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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #2450 on: March 18, 2019, 07:01:47 PM »
Rejoining here as been trying to keep the grocery bill in check. Budget/goal for this year is $700/month. So far I'm under by $700 from the last two months. Cleared out a lot of meat in January and February but recently stocked up on chicken that was on sale.

It does feel good to use up things that have been around for ages.

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #2451 on: March 20, 2019, 10:26:10 AM »
I went grocery shopping and to WalMart for since my last post.  Total spent this month is $231.26.  $57.02 of that is TP, vitamins and HBAs.  Goal was $200, and I haven't yet gone to Sam's Club.

Over the weekend I baked Irish soda bread which used up the flour from Christmas baking.  I opened the bag of gluten free flour for brownies, which really needs to be used up.  I bought yeast at the store which will help with a future quick bread.  I used a cup or so of mini marshmallows, also leftover from Christmas, on top of the brownies.

I made overnight oats for DH which used up the rest of the oatmeal, also from Christmas baking.

Also consumed was a bag of ranch flavored cauliflower (blegh-kinda mushy) from the freezer, a can of fruit cocktail, a can of diced chiles, and a pound of ground venison.

Out of the freezer for dinners this week:  2 packages of pork chops, a pound each ground sausage and venison, and a whole chicken.

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #2452 on: April 05, 2019, 08:50:29 AM »
Going to have to make a BJ's run this weekend (we're out of all meat and fish, and running low on canned tomato products), but I'll try to restrain our usual stock up mentality this time to not take too many steps back.  The freezer is slowly going down - only one quart of soup left, and we finished the frozen fruit and all the veggies except the corn.  Time to put chili on the menu!

I've been better at remembering to use the jars of fruit and jams I canned last year.  Ate most of a jar of peaches, a half-pint of cranberry marmalade, and opened a jar of strawberry preserves to have with toast.

Last night we had chana masala from dried chickpeas and canned tomato.  Earlier this week we had beans and rice with a 4-bean mix in the crockpot.

I have one lone can of tuna that I can't figure out how to use - DH doesn't like canned tuna, so I had them as snacks for just me, but I haven't been snacking in the afternoons as much recently.  Gotta think of some way to use it up.

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #2453 on: April 05, 2019, 09:31:00 AM »
I made a bolognese sauce this weekend that used up a bunch of stuff: wilty veggies, an open jar of marinara, two tubs from the freezer of homemade tomato sauce, plus frozen ground turkey that I bought for $.50/pound. It was delicious, and I loved making it from freezer items.

We also ate lasagna from the freezer last night, and we're entering the weekend with zero leftovers from the week, which is just how I like it!

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #2454 on: April 05, 2019, 10:28:46 AM »
@Raenia, that marmalade sounds really good!  Re: canned tuna, I usually put it on top of my lunch greens then doctor it up with olives, diced cucumber, and whatever else I have lying around.

As part of the eat all of the food and avoid waste, last month I focused on take out condiment packets:
Ketchup went on top of a meatloaf
The honey packet was used in tea
Soy sauce was used in an entree recipe
Parmesan packets went on top of pizza
Taco sauce packets are ongoing and never ending, LOL.

The two freezer basket levels are going down.  And the extra freezer in the garage now contains only venison and pork items.  This week we used up the orange roughy, lamb, and ground beef I cooked, seasoned and tossed into the freezer a few months ago.  So convenient to warm up for a work night dinner!

Kroger/City Market is currently having their buy 10 for $10, so I stocked up on items we were completely out of:  Rotel, broth and pineapple.

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #2455 on: April 05, 2019, 05:43:36 PM »
Greetings! First time poster here but I seem to have hit a second wind for using up stuff so thought Id track it:
- ate the last pack of soba noodles for lunch with frozen peas, soy sauce, sriracha and Ume vinegar (which also needs using up)
- a pack of vegetarian gelatin, a sample pack of vanilla paste and a can of coconut cream went into a decent pannacotta.
Honestly I thought Id done everything I could but somehow more stuff keeps appearing.

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #2456 on: April 06, 2019, 08:18:51 AM »
@Raenia, that marmalade sounds really good!  Re: canned tuna, I usually put it on top of my lunch greens then doctor it up with olives, diced cucumber, and whatever else I have lying around.

It's a cranberry and red onion marmalade from Ball's Back-to-Basics canning book. I can pm you the recipe if you want.

Used up the tuna as an afternoon snack yesterday, mixed up with garlic, basil, and balsamic vinegar and spread it on toast.

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #2457 on: April 07, 2019, 08:20:03 AM »
Greetings! First time poster here but I seem to have hit a second wind for using up stuff so thought Id track it:
- ate the last pack of soba noodles for lunch with frozen peas, soy sauce, sriracha and Ume vinegar (which also needs using up)
- a pack of vegetarian gelatin, a sample pack of vanilla paste and a can of coconut cream went into a decent pannacotta.
Honestly I thought Id done everything I could but somehow more stuff keeps appearing.

In my experience, more stuff always appears!

MountainGal

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #2458 on: April 08, 2019, 11:54:15 AM »
@Raenia, that marmalade sounds really good!  Re: canned tuna, I usually put it on top of my lunch greens then doctor it up with olives, diced cucumber, and whatever else I have lying around.

It's a cranberry and red onion marmalade from Ball's Back-to-Basics canning book. I can pm you the recipe if you want.

Used up the tuna as an afternoon snack yesterday, mixed up with garlic, basil, and balsamic vinegar and spread it on toast.
Thank you for offering.  Alas, I do not can.  ;)

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #2459 on: April 12, 2019, 10:57:34 AM »
In an effort to keep food on hand all the time, I stocked up on frozen meats and seafood. So now we are working our way through that, which is good because our groceries and overall spending has been WAY TOO HIGH for comfort.

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #2460 on: May 05, 2019, 09:00:32 PM »
I'm back with a challenge to remove 10 items from our freezer this month. I'm hoping for more,  but will start there. SO far, we're off to a good start, with a double serving of lasagna & a double serving of chicken enchiladas both being eaten. Additionally, I ate two different kind of chicken strips, grilled, over salads for lunches. I also defrosted a bag of ciabatta rolls for kids lunches for the week.

One kiddo is out of hot lunch money for the year, so today I helped him make easy lunch options: taquitos, mac & cheese, pizza, & wontons. Those are all prepped & ready to go in his thermos, along with fruit & veggies.

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #2461 on: May 06, 2019, 12:26:49 AM »
Made apple crumble last night to use up six very soft apples and some pantry ingredients.

Oh, and I used up one of my butter wrappers from the freezer. (Whenever I buy blocks of butter, the butter goes in the dish and the wrapping goes in a ziplock in the freezer. When I need one, I just get it out and hold it between my hands for 30 seconds to soften the small amount of butter left on it, and use that to grease a pan.)

The only thing I had to buy was the ice-cream...

Need to make another batch of veggie soup to use up some of the odds and ends I have stashed in the freezer.

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #2462 on: May 06, 2019, 10:28:44 AM »
@mustachepungoeshere, I love the butter wrapper idea!

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Lately:
~Gave DH's aunt the rest of the frozen cherry tomatoes from last year's harvest.  Here's to a bountiful garden again this year!
~Made bread which used up some of the gluten free flour and the rest of the granulated sugar
~Used up two types of olives, pepperoncini and almonds in a snack plate while entertaining a few weekends ago
~This week's suppers will include a BOGO pot roast, pork chops (last night), chicken legs, and cod from the freezer stash
~Cooked up some of the asparagus given to us by a neighbor, and processed and froze the rest for future use
~Canned items used:  Pineapple, peaches, bean-less chili, a can of soup, green beans, corn, 2 cans and a box of broth
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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #2463 on: May 08, 2019, 08:35:52 PM »
Nice work, @mustachepungoeshere and @MountainGal . I'm up to 7 of 15 items for my May freezer challenge. Recent additions are: pulled buffalo chicken & a dinner serving of bolognese sauce.

For dinner tomorrow, we will eat the leftovers in our fridge. They include: a small serving of both the buffalo chicken & bolognese sauce. Several taco quesadillas. Mac & cheese. Salad fixing with a grilled chicken breast to go with. It should be an interesting spread. ;-)

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #2464 on: May 10, 2019, 08:10:21 AM »
My SO has been away for a week so I've been slowly eating my way through the freezer and fridge.

Mainly making smoothies with frozen banana's/berries that have been in there too long, but also found some frozen nettle so will make lentil & nettle soup today (all with ingredients that I have in my cupboards already) as well as a few bags of frozen greens so will make a vegan palak paneer tonight or this weekend :) SO satisfying to almost have an empty freezer and fridge!

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #2465 on: May 16, 2019, 09:35:43 PM »
Thursday night is "Iron Chef" night, which means that I cook something meant to use up the bits and bobs hanging around, as opposed to a recipe. Today it was gazpacho to dispose of a boatload of produce that was on its way out. Turned out pretty well!

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #2466 on: May 20, 2019, 08:54:00 PM »
I spent a couple of hours cooking on Sunday and made some real progress clearing out the fridge, freezer and pantry.

- chicken enchiladas - I used beans, corn and enchilada sauce from the pantry with two packets of tortillas from the freezer, and fresh chicken and cheese.

-stuffed sweet potatoes - I had some chicken enchilada filling left over, so I defrosted two roasted sweet potato halves and topped them with the chicken and bean mix for lunches.

- chicken and veggie pies - easiest thing ever as I had already done all the prep. I defrosted a container of chicken and vegetable pie filling, defrosted a few sheets of puff pastry and made pies in my Texas muffin pan. I whisked an egg to glaze the pastry, then stashed it in a jar in the fridge and used it in scrambled eggs the next day.

- vegetable pasta bake - shells and pasta sauce from the pantry, with grated carrot and zucchini. I cut up the leftover carrot into sticks to snack on.

All up it was 26 meals, so lunches and dinners are sorted for the week.

I have another half bottle of white wine in the fridge and celery in the freezer, so those will go into another batch of chicken pie filling.

And I need to make another batch of vegetable soup to use up all my frozen broccoli stalks.

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #2467 on: May 21, 2019, 07:32:41 AM »
@mustachepungoeshere - wow! That is an amazing amount of cooking. Nice work! For us, we had takeout this weekend (long story, and mostly planned, but a few frugal fails in there). My goal is to not waste the leftovers, so we'll be having leftover Chinese today & tomorrow will be soup from the freezer.

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #2468 on: May 21, 2019, 10:00:42 PM »
@mustachepungoeshere - wow! That is an amazing amount of cooking. Nice work! For us, we had takeout this weekend (long story, and mostly planned, but a few frugal fails in there). My goal is to not waste the leftovers, so we'll be having leftover Chinese today & tomorrow will be soup from the freezer.

Thanks, @MaybeBabyMustache. It actually came together really easily.

I put on some Netflix, poured a drink and got to work.

For me the key is to pick meals with minimal prep if I'm tackling more than one dish. Nothing with too much peeling or chopping, and no complicated recipes.

Chinese sounds good!

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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #2469 on: Today at 10:28:41 AM »
@mustachepungoeshere, I love the butter wrapper idea!


That IS a good idea, but unfortunately my dog voted it down - she lives to lick the butter wrapper!