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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Using Up What You Have on Hand {eggs, potatoes, tomatoes and pasta}

This week has been crazy and our meals have been less than stellar.  But last week, I was prepared and on top of it.  Last week, I used up what we had on hand and made some pretty darn good meals.

I love cleaning out our pantry, freezer and fridge and making something that everyone enjoys.  Not to mention it uses up the stuff that's been staring at you every time you open the cupboard or fridge doors.

These beauties were painted by the Little Man and some of his cousins the week prior for a little early Easter project.  Coloring Easter eggs sure have come a long way - I only remember dipping them in the dyed water...now they full on come with paint brushes and special paint.

While the little guy wasn't looking, I cracked all of these up and made our stand-by lunch of egg salad.  It's simple to have on hand and easy to take along for work lunches.  A little mayo, mustard, dill, salt and pepper.  Simple!

I hadn't made twice baked potatoes in ages...why?  I have no idea.  We were on a baked potato kick and thank god I made these the other night, as we are now hooked again.  This time I used a melon baller to scoop out the cooked potato (genius!), mashed up the potato, and added half a ranch seasoning packet and 1 c. of plain Greek yogurt.  A little salt, pepper and dried parsley, topped them off.

I highly recommend that combo - delicious!

And these stuffed shells.  I'm most proud of these, as this is what I used up to fill them:
  • Leftover frozen homemade spaghetti sauce
  • 1/2 bag of spinach, then sauteed with garlic
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Leftover mushrooms from the week prior
After mixing together the sauce, sauteed spinach, cheese and mushrooms, I stuffed the shells, topped with a bit more sauce and then layered on the mozzarella.  Bake for 30 minutes and you've got a tasty meal!

Whew.  There you have it.  How I used up what I had on hand to make three separate dishes.  I challenge you to do the same.

Do you use up all items in your house before grocery shopping?

Would you like to comment?

  1. Ally that is a very good habit to get into. I just wish my husband was more adventurous. He is a meat and potatoes or corn, beans. No green stuff and no fresh tomatoes. Makes it difficult for me. Teaching your children good habits!

  2. Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca)March 29, 2012 at 11:19 PM

    We don't usually use everything up before grocery shopping but this past week we totally did! We will also try to use up even more stuff as we are leaving for a vacay next week.