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Old 03-18-2013, 10:50 AM   #1
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I'm trying to work on my grocery list for this week. I want to use up some of the excess stuff in my cupboards, fridge and freezer. Help me decide what to make. I have no problem grabbing an ingredient or two for a dish, I just want to use up as much as I can of what I already have. FWIW, we are minimal meat eaters.

On hand:
Black beans, lentils, garbanzo beans
Brown and white rices
Pasta
Quinoa
Coconut milk
Chicken breasts
Firm tofu
Ground turkey
Ground beef
Chuck roast (beef)
Carrots
Celery
Kale
Tomatoes (fresh and canned, diced)
Bell peppers
Cabbage (green)
Stocks (veggie, chicken, and beef)
Tons of herbs, spices, and pantry staples (flours, corn starch, etc)

Already planning to buy:
Potatoes
Onions
Soy sauce
Eggs

So, what would you make?

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Old 03-18-2013, 11:06 AM   #2
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One of our staples and actually what I'm eating right now is turkey chili. It's just ground turkey, 2 cans tomato sauce, 1 can diced tomatoes w/juice, packet chili seasoning to taste, and you can add beans, veggies, etc to make it more hearty. The chili seasoning packet we use calls for 2 cans sauce OR 1 can tomatoes, but it was a little thick for me and by adding both it makes it go further. It's a simple weeknight dinner
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Old 03-18-2013, 11:09 AM   #3
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I'd make Texas Hash, which is ground beef, canned tomatoes, rice, onions and peppers seasoned with chili powder.

I'd also make peanut noodles using coconut milk and tamari.

Beans and rice with smoked paprika is nice.

You could also make meatballs using the turkey and ground beef.
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Oh and I'd slow braise the chuck in the crockpot with onions. Make shepherds pie or something with it.
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Re: I'm feeling uninspired

I have been making this "Mexican Pie" thingamajig with ground beef, onions, tomatoes, black beans, bell peppers, and seasonings topped with pie crust. My husband really loves it, but he seems partial to anything that comes in a pie dish.

With the tofu, eggs, soy sauce, carrots, I would probably make tofu fried rice.

Chicken breasts, rice, cabbage, soy sauce, I would probably make Chicken Adobo with cabbage. But that's probably because I have been craving it.
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Old 03-18-2013, 11:16 AM   #6
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Carrot ginger soup
Carrot & Celery sticks
Roasted carrots
Or just mix carrots into potatoes for orange mashed potatoes
Black bean soup or dip
Hummus w/ garbanzo beans or roasted chickpeas
Lentil chili
Sauerkraut
Kale chips
Scrambled "eggs" with tofu
Chicken pot pie w/ coconut milk
Chicken nuggets
Stuffed cabbage using quinoa or rice and beef
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I had a thread in Kitchen a few days ago where people shared some great quinoa recipes. It turned out to be a good thread.
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quinoa and black bean burgers

stuffed bell peppers- with or without meat

cabbage soup http://www.theriver1059.com/pages/jo...ticle=10054595 we usually do this without the chicken only uses about half a cabbage

Fried veggie rice (carrots, celery, eggs, cabbage, onions, broccoli) Can throw some chicken or tofu in there.

We usually do either a stove top or crock pot roast. Eat roast, with roasted potatoes and carrots first night. Then second night make barb sandwiches, shepherds pie, enchaladas, whatever strikes us. With the cabbage you could make cole slaw to go with the barb beef.

grilled chicken with cabbage casserole. if your interested I put in the recipe. its pretty much just cabbage with tomatoes mixed in. Place in casserole dish top with tomato slices and bake. Can't remember the seasonings off the top of my head but its pretty good.

We like this too http://vegweb.com/recipes/rice-and-cabbage-casserole . We eat it with out meat, but it could be a side to chicken or burger patties. We usually just have other sides with it. Makes a lot so we usually freeze about half of it.
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I like to make a Thai curry over rice. I add coconut milk to it. Meat (chicken, ham, shrimp, leftover pork roast, whatever), garlic, curry powder, a dash or two of chili powder, smoky pepperika carrots, celery, bell pepper, onion, lime juice, coconut milk, & frozen peas (peas go in 5 minutes before I serve as I don't like them mushy).
This may not be authentic ... but that is how the Thai restaurant makes it.

If I feel uninspired I think about what I want to go out and eat. Then I make that!
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oh gosh, you have to check out the www.supercook.com website! You put in what you have in your kitchen right now and it sorts recipes that you can make right now.
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