Our grand experiment has begun: One week of eating only the food we already have in our freezer, fridge and pantry.
We started off by making a full inventory of our larder -- all the forgotten pastas, misbegotten pre-made sauces, and truly random ingredients lurking in our cupboard. You can read the whole list after the jump.
For our inaugural cleanout meal Sunday night, we eased ourselves in with a pretty tame dinner. We defrosted some braised short ribs and pearl onions, left over from when we made those Short Rib Pot Pies back in October. We added a little tomato paste, some red wine and some Salsa Lizano to make it a little more saucy, and we threw in some frozen peas to liven it up. We served it over some whole wheat spaghetti noodles.
Day 1 Dinner: Whole Wheat Pasta with Short Rib Ragu
Cupboard Items Used: Frozen leftover short rib filling, frozen peas, spaghetti
Degree of Difficulty: 2 out of 10
Verdict: Delicious! Rich and savory and meaty, this was an excellent way to kick off our Cupboard Cleanout.
Read the full list of all the random stuff we'll be trying to figure out how to use this week, after the jump!
We've got some thoughts about how we might connect and incorporate some of these different items -- our kitchen may or may not currently look like the shed in A Beautiful Mind -- but we'd love to hear any ideas you might have.
Rice -- wild, brown, basmati
3 cans of black beans
Chipotles in adobo
Cream of mushroom soup
Lots and lots of canned tomatoes
1 bag of dried apples
Grits (loooooots of grits)
Loads of dried beans
A mustard based dip
Lots of pickled things: green beans, okra, cherry tomatoes, squash pickles
Olive oil balsamic dressing
Herb olive oil
White chocolate bar
1 jar Morello cherries
2 cans red tart cherries
Hot pepper relish
bread and butter pickles
Steel cut oats
A citrus spice appetizer spread
Pork end roast
2 chicken thighs
Pot pie filling
A frozen vegetable mix