If you read the blog recently Kalissa and I are working together on a kitchen challenge. Both of us have full cupboards and full freezers and want to use things up.
Our goal is to only spend $100 on groceries from April 15th to May 15th. We aren’t allowed to buy meat and we both want to focus on using that money on perishable products like milk, fruits, and veggies.
So how did I do….Great! I did spend a little bit of money. I bought:
1 pint of buttermilk
1 bag of onions
1/2 gallon of soy milk for Gannon
1 package of pepperoni
I’ve had quite a few people here to feed so the groceries have been flying off the shelf and out of the freezer.
So far being I’ve had a lot of company here, we’ve had spaghetti and a great soup. A blog reader sent the recipe for Turnip Green Soup.
You can see Georgia was here and she actually ate it. She can be a picky thing but this day, she ate it!! Here’s the recipe. Thanks so much, Margaret for sending the recipe. It’s helping me use up beans.
For anyone interested, here is the recipe:
1 Large can of Margaret Holmes seasoned turnips
1 large box of chicken broth
1 can of Rotel tomatoes
1 can of black-eyed peas
1 can kidney beans
1 can navy beans-Margaret uses great northern beans
1 pound of smoked sausage
1 large onion
In a large pot add the first 6 ingredients. Then saute smoked sausage that is chopped into bite-sized pieces and onion until the sausage is browned. Add to the bean/turnip pot. Heat for 30 minutes. Good with cornbread.
For me, I had dried beans so I put 1/2 of a cup of each of the variety of dried beans in along with six cups of water in the Instant Pot on bean setting for 40 minutes.
After they were cooked, I went on with the recipe.
I am so happy I used up a boxed bread mix. It’s been on my shelf long enough that it really needed to get used. YAHOO!!
I made Beef and Noodles one day. Gannon and Georgia loved the leftovers. Georgie calls them “noo-nols”.
I also made pizza. This one was bacon cheeseburger pizza. I had all of the ingredients. In fact, this used leftover hamburgers. Karl was here and made hamburgers one day. I chopped up the leftovers and used them for this pizza.
Those hamburgers along with bacon, and onion, dill pickle relish, and BBQ sauce was the perfect mix. It was AWESOME.
Some of the comments that I have gotten about this challenge almost made me think some might have gotten the wrong impression of this challenge.
I’m not doing it for financial reasons.
I’m not doing it because I’m worried about having too much or not knowing what I have.
I’m mostly doing it because I want to make the best use of my cupboard space.
Having a cabinet that is stocked like this is very common in our area.
For us to get groceries at a reasonable price we have to drive 30 minutes. I have LONG kept a stock pantry and will continue to do so. I ALWAYS have one jar of ketchup in the refrigerator and one in the cabinet. When the refrigerator one is gone, the new one comes out of the cabinet, and ketchup gets put on the list and new is bought the next time I am in town. I will always do that.
I’m not a crazy prepper. I am a mom of five adult kids with four partners and nine grandkids who drop in anytime. When I wake in the morning I have no idea if I’ll be cooking for only me or for 8 for supper. I have childcare kids here. I need a stocked pantry.
Back when covid hit and we were unsure of what grocery buying would be like many panicked. Not me. I knew I was okay for some time…especially if we’re a little more conservative.
I love having a stocked pantry that for the most part I can open and fix anything that’s in my repertoire. I always want that and will continue with that.
For me, this challenge is mostly to “see if I can do it”…a way to clean the cabinet and not have to take each piece out of it. I’ll likely do that in a month or two but not yet. It’s also meant to put some spark into my cooking. I’m sure as I get deeper into the challenge I’ll find a can of coconut milk and I’ll have to work to find a recipe to use it up. I love a challenge like that.
For now, it’s no work at all…I’m guessing if I keep it up for a month or two, it’s going to get harder and harder. For now, it’s fun. I’ll see you in a week. I hope I’m still enjoying it.