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Mar. 28, 2010 2:46 pm 
Updated: Mar. 29, 2010 7:52 am
Nothing beats trying to have to create (quite literally) something from nothing!  It's just my husband and I and we can live on what's in our pantry for weeks so after a while we enjoy getting creating with the ingredients that remain.  Tonight we realized that we could clear our fridge of a few different items if we made pizza.  So, out comes the bread maker!  Making pizza dough currently and will throw it all together when the dough is complete. 

On tomorrow's menu... Pork Tenderloin with mustard sauce (we're reaching into the freezer now!).  With the sauce alone, I'll clean the fridge of three different bottles.  I'm still deciding on a side... maybe rice, that's easy enough.

What creative ways have you pieced together items in your fridge, freezer, and pantry when the pickings are slim?
 
Comments
Mar. 28, 2010 2:58 pm
I know the feeling! I managed to go through just the canned goods I have accumulated in this RV and HOLY COW! So we are trying to use up some stuff so we can rotate it with healthier stuff. Great blog!!
 
Mar. 28, 2010 3:06 pm
In keeping with your idea to start cleaning out pantry & freezer and my efforts this past week of spring cleaning and defrosting the freezer, I found a pkg. of ready to heat chicken tortilla soup (the kind you buy from fundraisers), some hamburger, and a container of chili. Tonight will start with the soup and a taco pie. I'll take chili to work for a couple of days. I've got pork chops thawing for tomorrow night.
 
Mar. 28, 2010 3:53 pm
when it comes time to make something, and make it quick, we almost always have black beans and rice....or something like that.
 
Mar. 28, 2010 7:24 pm
I don't really have any suggestions. I don't keep a lot of extra food around, but I like your creativity! Looking forward to reading more of your blogs.
 
debs 
Mar. 28, 2010 9:53 pm
When all the family lived at home and I was the chief (and only) cook, grocery shopping always meant buying in bulk and bringing home the best bargains. I repacked bulk meat purchased on sale. I purchased flour, sugar, rolled oats, rice, pasta and baking ingredients in bulk and stored them in large plastic containers and glass jars. I purchased canned goods in case lots. I always kept a lot of spices and herbs to flavor the cheaper meat purchases. But now there are just two of us - and I have a full freezer, two large pantries and a little overflow of canned goods under a bed! (and a few things in my son's freezer) I have vowed to shop once weekly and only purchase milk and fresh produce. So our meals this month are a large variety of frozen leftovers(especially soup) or meals that I can turn the leftovers into something gourmet to be eaten within a couple of days. My plan is to not put anything in the freezer until I can see the bottom. My husband is most happy with the homemade bread, buns and cookies and cake. And I am learning that more is not necessarily better...Will I ever get used to buying ground beef in one pound packages? lol
 
RFRIEDL964 
Mar. 29, 2010 7:52 am
im about to find out! im buying a house and the woman at the mortgage company said i have to be on a money diet for the next month. thank goodness there is only me to fend for.
 
 
 
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MORGGIEL

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Johnson, Vermont, USA
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Underhill, Vermont, USA

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Mar. 2002

Cooking Level
Intermediate

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Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Stir Frying, Slow Cooking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Mediterranean, Low Carb, Healthy, Vegetarian, Quick & Easy

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My new husband and I (est. 6.20.09) both love to cook. But between two full time jobs, long commutes and an old Vermont home that has to be babied along until we can dive into the remodel, we both struggle to find the time or the energy. During the week, it is more about survival than enjoyment - the struggle to come up with something when you're tired and hungry is insane! Luckily, with some help from Allrecipes and some clever thought on my part, I realized that spending 30 minutes meal-planning the Sunday before the long workweek is the way to go. When we're not cooking, working, or spending time on home updates we love playing with our dog Bella and our cat Kodi, gardening, skiing, and hiking.
My favorite things to cook
I love to cook chicken chili because it is just SO good. Also chicken marsala (from Allrecipes) as it is SUCH an easy recipe and always turns out fabulous.
My cooking triumphs
Lately I created the perfect meatball! Mine had always turned out dry and flavorless so I was pretty psyched. :)
My cooking tragedies
I struggle to have success with my breadmaker. Argh!
 
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