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May 20th, 2014, 10:21 PM
Join Date: May 2014
Posts: 19
DH and I just got back from my DD's 8th grade graduation in another state which cost us around 2K, so we're trying to minimize our spending for a little while now. It's just DH and I until June 3rd when DD gets here. I'd like to focus on using what we have too, but we can buy stuff if we need to.

Making this a little more complicated is the fact that our gas line had to be shut off because it was leaking at the valve. They are supposed to repair it this week some time. But for the next few days we need to plan meals that do not need use of the oven or range. For cooking we have a Foreman grill, a crock pot, a rice cooker (with a steamer), and a toaster oven.

I just made some apple oatmeal and cranberry muffins and we have enough for about 5-7 servings. Aside from those here is everything else we have:

Grains in pantry:
1/2 loaf potato bread (needs to be used up pretty quickly)
1 box shredded wheat
1/2 canister of old fashioned oats
3 cups steel cut oats
2 cups whole teff grain (very small and kind of crunchy, I usually add a little to oatmeal and baked goods)
3 lb brown rice
5 lb white rice
1 1/2 cup unseasoned breadcrumbs
2 half used boxes of crackers
1/2 bag pretzels
2 1/2 lbs spaghetti noodles
2 packets instant oatmeal

Protein in pantry:
3oz can tuna
2 cans vegetarian baked beans
2 cups red lentils
4 cups pintos
2 cups black beans
1 1/2 cups yellow split peas
1 1/2 cups green split peas
1/3 cup cashew butter
16 oz crunchy PB
16 oz creamy PB

Fruits and veggies in pantry:
1 jar beets (about 2 cups)
8 oz diced pears
1 can cherry pie filling
2 cans French cut green beans
2 cans diced tomatoes with basil and oregano
2 cans diced tomatoes plain
1 can tomato sauce
2 cups dried cranberries

Convenience items in pantry:
1 large can cream of chicken and dumpling soup
3 microwavable mac and cheese cups
2 hummus and cracker packs

Other stuff in pantry:
3 cups powdered sugar
1 lb brown sugar
3 cups coconut oil
1/2 cup honey
16 oz lite mayo
3 jars chicken broth powder
2 cups veg oil
12 oz balsamic vinegar
baking soda
baking powder
sausage gravy mix
18 oz olive oil
11 oz apricot preserves
1/2 cup dried onion flakes
lots of seasonings

sugar free drink mix (lots)
instant coffee
cocoa mix

Frozen fruit/veg:
2 cups peaches
2 cups berries and bananas mixed
2 bananas in chunks
1/2 cup lite coconut milk
garlic puree

Frozen protein:
2 cups meatballs
1 1/2 lb tilapia filets
1 1/2 lbs chicken breast
2 packs lunch meat chicken breast
1 1/2 cups cubes of gouda and truffle cheddar mixed together
2/3 lb field roast (vegetarian)
8 chicken apple and gouda sausages

Frozen convenience:
1 Bird's Eye bagged meal with two servings, chicken potato and cheese variety
3 assorted frozen dinners

Fresh produce:
1 head of cauliflower
3 avocados
4 bananas (need to be frozen or used quickly)
3 nectarines
1/2 head lettuce
1 lemon
1/2 cucumber
2 grapefruits
2 nice apples
3 more apples with bruises/ soft spots suitable for baking

Dairy in fridge:
1 cup gorgonzola
pint half and half
quart 2% milk
1 cup shredded cheddar
3 cups grated parmesan
2 slices pepper jack
2 cups shredded cheddar jack
5 wedges of laughing cow cheese spread, chipotle flavor

Protein in fridge:
1 pack of turkey salami
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups cooked garbanzo beans

Condiments and sauces:
assorted salad dressings
red and green taco sauce
assorted mustards
honey mustard dip for pretzels
black sesame oil
soy sauce
hoisin sauce
chili garlic sauce
dill relish
worchestershire sauce
chocolate syrup
mesquite marinade

Random other fridge things:
non dairy pumpkin pie flavored coffee creamer
1/2 jar pickle slices
small containers of red and white wine for cooking
jalapeno stuffed green olives
1/2 stick butter
1/2 cup greek yogurt onion dip with crackers
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May 20th, 2014, 10:43 PM
Join Date: May 2014
Posts: 19
Oh, I forgot to mention that I do not have a microwave at work. Work lunches are difficult for me because I tend to get burned out on sandwiches if I have them every day.
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May 21st, 2014, 08:33 PM
Join Date: May 2014
Posts: 19
Still no working stove/oven today

Today I had two muffins for breakfast, a sandwich for lunch with turkey salami, avocado, pepper jack and mustard, and for dinner I am grilling a couple of chicken sausages, microwaving a can of baked beans, and making a salad with lettuce, cucumber, gorgonzola cheese and dressing.

Tomorrow I am planning a smoothie for breakfast (frozen bananas, milk, PB, and chocolate syrup), another sandwich for lunch (same as today's), and for dinner I am making red lentils, garbanzo beans, cauliflower, a can of diced tomatoes, and garlic and curry powder in the crock pot.

I should be able to go a little while without buying more groceries, though getting the stove fixed would sure help.
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June 1st, 2014, 08:31 PM
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Hi! I would love to try and help you. How are you doing now?
Kyleigh - 7 years old
Our beautiful miracle baby..
Welcomed after 2 years of TTC.
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