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Day 123: Chicken, Mac and Cheese & Fish Sticks

I made our “big meal” at lunch again. I defrosted four thighs over the weekend to help with my goal of rotating food in and out of our freezer. I made what we call Grandpop fried chicken which is pan-fried chicken made like this but with a tiny bit of granulated bouillon sprinkled into the flour. My grandpop made it that way all the time and it’s so good! I tossed the leftover green beans with the leftover marinated julienned carrot and cucumber from making gimbap and added a dressing for the vegetable. I made mac and cheese with the rest of the shredded cheddar, leftover ricotta and the cooked plain pasta we had from Friday. We are out of milk but the ricotta melted well and helped coat the noodles. Lots of repurposing leftovers today!

I made Rice Krispies treats after lunch.

For our evening meal we finished off the fish sticks (highly recommend the Aldi wild caught fish sticks) with homemade tartar sauce and I had some chips and salsa and Matt had some peaches and yogurt. We already had such a filling meal in the afternoon we didn’t need much but I wanted to finish those fish sticks and get them out of the freezer.

After dinner we prepped the wax beans and the beets we had from last week’s produce box so they will be easier to use in other meals later in the week. This way they are ready for any use.

I placed an Amazon pantry order for Wednesday. There are a few items we just haven’t been able to find in person since February that they had in stock. Matt wants to take this week off of grocery shopping (I’m going Wednesday) since he did the vet visit and grocery shopped at the Italian grocery last week but we have a few things we need and Aldi doesn’t sell.

Non-food related activities:

We started season 3 of Babylon Berlin on Netflix (only one episode, I can’t wait to see what happens next!) and watched a little more Father Brown on Britbox.

I caught up on Gee, Thanks Just Bought It. Caroline is so enthusiastic about everything. It’s interesting to see a slow pivot to more sustainable shopping.

I did a lot of work on Coconut & Lime today.

I started an ARC of the new Caroline Leavitt book. I’ve been reading her books since college so I was excited to get a copy of this!

I thought a lot about how grateful I am no longer teaching and don’t have children during all this.

I organized our enclosed porch. We have very little storage space in the house. The porch isn’t insulated but it doesn’t get below freezing or as hot as the outdoors does. We use it for our recycling bins and cases of soda normally but we have a cart in there I’m now using to store some nonperishables like pasta, instant noodles, extra soy sauce, the case of sleepy time tea we ordered etc. It looks so much better now! In the colder weather I left root vegetables out there but it too hot for that now.

We have been storing yeast and cheese in the tiny mini fridge on the porch but today I noticed it was a little warm inside. I’m going to have to keep an eye on it. I don’t know if it can’t keep up with the heat (I adjusted the temperature down) or if it was left slightly open after Matt made the pizza dough or what. It isn’t essential but it is nice to have! The couple pounds of yeast and shredded cheese take up a lot of space in our regular fridge which is pretty small.

daily recap · planning · repurposing leftovers · what we ate

Day 47: Corned Beef Baked Frittata & Ravioli

Matt made a baked frittata with 4 eggs, leftover rice, leftover corned beef, garlic, onions, leftover shredded cheddar and frozen spinach for lunch. It took forever to bake but it was great! Frittatas are wonderful for using up leftover odds and ends and when stretched with a lot of other ingredients (like rice) don’t have to use that many eggs.

For dinner I sauteed some cubed ham, mushrooms, onions, garlic and kale and tossed it with from frozen truffle mushroom ravioli from Aldi. This is my favorite way of serving frozen/fresh store bought ravioli or tortellini. It’s easy, has vegetables and doesn’t require me to make a real sauce.

I made tuna and pasta salad for our lunch tomorrow and prepped ham, rutabaga, carrot, parsnip, and celery for slow cooker split pea soup tomorrow. All I will have to do is make some broth (using Better Than Bouillon) and get it going in the morning. Last time we went grocery shopping it was an exhausting day and I wanted to make sure I didn’t have to come home and cook lunch or come up with dinner. I don’t love grocery shopping and we don’t have many grocery stores near us. Even though we live in the city, the closest store to us over a mile away and unfortunately, we have bought rotten meat, expired dairy, and spoiled seafood there before. I don’t want to deal with that at all if I can manage and I really don’t want to deal with it now. The next closest stores are about 10-20 minutes away so that plus the stress of shopping right now and the volume of buying for hopefully 3 weeks or more is so stressful! The last thing I want to do is worry about cooking tomorrow.

It has been 28 days since we last shopped so we are down to the bare bones in the fridge. We have a fair amount of frozen seafood and some chicken we froze earlier in the month in the freezer but it’s mostly condiments, cheese, a lone tub of hummus, eggs, carrots, zucchini, and celery in there. Like last time I am going to go to Aldi and then Matt is going to go to a “regular” supermarket to get the odds and ends we don’t get at Aldi-bread, International ingredients, anything from the pharmacy department (vitamins, mouthwash) we need and whatever Aldi didn’t have during my trip. And soda. I really am getting low on Coke and it’s making me antsy.

Nonfood related activities:

We are still watching some Meurtres à… They are a little uneven because they are basically made for TV mysteries taking place in different French towns but some are really good! It’s on Mhz.

I finally was able to get the last variety of bushes for my island in New Horizons. I’m still listening to podcasts while doing it. I don’t have a lot of TV shows that I watch airing right now and there are few jobs to apply to right now.

We both talked to our mothers who are in good spirits. My mom got the Skip-Bo deck and notecards I sent her for an early Mother’s Day gift and was really excited.