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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #2400 on: January 16, 2019, 06:19:12 PM »
My second week of the pantry challenge hasn't been as good as the first.  The combination of a busy weekend and a craving for salads led me to buy a bunch of salad ingredients to eat for dinner all week.  I did do a good job eating not-particularly-appealing leftovers from the freezer for my lunches.

Anyone else seem to always try to re-start healthy eating at the same time as a pantry challenge?  (Got to love January and all those goals...)  They're kind of tricky to do at the same time.

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #2401 on: January 16, 2019, 06:51:14 PM »
Made butternut squash mac and cheese.  we’re not particularly doing a pantry challenge right now, but the squash was on its way out and I determined not to waste it.  Some googling for receipts found several delicious looking ones that needed extra ingredients, but it is a truth universally acknowledged that a trip to the grocery for one item leads to many unplanned purchases.  I kept looking until I found the one that we had all of the supplies for. Used up a chunk of cheddar cheese from the freezer that wasn’t good for slicing anymore. 

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #2402 on: January 16, 2019, 08:06:43 PM »
I'm doing this somewhat inadvertently as the government shutdown/furlough drags on.  I have plenty of time on my hands, and want to keep the grocery spend down.

For breakfasts I've been working on the oatmeal supply, along with random nuts and the non-dairy milk we overbought at CostCo.  Also adding random dried and frozen fruits and some protein powder that's been around way too long.

Tomorrow I'm making cornbread with my stock of masa.

Other things I should work on using:

Lots of plain, raw almonds
Tons of frozen green chile and poblanos
Partially dried tomatos
Thai and regular basil pesto
Spiral sliced ham
Remainder of an overcooked lamb roast with the bone
Canister of unsweetened coconut flakes
Canned peaches
Apple and apricot butter

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #2403 on: January 17, 2019, 11:06:10 AM »
@SquashingDebt , kind of.  My lunches of topping fresh baby spinach with leftovers worked pretty well last week.  I bought a fresh bag of spinach this week and it seems to be going well.

Cold weather had me nesting over the weekend and focusing on using up what we have:
~Cherry tomatoes from last season went into homemade pasta sauce
~Mulling spices given to me as a Christmas present went into orange mulled wine
~Instead of smoking new cuts of meat, we ate leftover backstrap and loin from the freezer
~Brought up the container of Folgers and bottled waters from the guest room to use them up
~Been nibbling on leftover Christmas treats I froze instead of throw away last month
~Instead of buying more zucchini at the store this week, I remembered we have grated garden fresh zucchini from last season in the freezer

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #2404 on: January 21, 2019, 07:05:50 AM »
Haven't done very well lately, but with lots of teenagers in the house this past week, I used up some lingering cinnamon rolls in a can to make monkey bread, a cake mix and vanilla greek yogurt to make coffee cake and another cake mix to make cookie bars.  Only 5 boxes of cake mix left!  Will be making turkey chili tonight to use up some lingering turkey meat, cans of rotel and pinto beans.  I found a couple cans of mandarin oranges and refried beans behind black beans.  Not something we like or use, so I'll be looking for uses of those. 

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #2405 on: January 24, 2019, 10:54:44 AM »
Having been down with pneumonia had me going stir crazy stuck in the house.  Baking and cooking kept me sane, LOL.

~Leftover Christmas baking ingredients went into biscuits and muffins
~1 lb sausage went into gravy
~Used the rest of the nori sheets in sushi Sunday
~Used leftover sushi crab on top of salads twice this week
~Thawed blueberries and have been using them on top of dairy free yogurt and salads.  Here's to healthy antioxidants!
~Used 2 large chicken breasts and 2 lbs pork ribs in various entrees
~Similar to 2 weeks ago, bagged spinach has provided lunches this week, with leftovers on top and homemade blue cheese dressing.

Next up:  Figure out how to use frozen sandwich rolls from Halloween.  A strata?  French toast bites?

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #2406 on: January 24, 2019, 12:27:02 PM »
Made pancakes from leftover sourdough starter this morning, and topped them with the remains of a jar of apricot butter.

I have several jars of peaches that I need to cook down into a jam or something.

Tonight DH will be out skiing, so I'll cook myseelf a lone sweet potato that's looking a little sad.

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #2407 on: January 24, 2019, 05:36:39 PM »
We didn't eat a bakery loaf quick enough and it hardened up, so I made Tuscan Bread Soup (https://food52.com/recipes/33081-pancotto-tuscan-bread-soup) and used some other bread ends from the freezer at the same time.  I also used a bit of leek dip mix from the cupboard, and it turned out delicous. I will definitely make this again. Frozen bread ends are something that pile up around here (I already use them in casseroles, meatballs or meatloafs and other things when we need bread crumbs).   I need to commit again to using up all our random bits that end up in the freezer!

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #2408 on: January 25, 2019, 07:33:14 AM »
Next up:  Figure out how to use frozen sandwich rolls from Halloween.  A strata?  French toast bites?

Croutons?  I do that a lot as my family won't grumble about salads if it has a lot of different veggies and other stuff in it. 

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #2409 on: January 25, 2019, 11:35:07 AM »
Thanks, @halftimer and @Unique User

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #2410 on: January 27, 2019, 08:13:32 PM »
My pantry challenge went better this week.  All of my lunches and dinners were at least partially from the pantry/freezer:

  • pasta with pesto & veggies - pasta from pantry, pesto & veggies from freezer, parmesan cheese was purchased
  • broccoli soup - broccoli from freezer, cheddar from fridge, finished off a "Better Than Bouillon" from the fridge (this was kind of a fail - couldn't get it smooth enough; we'll see if I end up eating any more of it)
  • chili - tomatoes, corn, shallots, red peppers, and beans from the freezer, purchased garlic and ground beef - made 14 servings!  (I'll eat 4-5 this week and freeze the rest for future lunches)

I also thawed, marinated, and roasted some tempeh from the freezer to use on salads this week.

I'm going to keep going right into February with my challenge.  I feel like I haven't really even made a dent in my freezers yet.

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #2411 on: January 28, 2019, 07:31:26 AM »
I'm really struggling these days, as my husband is on a very different diet (keto, not as a health/weight loss, but to narrow down allergy symptoms that have caused hives for months). The hives are finally gone, so now he can undergo extensive allergy testing. However, it means that he is eating pretty much entirely separate meals each night. I already have had to go dairy free (again, food sensitivities) over the past few months, so much of what's in the freezer/pantry right now, neither of us can eat. The kids can eat most of it, but it takes more time, & effort to prep multiple meals.

But, I made egg roll in a bowl yesterday with cauliflower rice. It did require purchasing a few ingredients, but I used hoisin sauce & pickled ginger, both of which were in the fridge from a recipe my son needed for cooking class. It didn't use them up, but I will likely make this again another night soon, and finish both of those.

My goals for this week are mostly to eat down all leftovers in the fridge, and focus less on the freezer/pantry until we're all able to have the same meals. I also want there to be pretty much nothing in the fridge when I leave for London on Saturday, as last week when I traveled. . . I came home to a bunch of food waste in the fridge. :-(

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #2412 on: January 31, 2019, 06:38:47 PM »
I am presently putting together a homemade approximation of a boozy hot cider that the bar down the street serves:

Found some frozen apple juice concentrate, left over from a canning recipe from who knows how long ago, in the freezer.
Found some old-ish, but still flavorful, mulling spices in the pantry.
Found some amaretto in the liquor cabinet, also left over from a canning recipe probably a couple years ago

Frugal drinking during the polar vortex!

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #2413 on: February 01, 2019, 12:11:20 PM »
Am I too late to join y'all, @Tris Prior?  :D

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #2414 on: February 03, 2019, 11:05:58 PM »
I used a jar of apricot butter in banana bread today.  I used Mark Bittman's recipe, which includes unsweetened coconut.  OMG, so good.  I know how I'm using the rest of the jars of apricot butter!

The guy I've been buying lamb from totally flaked on me this year, so I'm feeling a little conflicted about using up last year's lamb.  It is the best ever, and who knows if I'll be able to get any more.

In the spirit of using everything, I've been making pancakes from excess sourdough starter most weekends.

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #2415 on: February 04, 2019, 12:50:54 PM »
~Used very brown bananas in a banana bread.  This also helped to use leftover Christmas baking ingredients.
~Used the aforementioned leftover slider rolls in a cream cheese French toast casserole
~Used strawberries frozen last season to top the above casserole
~Used leftover pork roast and refried beans in quesadillas
~Continuing to use up leftovers on top of a bed of spinach for lunches.  Today's combo is leftover goat cheese from last weekend's wine and cheese plate along with a few other things from the fridge.
~If I have the time and energy after work tonight, I'm going to make flax muffins which will use up a bit of the flax seed

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #2416 on: February 12, 2019, 05:39:39 PM »
There have been few wins lately, as everyone is eating different things in our house these days.

But, yesterday I remembered to bake chicken empanadas before they went bad, so served them with dinner last night, & we will eat the remaining with tacos this week.

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #2417 on: February 13, 2019, 10:50:46 PM »
I was a little over-zealous in meal-prepping over the Christmas break. It's now mid-February and I'm still playing Tetris every time I try to get something out of my freezer.

Coupled with a weekend away at the last minute (family issue) a few weeks ago that left me frantically poking things in the freezer before they expired, without bothering with labels and ... the situation isn't good. Is it bolognese? It could be bolognese.

This week I'm aiming to use up:
- the bolognese (I'm pretty sure it's bolognese)
- one of three jars of salsa (salsa chicken)
- peri peri chicken (salads for work)

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #2418 on: February 15, 2019, 12:06:14 AM »
My spouse was hungry for a complex nutty seedy fruity muffin.  We’re out of those kinds of ingredients but I used a granola with a too strong / synthetic tasting vanilla flavor as the base for a quick muffin. Not an amazing muffin but passable enough to satisfy him and it made the granola edible.

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #2419 on: February 19, 2019, 12:18:11 PM »
@mustachepungoeshere, I am the same way when it comes to stashing things into the freezer in a rush and not labeling them.  I always think, oh, I'll remember/be able to tell what the contents are.  Nope.

Still doing my put-whatever-we-have-on-top-of-baby-spinach for work lunches.  It's been working out great!

I'd been out of town, so not much of the stockpile has been used.  DH did eat the leftover chipotle pork from the freezer while I was gone.  However, before I left I went grocery shopping, and apparently I need to work even harder on this challenge, because the protein and bags of veggies barely fit into our 2 freezers.  In my defense, however, we were completely out of chicken, and running low on fish.

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #2420 on: February 21, 2019, 09:17:48 PM »
Our freezer has exploded like a bomb. I blame the fact that everyone is now eating different things (allergies & assorted new food issues), which means that there is no one single meal that any of us can eat. We have stuff everywhere, leftovers stashed ... it's making me crazy.

I need to go through the freezer this weekend & come up with a plan, even if it's using 1-2 items/week. Today, I managed to remove two small items (taco meat turned into taco quesadillas for the kids, & a rice/chicken single serving that I rolled into a taco shell & turned into a burrito).

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #2421 on: February 23, 2019, 11:50:41 AM »
Progress:
-Used four pieces of chicken for dinner last night
-Rescued fruit about to go bad into smoothie
-Shredded brick of romano, and bagged for the freezer
-Used six way overripe bananas + a small bar of chocolate (that I shaved) for a chocolate banana bread
-Used a small can of chiles + the last of the chicken bouillon to make pork carnitas (currently in the crock pot). I've never tried carnitas before, so fingers crossed
-Defrosted turkey, gravy & stuffing for dinner tonight
« Last Edit: February 23, 2019, 08:02:41 PM by MaybeBabyMustache »

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #2422 on: February 23, 2019, 07:20:15 PM »
I have a TON of random bits of leftovers in the fridge from a week of hosting guests, and next month I want to put a down payment on a veggie CSA and a half a pig for later in the summer, so it's time to eat down the pantry.

First priorities are:
cabbage stirfry leftovers
A quarter cabbage leftover from making that cabbage stirfry
2 slices of pizza
potato soup leftovers

But first I'm sipping whiskey because I just survived a week of hosting guests. :D

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #2423 on: February 23, 2019, 08:03:21 PM »
@krmit - I think the whiskey is well deserved :-)

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #2424 on: February 25, 2019, 12:32:25 PM »
@MaybeBabyMustache, how did the carnitas turn out?

Well done, @krmit!

This weekend I made cranberry, white chocolate chip, oatmeal cookies which finished up the first two ingredients, and left about a cup worth of oatmeal.

I also made the flax seed muffins I meant to make several weekends ago.

This week's dinners will use up a smoked sausage, the last package of pork ribs, chicken drumsticks and the salmon.


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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #2425 on: February 25, 2019, 02:26:56 PM »
@MountainGal
The carnitas were great! I thought they needed a bit more salt. I used this recipe. https://chefsavvy.com/crispy-slow-cooker-pork-carnitas/

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #2426 on: February 26, 2019, 03:08:20 PM »
Thank you for posting the recipe, @MaybeBabyMustache!  I like the 10 minute prep time, and the fact it's low carb friendly.  Cannot wait to try it!

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #2427 on: February 27, 2019, 03:33:26 PM »
Any suggestions for using up a lot of cloves? I bought a jeroboam of cloves at Costco, forgetting that I had already bought cloves at another store... then meant to return the original jar but procrastinated too long...

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #2428 on: February 27, 2019, 04:46:14 PM »
Any suggestions for using up a lot of cloves? I bought a jeroboam of cloves at Costco, forgetting that I had already bought cloves at another store... then meant to return the original jar but procrastinated too long...

I had a teacher who chewed them, presumably as a breath freshener... or, um, you could extract clove oil and use it as a local anesthetic? Maybe not practical. ;-)

I think there are recipes for baked ham that use a lot of cloves.

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #2429 on: February 27, 2019, 06:07:52 PM »
Any suggestions for using up a lot of cloves? I bought a jeroboam of cloves at Costco, forgetting that I had already bought cloves at another store... then meant to return the original jar but procrastinated too long...


I use them in herbal teas, especially good for sore throat. Cloves won't come out of a mesh or metal tea ball, which is nice.

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #2430 on: February 27, 2019, 09:29:03 PM »
Hmm, never thought of a clove tea! Will have to investigate.

Good idea about a ham too. Maybe I'll make those oranges studded with cloves sometime too.

Actually I think some of our pet fish have Neon Tetra Disease... maybe I will make clove oil in case they have to be euthanized one day. :~(

Thanks for the suggestions!

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #2431 on: February 28, 2019, 10:07:35 AM »
Minor progress to report from the week:
-Defrosted chili for dinner tonight
-Ate a breakfast sandwich for dinner (long day, plans fell apart)
-Ate ALL of the leftovers in the fridge
-Defrosted carnitas for my husband tonight
-Use pickled ginger in a cabbage/beef recipe. That was a super unusual purchase I made for one of my son's cooking graded projects, so happy to find a way to use it. It's not gone yet, but progress.

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #2432 on: February 28, 2019, 11:00:00 AM »
~Ate leftovers from Sunday's brunch for today's breakfast
~Used up Gouda and salami from last month in yesterday's spinach salad
~DH brought last night's leftover ribs and tempura fried eggplant for lunch today
~Will eat Tuesday's leftover pesto spaghetti squash for dinner tonight
~I pulled chicken drumsticks out of the garage freezer for Saturday's dinner.  There's actually empty space in it now.  ;)

I will retrieve frozen leftovers this weekend for next week's dinners.

Our fridge is looking a bit bare.  (Thumbs up!)

ETA:  Does anyone know if pesto freezes well?

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #2433 on: February 28, 2019, 12:53:33 PM »


ETA:  Does anyone know if pesto freezes well?


Pesto freezes really well. Either put it in an ice cube tray and transfer to a baggie when frozen or dump in a baggy and flatten to freeze. Then you can use small amounts as needed, either by breaking off what you need or taking however many cubes you need.

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #2434 on: March 01, 2019, 11:13:40 AM »


ETA:  Does anyone know if pesto freezes well?


Pesto freezes really well. Either put it in an ice cube tray and transfer to a baggie when frozen or dump in a baggy and flatten to freeze. Then you can use small amounts as needed, either by breaking off what you need or taking however many cubes you need.

Thank you very much, @Rural!

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« Reply #2435 on: March 04, 2019, 10:51:00 AM »
Hopping in on this for a month or so, we're going to be moving and I want to clear out as much as possible so we don't have to take it with us.  I want to at least empty fridge and freezer, so we don't have to worry about keeping cold in transit.  This week's menu should require no new grocery shopping.  My stretch goal is no grocery shopping before moving, except milk and fresh fruit/veggies (only after finishing frozen).  This may entail going vegetarian after a week or so, as we run out of frozen meats/fish.

Monday: Rajma to use up canned kidney beans, also using rice, stock from freezer, onions, canned tomato
Tuesday: Thawing chicken for chicken tinga tacos, canned tomato and corn tortillas from pantry
Wednesday: Saag to use up frozen spinach, can be served with more rice or tortillas
Thursday: Lasagna to use up ricotta in fridge, open box of lasagna noodles, and whatever veggies are handy (probably carrots, onions, and any spinach leftover)
Friday: Any leftovers not used for lunches
Saturday: Might be going out with friends, but if not, tuna steaks with more rice/stock and frozen veggies
Sunday: Possibly make soup to use up celery and carrots?  Or fried rice to use up leftovers and eggs?

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #2436 on: March 04, 2019, 12:48:16 PM »
@Raenia, that menu looks great!

@Rural, the pesto has been frozen.  I'll transfer to a baggie tonight if I remember.

This weekend we used up a package of chicken legs, pork chops and a can of green beans.  I rediscovered the unopened gluten free flour, but realized I'll need to buy yeast for any recipes I researched.  There is a ham hock in the Crock Pot with several cups pinto beans today.

I pulled 3 containers of leftovers for us to eat for lunches.   Here's to restocking the plastic containers, LOL.

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #2437 on: March 04, 2019, 02:47:07 PM »
I managed to get everyone to finish all of the leftovers in the fridge, so that was good progress for the week. We also used ground beef from the freezer, used the last of heavy cream that we bought for a recipe, and finished off the remainder of green cabbage.

I have a few random freezer items that I need to start working through with the kids, as they are the only ones who eat bagel bites & pizza rolls. We bought these for a party, and have leftovers.

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #2438 on: March 05, 2019, 08:03:20 AM »
Thanks @MountainGal!  This is a little more complex than my usual menus, because of planning around what is in the house, rather than around 1-2 bought ingredients for  the week.

The chicken wasn't thawed enough yet this morning, so I'll be swapping Tuesday and Wednesday on the menu.  Also remembered that the saag will use up the last can of coconut milk in the pantry, so a bonus win!

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #2439 on: March 06, 2019, 08:17:22 PM »
-We finished off a bag of tortillas & have eaten half of a container of taco meat from the freezer
-We've eaten all of the mini beef patties cooked in a tomato cream sauce (weekend cooking)
-We used two chicken breasts leftover from a meal out in a cauliflower/cheese/chicken casserole (weekend cooking). There's probably one serving left of that.
-I have made SO MUCH progress on my tea stash! I've previously had to store it in a giant box, which was ugly & difficult to see into. I now have it in a tiny transparent tupperware container

I love heading into the weekend with zero leftovers, because it means we won't waste any food. We start the cooking process over again on Friday/Saturday/Sunday.

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« Reply #2440 on: March 07, 2019, 05:35:22 AM »
Last night I made blueberry muffins to use up a bag of frozen blueberries.  Didn't have any milk, so I substituted yogurt and water to get a similar consistency, and they came out fine.  Of course, now there's a half dozen muffins in the freezer (last time I made muffins the last few got moldy), but I'm sure they'll be gone in a week or two.

I also opened up a jar of poached plums I made in the summer, to eat in yogurt or oatmeal in place of fresh fruit, so I didn't have to go shopping yet.
« Last Edit: March 07, 2019, 05:38:05 AM by Raenia »

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #2441 on: March 07, 2019, 10:14:42 AM »
@MaybeBabyMustache, well done on the tea!

@Raenia, I love the substitution idea!

Been trying to stay out of the grocery store until next payday.  We're out of almond flour, so I used flax seed in Tuesday's meatloaf and as a breading on last night's cod.  The latter was different, but it worked.

I pulled out a freezer bag full of IDK what kind of homemade muffins for DH this week, which leads me to:

I am so glad I remember to label most items, LOL.  When poking around the freezer last night I came across a bag full of "red stuff."  I had no idea what it was until I turned it over and read what I'd written.  Ah.  Homemade pasta sauce.  Got it!

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #2442 on: March 07, 2019, 02:03:03 PM »
Finally cooked down one turkey carcass from the deep freezer for broth, and pulled off all the meat and skin remnants for the dog, who will be very happy tonight. I give him cooked down chicken bones if they get soft enough to crumble in my fingers, but turkey never gets there before the broth is ready, probably because of the size of the bones, so he only gets his "turkey goo."


That was this year's Thanksgiving. I think last year's is still down in the bottom of that freezer, so I have to decide what I'm going to do with it (cook down or throw out), but it's a start.

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #2443 on: March 12, 2019, 05:23:44 PM »
Didn't keep to my menu last week, it was a little too ambitious!  I finally made the lasagna today, but I realized I would not have enough pre-made tomato sauce (homemade from canned tomatoes), so instead of opening a new can of tomatoes and using it unseasoned, I supplemented with an open jar of roasted red pepper spread that was in the fridge.  Turns out peppers are not my favorite thing in lasagna, but it's not bad, and at least I used up the red pepper spread.  Also used half the carrots and some onions.

We did not have the tuna last week, so we'll have it this week instead.  I'm sprouting some mung beans from the pantry to throw in a stir-fry as a side dish.  I also plan to have a meal this week of veggie soup from the freezer with fresh homemade bread, whichever day I have time to bake the bread.

I've been good about remembering to use stock to cook rice instead of water, hopefully I will be able to use it up at least as quickly as I create it.

I've been using a jar of ginger syrup in my oatmeal every morning, to use it up.  It's very good, but I haven't thought of many uses for it.  The syrup was a byproduct when I made crystallized ginger for Christmas.  We have a giant pile of ginger root in the fruit bowl, but I don't want to make another batch of crystallized ginger before I've used up the first batch of syrup!

Lastly, I finally have a tentative deadline for this challenge!  We made an offer on a house which was accepted, with the closing date 5/31.  Still some hurdles to make sure that happens, but I'll use that as my target date for now.

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #2444 on: March 12, 2019, 08:15:37 PM »
@Raenia - I've always found it helpful to have a moving deadline to motivate myself

As for us, we've done a good job of eating up leftovers this week. I'm trying to cook meals that most of us can eat, and that's working out well. I also organized the pantry a bit better, so I can see everything that we need to go through.

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #2445 on: March 13, 2019, 11:46:51 AM »
~Ate half of the raspberry pie given to us at Christmastime (we had the flu, so I tossed it in the freezer)
~Used the rest of the pesto in pasta
~Used up another package of bacon
~Tonight's dinner will use a package each of ground venison and beef, and use up the rest of the spinach
~Used another can each of pineapple, green beans, beef broth, Vienna sausage, and corned beef hash
~Used several cups of dried pinto beans with a ham hock
~We're out of cheddar, so I've been substituting with mozzarella
~Made my own salad dressing

Money spent so far this month at the grocery store is $15.31.  My goal is $200 which will include a Sam's Club (for only the things we are completely out of) trip.  I'm resisting the urge to stock up on sale items at the grocery store this week.  We have so much on hand!

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #2446 on: March 14, 2019, 06:47:04 AM »
One less packet of 'ham glaze' in my fridge now. I was making a crockpot version of a pork roast, and the recipe called for a cup of chicken broth. No chicken broth, and couldn't find the herbox bullion cubes anywhere in the cabinets.

Noticed I still have 3 packets of 'ham glaze' in the fridge. Always was afraid of it, now I got brave and substituted the ham glaze (which is actually a powder, though I thought it was a gel) by dissolving it in one cup of water.

Made the roast, turned out good. 

Two more ham glaze packets waiting to be used up. 

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #2447 on: March 17, 2019, 12:33:14 AM »
Used up a portion of bolognese and a portion of frozen pasta shells (which reheated surprisingly well) for lunch yesterday.

Just got out steak and chicken breast to defrost for dinners this week.

Added another broccoli stalk to my tub of soup ingredients. Thank goodness it's finally cooled down here and is almost soup weather.

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #2448 on: March 17, 2019, 08:08:40 AM »
I finally used a small package of cheese that was some sort of holiday gift, plus most of the bottle of Frank's red sauce. Tried a new buffalo chicken dish & it was really good. It will go on the menu again. The dish also used up a package of chicken breasts.

As for today, I'll be making meatloaf (hopefully using some of the almond flour) & crispy pork carnitas for the freezer. We're in a reasonably good shape for the freezer & fridge. There are some oddball things that I need to figure out how to more actively eat down. Most especially a couple of loaves of bread. I have a chocolate chip banana bread that I'll take out when my parents are here.

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #2449 on: March 17, 2019, 08:49:34 AM »
I will probably buy some new food this week, DH wants milk or yogurt for his morning cereal, and we could use some fresh fruit and eggs.  However, the following meals should be entirely from the pantry/freezer:

Mon: Chana masala (dried chickpeas, fresh ginger, canned tomato, onion, frozen hot peppers, rice cooked with frozen stock)
Tues: Chicken fried rice (leftover rice, frozen chicken, frozen peas, onions, frozen corn, leftover bean sprouts from last week)
Wed: Pasta with pesto sauce and peas
Thurs: Gingered carrot and parsnip soup from freezer
Fri: Pizza (homemade crust, canned tomato, cheese, maybe onion)