In my continuing quest to use up pantry and fridge items that are open, but are not ingredients used in our regular recipes, on Saturday, I made Cheerio Treats. I used up three separate open packages of marshmallows, and that still wasn't quite as much as the recipe calls for, but no way was I going to open one of the two unopened packages in our cupboard, lest I need to find another way to use those. My go-to when using up dry or sticky marshmallows is rice krispie treats, but in the spirit of not buying anything new that will then, in turn, need to be used up, I went with honey nut cheerios instead--although I have been thinking about making clif bars lately, so I might be buying rice krispies anyway.
The remainder of the 2011 barley ended up being just a tiny bit over the 2/3 c. called for in the Beef Barley soup recipe, so, as promised, I threw it all in. Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on how you feel about these things), Hubby and I really liked the soup, and I think AKD would, too, so there might be barley in our cupboard again soon.
This week, I'm making Italian sausage and white bean skillet to use up a can of beans that my sis gave me. The recipe also calls for spinach, which I just happen to have in my freezer, leftover from another recipe a couple of months ago, and I'm planning to cook the little bit of penne pasta I have left in an open box to serve with it. I'm also using up an open bottle of salsa verde on Thursday, and I found 3 candy canes in the cupboard, which will be going into cookies this week.
I also found cans of evaporated milk and sweetened condensed milk, and a jar of turkey gravy in the cupboard. Any ideas?
Here's what's on the menu this week:
- Rice burgler
- Nachos with guacamole
- Italian sausage and white bean skillet, pasta
- Chicken chili verde, greens, tortillas
- Pizza, salad
- Hamburgers, buns, chips, broccoli
- Oven fried drumsticks, mashed potatoes, broccoli/cauliflower/carrots medley
- White chocolate peppermint hug cookies (I'm using the candy canes--I don't have any candy cane kisses, but I do have hugs, so I'll probably use those)
- Pancake and waffle mixes