Monday, April 28, 2014

No Food Shopping Week 4

Day 22

Breakfast: Coffee, Clementine
Lunch: Leftover Tequila Lime Chicken, Leftover Squash Casserole
Dinner:  Hamburger (Bought on the way home from the lake.  Had to run meet the gutter guy)
Sugar Cookie Squares (Son2 and little friend Morgan made these)

Used: clementine, last serving of chicken, remaining squash casserole, 1 cup butter, 1 egg, 2 1/2 cups flour, remaining confectioners sugar.

Day 23

Breakfast: Coffee, Clementine
Lunch: Tossed Salad,
Dinner: Cuban Chicken Stew, Cauliflower Salad5 Minute Brownies

Used: 1 clementine, large portion of the leftover Easter salad,  1/12 packs frozen chicken, 4 red potatoes, 1 onion, 5 cloves garlic, 1 can tomato sauce, 1/2 pack frozen mixed peppers, 1 cup frozen early peas, 1/2 head trimmed less than stellar cauliflower, 1 small yellow pepper,  whole cherry tomatoes I snagged from the Easter salad,  couple of teaspoons chopped onion, 1/2 can ripe olives, 1/2 cup raisins 2 eggs 1/2 cup cocoa. 3/4 cup flour.

As of today, I have nothing left for a salad, except maybe a carrot and raisin salad. Boo!

Day 24

Breakfast: Coffee, Jam Filled Muffins ( oops! I burned them so ate the tops of the 2 least burned ones.  Burned muffins are not very good at all)
Lunch:  Small Serving Cuban Chicken Stew
Dinner: Chicken With Black Bean Salsa, Green Beans, Leftover Asparagus, Strawberry Shortcake

Used: 2 cups flour, 1 egg, 1 cup yogurt, 1/4 cup oil, 1/4 cup cherry jam ( have about 6 jars left from last summer), small serving of leftover cuban stew, 1 1/2 pack frozen chicken breasts, 1 can black beans, 1 can rotel tomatoes, 2 ears leftover corn on the cob, 1/4 onion, remaining strawberries, last of a box of Bisquick, part of a Cool Whip container I didn't know I had in the freezer, 1/2 cup reconstituted dried milk, 1/8 cup oil

Day 25

Breakfast:  Coffee, Clementine
Lunch:  Bits and Pieces Of Various Leftovers
Dinner: Grilled Steak, Spinach Souffle, Pasta Salad, Banana Pudding

Used: 1 clementine, the remaining little bits of leftover whatever from the fridge, 1 small package steak from freezer, frozen Stouffer's spinach souffle, 1/2 box elbow macaroni, 1/4 onion minced, 1 small red pepper minced, 3 tablespoons olive oil, 2 overripe bananas, 1 box pudding mix, 2 cups reconstituted instant milk, small pack vanilla wafers*

Day 26

Breakfast:  Out To Eat ( Woke at the lake to no electricity)
Lunch: Ham and Cheese Sandwiches*, Clementine
Dinner: Pasta Bake, Home Baked Rolls, Green Beans

Used: leftover ham, cheese slices,  4 slices bread* 1/2 box rigatoni, 1 small pack frozen precooked ground beef with onions and garlic, 1 jar spaghetti sauce, spices, remaining mozzarella cheese ( 2 ounces maybe) generous sprinkle of parmesan cheese, 2 clementines, 1 banana

Day 27

Breakfast: Breakfast Cornbread, Clementine
Lunch: Ham Sandwiches
Dinner:  Chinese Take Out ( Left the Lake Later Than Planned)
              Son3, Leftover Pasta Bake

Used: 1 1/2 cups corn meal, 1 cup flour, 1 pound frozen sausage, remaining cheddar at the lake, 1 egg,1 cup reconstituted instant milk, 1 onion, leftover ham, remaining sliced cheese, 2 clementines, 4 slices bread

Day 28

Breakfast: Graham Crackers and Cookie Butter (Thanks Trader Joe's!) Coffee
                 Son3, Leftover Breakfast Cornbread
Lunch: 2 Clementines
Dinner: Odd Cheeseburger Macaroni Casserole with Green Peas, Tomatoes and Okra

Used: 4 graham crackers, 2 tablespoons cookie butter, remaining breakfast cornbread, 2 clementines, 1/2 bag elbow macaroni, remaining 1/2 bag of frozen peas, 1 bag precooked ground beef (someone left the laundry room refrigerator freezer compartment open and it had thawed) 1 small pack frozen queso cheese, remaining garlic powder, various herbs, 1 can stewed okra and tomatoes (Vegetable options are getting slim)  Also used a box of tea bags over the course of the month.  I still have 3 boxes of tea bags remaining.  I don't need to buy them until the end of the summer.

* Forgot to take sliced bread to the lake, again, so we stopped and got some.  TheHub wanted banana pudding so he bought vanilla wafers also.  I probably should have made them but we had a lake work weekend scheduled and had a lot more to do than bake.

I now have enough flour for 1 more recipe of French bread and maybe 1 small baked good.  I still have a few eggs remaining at home and I have about 1/2 dozen at the lake. We are going there this weekend so I will bring any left over home. ( Forgot to bring the eggs home.  I also have about 2 pounds of flour at the lake but didn't bring it here either. Bummer!)

I am getting tired of having what we have on hand vs. what we would like to eat, but this has honestly not been a huge struggle.  I have learned a few things, such as TheHub  is not very flexible.  When we were going to the lake it was a tragedy that I forgot the bread so we HAD to stop and get some.  I could have just as easily had a cup of soup ( We have about 4 cans of soup at the lake) but we had planned on ham sandwiches so we had to have ham sandwiches.   I have also learned this takes time and planning, both in the thawing time but also the time required for cooking mainly from scratch.  Homemade rolls taste better but take much longer than reheating deli rolls.  I have also learned that I don't have to purchase BOGO's from Publix unless it is something I will use fairly quickly. ( See tea bags mentioned above)

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