I realized recently that Michael and I have a lot of food in the house. Maybe not a “prepared for the zombie apocalypse” hoard, but still quite a bit. I don’t want to become one of those people who have ten year old ketchup moldering in my basement. Also, due to a recent large and unexpected expense (aren’t they all?), I was short on the funds to buy groceries.
I began to write a list of everything I could make for lunch and dinner meals without having to buy anything other than dairy and produce. I realized I had at least one month’s worth of food in the house.
Some of the recipes I’ve used are already posted (broccoli cheese soup), some are easy to find online (Irish stew) and others need no recipe (pasta salad with ranch dressing and fresh veg). I’ll share some of my successful new recipes (butternut squash and carrot soup) as well as detail some failures or “things that didn’t go as planned so I have to think of different ways to use them” (homemade wheat hot dog buns).
Some of the meals I’ve prepared from the fridge, freezer and cupboards so far include:
- Brats and grilled potatoes, carrots and onions
- Pita pizzas
- Grilled pork steaks, potato salad and tomatoes with fresh mozzarella
- Chicken fingers and pasta salad
- Irish beef stew and biscuits
- BBQ pork steaks with tomato sauce rice
- Broccoli cheese soup
- Butternut squash and carrot soup
- Cream of cauliflower soup (see broccoli cheese soup recipe)
- Eggs and toast
- Turkey noodle soup
- Baked chicken and roasted potatoes
- Fajita steak and rice bowl
I don’t expect that everyone has the stockpile to make all their meals, but even making a couple of casseroles or soups for meals or to freeze for lunches will go a long way towards stretching your budget and eating healthy.