I’m keeping a running blog post that I come in and edit every day to keep up with the Great Cupboard Clean Out my mom and I are doing! Here is a link to my post about it: http://www.thepinkshoelaces.com/the-great-cupboard-clean-out/ and my mom’s post about it: https://www.joscountryjunction.com/a-challenge-straight-from-the-kitchen/
Head to my mom’s blog www.joscountryjunction.com to see her progress with the cupboard clean out – we will update every TUESDAY!
Wednesday: Today I was home ALL DAY with the boys – making a point to being using up our cupboard stash! I had some lettuce I needed to use up so I decided to make a greek salad! I used up this bag of chick peas in place of croutons, I used up some canned chopped olives and this DELICIOUS ranch from my FAVORITE Primal Kitchen that has been sitting in my cupboard for too long. I also threw some frozen chicken thighs in the air fryer – just with some salt and pepper for chicken for my salad. YUM! It was SO GOOD! Even Gannon loved it!
Can you believe how crispy and golden those thighs got? Like for real – I only added salt and pepper and cooked for about 40 minutes in the air fryer – turning them once. For this meal I actually USED UP one can of olives, chickpeas, and chicken thighs.
I also totally FAILED at making a banana cake. I had a ton of bananas – I like to buy the “singles” bag for 99 cents – they needed to get used right away so I found an awesome recipe for banana cake from I am Baker (she’s my fave) and she used self rising flour – I did not AND I didn’t have the knowledge to add baking soda. Craig just keeps saying “It’s got good flavor but uhm… it’s REALLY dense.” It’s okay honey, I know it is awful. I got a pretty picture of it though and the frosting is 10/10! THIS is why I don’t bake!!! I’m a cooker, not a baker! That’s for sure!
As you can see, there are still bananas that need to get used up so maybe I’ll attempt this recipe again tomorrow.
Thursday: I ate the same thing again today – greek salad and reattempted the banana cake to use up those nasty bananas! I also made a smoothie using left over frozen fruit! I’ve also decided to create some of my own rules to the Great Cupboard Clean Out – my mom has a LOT more food than I do so she can have her $100 spending limit but here are my exceptions:
$50 per week on FOOD – I usually get groceries on Thursdays while Gannon has speech therapy – this trip will have a $50 cap on it per week EXCLUDING pop, beer, milk, coffee, and Craig’s energy drinks.
Today I rang in at $42 – I got eggs, bread crumbs (to use up all of that frozen chicken!), my favorite Primal Kitchen Chipotle Mayo, yeast (for pizza), some baking supplies, more bananas, Carver’s snacks for school, some avocados and tomatoes. Total: $42.51 – then I went and got bread from Kwik Star so that was about $5. Overall, I’m under my grocery budget for the week, I have meals prepped in my head.
And just like that it’s MONDAY and this post goes live tomorrow to keep up with my mom! I’m still sticking to it, doing well, I made a zucchini cake today and it went much better than my two failed banana cakes last week! Here is the link to my mom’s blog for that post! https://www.joscountryjunction.com/best-zucchini-bars/ It used up the zucchini and carrots I had in my fridge and some cream cheese that needed to get gone. Carver LOVED it – I will for sure bake this again!
Then, I’m onto home made pizza! PLEASE NOTE: Wax paper, is NOT parchment paper. The pizza was delicious and amazing and ALMOST as good as my mom’s but I had to peel off melted wax paper from the bottom of the crust. This used up pepper jack cheese, some leftover sausage, and a package of meat sticks that were all about to go bad!
I tried a few other new recipes too! But they were SO GOOD I feel like they need their very own blog post so that will be coming in the future! Overall, this is a FUN challenge, leave a comment and let me know if you are tagging along with us! I need butter and cheese but other than that I don’t even need much from the store this week!
Also, CABBAGE is next on my list – we have TOO MUCH! Leave me a recipe!
ALSO! RESTOCK of shirts is coming later this week – HOPEFULLY live by FRIDAY! STAY TUNED!
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