1. First up was actually fried chicken night last weekend. I really wanted pasta salad with dinner and went online to find a nice recipe to use. Unfortunately, all the recipes I found called for either cured meats like salami (didn't have it), or bottled salad dressing (didn't have that either). So, I finally got fed up and made my own with a home made vinaigrette (I'll share the recipe for the pasta salad in the next couple of days as it really is good), some more of the Monterey Jack cheese that was super sharp and since I didn't have high quality Italian olives to use I used a good old fashioned pantry staple...
2. Steak night!
It KIND of worked. They were still chewy, but definitely more edible than if I hadn't done the process.
I used my recipe for Super Easy Chili for any interested here.
I swore that I had chili powder, but for the life of me, even after tearing apart my spice cabinet, I couldn't find it. So, I ended up having to make some. For those interested chili powder is pretty simple to make.
- 1 part paprika
- 2 parts ground cumin
- 1 part Chile powder (ground up dried chilies. You can find it in the Mexican food section for cheap)
- 1 part dried oregano
- 1 part onion powder
- 1 part garlic powder
4. Instead of using the Uncle Ben's mix on fish night my husband requested just plain "chicken rice" (chicken bouillon added into the rice cooking water), so I'll get another chance to use those creatively.
5. My son had a can of Pringles that we opened to find that they were not colored at the factory correctly. They tasted okay, but my son wouldn't touch them because they didn't look right. Since they were too old to return (they'd been in the pantry for a while before I opened them) I decided I'd just crush them up and put them aside as "seasoned bread crumbs" for fish or chicken.
6. Instead of mashed potatoes on pork steak night, my daughter had leftover crescent roll up things and my husband and I had left over pasta salad. No waste this way and it saved me some mashed potato mix.
7. Breaded Shrimp Night
It worked out well, overall. I ran into about three pieces of shrimp that tasted like ice maker, but otherwise the shrimp came out tasting okay.
So, there you are folks. Some of my frugal adventures for the week. So far, things are holding up okay in the freezers and pantry, although I'm seeing dents developing, so we'll see how it all works out here.