I am on a quest this month. A quest to eat the food we already have in this house. To clean out our pantry and freezer the proper way – by eating the food, rather than waiting for it to go bad and pitching it (all the while continuing to spend too much every week at the grocery buying more food).
My plan is this. No buying ingredients that aren’t fresh and perishable, at least until we’ve exhausted our ingredient/meal making possibilities – which won’t be for quite awhile. So I can buy fresh produce, meats and dairy, etc. But no food from the expensive part middle of the grocery store. John is up for the challenge, and I’ve already found some hidden treasures in the freezer that I forgot we had (and amazingly have not succumb to freezer burn). I see it as a chance to stretch my creative cooking muscles, instead of just buying everything I need every week. What else can I make with some Skyline Chili in a can? I will now actually try that recipe for salmon cakes! We will eat those canned veggies. And I’m going to try and make some cobblers/pies out of all that frozen fruit.
I have discovered that I have an inordinant amount of quick oats, and some steel cut oats I don’t know why I have at all. Any and all oat-related recipe ideas are welcome! (Except for cookie recipes – I got that covered, thanks)
Here we go.