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Use All The Food

July 6th, 2017 at 12:36 pm

I'm the one that usually eats the leftovers. Occasionally one daughter will eat leftover and pasta. So use all the food that Frugalwoods referenced yesterday feels overwhelming. But I know in January I did make a point to use up things we had in our pantry. In fact, I don't think my pantry and fridge have not been as full since then.

So the goal is to use all the food. Or at least be using the stuff we have at the back of the fridge and pantry. Here are the items I have noticed should be used up this month:

1/2 c red lentils
3 inches of fresh ginger
3/4 jar of Hoisin sauce
1 pound brown rice
2 pounds white rice
1 c steel cut oats
1 box of unsweetened almond milk
8 oz Kerrygold butter unsalted
1 can tuna
2 fresh bananas
1 pound frozen strawberries
1/2 bottle of Herb & Garlic marinade
1/2 bottle of barbecue sauce
1/2 c frozen corn
1/2 c frozen peas and carrots
3 potatoes
4oz of whole wheat spaghetti
1/2 bottle of poppy seed dressing
four strips of turkey bacon
nearly full jar of tahini
chia seeds

We have two other pastas in the cupboard, but I know these will get eaten, so not too worried if they are around by months end or not.

I do plan to make a batch of steel cut oats in the crockpot tonight for the next few days of breakfast. I usually like to use apples in it, but those bananas are looking like they would make a good topping, or the strawberries!

I already used the three potatoes to make a batch of potato soup. I expect to eat that for lunch the next couple of days. Maybe with a tuna sandwich on the side. The peas and carrots will get put into fried rice that I already planned to make for dinner tonight.

I do not have any meat on hand now, but I'm going to check the ads for a good price. If I find some, I will use the marinade and barbecue sauce (separately) to season some meat for the crockpot.

I also could probably buy some spinach and have strawberry spinach salad with the poppy seed dressing. Not sure, but I may be the only one that would eat it. Although my parents might when they visit next week.

Since I started this post, I already used the Kerrygold butter to make a batch of butter cookie dough. It's in the freezer to bake when our air conditioning is working again (hopefully today), or when the weather is just cooler in general.

The chia seeds were bought to make a chia pudding that actually is quite tasty. It does use almond milk, so I expect to make that with any leftover that doesn't get used making the oats.

The tahini is definitely prime for using to make hummus. I've only tried it once years ago. I'm kind of interested in trying again. As we do like hummus and this could save some money making fresh batches. I bought the tahini originally for use in some new recipe I tried. Anyone make their own hummus?

I'm definitely going to need to buy a few things in order to use some of these items up. But I hope to come back at the end of the month and report that I have used all these items up! Or most of them...the tahini make take some time to use.

4 Responses to “Use All The Food”

  1. MonkeyMama Says:

    We make our own hummus.

    Good luck using everything up!

  2. snafu Says:

    With visitors to be taken around to point of interest and special features you might like to make some form of clafoutis bars as they are filling and easy to eat in the car or walkabout within individual Plastic wrap sections. I too have a packet of red lentils that defies my best intentions.

    Repetitive but CrockPot is a favorite appliance when we have visitors because I can easily layer ingredients for lasagna in CP, plug it in and turn it on to wait for our return. It avoids requests to 'make it easier for me' to have dinner at a 'nice restaurant.' Doing that over a 2 week visit can make a big dent in my financial plans.

  3. rob62521 Says:

    It's often a challenge to use everything up, but I bet you will do it. My husband teases me no leftover is safe around me and I remind him how much money we have saved by my frugalness. It sounds like you are being most creative with what you have.

    Hope your a/c gets repaired soon!

  4. My English Castle Says:

    I always make a veggie soup when I've got all those odds and ends. Snafu--those breakfast bars look great. I made a batch of chili this afternoon to use up half a jug of V8, corn, a smattering of leftover black beans and some tired veggies. Not really chili weather, but they're saying the weekend will be cooler.

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