From the looks of our freezer, we won't be living too badly! And now that I've taken at least a partial inventory, this seems like a good thing to do on a regular basis, budgetary constraints or no.
In our freezer we have:
2+ pounds shrimp
1.5 pounds chicken thighs
3 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
2 1-lb. pork tenderloins
1 2-lb. pork loin
48 ounces of tilapia filets
12 ounces sole filets
2 salmon filets
2 snapper filets
1 whole roaster chicken
2 Hawaiian brats (leftover from summer grilling)
various cuts of deer meat (that's DH's job - I have no experience with deer meat and not much desire to fix it either)
Other things around the pantry/kitchen to keep in mind:
1 1/2 bags of fresh cranberries
4 cans of minced clams
large jar of capers
lots and lots of kalamata olives
whole wheat blend egg noodles
whole wheat couscous
rice - white, jasmine, sushi, wild, arborio, whole grain blend, brown
panko bread crumbs
nuts: almonds, walnuts, pecans, pine nuts
......and the usual array of beans, stocks, and tomatoes......
Here is what I have come up with so far for this week.
* Vodka Sauce
Of course my dinner plans change constantly, but I still like to have a basic plan in place to avoid too many unnecessary trips to the store. Based on this menu, I will need very few ingredients from the store for the recipes themselves - most of what I will need is vegetables for sides.
DH took over the kitchen for breakfast and dinner today. He whipped up some pancakes and an omelet for breakfast and it was his idea to make the Chicken and Wild Rice Soup. I've pretty much dominated the cooking for many years here, and as strange (hard, even) as it is to hand over the reigns, it's certainly nice to have a break AND still have a homecooked meal put on the table. I'll definitely have to encourage DH to do this more often. It's best if I stay out of the kitchen when he cooks though, lest I try to give him too much "help".
DH took over the savory cooking for the day, but I did some sweet cooking of my own. Last night I made up a batch of Whole Wheat Oatmeal Raisin Muffins, but this time with fresh cranberries and walnuts. Very good.
Today I made a new recipe, something I've been wanting to try for a long time - granola bars. This recipe came out a bit like a bar cookie, but not as sweet. We really enjoyed them. I'm looking for healthier things to keep around the house to satisfy my sweet tooth. These are not low-fat by any means, but they are made with oil instead of butter which helps cut back on the saturated fat, and they also have whole wheat flour, wheat germ, and almonds for added nutrition.
DS#1 even got in on the baking action and whipped up some Toll House Cookie Bars for school on Friday. They have mini-economies in the classroom and occasionally they set up a market with vendors. DH always chooses to be a vendor, and this time the theme was "Lovin' from the Oven". We'll throw these in the freezer and he'll be all set!
Tags: recipes , baking , cookies , granola bars