WEEK THREE: Great Cupboard Cleanout!

So as you know, my mom and I are working on the The GREAT CUPBOARD CLEAN OUT! and you can catch my post from Week 1: Great Cupboard Clean Out! and WEEK TWO: Great Cupboard Cleanout!

This week, I’ve literally worked 5 out of the last 6 night shifts so my meals have been random and unpredictable and not very focused on actually cleaning out the cupboard.

HOWEVER, I kind of nailed it with just one meal! We had some potatoes that were going to go bad, some mushrooms that were going to go bad, and an embarrassing amount of Green Giant frozen steam-able brussel sprouts to use up too. Plus, as Craig gets free(ish) beef from work, we always have too much AMAZING ground hamburger to use up!

This meal was EASILY a family favorite at first bite.

I threw the potatoes in the instapot for 20 minutes on manual. I mashed them when they were finished cooking. I fried the hamburger making sure to season it well. I added some beef bullion, mushrooms, and onions to the pan. I added some milk to make it a gravy, some butter, and then some flour to thicken it. THAT’S IT YOU GUYS! This recipe was SO EASY and I made it up as I went!

Craig initially said “EW, no brussel sprouts for me.” I told him to try some for the boys so they could see him eating veggies. He reluctantly agreed and long behold I had to make a second bag just for him! They went fabulously with this meal!

The boys on the other hand were NOT impressed. Carve only at the gravy and ONLY because we told him it was like maid-rite meat. Gannon had a few fork fulls of ranch for supper.

As far as the grocery budget goes, it honestly gets easier every week. I only spent $60 on a wal-mart pickup order for essentials! It’s amazing how much less money you spend when you’re paying attention to the grocery budget! In hindsight, I actually ordered too much and I didn’t need some of the items I ended up getting. Oh well, live and learn.

That’s all I have for today folks! Thanks for reading!

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