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Saturday, December 15, 2018

What really happened

The nicest thing about using the food from the freezer is finding things I had stuck in it and promptly forgotten. For example: Labor Day we had guests at the lake and I cooked a ridiculous amount of food. Most of it was eaten the week following the long weekend, but I had tossed a few things in freezer bags and stuck them in the freezer. Maybe most of you have more well behaved leftovers than I do, but the package of corn muffins I froze evidently decided they did not like the spot I put them in and hid themselves under other icy items.

Now that I am using the freezer daily the chaos is so much better contained. I am not sure if I should pat myself on the back for taming the beast or should be condemned to the 6th circle of Hell for creating the monster. Actually neither, since it is just the contents of a freezer, but it is amazing how mentally freeing it is to open it and actually know what is in it and where it is. Well, I kind of know what is in it. There are still a few surprises I stuck in bags and forgot to label.  Stewish type things that cannot be defined by merely looking at the packs. One night soon we are going to have a smorgasbord of UFSS (Unidentified frozen single servings) I would say it might be horrifying but it is just food and we will survive an odd and potentially untasty meal.

All lunches this week have been leftover whatever, so no freezer foods were used. Also I may or may not have jumped off the keto wagon for a couple of days this week and may or may not have eaten cookies for lunch. Shhhhhh! The keto police might be watching!


Monday Tuscan chicken, tossed salad
Tuesday  Leftover Taco soup
Wednesday Scallops, green beans, tater tots, tossed salad, rolls
Thursday. Pumpkin sausage soup, cornbread mini muffins
Friday: Leftover chili (nothing from the freezer)
Saturday: We are having pork roast and collard greens
Sunday: Christmas Party


I pack chicken thighs
1 container taco soup
2 packs scallops,
1/3 bag green beans.
1/4 bag tater tots
1 bag frozen spinach
1 small bag cornbread cheese mini muffins
1 bag collard greens

Added to the freezer last week
1 serving leftover chili
3 small packages turkey breast slices (Yep, I bought one and cooked it just to have something available for a quick keto compliant meal)

Probable weekly menu:
Monday: Christmas party
Tuesday bbq chicken, cauliflower mashers, coleslaw
Wednesday steak, hasselback potatoes, tossed salad, broccoli
Thursday: Spaghetti and tossed salad
Friday: something with chicken
Saturday: Pizza and tossed salad
Sunday: Veggie beef soup, cornbread



26 comments:

  1. My freezer is also getting an overhaul. I think my husband is sick of it as we ordered a pizza last night....

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    1. TheHub is a pretty good sport, plus he knows it is just one meal so even if it is not what he wanted/wants, to just be quiet and eat it so it will not be served again as leftovers.

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  2. I'm struggling to figure out what to do with a bunch of the dairy based stuff. No one else in my family likes soup, and I have all of these single servings of soup, & dairy is not my friend lately. Otherwise, I'm making good progress!

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    1. The single servings of stuff generally become my lunch, but I have been cooking more than we are eating at one meal, so I am eating refrigerated leftovers instead. If dairy were not my friend I would toss it. Better to lose the food than to lose time because of the side effects.

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  3. Our freezer is a bit of a black hole too. And in need of exploration parties.
    Good luck with staying keto at the Christmas parties.

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    1. All I want from now through the holidays is a zero gain/loss. In theory I would love to remain keto compliant but I know life will be happening all around me and I am not going to beat myself up if I fall off the keto wagon a day or two.

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  4. Sounds like you are making good progress. I know I am going to end up tossing some fresh produce from my fridge, this weekend, because I overbought when daughter was visiting and haven't cooked and eaten as much as I should have!

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  5. I try to use my fresh produce, but generally fail. I am eating a cucumber that has about 20 minutes of life left in it!

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  6. Life is full of surprises, especially when you clean out your freezer. :)

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  7. Honestly freezer are a pain in the a**! I'm never going to get mine defrosted at this rate. I commend you for staying on the keto diet, I don't think I could do it

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  8. Well I did take a few days break, but I honestly feel better when I stay on it.

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  9. My guess is a buffet UFSS will be tasty. I'm sure you saved food you liked enough to keep.

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    1. It is possible but it is also possible I just stuck something in the freezer to keep form having food waste. You know it does not count as waste if you freeze it before you toss it, right?

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  10. My freezer is a black hole too (although truth be told the whole house is at the moment). Too much to do and too little time before I retire. And I do so love your recipes. When I lived in the US it was always interesting to me how very differently my MIL and her sisters cooked (and well). Very different to back home in England (where you now eat pretty darn well so don't laugh), and then how different it is to here in France. I made a 7-layer salad once for a pot luck (because I'm lazy like that) and everyone raved about it! On a funny note, except for a Sunday roast my mom wasn't a very good cook (too many kids and too little money) so when "the freezer shop" opened she was in heaven. She threw a bunch of two different types of pies in the freezer unlabelled and one day my brother was eating his chicken pie and fries and asked what flavour they were. She said "chicken why" and he just said, "oh they taste like apple". And they were. And it still got finished. We told him he had chicken pie and custard for dessert!

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  11. Funny! A few weeks ago I took a package out of the freezer and was positive it was pulled pork, Yeah it wasn't. It was a bag of shredded vegetables I guess I was saving to make stock. Our bbq dinner changed rather quickly. I think we just had a large cobb salad that night. The veggies are still in the freezer waiting to become broth, but I probably should just toss them. I have learned (finally) to keep a sharpie marker by the freezer so things can be labeled.

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  12. The chicken salad sounds great to me! And so does smorgasbord of UFSS, we've enjoyed them too, :-) Take care

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  13. Your Christmas card arrived today - thank you so much. And wouldn't you know I was in my lovely meadow on Sunday. It was such a mild and sunny day - just perfect!

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    1. I always love seeing your meadow pictures! Merry Meadow!

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  14. I lose things in the freezer all the time, too. And discover things I've totally forgotten about -- kinda fun, actually. Happy Holidays!

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  15. Most of the time the discoveries are fun. Occasionally they are not so much fun though!

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