Monday, April 21, 2014

No Food Shopping Week 3

Day 15

Breakfast: Coffee, Clementine
Lunch:  Son2 and me, Roast Beef Sandwich on Whole Wheat Bread
Dinner: Easy, Delicious Slow Cooker Stew, Waldorf Salad

Used: 4 Clementines (Son2 ate several) 4 Bread Slices, 6 Slices Sirloin Tip Roast (From 1/2 Frozen Roast) 1 lb Frozen Stew Meat, 1/2 lb Frozen ground Beef, 4 small potatoes, 1 onion, 4 carrots, parsley, 1 large apple, 4 stalks celery, 2 Tablespoons Chopped Walnuts

Day 16

Breakfast: Coffee, Clementine
Lunch: Roast Beef Sandwich on Whole Wheat Bread, Pineapple Chunks
Dinner: Tequila Lime Crock Pot Chicken, Green Beans, Oven "Fried" Okra, Pineapple Chunks

Used: 3 slices roast beef, 2 slices bread, 1 clementine, 1/2 pack frozen pineapple chunks, 1 frozen whole fryer, 1 onion, 1/4 cup lime juice ( bottled),  remaining green beans from a frozen pack, small pack of breaded okra

Day 17

Breakfast: Grapefruit Half, Coffee
Lunch: Leftover Tequila Lime Chicken, Fries (purchased) Clementine
Dinner:  Smoked Sausage, Lady Peas, Corn on the Cob, Oven "Fried" Okra, Cornmeal Biscuits

Used: 1/2 grapefruit, serving of leftover chicken, 3 clementines (son ate 2) 1 lb package of smoked sausage, 1 pack frozen lady peas, 1 small pack frozen okra,  1 1/2 cup flour, 1/2 cup cornmeal, 1/3 cup instant milk, reconstituted.

Day 18

Breakfast: Coffee, Cornmeal Biscuit, Clementine
Lunch: Leftover Chicken Sandwich, Pineapple Chunks, Single Serving Bag of Pretzels
Dinner: Grilled Steak, Baked Potato, Tomato and Lettuce Salad with Oil and Vinegar, Steamed Asparagus.

Used: leftover biscuit, 1 clementine, the last of the tequila lime chicken, 2 slices of bread, 2 small packs of frozen steaks, 4 potatoes, 3/4 bunch asparagus, 1/2 large tomato, the rest of the lettuce, couple tablespoons butter for the potatoes, 1/4 cup oil for the dressing

Day 19

Breakfast:  Sausage and Cheese Biscuits, Coffee, 2 Scrambled Eggs and 2 Slices Bacon (TheHub)
Lunch: Ham Sandwich, Strawberries, Chips***
Dinner: Take Out Chicken Salad (me)  Grilled Chicken Sandwich (TheHub. We stayed at the lake later then we meant to)

Used: 4 home made and frozen sausage and cheese biscuits, 2 eggs, 2 slices pre cooked frozen bacon, sliced ham. (*** I forgot to take  bread for sandwiches to the lake  so we bought some bread, strawberries and TheHub bought chips.  We all ate them.  Brought the remaining strawberries and bread home, but the chips were devoured)

Day 20, Happy Easter!

Breakfast: Coffee (No time before church, plus it was Easter and I knew what was coming)
Lunch: Baked Ham,  Roasted Boneless Leg of Lamb, Rice Pilaf, Nana's Squash Casserole,  Super Quick Yeast Rolls,  Asparagus, Tossed Salad, Carrot Cake, KeyLime Cookies
(You might wonder how I pulled off this meal during a no shopping month. It was easier than I thought it would be.  I had the ham already, found a forgotten leg of lamb in the freezer and had a carrot cake mix in the pantry.  With the exception of the asparagus and salad stuff I had everything else on hand.  My  Beloved Sister brought asparagus and key lime cookies  and Mother brought the salad.  Win/win situation.  We had salad and asparagus we would not have had plus they felt good about contributing to the meal.)
Dinner: Duh! Leftovers!

Used: frozen boneless leg of lamb, 6 cloves garlic, 1/2 cup parsley from the garden, rosemary from the garden, part of a ham (tons of leftovers), 2 cups rice, 1 lemon, 1 pack frozen chicken broth, 2 packs frozen squash,  1/2 cup cheese, shredded, 1/2 onion, 1 8 oz pack cream cheese, 2 cups confectioners sugar, carrot cake mix, 3 eggs, 1/3 cup oil, 3 1/2 cups bread flour 3/4 cup butter.

Day 21

Breakfast: Coffee, Clementine
Lunch: Peanut Butter and Graham Crackers
Dinner: Leftover Ham, Leftover Tossed Salad, Au Gratin Potatoes

Used: 1 clementine, few graham crackers and about a tablespoon of peanut butter,  4 small potatoes, 4 oz shredded cheddar cheese, 1/4 cup reconstituted instant milk.  TheHub picked up bananas and clementines at the store.

*  I used the ingredients in the recipe but cooked the entire thing in the crock pot, so nothing was sautéed or browned.  I also had no jalapeno. Instead, I sprinkled a generous amount of chili powder on the top of the chicken before adding the onions.  I also put a couple of shakes of dried hot red pepper flakes in the crock and added 2 tablespoons of brown sugar. No idea why I added the sugar.  I think I was thinking of something completely different , but once it was added I couldn't take it out.  Surprisingly it worked.  It added a touch of sweetness and a little thickness to the sauce.

Nine days are left for this challenge.  With the exception of 4 onions, a few potatoes, a less than stellar head of cauliflower,  a couple of sweet peppers and a handful of carrots I am totally out of fresh vegetables.  I have 3 lemons, 1 grapefruit, the new bag of clementines and some bananas for fruit. (TheHub takes fruit to his office daily which is why he continues to buy it)

I have used a good bit of the vegetables I had frozen last summer.  I still have a couple of packs of field peas, squash, frozen bell pepper strips and corn on the cob.  I also have a few bags of Bird's Eye frozen veggies.  It will be interesting to see what I can do with them.

I have barely made a dent in the meats and poultry in the freezer.  I might have to continue the challenge allowing myself to only purchase produce and dairy.  Not sure yet, but I am considering it.
Piggly Wiggly had a tent sale last week though, and it was so hard to NOT stock up on lower priced ground beef.

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