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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #2500 on: September 13, 2019, 01:09:00 PM »
wow - great progress @SquashingDebt & @imadandylion !

I was traveling all week, so there was a bit of food waste (my husband isn't the leftover ninja that I am). I did defrost some seasoned ground turkey for dinner tonight, and will make a spaghetti sauce. Adults will have with zoodles, kids will have with regular pasta.

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #2501 on: September 15, 2019, 09:22:49 AM »
Since Friday, we've made good progress:
-Used up a very discounted Italian seasoned lb of ground turkey (freezer) - went into spaghetti sauce
-Marinara sauce (pantry) - went into spaghetti sauce
-Taco meat (freezer) - went into taco slaw
-Tiny container of homemade tomato sauce (freezer) - went into spaghetti sauce
-Used a ton of basil for pesto - one for us, dropped off one with our neighbor
-Used tahini & a can of garbanzo beans - made hummus
-My 12 yo wanted to make pizza, so finally used the rest of a brick of shreddable mozzarella & pepperoni that were in the use it or lose it phase of the fridge

For today, I'm making crockpot carnitas for the freezer. We do all of the steps but the crisping. Defrost from the freezer, and then crisp before serving. They are a freezer staple. Now that there's more room in the fridge, we can fill it with carnitas. Yum!

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #2502 on: September 22, 2019, 01:23:58 PM »
I didn't have quite enough peanut butter for my protein bars today. I used my food processor & turned the remainder of a bag of macadamia nuts that had been lingering in the pantry for way too long into a nut butter, and mixed that with the peanut butter. One more item out of the pantry!

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #2503 on: September 23, 2019, 01:36:24 PM »
Lately:

Remaining pecan pieces went on top of today's salad
Leftover cauliflower was made into a puree to use as a side dish last night
Leftover broccoli was sauteed with baby spinach and asparagus for a side last week
A jar of rather runny homemade apricot jam will go on top of a pork roast in the Crock Pot tomorrow
Garden fresh crookneck squash will be cooked as a side dish tonight, and in Wednesday's stir fry
Frozen leftovers such as deer chili will feed DH when I soon go out of town

I need to dig around the bottom freezer drawer to figure out what else is lurking there.

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« Reply #2504 on: September 23, 2019, 09:29:01 PM »
Here's an interesting one: found half a bag of gummed together stale marshmallows at the back of the pantry. In the absence of any prepared cereal in the house, we're having marshmallow popcorn for dessert tomorrow!

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #2505 on: September 26, 2019, 11:09:03 PM »
I Need to get back to this... I am away on the weekend, but on Monday I will put a basket on the kitchen counter and will put in all dry items that need to be used up. I am overwhelmed by the content of my kitchen cabinets...

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #2506 on: September 28, 2019, 09:56:51 AM »
I haven't been cooking much the last week, so no major progress on the freezer contents, but I did eat 3 frozen leftover meals (lentils makhani, corn-coconut soup, and stuffed squash) for lunches this week.  I also finished off 2 more bags of frozen fruit from 2017 - 4 to go!

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #2507 on: October 03, 2019, 11:01:06 AM »
I put 25 items in a basket in the kitchen that i would like to use up in October. Tonight I will use a pack of naan bread and two packs of Curry Sauce in a indian style fish curry.

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #2508 on: October 04, 2019, 01:15:27 PM »
I have a couple packages of ham in the freezer still from buying it on sale before Christmas.  Using that up along with some homegrown potatoes and leeks to make soup for dinner tonight.  I've been eating low-carb all summer, so the stash of potatoes has been going very slowly.

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #2509 on: October 06, 2019, 02:17:08 PM »
This weekend I'm keeping it simple and only making one dish (I have lots of frozen leftovers to round out my week).

I have Cabbage-Farro soup from Smitten Kitchen on the stove right now.  It used cabbage and rosemary from the fridge, farro from the pantry, and onions, leeks (because there weren't enough onions), and 2 portions of pork broth from the freezer.

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #2510 on: October 06, 2019, 03:38:32 PM »
We are out of peanut butter, so I used the last of a can of peanuts, and maybe 2 tbsp of very old pistachios to make nut butter for my protein bars.

My son used up a couple of freezer bananas for smoothies this week.

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #2511 on: October 07, 2019, 11:06:54 AM »
Nicely done, @MaybeBabyMustache!

As posted earlier a few weeks ago, I dug around the kitchen freezer Saturday, and asked DH for a summary of the garage freezer.  These resulted in:

Ham steaks:  Some went onto last night's pizza, the rest will be used for lunches.
A pound each deer and pork sausage is in today's Crock Pot meatloaf.
I pulled June's leftover chicken and "dumplings" for tomorrow night.
I also pulled last month's leftover rotisserie chicken for my salads this week.
The last of the salmon will be eaten Wednesday night.

Pantry/fridge:
The rest of the coconut flour went into last night's Fathead pizza crust.
Cheddar remnant was used in Saturday's cheesy scrambled eggs.
The rest of a jar of peanut butter went onto last week's pork chops.
I processed grapes, strawberries, and cauliflower for lunch sides this week.
The rest of the kalamata olives went on top of this week's salads.

We've got half a cow coming so we REALLY need to make freezer space!

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #2512 on: October 07, 2019, 02:29:56 PM »
My dad was in town, so I took a break from the low-carb diet and used a large portion of a bag of masa to make tortillas.  Cooked some black beans we also haven't been using, and used a jar of green enchilada sauce I canned in 2018 to make a big pan of enchiladas Suizas.


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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #2513 on: October 07, 2019, 03:55:40 PM »
Wow @MountainGal - that's a lot of progress! Awesome work

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #2514 on: October 07, 2019, 04:27:16 PM »
i need help...

we just picked up many, many, many pounds of root vegetables from our CSA.  so yummy but so many!

potatoes, yams, garlic, onions, winter squash-- I have a handle on what to do with these..

but the tricky one is BEETS.

I really only cook roasted beets as a side dish or thinly slice raw baby ones for a salad.  But I need more ideas/recipes as to get through the amount I have (almost 20lbs).  what's your favorite way to use beets?

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #2515 on: October 07, 2019, 05:55:31 PM »
i need help...

we just picked up many, many, many pounds of root vegetables from our CSA.  so yummy but so many!

potatoes, yams, garlic, onions, winter squash-- I have a handle on what to do with these..

but the tricky one is BEETS.

I really only cook roasted beets as a side dish or thinly slice raw baby ones for a salad.  But I need more ideas/recipes as to get through the amount I have (almost 20lbs).  what's your favorite way to use beets?
Beet soup!
https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/215037/lithuanian-saltibarsciai-cold-beet-soup/

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #2516 on: October 07, 2019, 06:51:49 PM »
i need help...

we just picked up many, many, many pounds of root vegetables from our CSA.  so yummy but so many!

potatoes, yams, garlic, onions, winter squash-- I have a handle on what to do with these..

but the tricky one is BEETS.

I really only cook roasted beets as a side dish or thinly slice raw baby ones for a salad.  But I need more ideas/recipes as to get through the amount I have (almost 20lbs).  what's your favorite way to use beets?

Pickled beets!  Great way to preserve too many beets, I like them cold as a side dish or in salad.  For fresh cooking, I also like boiled (until the skins slip off, then they're done), but I just really love the flavor of beets.  If you're not a beet person, that might not be for you.

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #2517 on: October 07, 2019, 08:37:28 PM »
i need help...

we just picked up many, many, many pounds of root vegetables from our CSA.  so yummy but so many!

potatoes, yams, garlic, onions, winter squash-- I have a handle on what to do with these..

but the tricky one is BEETS.

I really only cook roasted beets as a side dish or thinly slice raw baby ones for a salad.  But I need more ideas/recipes as to get through the amount I have (almost 20lbs).  what's your favorite way to use beets?

Red Flannel Hash with eggs on top makes  a good dinner.  Ham or bacon is good if you don't have corned beef (or go vegetarian if that's your thing).  https://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/red-flannel-hash/

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #2518 on: October 08, 2019, 05:07:13 AM »
i need help...

we just picked up many, many, many pounds of root vegetables from our CSA.  so yummy but so many!

potatoes, yams, garlic, onions, winter squash-- I have a handle on what to do with these..

but the tricky one is BEETS.

I really only cook roasted beets as a side dish or thinly slice raw baby ones for a salad.  But I need more ideas/recipes as to get through the amount I have (almost 20lbs).  what's your favorite way to use beets?

Shredded along with carrots to make a coleslaw-like salad.  I usually use olive oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic, and cumin as the main parts of the dressing.

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #2519 on: October 08, 2019, 10:15:13 AM »
but I just really love the flavor of beets.  If you're not a beet person, that might not be for you.

we have a sliding scale of beet lovers in our house.  Spouse loves beets and would eat them every week.  I also like beets but not as much as spouse.  Kid2 is well on the road to liking beets and eats them roasted without complaint.  Kid1 is slowest on the journey to liking beets but keeps trying them (with some nudging from us).

Mainly with this fall season,  I hope to explore all the cool ways to eat beets to find which way(s) work(s) best.

Borscht is out-- it was one of my first thoughts as well, but it failed.  will try again later, maybe after a little time.

@horsepoor Red Flannel Hash is a great idea!  will definitely be trying that (Kid1 is a big bacon eater).

@Raenia Pickling is also a cool idea.  Kid1 and Kid2 both loved eating pickled mushrooms last weekend ( mushrooms are a food they normally skip).  so pickling might help.  is there a specific recipe that works best for beets or can I just use something like a quick pickle?

thanks everyone for the suggestions so far!  Let me know if you have more ideas to help Kid1 and Kid2.

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #2520 on: October 08, 2019, 10:35:30 AM »
I think the recipe I used was something like this: https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/38109/pickled-beets/, however there are also recipes with more savory spicing or apple cider vinegar.  I can dig up my recipe tonight and double check.

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #2521 on: October 13, 2019, 05:46:38 PM »
Today's project was stuffed peppers.  I got lots of free poblano peppers from work, so I used 2 bags of tomato sauce, 1 bag of leeks, and 2 packs of chorizo from the freezer along with 1.5 bags of rice that was near its use by date to make stuffed peppers, with the only ingredient specially purchased for the recipe being the cheese.  I also used up some more of the fancy taco seasoning my grandmother bought me.  My grandmother passed away 10+ years ago...

I made 14 servings of stuffed peppers to go in the freezer for winter lunches and have about 3 servings to eat this week.  (Note, this may have actually resulted in a net increase of freezer space used, but now the ingredients are in a much more usable form.)

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #2522 on: October 20, 2019, 06:56:39 AM »
A few wins this week:  I had some "almost-finished" meals in the freezer - stuffing for delicata squash I froze a year ago when I had extra, and makhani sauce from June.  I bought paneer and finished the meal of paneer makhani on Friday, and I have free delicata squash from work that I'll make into stuffed delicata this evening.

I also finished a jar of jam so got a new jar out of the freezer.  Strawberry, that I froze in 2016, apparently.

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #2523 on: October 20, 2019, 09:54:15 PM »
This is such a great idea! And a good time for me to try it out, since the grocery budget is dwindling and we are prone to wasting food around here.

Tonight my daughter made pasta with a sauce made from white wine, peas, mushrooms, and cream cheese. It was delicious. We have lots of rice and dried beans, some chicken thighs, bacon, and a bunch of canned food. I'm looking forward to getting creative with the pantry ingredients this week and just supplementing with some produce from a veggie stand nearby, and maybe a gallon of milk.

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #2524 on: October 21, 2019, 12:57:20 PM »
Hi, @Anoushka!  That pasta sauce sounds divine!!!

Lately:
Made a stir fry using a bag of riced cauliflower and a beef sausage from the freezer, and a few fresh ingredients
Used up a package of bacon for brunch
Used the rest of the mozzarella cheese in low carb Fathead bagel bombs yesterday
Made tacos using up a pound each regular and spicy pork sausage
Reheated frozen chicken Alfredo from the freezer
Sauteed the rest of a jar of marinaded asparagus

Frozen veggies piled up over the summer as we were eating from the garden.  A nice problem to have.  :)

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #2525 on: October 21, 2019, 10:06:20 PM »
@MountainGal Tacos with spicy sausage sound amazing!

My kids are sick, so my brother's fiancee gave me some homemade chicken broth and I made chicken soup with a few chicken thighs and the random mushrooms, onions, garlic, and potatoes we had that needed to be eaten. I put a little more of the leftover white wine in there.

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #2526 on: October 27, 2019, 08:45:38 AM »
Over the past few days:
-used a tiny tub of sunflower butter (along with peanut butter) in protein bars. I rescued the sunflower butter at a summer camp pick up when I saw all of the kids throwing their unopened butter in the garbage
-a gifted container of Trader Joes tomato & red pepper soup, which was quite good
-Turned cabbage & carrots into a coleslaw mix, & then used the dressing I have prepped in the fridge to make coleslaw

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #2527 on: October 28, 2019, 04:37:41 PM »
This is more of a hypothetical future question since I'm considering a bulk purchase... does anyone know how long organic whole wheat pasta will keep? (Probably organic makes no difference, but who knows.) I've been stung a few times by brown rice going rancid fairly quickly so I'm worried that whole grain pasta will be similar. There's a brand I like that's no longer carried in any stores I can find locally and I was thinking of ordering a case of it online... but I can't check the expiration dates before I order.

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #2528 on: October 31, 2019, 01:50:23 PM »
@Dollar Slice, we don't usually eat pasta, so I'm not sure on the expiration date.  Did you try looking it up online?

According to my spreadsheet, this month I spent:
 $455.28 food
 $95.71 HBAs

Crazy!  And this reflects nearly zero food waste.  I partly blame it on Halloween candy.  (blush)

I've been majorly stressed which is when I do my best cleaning.  Yesterday was the fridge:
~Boiled eggs for breakfasts and lunch snacks
~Moved eggs from the cartons into the fridge bin and put the cartons into the recycle stack to give to a chicken owning friend.
~Processed celery, berries, baby spinach, etc. for lunches
~Put cream cheese and pb into single servings for the celery
~Divided leftover chili into two servings, one for DH and I each
~Grated the rest of the cheddar for DH to put on his chili today
~Tossed 2 old, bought on sale, portobello mushrooms as I just didn't want to chance it
~Poured out an expired mini bottle of apple juice DH bought over the summer for smoking meat purposes
~Put yogurt into several single servings for breakfasts here at the office
~Put olives and pickle slices into single servings for DH's lunches
~Wiped down every shelf
~Organized leftover juices from our Halloween party
~Will ask our neighbor if she would like the leftover bloody Mary mix from said party

The fridge is looking really good!
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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #2529 on: October 31, 2019, 04:53:35 PM »
Pretty good progress since I last posted - I made lentil soup which used the rest of a bag of lentils from the pantry, a pack of sausage, a bag of tomatoes, some leeks, and some celery all from the freezer, and Swiss chard from my CSA.  Yum!  (https://smittenkitchen.com/2013/01/lentil-soup-with-sausage-chard-and-garlic/ for anyone who's interested - it's one of my favorite soup recipes)

A slight fail involved buying lots of expensive cheese to make a pumpkin-kale-cheese-pasta bake.  But it was delicious at least!  And I have mozzarella and ricotta left over that I'm going to use for a baked ziti-type dish this weekend.

My freezers are all reaching capacity with all the free veggies I've been putting in them, so I need to focus on clearing out bulky items by eating them so that I can freeze some more free spinach (for my daily smoothies) while it's still available.  It's very satisfying freezing the spinach, because each bag frozen is $6 I won't have to spend this winter on greens.

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #2530 on: October 31, 2019, 05:57:24 PM »
Made a chicken stirfry with peanut sauce tonight to address some of the expired jar of peanut butter that was lurking in the back of the pantry cupboard.