As previously mentioned, I am moving across the country in three weeks (ACK!!!). In the name of not wasting food and saving money, I am going to try to eat as much of the food in my freezer and pantry as possible before I leave. I knew I had quite a bit stockpiled, but going through my freezer is always a fun adventure.
I started the clean-out game last week with this meal, mini bowtie pasta with cheesy sauce, sauteed seitan beer brats, zucchini and red pepper, caramelized onions, paprika and roasted brussels sprouts .
pantry: pasta, paprika
freezer: beer brat, cheesy sauce
leftover from another meal: zucchini, half an onion
bought: red pepper, brussels sprouts
Last night for dinner I made a similar sort of concoction – rice, mushrooms, peas and tofurkey kielbasa with cheesy sauce, savory carrot salad.
pantry: rice, salad dressing ingredients
freezer: cheesy sauce, peas
leftover from fourth of july: kielbasa, mushrooms
from the fridge: carrots
Want to play the clean-out game with me? Here’s the list of what I have to work with.
one portion tamale pie
two seitan beer brats
chocolate wafer cookies
2 bags marinara
ww hamburger buns
seeded burger buns
ww hotdog buns
strawberry jalapeno corn muffins
gf orange poppyseed mini muffins
mini bran muffins
oatmeal raisin cookies
choco-choco chip-walnut cookies
bit of broccoli
shelled & unshelled edamame
can split pea soup
can rogan josh curry sauce
1/2 c quinoa
shake n’ bake
4 ww lasagna noodles
I can figure out what to do with the cookies, muffins and soup (eat them!), any ideas for using the rest? The breads in the freezer will make at least three pounds of bread crumbs. Some ideas I have are:
chickpea cutlet parmesan (chickpea cutlets, marinara, pasta, shake n’ bake?)
falafel and tabouleh (chickpeas and bulgur)
succotash (lima beans and corn)
I don’t think realistically I can eat all this stuff in three weeks, but I’m gonna try!
Unrelated cute picture: It rained a lot here yesterday; I got soaked walking home from the bus stop. There is a pond in the courtyard of my apartment complex that is apparently full of frogs, and when it storms they go NUTS! They were so loud that I had a hard time sleeping last night. When I went in the hallway to take out the trash this little guy was glued to the wall.
I’m not sure how he found his way up to the second floor, and if I were a less squeamish person I might’ve returned him to the ground. Here’s hoping froggy found his way home.