Nothing honks me off more than being wasteful, especially with food. As a family, (I'm embarrassed to admit) we are especially wasteful. I find myself at the grocery store, several times a week. Buying more food to stuff into my already full refrigerator and cupboards. Only then to hear, there's nothing to eat! How many of you hear that mantra at your house?
It's not that there is nothing to eat, it's just that the food doesn't jump onto their plate already prepared. That's the bottom line with that. Which is also a pet peeve of mine. The family complaining that there isn't anything to consume, especially after knowing how much money was spent on nothing!
So, I'm trying something new this week. And coincidentally, I think if pairs quite nicely with Holy Week. We are going to spare down on our consumption. I'm not going to go to the grocery store until this Friday, when I'll shop for Easter dinner.(And I didn't shop this weekend.) We are going to "make do" with whatever is in the cupboard or fridge. Now, I will admit I made a run to the local store for milk and eggs. (These are necessary staples.) However, everything else is going to have to come from what's already here.
The freezer is a little light on the proteins. I'll have to get creative. That's okay, I'm up to the challenge. I know I'll surprise myself by what I find, because I'm forcing the thinning down of supplies. My goal is not to make my family suffer. Although, again, since it is Holy Week I think it's good time to live a lesson. Not that I'm comparing the suffering of our Lord to my family having to endure a week's worth of whatever for dinner, but the point of - we don't know suffering. We don't know hunger. We are selfish and selfless in wants and needs. I don't think that I'm going to tell my family what I'm doing. I'm just going to prepare what I find and serve it up. No explanations needed. This is what we're having and no there are no substitutions.
Today's menu of making it work-
Bacon, Eggs, Hashbrowns and toast.
Chicken Pasta Salad- made with leftover roasted chicken from Costco, sea shell pasta noodles found jammed in the back corner of the lazy-susan and 1/3 of a bag of frozen peas found in the back corner of the freezer. (Normally, I probably would have thrown the peas and chicken away in the next day or so.)
Chicken Piccata- made with sliced chicken breast tenders found in freezer (purchased for another recipe and never made) in a lemon, butter, caper sauce served over vermicelli noodles.
Now, I don't think my family suffered too much today? I'm not down to the dregs just yet. Tomorrow's dinner, will have to be a quick one- since we have both Lacrosse games and volleyball practice. I have frozen ground chuck and some new flavor of Hamburger Helper someone told me was great and I should try it- something Mexican. It's been in the cupboard for a long time. Are you seeing a pattern? Buying stuff and not using it- and then buying more stuff. I'll keep you posted on the dinner menu as the week continues on- what about you? Are you a conscientious shopper or are you a mass consumer? No judging here- share away!