After the decision was made to Eat Down the Fridge (EDF), the first step was to figure out what was in the fridge. And the freezer. And the pantry. Because I had absolutely no idea what kind of supplies we were sitting on. So instead of going grocery shopping during Week 1, I sat down and made lists, our EDF roadmap. All that chickenscratch you see up there? That’s what we had in the freezer and pantry. And yes, my handwriting really is that bad. Looking at that list, how many different meals do you think we came up with? If you don’t include leftovers, the count is currently at 17. So far, we’ve had:
- Pasta with Sauce
- Skillet Roasted Fish
- Roast Pork
- Ham Slices with Stewed Tomatoes
- Lime Chicken with Quinoa
- Maple Soy Salmon with Asian Slaw
- Chicken Marsala with Barley Risotto
- Terryaki Beef Stir Fry
- Quiche with Salad
- Orange Glazed Chicken with Glazed Carrots
- Miso Fish with Green Beans
- Veggie Burgers with Soup
- Baked Eggs
- Chicken in Rosemary Sauce with Lentils
- Pork Marsala with Brussel Sprout Hash
- Baked Fish
I admit that in addition to getting weekly staples like milk, juice, and eggs, we have come home from the store with some questionable purchases. Could I have made pie dough for the quiche? I could have, but I didn’t. And the family size box of Kraft Macaroni and Cheese? That and a pound of ground beef were required research for a Food Memories entry.
I probably should have updated those lists before I scanned them because we really have made great strides in using up what we have. But I have a feeling that some of those items, I’m looking at you black lentils, are destined to be the last one to go.
Despite all that, my freezer still seems impossibly full. How is that possible? Will we ever see it cleaned out? And will I have enough tricks up my sleeve to see this thing through?