I told you in an earlier post that I’ve been working on being more mindful of the groceries that are being brought into the house. I’ve been working on wasting less food and using what I have.
Here are some of the things I’ve done lately…
I bought a quarter of beef from Achen Farms where Kramer worked and Craig still does work. There was a lot of round steak at the top of the freezer and round steak isn’t my favorite. It’s typically a little tough. I decided to take a bunch of it and throw it in the Instant Pot, cook it up, and do some meal prepping.
I added some Italian spices, Better than Boullion, onions, and celery. I put it on manual for 30 minutes until it was fall-apart tender.
I used part of it to make beef stroganoff. I used up this half bag of noodles in the making. They have been languishing in the cupboard for a long time. I actually needed more noodles than this to go with the amount of stroganoff I had but instead of opening another bag, I have the stroganoff that was left over the heel of the bread. WIN!
I used the other half of the meat to make some vegetable beef soup with barley. I immediately froze all of the soup after it was made and will use that for quick meals as needed.
For the soup, I used up the rest of the shredded cabbage that was needing to be used. I also used up the rest of a bag of corn from the freezer. All good things.
I had part of the family home for supper and… had made potato salad. I typically don’t do the best at eating leftover potato salad. I’ve decided that I don’t like potato salad really cold and prefer to eat it at room temperature. So I scooped it up, put it in a bowl, went out and watered plants, then came in and ate it. PERFECT!
I ended up cleaning up the potato salad…no waste. I’m calling that a win!
I’ve learned that there are other foods that I really like warm vs cold. I prefer tomatoes warm…pickles warm…and salsa warm. I’ve learned to take them out and let them be room temperature before I eat them. Am I the only one like that?
Our family is in love with coney dogs. Everyone has a different definition of coney dogs. For us, it means hotdogs, on buns with sloppy joe mix over the top. I typically just make my own sauce for the sloppy joe mix but when I was organizing the cabinet, I found this and used it up. I had forgotten that I bought it.
Coney dogs are really a great thing to have when I have a bunch of eaters here. Some end up just eating sloppy joes…some hotdogs and some coney dogs. It’s an easy way to please everyone.
A bit ago Kayla was home. I had some milk that was going out of date so she made homemade yogurt with it.
I had gotten a roasted chicken from the convenience store. Around here they are $5 on Mondays so if I’m at the store then, I always pick one up. Plus a pack of buns comes with it for free. It’s a great deal. I typically eat the roasted chicken for one meal and then make something with the remaining chicken. On this day I remember that I had these which had been hanging out in my cabinet for too long.
So, I cooked both packages up and added the rest of the chicken. It was a perfect way to use them up.
On another day I bought another roasted chicken. Again I had a meal and used the rest to make soup. I had leftover greens in the frig and added some tortellini. The soup was awesome!!
I had some Brussel sprouts that needed to be used.
This recipe was in the Nashville Needlework Cookbook. I gave it a try minus the carrots.
Everyone loved them. (well the adults did)
The garden is producing great things all of the time now so…it might be a bit before there is another pantry post. We’ll see.
Please share some things you’ve done in a way that has saved some grocery money or helped used some items up.