The honeymoon with this "use it up" challenge is definitely over. I have no idea what I want to cook for dinner, but I want to be able to go to the grocery store and decide on the spot. I still have 9 more days before I will allow myself to shop willy nilly. (Unless I decide to continue the challenge or a modified version of it a little bit longer. The jury is still out on that idea.)
Meanwhile I continue to feed us.
Lunch: I/4 pizza slice*
Dinner Chili, oyster crackers (slightly stale but doable) coleslaw
Snack: Not 1, not 2 but 3 half moon cookies**
Lunch: Last bit of vegetable soup, bell pepper slices
Dinner: Chicken over stuffing*** with turkey gravy, asparagus
Snack: 1 individual serving bag of Doritos, mandarin
Lunch: Leftover bbq chicken, leftover cooked cabbage
Dinner: Ham, butter peas, collards, coleslaw
Snack: 3 caramels My beloved sister gave TheHub for Christmas
Lunch: Baked ziti
Dinner: Out to eat El Paso salad (me) Flatbread (TheHub)
Snack: Peanut butter bar
Lunch: Leftover pork chop, bell pepper strips
Dinner: Spaghetti with meat sauce, tossed salad
Breakfast: Grits, tea (TheHub) coffee (me)
Lunch: Grilled cheese sandwiches, pickles, chips
Dinner: PBJ (TheHub) Diet Coke, Hot chocolate, toast (me)
Lunch: Captain D's takeout
Dinner: Chicken fried rice (Lame attempt at celebration for the Lunar New Year)
Snack: Sourdough toast and jelly
Bought This Week
5 bananas (TheHub's recreational shopping trip)
2 small containers cantaloupe (same recreational trip)
1 small yogurt (ditto)
oyster crackers (ditto again, even though I told him we had some, plus another unopened
loaf of bread
2 fruit pies (trying to do something nice for TheHub)
1 Peanut butter bar (oops, was next to the cash register at the day old bread store)
3 cookies from Full Moon BBQ
1 head of lettuce
Nutter butters (TheHub's purchase)
6 pk diet Canada Dry (ditto)
Used This Week
From the freezer
2 small packs chili
2 pack cooked chicken
2 small packs asparagus (Gross! The remaining packs will become cream of asparagus soup )
1 pack butter peas
small pack frozen baked ziti
pack ground chuck
1/2 pack collards
1 very small pack of meat sauce for spaghetti (less than one serving)
small pack leftover ham
Trader Joe's fried rice
From the refrigerator
leftover veggie soup
leftover bbq chicken
leftover sausage flavored cabbage (from the sausage and cabbage dinner earlier.)
thousand island dressing (TheHub finished it)
French dressing (My least favorite but it was loitering and needed to be use)
1 bell pepper
1/3 humongous cabbage
1 clove garlic
From the pantry
1 box stuffing mix
1 pack turkey gravy mix
4 quart size tea bags
1/3 jar Rao's marinara
sliced bread for sandwiches
4 earl gray tea bags
Weekly Wrap Up
I like seeing a few small spaces appear in the freezer.
This is a good way to rotate some of the foods that desperately need to be rotated.
I also like not spending money for many groceries this month.
The freezer is still quite full, as is the pantry. The produce is dwindling and I will need to buy some more this week. With the bread purchase and the 2 loaves of sourdough bread I made this week, we have plenty, plus I still have 15 pounds of unopened flour, so I can always make more bread.
I have tons of sourdough discard from feeding the starter and should be able to bake some treats using it. I have bags of chocolate and butterscotch bits along with recipes for discard chocolate chip and discard oatmeal cookies. This could be a possibility.
* I was painting masks for Independence Place's upcoming play and forgot to take my lunch. Son2 offered me a slice of his pizza but I only took 1/4 of it.
** On the way home from IP I was still hungry. My car turned by itself into Full Moon BBQ and there was nothing I could do but order cookies. They only sell them in packs of 3 or 6, so I had no choice but to eat all 3.
*** I will probably lose my southern card for having the box of stuffing mix in the pantry.
**** I am not the only one who buys excessively!