This is my third week of shopping out of my own house and not going to the grocery store. My pantry, refrigerator, and freezer
have had an abundance of foods in them that for one reason or another didn't get eaten when they were bought. I recognize how very grateful I should be. People in other parts of the world don't have this luxury. In fact, many people in America don't have this
much. It is with this awareness that I decided to use up what I had before I bought anything else.
A few weeks ago on the Buzz, I asked for recommendations to use up two flavored coffee creamers I had. While I didn't particularly care for them in my coffee, I still didn't want to throw them
out. You know, being frugal and money conscious and all that. Well, nanny129 STAR! came to my rescue by recommending Chocolate-Hazelnut
Marble Cake Scones. I ended up using real butter and International Delight's Almond Joy coffee creamer in what was supposed to be a dairy-free recipe and they turned out great! And the best
compliment of all was that my husband really liked them and told me I could make them again sometime soon if I liked. So I made them again a few days later (I had a LARGE container of that Almond Joy creamer).
Menu 1 - Broiled
Tilapia Parmesan, Maria's Rice, and Best Bean Salad (I used 6 canned items in my pantry) The parmesan topping for
the fish was delicious, even if it wasn't browned enough. I'm still working on my broiling skills :)
Menu 2 - I had some refried beans to use and some corn tortillas, so I plugged those into the ingredient search and came up with Mexican
Lasagna Lite. I subbed ground chuck for the turkey and had to make my own enchilada sauce and taco seasoning. I had no idea it was so easy to make Homemade
Enchilada Sauce, and the plus side here is I got rid of one of those cans of tomato sauce I had! I also combined mozzarella and cheddar cheese instead of using Mexican blend. This dish turned
out great (even if the picture didn't)! I served it with some frozen whole kernel corn I had in the freezer.
Menu 3 was stretched to feed company. My granddaughter who is getting chemo treatments at St. Jude began running fever while
at school this particular day, so I kept baby brother while her parents got her checked out. I knew they would be getting home late, so I fixed dinner for all of us. I had 4 good-sized pork chops. I knew the two little ones wouldn't eat that much, so 4 would
be plenty. I fixed Healthier Golden Pork Chops, accompanied by mashed potatoes (the last of my potatoes I had), cream-styled corn out of the freezer (the real stuff I had cut off the cob
this past summer), and Jalapeno Black-Eyed Peas (using 2 more cans in my pantry). And, yes, I know those are all starches, but remember, I'm at the end of my groceries, and starches are all I have :) I also served Amish
White Bread. I'm baking all my bread now, wrapping it individually, and putting it in the freezer for my husband and me. It had just come out of the oven when my son arrived. Needless to say, he ate quite a few pieces slathered with butter while it was
still hot. The rest of that loaf was eaten for dinner. (By the way, my granddaughter was fine. She wasn't even running fever when she was checked at the hospital)
I'm calling the entree for Menu 4 Sufferin' Succotash Chicken Stew. I didn't stop to measure the ingredients, and now I'm sorry because this was so good! I began by cooking some frozen baby lima
beans and my frozen cream-style corn I had put up this past summer (the real deal) in a can of chicken broth. After they were done, I added the meat from 4 cooked chicken thighs I had taken from the freezer and thawed. I would have cooked potatoes with this,
but since I didn't have any, I added a can of cream of potato soup. I kept wondering if I needed to add any herbs, but this tasted so good, I just didn't. If I'd had onions, I would have used them too. But since the bread had lots of dried onions in it, I
felt the onion category was covered. Oh, the bread. I made Onion, Garlic, Cheese Bread. I kneaded it in my bread machine, but then I let it rise on my heating pad, put it in a
loaf pan, let it rise again on my heating pad, and baked it at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes. Delicious!
Menu 5 - Company Casserole and Bear's Spinach Muffins -
Both of these dishes could be altered to taste better. My reviews explain how.
Random recipes I made:
I used some mango I had in my freezer for this Creamy Mango Smoothie.
Easy and Delicious Crusty Popovers with homemade strawberry butter (butter, thawed whole strawberries from my freezer,
Simple Pumpkin Pie - I didn't make one of these for Thanksgiving or Christmas. It was time!
Signature Pumpkin Pie is the exact same recipe!
Iced Mocha Cola
I thought this third week would be really difficult, and I did have to do some thinking. But it wasn't bad. I think I might
even have a couple more meals left, but my pantry is getting really slim. I think I'm going to have to break down and go to the grocery store next week sometime.