The Forgotten Food | A Meal

I love to cook.

Big, daring meals. Fattening, wholesome meals. I also fall prey to healthy and organic kicks, and maybe even a juice craze from time to time. While it’s all fun, I’ve noticed two habitual trends that I have developed.

I over – buy.

There, I have said it! The problem starts in the grocery store.  I make lists, but I always somehow fill up my gargantuan grocery cart. Even if I grab a little basket, I’m panting and switching arms going down the aisles because I’ve maxed it out on space and weight.

I am obviously terrible at meal planning and/or portion control!

Then, I always seem to cook way too much rice, have leftover chicken for DAYS, went a little too happy with a buy one get one deal, etc. And there it is, staring at me every time I open the fridge or pantry.

Or, if I really love something, I might just eat 90% of it, leaving behind only remnants of yumminess lingering in the sides of my dish. But, so now what do I do with these leftovers? Leave them in my fridge until I finally have to toss them? Continue to push them back in my pantry until they are hiding from my site? Who wants to eat the same thing for 3 dinners straight. Not this girl!

I hate wasting food. I’m a faithful member at the clean plate club – maybe because I don’t like to be wasteful or maybe because I hate seeing dollars going in the trash can. But, there is only so many times a girl can ENJOY a meal she’s had every night this week.

So, I’m challenging myself to one night a week to make something from my leftovers. I’m calling it – The Forgotten Food: A Meal. One meal that I cook that week HAS to have some leftovers in it – whether it be food forgotten in the fridge or pushed back in the pantry. Maybe I was in a hurry in the grocery store, and don’t have everything I need for my meal, so I have to get a little creative.  Maybe I have some left over Mac and Cheese that I’ve eaten every night that week, and it’s time to change it up. It may be made from a microwave, oven or stove top, but it has to be a meal made from things I already have. Y’all have to hold me to it!

Let’s see what I can create! This should be interesting!

Getting Creative in the Pantry

OrganizingwithMasonJarsThe other morning I was awake way before my alarm was set to go off, so I was trying to find something interesting on TV. I wish I could remember what the promotion or infomercial was even for, but they gave me a great idea for organization in my tiny pantry. They had an entire row of mason jars full of dry products, like rice, grains, flour, etc.

I really love that you can see what’s in the jars and how much is left. I can’t ever seem to find a bag clip after I’m used part of a package or rice or flour. Or,  more often than not, when I am ready to reuse my package, I always manage to spill half the contents all over my kitchen.

I have seen ideas like this on Pinterest before, but the fact you don’t have the directions right there always made me pass over the idea. But- these kids on TV had a cute way to put the directions on the mason jars by tying the notecards right on! Brilliant!

I already had the mason jars, twine and note cards – so this project was free! And, I love being able to see what is in the jar. I think if I do this project again, I might want stick on labels or smaller cards. But they do look super cute in my pantry.

There’s tons of variations for this project too! Be creative! Here are a few more ideas I enjoyed reading too: