Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Using it up


We’ve been on a use-it-up kick here at the casa de chaos.  The fridge was getting full, which isn’t a bad problem to have, but it was time to start moving things before it all went bad.

So, a few things I’ve done:

We’d been eating fresh blueberries and yogurt for dessert, but the blueberries outlasted the yogurt. No problem, just made a box of vanilla pudding from the pantry and served the fruit over that.  (Now I have to find those granola crumbs to serve over the rest of the pudding.)

The last of the fresh cherries and the remainder of a jar of blackberries were chopped up to use in muffins. (I call them cherry-berry muffins; it’s all in the marketing, you know.)

Pulled veggie broth and tomatoes from the freezer (along with some carrots and celery from the fridge) to make a pot of lentil soup. (And the peelings and celery tops went into the freezer to make more veggie broth.)

Speaking of carrots, I’ll chop the last two into sticks for work lunches.  The last of the celery will get the same treatment, but they’ll spend the night in a cold-water bath to perk them back up.

The bits and pieces of stale bread became homemade croutons. (The crumbs have been going into the freezer to be used as breading or meatloaf/meatball filler.)

Still working on those taco-size tortillas.  (We can eat just so many fajita and taco dishes…)  Any suggestions?


CTMOM said...

Crush the tortillas in a food processor and use to make a taco inspired meatloaf or my first thought: to bread homemade chicken nuggets. Dip chicken pieces in beaten egg wash, coat with tortilla crumbs and bake off. Serve with dipping sauce or over a green salad,.

Anonymous said...

We eat a lot of flour tortillas in our house. We have them with PB&J, we toast them, fry then sprinkle with cinnamon sugar, and eat them plain.
If you have corn tortillas, brush them with a bit of oil, cut into strips, sprinkle with salt, then bake until crispy. Serve as a garnish over soups or salads.

Jackie said...

Having a Use It Up mind set is great. I have been trying to get better at this over the past year.

You have some very original ideas for the naming of your use it ups.

God bless.

DW said...

Great ideas! Thanks so much. I should try my hand at baking or fying them.