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. I’ve been doing good on my kitchen challenge. I’ve been working hard to try to plan meals around what I have and what I can use up.
Here are some things I used up this week. I went to the freezer and pulled out some steaks for Karl and me after we had worked so hard and accomplished so much outside. I figured we had worked hard enough to warrant steaks…so steaks it was.
While I was digging in the freezer I told myself to grab something a little less desirable to have the following night. Lookie what I found…Oxtail.
For those of you who haven’t heard of that, it’s basically the tail. It’s very boney with not a lot of meat. I typically make soup with it…and that’s what I did.
I put the meat in the Instant pot along with water. Remember I have lots of dried beans?? Well, half of this jar went in with the meat.
I am out of my favorite Better than Bouillon but I did have bouillon cubes so…I used up six of the cubes in this batch of soup. I am determined not to buy and use any of the others until this jar is used up. (Admittedly, previous to the challenge I think I would have just left these in the cupboard and bought the Better than Bouillon that I love)
I threw in some chopped onion. I set the Instant Pot for 62 minutes using the meat button.
Once that was done I pulled out the meat and deboned it. I added it back to the pot. Then I chopped celery and carrots too. I checked the refrigerator for any other stray veggies that needed to be used up. I found some frozen zucchini and some chopped cabbage so I added that too. I did add some spices, salt, pepper, and garlic. Then back in the Instant Pot for 4 minutes on manual.
The soup was FABULOUS!! Karl was over and ended up having some. He raved about it too. Seriously, any soup or stew is WAY better in an Instant Pot.
Sorry, there is not a real recipe. This is just how I cook. Especially with soup. Whatever needs to be used up gets thrown in.
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