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 weren’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. I liked it so much that I’m extending it on. As time goes by it gets a little harder. Stocked items decreases and I end up a little more challenged.
When the kids were home I did spend $33. I know some of that was for milk and soy milk but other than that, it was bananas, butter, sour cream, and other perishable staples. I didn’t buy anything canned. That is one of my main goals.
I’m so proud of how I’m doing with the challenge. I forgot to tell you that when the kids were home over Mother’s Day weekend, I didn’t break from the challenge. In fact, I cooked every meal and we didn’t order pizza or go out to eat. We often do when everyone is home but I didn’t. That was a huge accomplishment and it got a lot more out of the cabinets.
I made another batch of Mini Pumpkin Muffins with this cake mix. You can find the recipe HERE.
I made a batch of peanut butter Ritz cracker cookies. These are a HUGE favorite here. I had lots of crackers to use up and peanut butter. I finished one jar and then rather than open another jar of peanut butter, I decided that I would use up the jar of sun butter instead. The kids didn’t mind the difference at all.
Then rather than put the jar back in the cabinet, I just went on and made a batch of Puppy Chow (Muddy Buddies). You can find that recipe HERE.
As my cabinets are cleaning out I am starting to be able to sort and organize them a little better. Please tell me why I had 6 cans of sauerkraut?? We love it but don’t use it so often that I need 6 cans of it. I ended up making a Rueben hotdish. It’s simple. Here’s a recipe of sorts…
Boil the noodles, add as much corned beef as you want to afford or prefer. I had a big pack on hand so I used lots. Add a can of cream of mushroom, a can of sauerkraut, and a half bottle of thousand island…
Then add swiss cheese, whatever amount you like. I had a bunch in the refrigerator that needed to get used. These two were excited and wanted cheese. I thought no way will they eat swiss…but they did and loved it!
The hotdish isn’t pretty but it was tasty…and was a great cupboard cleaner!!
I went to the big chest freezer and as I was walking there I told myself you are going to pick something out of the freezer that isn’t desirable and you’re using it up. Guess what I picked? Beef Heart. Kramer loved it. Me…not so much. I can eat it but…why?
So my plan was to make a batch of Brazilian Feijoada. A blog reader sent me a recipe for it. You can find it HERE. I’ve made this a couple of times. The first few times I followed the recipe completely only converted it to an Instant Pot recipe. Now I follow it in general and use whatever meats I have that need to get used up.
We had this over rice. It’s so good and slightly different eat time being I often make it when I want to use up an undesirable cut of meat. This one allowed me to use the beef heart up and more dried black beans. PERFECT!
We had it for Kalissa’s birthday supper. Everyone loved it and later I told them I used the beef heart in making it. No one was mad at me and still raved at how good it was. I call that a success!! Now my challenge is to figure out how to hide liver. That one might be a little harder. HA!! I do encourage anyone who is trying to figure out how to use up beef heart, to give the recipe a try.
I’m so happy with the progress I am making with the kitchen challenge. I have kind of changed my outlook and don’t really even need to focus on the amount of money I spend at the grocery store. My focus now is to use what I have first and purposely work to use what is here.
Slowly I’ll get where I want to be. The cabinet looks better each and every time I go in it. I’m loving it!!
Another thing that happened in the kitchen…this…
My 2 cup pyrex measuring cup shattered. Pyrex is an amazing product. I love it but then it shatters, oh my word…it makes tiny little pieces!!
I use that cup a lot so that’s one I’ll be replacing!
That’s the latest from the kitchen…