Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Freezer/pantry progress

Here's an update on my progress from my post on Things I Want to Use Up. Some good progress, with still some opportunities for sure.

  • Sushi rice (Sam bought for a school cooking project, so this is the remainder) Used for chicken stir fry
  • Multiple packs of sardines. These are M's, and he bought them when he first started doing Keto, but hasn't eaten many. No one else will eat them for sure, so I need to gently motivate
  • Several packages of Liptons onion seasoning. My parents bought it when they were here. I don't have any recipes that use this, so will need to come up with something
  • A huge jar of tahini. I need to make hummus, but will need other ideas, because there's no way we will eat that much hummus
  • A few jars of homemade pesto. I have a chicken recipe that uses pesto, so just need to make it - one down. 
  • Pine nuts. Not sure what I'll do with these
  • 1/2 a bag of frozen spring rolls. No one really loved them, but they need to be eaten - Done. Served with egg roll in a bowl, which provided a nice dipping sauce for the actual spring rolls.  
  • So, so, so many bags of frozen bananas. I've encouraged M to buy fewer each week, but that has gone unheeded. - I've used at least 3/4 of the bananas. I've made several batches of muffins, baked oatmeal, and the kids have used a bunch for smoothies. 
  • Mini pizzas. I'll make these for the kids for an upcoming lunch or dinner. - Woohoo! All 12+ of them have been consumed by small people, including when we needed to unexpectedly feed friends. 
  • Mini naan breads. About 1/3 gone. 
  • A package of gnocchi (meal kit). - gone. 
  • A package of salami & sopressata  - 1/2 of one gone. Used for homemade pizzas
  • 1 package of chicken noodle soup - Used up for lunch on Friday. 
  • 1 box of tomato pepper soup - Used last weekend, when no one was feeling very good. 

Other things I didn't even know we had at the time I made this list:
  • 1/2 of a leftover delivery pizza. Discovered in the freezer & quickly turned into a post soccer meal for the kids. 
  • A handful of dried cherries, that had been pushed to the back of the pantry. Used up in pineapple banana muffins. 
  • A huge bag of wings. Used at the boys birthday party
  • Brussel sprouts (freezer). I think my parents bought them & put them in the freezer. I just discovered them. I wasn't impressed with the way I prepared them, but the are out of the freezer!
  • 1/2 a bag of cubed butternut squash - I didn't love the texture, after freezing. But, I roasted it and served it as the base under the chicken pesto dish we had. 
  • the remainder a chicken pesto dish - we liked the flavor, but it had too much liquid during the original making. So, I roasted butternut squash to serve under it & absorb some of the liquid. It worked well. 

I'll put the mini naan & pizza on my list this week. We will likely also finish off the frozen bananas in smoothies. What about you? Anything you want to use up this week?


  1. For some reason, my husband once came home from Costco with a case of Lipton's onion soup mix. He was craving some vintage onion dip, apparently. I had no idea what to do with the other envelopes. I confess, though, that we seemed to enjoy the recipes I did find which used it. One favorite was with olive oil on potato cubes, then roasted. I also it on top of boneless skinless chicken breasts and carrots, and put in my slow cooker. (I was later told by a friend to also add a can of cream of mushroom soup--my face is swelling just thinking of that, but I bet it tastes great.)
    My mother used to sprinkle it on aluminum foil, then wrap a cheaper cut of roast, place it in a pan, and slow cook in a low oven all day long in the winter. This was a favorite in neighborhood growing up. Not sure how my kids would react to it.
    Nothing healthy to see here, but I couldn't bring myself to toss the stuff. Now, I make my own onion soup mix.

  2. Tahini ideas are here. I did the cauliflower and it was pretty good