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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #3400 on: October 23, 2021, 05:36:38 AM »
Using up some oat bran cereal by mixing a small amount in with my daily morning oatmeal.  This technique vanquished some cracked wheat and bulgur wheat cereal that had been hanging around in the cupboard.

Yesterday I used up some cabbage by making sweet and sour cabbage in the slow cooker.  I have a mountain of sweet and sour cabbage to eat now!! Ha! ha!!!  It was fun to make because I got to use my thrift shop Cuisinart food processor to shred the cabbage.

Also have been working on some frozen fresh buckwheat noodles by adding them to a minestrone soup that I made without any pasta.

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #3401 on: October 23, 2021, 06:32:00 PM »
Week 2:  I did a large shopping trip, after spending only $20 last week, $100 this week.  Mostly staples we needed, but I have another mental debate: belgian waffles on half-price, they sound really good.  I just stocked up on eggs for breakfast, but I could eat waffles for dinner.  Better still, my parents could help me.  They finished the croissants they bought at Costco.  I still haven't eaten the couscous I picked up last week - I was going to, and then my Mom decided to make something else with the eggplant.

@Mountain Gal- thanks for the cheese on lettuce idea.  Instead of making salad this week, I did the cream cheese (smoked salmon flavor) with onion, tomato, capers on lettuce.  Surprisingly filling.  Next up is swiss cheese and salami.

This was opposite week to last week in what I ate, too: only 1 yogurt, no dressing, no pizza.  finished some beet kvass and 1 packet of wasa my sister gave me, 4 large cookies from prior job lunches, most of the cream cheese, 3 packets of rice ramen.  1 serving of: mung bean (as sprouts), ramen, nachos, fries, popcorn, cereal, 2 croissants.

I also turned 6 lb of a 10lb bag of onions into caramelized onions, which I use in cooking everything but esp. biryani.  I also defrosted/ cooked 22c of squash skin added onions, spices and turned it into 14c of chutney.  We heard about this from relatives who were visiting.  I can't get my parents to eat that much fiber, but it doesn't taste that heavy, and it's packed with vitamins.

On the one hand, that's a high-carb week for me. On the other hand, since my parents aren't eating much of it, using up the pantry is a slow process.  My brother brought over food this week, and we didn't make beans, dry or canned.  The great news is that I realized I'm getting home a full hour earlier than my previous job, so it's a lot easier to cook mid-week. I usually make a large vat of something on Sunday and then this Thu I made pad thai to get through Saturday.

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #3402 on: October 24, 2021, 11:41:40 AM »
I finally used the remains of dried garbanzo beans I bought last year, wow. I now have several servings of frozen falafel. Does not help with my cleaning the freezer challenge but it least some progress with the pantry. Served it with fresh salad, dill sauce, and bulgur wheat. It was a hit.

As for shopping, so far I failed and restocked on some extras. On the bright side, it is now easier to cook more interesting dishes with old ingredients.

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #3403 on: October 25, 2021, 03:59:20 PM »
Today I made spring rolls. I used carrots and some other veggie, a bit of selfmade kimchi, a bag of selfpicked dried mushrooms, ground lamb, and leftover glass noodles. I stir fried all ingredients first, but obviously left in too much water, maybe the noodles. So many of the rolls broke open during frying and it turned out a bit messy. But it tasted okay and we both eat 5 rolls each. I have 2 x 10 sheets left, so I have the chance to make some better looking rolls next times.
Tomorrow I plan to make a Thai style soup where I can throw in a bit of leftover stirfried vegetable from the springrolls, plus some more leftover fresh veggies. As well as some more selfpicked pickled mushrooms. I will add chicken.

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #3404 on: October 25, 2021, 04:33:48 PM »
Today I made spring rolls. I used carrots and some other veggie, a bit of selfmade kimchi, a bag of selfpicked dried mushrooms, ground lamb, and leftover glass noodles. I stir fried all ingredients first, but obviously left in too much water, maybe the noodles. So many of the rolls broke open during frying and it turned out a bit messy. But it tasted okay and we both eat 5 rolls each. I have 2 x 10 sheets left, so I have the chance to make some better looking rolls next times.
Tomorrow I plan to make a Thai style soup where I can throw in a bit of leftover stirfried vegetable from the springrolls, plus some more leftover fresh veggies. As well as some more selfpicked pickled mushrooms. I will add chicken.

You can make all kind of wonderful things with those rice papers. They can make a great Vietnamese Pizza (Bánh Tráng Nướng). Or fry them up into wonderful rice chips.

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #3405 on: October 26, 2021, 12:45:57 AM »
@seemsright: I'm going to look for those vietnamese pizza things, since I also have some rice papers left......

Used up the last two brown bananas and made breakfast banana pancakes this morning. Heard no complaints from the teens!
I have some dimsum sheets and some leftover veggies from our chinese food party last Friday in the fridge. Need to see if I can turn this into a tasteful lunch today.

This week will be another attempt to empty our freezer and kitchen cupboard. I think I did OK on the grocery shopping this weekend, so let's see if we can make a dent into the inventory before the holiday season starts with all the goodies that go with that.....







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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #3406 on: October 26, 2021, 03:13:43 AM »
Today I made spring rolls. I used carrots and some other veggie, a bit of selfmade kimchi, a bag of selfpicked dried mushrooms, ground lamb, and leftover glass noodles. I stir fried all ingredients first, but obviously left in too much water, maybe the noodles. So many of the rolls broke open during frying and it turned out a bit messy. But it tasted okay and we both eat 5 rolls each. I have 2 x 10 sheets left, so I have the chance to make some better looking rolls next times.
Tomorrow I plan to make a Thai style soup where I can throw in a bit of leftover stirfried vegetable from the springrolls, plus some more leftover fresh veggies. As well as some more selfpicked pickled mushrooms. I will add chicken.

You can make all kind of wonderful things with those rice papers. They can make a great Vietnamese Pizza (Bánh Tráng Nướng). Or fry them up into wonderful rice chips.

Our grocery shop didn't sell rice papers. Therefore DH bought frozen wheat based papers. The pack said that they were meant for spring rolls, all purposes. It worked well for deep fried rolls, apart from the "exploding" ingredients. But they are thicker and a bit different from rice paper. You also don't need to soak them first.

I need to visit another shop (we call those shops for immigrant food store in Norway) to buy rice papers. But stores are in the next town. Those are also great for making fresh spring rolls with cucumber and mango and such ingredients.

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #3407 on: October 26, 2021, 01:15:24 PM »
@Dutch Comfort, those TooGoodToGo boxes sound so good!

I love rice paper and appreciate all the ideas listed here.  :)  @Linea_Norway, yours sound so good!

My weight was up a bit after our 4 days away which was full of (purposeful) carbs, so I successfully refocused on eating back on plan.  Recent meals have included ground pork lettuce wraps, marinated steak, and a cauliflower crust pizza.  Today's lunch will feature leftover steak on top of baby spinach, and tonight we'll have canned salmon toasted cheddar "tacos" (I neglected to pull the cod out to thaw).

The kitchen freezer continues to thin out for easier viewing.  Sunday I made a lasagna for a neighbor friend which included two types of ground meat, the bag of tomato sauce I made from homegrown tomatoes, the container of leftover tomato sauce and paste, a container of cottage cheese, some shreds from the parmesan wedge, and the remaining wedge of mozzarella.

Our grocery order last week included a substitute of a 5 pound block of cheese.  There is no way DH and I can get to all of it in time.  I researched how to successfully freeze grated and sliced cheese, and will also give some to a neighbor or two.

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #3408 on: Today at 02:01:28 AM »
@MountainGal I remember to have heard about freezing cheese. Please check it out.

I have almost finished eating up my home made jams with blueberry and cloudberry. Now I had to buy new jam in a shop.

I have also been using up dried and pickled selfpicked mushrooms from last year. And I am currently drying new ones. We also eat some fresh ones in between.

I ordered a strong blender (1800 Watt). I hope that device will be able to effectively pulverise grains, mushrooms and lichen when I feel for it. I have wanted to try out plants and stuff that can replace flour, but never had a device that could pulverise well enough. And the dried mushrooms are just pulverised to use as flavor powder (umami). I so hope that this relativ large blender is not a bad bargain. I cannot do away with my old kitchen machine, as it is also a slicer, which the new one cannot do.

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #3409 on: Today at 05:26:59 AM »
Freezer cleanout continues! 

This week, used up a bunch of chicken thighs in an ultimately unsuccessful dish called "Sticky Chicken" (basically braised/roasted chicken in a sauce made from honey, vinegar, soy sauce, and ketchup).  Can't figure out if the chicken was just too old, if I did something wrong, or if the recipe just isn't very good in the first place.  The plan now, since we didn't like it, is to remove the meat from the bones, combine it with some leftover rice, salsa, beans, and cheese, and eat it as a kind of wrap sandwich on some flatbreads that I made with leftover yogurt and some self-rising flour I got from Buy Nothing. 

I also got a hunk of something labeled "hot beef" out of the freezer and thawed it--I think it was some kind of crock-pot thing made with rogan josh, which DH loved but was too spicy for me.  I made a sweet sauce (kind of like the one above but with less vinegar and some added hoisin sauce we are also trying to use up), and treated the whole thing kind of like fried rice:  meat in the pan, add the sauce, add the leftover rice, and stir around until hot.  It was surprisingly good--and I have two more hunks of "hot beef" left.  We'll do this again when we have some leftover rice and a hole in the meal plan!

I'm so thankful DH is so open to these weird experiments with leftover bits and bobs of food.  He's always interested in something "new" and enjoys watching and occasionally participating in my thought experiments and let's-see-what-happens-if-we-put-these-together kind of whimsy.  :)  It makes it much easier to engage in this kind of cleanout!

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #3410 on: Today at 07:56:32 AM »
We had planned to have a "leftovers" meal last night (my parents are visiting, so we are feeding six instead of four). We ended up also feeding our neighbor, and her daughter this week, as they were without power. As a result, we had a much smaller collection of leftovers. I was able to defrost two prepped meals (because they were scaled for our normal serving of four) of Korean beef, my husband made rice, & we had that with salad. I do now still have a few random leftovers that need to be eaten:

-3 or so servings of fiesta chicken skillet (will likely have one serving for lunch)
-1 serving of manicotti
-2 servings of lasagna
-2 servings of frozen beef

I need to freeze any leftovers, as my parents leave tomorrow, and my husband is also leaving on a trip. Time to decide what I'm feeding the kiddos & how to best take advantage of the above.

In exciting news, I picked the first four pomegranates from our tree. We love pomegranates, and planted the tree when we moved in. Last year, we had one pomegranate. This year, the tree is packed, so we're hoping to get a bunch!

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #3411 on: Today at 10:17:56 AM »
@MaybeBabyMustache Great to have your own pommegrenate tree that gives fruits!