Friday, December 08, 2006

Taking the Challenge

Belinda over at Ninja Poodles has issued a Dinner-on-Hand challenge to those of us looking to save a little cash this month. The goal is to use the food we already have in our refrigerators and cabinets instead of heading out to the grocery store. I'll admit I have a tendency to fill up my pantry and freezer long before it's emptied, and purchase way more perishables than I can use before they go bad.

So I've decided to take the challenge. I'm going to try to go the rest of the month without buying more than milk and bread (and maybe some bagged salad). Last night I pulled on-the-brink-of-spoiling zucchini, onion, green pepper, and few mushrooms from the refrigerator and got to work. I sauteed them with a tiny bit of olive oil. Then I added a large can of diced tomatoes, drained and a few shakes of McCormicks Montreal Steak seasoning. Once the veggies were tender and the tomatoes were warm, I tossed the concoction over some quinoa I cooked up on Monday and threw in a handful of chick peas I didn't use when I made hummus earlier this week. It was yummy, easy, and avoided a stomach-churning trash day next week, when I would have discovered all the spoiled vegetables and molding leftovers in the back of the refrigerator.

Thanks, Belinda! Can't wait to try this again when my Veggie Feast is all gone.

Thursday's Veggie Feast


Anonymous said...

This sounds like a really good idea. When I think of all of the food I have lying around, it makes me feel so wasteful. I hate that.

Ami said...

betsy--I completely understand. I think I could easily live off what is in my refrigerator, freezer and cabinets for at least a month. It might get repetitive, but at least I wouldn't be throwing away perfectly good food because I forgot it was there!

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