The Refrigerator Inventory…

Finally got around to reviewing what I have in the fridge this morning… not as bad as I thought, though I do have a couple more of those HUGE jars…  This time it is kosher dill pickles and marchino cherries….

What else do I have in the fridge?

Beer, wine and milk – all basic necessities…

More grilling sauces (about 5 different types)
Some homemade berry muffins
homemade cornbread
homemade italian bread
Salsa
Pecan pumpkin butter
Pumpkin curry
3 cans of whipped cream (another one of those Sam’s Club purchases, but then you can never have too much whipped cream…)
Pesto – homemade and store bought
Lemon juice – another HUGE bottle, but it is almost gone (I use it to make lemonade all the time)
Tortillas
Carrot spread
Fage’ Greek Yogurt – 2 large tubs (I LOVE this stuff!)
cottage cheese (big tub)
marinara sauce (made last night)
pineapple spears
blueberries
eggs
peppers
onion
grapes
lemon and lime
carrots
zucchini
tomato
pastachio nuts (large container – another one of those COSTCO purchases…)
assorted jams
several jars of different pickles
kidney beans
CHEESE! – Mascarpone, velvetta, Brie, Pepperjack, and Feta
Garlic butter
Dried mushrooms (going to make creamy mushroom soup later today!)
coconut water
dried tomatoes
hot sauce
lime juice, and
various condiments…

All in all, the fridgerator contents isn’t all that bad, I usually have a lot more veggies that have been in there for a while, but since I started this project I have been really good about eating them before they go bad… I knew this project would be good for me!  Oh, and I dropped 10 lbs in the last month since starting this!!

Vegetarian Friday… June 24, 2011

After standing in front of my refrigerator trying to decide what to have (I really wanted chicken tonight, but none in the house, and trying to abide my own rules), I decided to make a vegetarian meal this evening.

I had fresh baby eggplant, zucchini and tomato from the church garden. They have been in my fridge for a week, so I needed to use them.  I got out some high protien/fiber pasta, a can of diced tomatoes that I made into marinara sauce, and went to work making dinner.

What resulted was grilled eggplant and zucchini topped with the marinara sauce, pasta with same sauce and fresh sliced tomato with salt/pepper.  The marinara sauce was made from the diced canned tomatoes, italian seasoning, garlic chives and a couple jalapino peppers to add a little “zing”.   Drink, crystal light, of course.

I continue to amaze myself with how good the meals are that I throw together like this. 

What to do?

I realized yesterday evening that I don’t have a lot of variety when it comes to meats in the freezer for my protien portion of my dinners.  I used the last of the steaks yesterday.  I have a couple pieces of ham, several boneless pork chops, some veil, spicy sausages, bacon, and some homemade breakfast sausage (of which I am not certain is very good as the breakfast sausage has been in the freezer for some time, and may get tossed instead of eaten). I have canned turkey breast and tuna in the pantry as well.  No Chicken and no fish, both of which I tend to eat quite often, and both of which, as you know, is better for you than what I have left in the freezer.

So, do I allow myself to buy chicken and fish, or do I eat what I have, as was the plan?

Thursday June 23, 2011

Dinner last night was filet steak (medium rare, of course), leftover potatoes from Tuesday made into a potato salad using an indian dip that I have in the fridge-thinned a little with a bit of milk, fresh tomatoes from the church garden with homemade pesto, and stir fried yellow zucchini (from my garden) peppers and onions.  Crystal Light to drink.  It looked like we were going to have rain, but the clouds passed over us without dropping any as we ate on the patio.  It was yummy!

Wednesday June 22, 2011

Does it count as part of the plan if I eat dinner at my neighbors?

Well, my answer to this question is whether they used what was in their house for dinner, or bought something new.  So I asked…

We had pork ribs with baked potatoes and mixed veggies; chocolate truffles for dessert.  It was yummy, and for the most part, it was made from things they already had in their house.  🙂

Dinner – Sunday June 19, 2011

Tonight I pulled a boneless porkchop from the freezer, and using a sweet/spicy grilling sauce, grilled the chop.  Sides included: Potato Salad made with an indian yogurt sauce (minty/spicy) an interesting twist on potato salad; fresh tomatoes and cucumber salad with a dark beer from St. Arnold’s brewery located in Houston.

Pantry Inventory

Are you amazed at what you find lurking in your pantry when you finally get around to better organizing it?  I re-organize my pantry probably a couple times a year.  It starts out nice and neat, but it always ends up a bit of a mess.

Well, with this “dining at home” and “eating what you have” project, I am not only organizing but taking stock/inventory of what I have so I can plan what I will be eating over the next few weeks – or maybe longer…

Some of the things I found in my pantry (besides the basics like flour, suger, corn starch, etc.)

LOTS of oatmeal – not a surprise, I eat it for breakfast almost every day.
LOTS of teas – several boxes of green tea (not sure why I kept buying more, but I will be drinking lots of iced tea in the coming month(s)).
Several large bags of splenda – apparently I didn’t think I was out and bought another box from COSTCO, only to get home and find some stashed away…
Jello – several boxes – they will go fast
Cream of Chicken Soup
Cream of Mushroon Soup
Canned tomatoes
Canned Black Beans
Canned kidney beans
Canned corn
HUGE jar of Artichoke hearts – 65 oz…what was I thinking??
1 can of Hearts of Palm – again.. ?? I think I got this when I was on an asian food kick… now to figure out what to make with it… ideas welcome here!

Way too much long grain rice
a huge container of animal crackers
big box of individual portion microwave popcorn
lotsa pasta
LOTS and LOTS of dark chocolate, white chocolate, and cocoa (I bought this around the holidays, but didn’t use nearly as much as I thought I would)
Nuts (walnuts, almonds, cashews, pecans, macadamia)
Many jars of various jams/fruit preserves
pumpkin butter
pear butter
Several bottles of various BBQ sauces
Fancy/unusual hot sauces
canned tuna
canned turkey breast
cake mix
wine – lots of red wine… 🙂 this will not go to waste…
Big box of stuffing mix
lots of dried mixed (15 varieties) beans – not sure if they are any good, but gonna soak some overnight and find out…
Gallon of Texas Olive Oil (okay, not so unusual, I LOVE this stuff and use it OFTEN!)

What had to be thrown out??  Pancake mix – had bugs in it – yuck!  I was surprised that none of the flours that I have (cake, self rising, all purpose) had any bugs.

Well, for the most part – there you have it, my pantry inventory.  I didn’t include the spice rack that hangs top to bottom on the door, and YES, it is full of spices.  I keep this organized all the time – alphabetical… stop laughing…. I know what I have, and can find the spices I need easily.  🙂

Saturday June 18, 2011

Dinner tonight consisted of what I thought was a chicken tamales that turned out to be a spinach/cheese tamales, “re-fried” black beans with salsa, fresh, homegrown tomatoes with fresh, homegrown basil and Texas olive oil (if your interested in some, leave me a comment and how to reach you), cucumber salad and roasted potatoes.  Crystal light lemonade to wash it all down.  It was all yummy!  Now to decide what I want for dessert…  🙂