Made the cookies, which were excellent. Oats, butter, honey, egg, vanilla.

Made the vegan nori rolls. Ohmigoodness. It's been a few years since I last made those, I think. I had forgotten how much my son loves them. For the filling I blended sunflowers seeds (soaked several hours for moisture and volume first), black olive paste, red chilli bits, cumin, lemon juice, onion, salt.

I am now defrosting both salmons and will marinate at least one overnight in the sesame-ginger sauce.

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Re: what can i make with these ingredients??
« Reply #11 on: April 27, 2014, 08:19:38 PM »
Yummy!  Definitely sounds delicious.

Congrats on being so creative- it's making me more motivated as well!


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Re: what can i make with these ingredients??
« Reply #12 on: May 20, 2014, 11:55:33 AM »
Just came back to say a big thanks to everyone who pitched in to help me with ideas! I've continued applying the idea for marinating the salmon and also making the tiny batches of simple cookies, much to the delight of my son. For marinate, I've gathered three very different, gorgeous "salad dressings" from the low-income food store, and am rotating these for variety. They gave me a free box of really fancy granola, too, and I've been crushing that as the cookie base. Really good stuff!

Thanks for sharing your knowledge and creativity!

I did use up almost everything before the end of the month, gave away the dented can of mackerel and the arrowroot powder, and returned other unwanted items to the store for full refunds (over $100 all told). A pretty empty pantry, fridge, and freezer at the end, and restocking the basics has been costly, but it was fun! I loved the experiment, the feeling hungry, the creativity, and especially the getting honest about what I will actually (never) use.