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Mother Hubbard

October 25th, 2006 at 08:28 pm

I’m really cleaning out the cupboards. Last month I spent $77 on grocery, not much.* This month, so far only $32! That wasn’t the original plan, but I got into a “clean out the cupboards” mode. Some combinations have been good….much used oatmeal cooked with sitting on the shelf cream of wheat. That had an unused can of apricots blended and stirred into it, for a batch of “instant” breakfasts. A can of beets and a can of corn with dressing: it made me wonder why they had been siting on the shelf! I love beets! Stockpiles of shelf stable tofu and sugar free gelatin back in rotation and being put to good use. The cupboards and fridge are empty in a good way…I feel like I really have a handle on what I have, what I need, and how creativity can turn “there’s nothing in the house to eat” into three weeks plus of meals. We’ll do a big run in the next few days, but we don’t have unused dusty food now.

*I didn’t spend a low amount due to the trip; I used $45, half my “normal” grocery money, towards meals on my trip.

6 Responses to “Mother Hubbard”

  1. DivaJen Says:

    I didn't know there was such a thing as shelf-stable tofu! How is it, compared to fresh tofu? (Oh, the things I learn from you! Freezing cream of wheat, soy flour, and now this.)

  2. LuxLiving Says:

    Okay tell more about the beets and corn. Did you drain the beets and mix it with corn and some type of salad dressing? Or did you have beets as one side, corn as another, and dressing as in 'stuffing' as a third????????

    Confused but interested.

  3. Thrifty Ray Says:

    I held my breathe thinking you were going tosay you had oatmeal and beets for breakfast...lol...oh you and your concoctions!!

    Seriously, thanks for always reminding us to think outside the (meal) box!

  4. lrjohnson Says:

    Jen: I checked the boxes I have...the brand is Mori-Ni but I'm pretty sure I've seen others. Sometimes I see it in coolers at the store, just like shelf stable soy milk that doesn't have to be refrigerated. It does say "keep in a cool dry place"; the Nothern Coast of California counts! It's organic, too. It comes in varying firmness, just like regular stuff....the firm can defintely hold up to cooking. For eating raw with soy sauce I prefer the regular, but for use in recipes blended etc., I'd actually prefer the shelf stuff, and for heated up, like stir fry, I'd say it's a draw. The packaging looks like a juice box material. I get it at my canned Foods outlet; the price non-discounted is comparable, but I often can stock up super cheap at my Outlet.

    Lux: I drained the beet cubes and corn (drnak the corn juice!), and tossed with a little bit of ranch dressing. It was a fun pink salad...I always get beets and corn at salad bars, so this was pretty similar.

  5. DivaJen Says:

    Thanks for the info - I'm going to keep an eye out for some to try. I've never seen it, but then again, I've never looked for it either.

  6. Grateful Says:

    You are so inspiring!

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