Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Using the Stockpile, Day 16: Patak's Curry W/Chick Peas & Pork

I like to post the recipes I use so that I can give you an idea of what we're using up and so that you know we aren't depriving ourselves of some good eating by not shopping hardcore all week.  While I do miss salads, eating frozen vegetables and clearing out the stockpile isn't bothering me one bit.  Check out yesterday's post for the lentil loaf - it was fabulous and VERY filling for ~300 calories per portion (4 hearty portions per bread pan) the way I made it.  I hope to keep the budget low for the rest of the month.  We are spending about $6 a week on milk, so we may go over just by that.  I have to steer clear of a lot of sales this week, or spend under $5.   I still haven't hit the frozen fish yet, and I may have to start soon.  Also, we've got a lot of steak I've barely touched.  And bacon.  Gotta love bacon.  This is especially fun since I'm trying to stay at about 1600 calories a day right now.

I wanted to try out some Patak's curry paste that I had in the cupboard and had yet to test.  So, I took a can of low sodium chick peas, drained them, and took a ~1 lb pork roast (from a large roast that I had cut and froze), plus some paste and some frozen peas and sauteed until cooked.  I put this over some basmati rice, sided with some Patak's mango chutney.  I used the mild curry paste and my husband still hit a couple of "hot spots".  I don't think he'll be able to handle the hot paste! :)

Total spent on food outside of stockpile:
Today:  $0
This Month:  $37.77
Goal:  Spend under $100 for January, but under $50 would be awesome!  I think I'm going to be past the $50 limit, but we'll see if I can do this anyways.  Maybe $75. :)
Stockpile items demolished:  2 boxes of Kraft Mac & Cheese, 1 jar of Patak's Sauce, 1 bag of granola, 1 bag of protein powder, 1 rogue squash, 1 package of chicken breast, 1 package of Hormel deli pepperoni, 1 tube of crescent rolls, 2 packages of bacon, 4 bags of shredded cheese, 2 packages of Knorr rice sides, 1 big jar of Jif peanut butter, 1 jar of honey, 1 bag of flour, 1 box of crackers, 2 boxes of granola/snack bar, 2 freezer steaks, 1 bag of Gevalia coffee, 4 gallons of milk, 1 jar of Jif hazelnut spread, 1 jar of Planter's peanut butter, 4 boxes of cereal, 1 whole freezer chicken, 4 misc. beers, 1 box oatmeal, 1 jar almond butter, 2 cans of green beans, 2 bags frozen peas, 1 bag frozen broccoli, 2 cans chick peas, 1 jar of canned fruit, 1 remaining package of spanakopita, 1 remaining package of mozzarella sticks, 1 remaining package of jalapeno poppers, 1 remainder of a bag of french fries, 1 dozen eggs, 1 package frozen broccoli, 1 frozen Farmland pork sausage, 2 freezer bags of homemade pasta sauce, 1 pouch of Starkist tuna, 1 package of pork loin

To see day 15, go here.
To see day 14, go here.
To see days 12 and 13, go here.
To see day 11, go here.
To see day 10, go here.
To see day 9, go here.
To see day 8, go here.
To see day 7, go here.
To see day 6, go here.
To see day 5, go here.
To see day 4, go here.
To see day 3, go here.
To see day 2, go here.
To see day 1, go here.
To see the original post, go here!  I will be updating daily and at the end of the month I'll post new pictures.
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