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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #2500 on: September 11, 2019, 07:07:55 PM »
I've been doing this challenge without even realizing it! My fiance has been on a really long work trip, and I've for some reason been pretty lazy to go to the grocery story. I think I went 2 weeks without going, and then another 2 weeks where I only stopped by once just to pick up some fruit/veggies just for me. I'd been living on things in the pantry and frozen produce. This, plus moving and having less pantry space in the new house, really opened my eyes up to just how much food we'd been hoarding without realizing it, just because our last place had such a big pantry by comparison.

Some things I'm aiming to use up soon:

- Some ground Quorn (frozen vegetarian crumble), which my fiance bought by accident but for some reason never ended up returning. I started using it the other day, so I think I'll throw the rest of the bag into making tomorrow's work lunch and dinner with pasta (which I also have a lot of in the pantry... those buy 2 for whatever price deals really get us throwing boxes of the stuff into the cart, I guess).

- Boca vegetarian crumble. We already started using this a couple months ago but should finish it. So probably this weekend, maybe do something with beans or lentils, or make some sort of vegetarian chorizo burrito?

- Lentils and legumes of all kinds. I have a lot of dried ones and some canned. My priority will be to soak and cook the dry ones first.

- Baking stuff. Flour. Powdered sugar. Baking soda. Baking powder. I have so much of those last two items because I keep forgetting I already have those, and just buy new ones. :/ They have dates on them, and they're still good. I've been meaning to make bread or other baked goods AND use that kitchen aid mixer I received as a gift for christmas, so this is a good excuse to do all of those things.

- Agave syrup. One of us bought this stuff for a recipe, and i gotta say, I'm not really a fan. It's somehow too sweet/candy-like for my taste. Yeah, I know, it's a sugar. But I prefer maple syrup.

- Any condiments in the side fridge - some varieties of vegetarian hoisin or 'oyster' sauce. I kind of don't even want to use them, so I don't know why we have them, but I also don't like to waste, so... I will try to do something.

- Old spices. I'd like to just use them up finally and then replenish with new ones as we need them. We just don't have space for a lot of spice jars.

- Some liver cleanse protein powder mixture that I got from my doctor that I never finished. It comes in one of those big plastic cylindrical containers, like most protein powders, so it takes up a lot of space.

- Frozen cauliflower, brussel sprouts, and other veggies. I decided I really hate frozen produce because no matter what, the texture is never as good, so I need to eat this asap! Maybe in some version of vegetable soup with old spices and legumes and some fresh leafy greens? lol

- Dried porcini mushrooms. I have a couple of bags of this when I thought I was going to do something really cool and fancy. But then I didn't, so here we are. I'll have to look up a recipe.

- Random tetrapak of carrot ginger soup. Work lunch?

- Tubs of miso paste. I have 3 different kinds, only 1 is my favorite. So I need to start using and getting rid of the other 2 ASAP.

- Pine nuts. Again had the intent to do something fancy. Maybe I'll just throw them on top of salad or pasta.

- Buckwheat porridge, quinoa flakes, and rolled/quick-cooking oats. Meant to be healthy breakfast items, but I vastly prefer steel cut oats, I've learned, so these things need to just go away.


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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #2501 on: September 13, 2019, 12:05:01 PM »
I'm making some progress.

Meals last week:

Corn soup (used corn, corn stock, and onions from the freezer, plus coconut milk from the pantry)
Pasta salad (used peas from the freezer)
Asian noodle bowls (used scallion sauce from the freezer, rice noodles from the pantry, and broccoli and eggplant from the fridge)
Normal breakfast smoothies (used frozen berries I had uncovered instead of buying more from the grocery store like usual)

Meals/snacks this week:

Tomato risotto (will use rice from the pantry and leeks from the freezer)
Stuffed peppers (will used leftover pepper stuffing from the freezer)
Honey cranberry cornmeal bread (will use cranberries and walnuts from the freezer and cornmeal from the pantry)
Chocolate oat milk pudding (will use oat milk I got free with a coupon from the grocery store)
Peach jam (using up peaches before they go bad)
Coleslaw (using a cabbage that's been in the fridge for a few weeks now)

I'm also about to wash some mason jars so I can fill them with my pantry items that aren't properly stored (cornmeal in a paper bag, tea in the plastic bag it came in, etc.) so I can extend the shelf life of those items.  It'll look pretty too.  :)


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Re: Eat All The Food In Your House - Take 2
« Reply #2502 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 #2503 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 #2504 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 #2505 on: Today at 01:36:24 PM »

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.