In my continuing effort to use up some miscellaneous food items from the cupboard, this week I'm making stuffed shells (using my favorite stuffed manicotti recipe from a church fundraising cookbook), and lentil soup with ancient grains (a Trader Joe's copycat). I have a half pound of lentils in the cupboard that I wanted to use up, and I thought for sure that I could find a box of "ancient grains" somewhere. I remember seeing something like that at Aldi, even, and Aldi doesn't carry a huge variety of food.
But I couldn't find such a thing at Aldi, or my regular grocery store, or Trader Joe's, or Target. I couldn't even find all of the ancient grains for the recipe, which are amaranth, millet, flax, and quinoa, separately in any of those stores. Not that I would have wanted to buy any of those separately, because then I'd have to figure out how to use the rest of those. So I bought a small amount of already-cooked farrow (which is none of those ancient grains), and will use quinoa and maybe barley, from our cupboard, and call it good. At least, I hope we can call it good instead of bad, or gross, or disgusting.
The pasta shells, well, I'm taking a don't ask don't tell approach with the package's expiration date. I will tell you, though, that the last time stuffed shells showed up on in our menu plan was this time. Yikes.
Here's what's on the menu this week:
- Stuffed shells (our recipe includes ground beef, but this one is similar), salad, green beans
- Lentil soup with ancient grains, rolls
- Nachos with guacamole and taco toppings
- Italian sausage sheet pan meal
- Fend for yourself
- Peppered steak with portabella mushroom sauce, mashed potatoes, grilled veggie
- Oatmeal cookie treat balls--in celebration of the Littles' first birthday! (using up some raisins and cranberries that no one else in this household wants to eat. Not sure if I have cornmeal, and I know I don't have wheat germ, so I substitute whole wheat flour and ground flax for those)
- Bread machine cinnamon rolls