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Clean fridge, full tummy, life is good!

January 25th, 2013 at 12:57 am

After yesterday's pity party, I want to thank everyone who gave me words of encouragement. I think part of it was frustration and part of it is I don't feel well. Plus, I think sometimes when we get stuck in a rut, we get disgruntled.

I had a meeting today and could have gone out to lunch. During regular school days we have 30 minutes so going out during the regular lunch time would have been a problem. We had more time today due to the meetings, but I decided to pack the lunch anyway. I couldn't see spending the money and starting the car to go somewhere. I had an opportunity to eat and get some work done. When I finished, one of the ladies came back from lunch and noticed my lunch bag. She said she thought the duct tape made it look like it was thermal. Isn't it interesting how one person can see something differently than someone else. I didn't feel ashamed of it anymore.

As for the title, last night I couldn't decide what to do with leftover pork tenderloin. I really wanted something beyond sandwiches. So, I looked in the fridge and had part of a bell paper, zucchini, celery, a partial container of mushrooms, and carrots. I always try to keep an onion around. I sauted all these together, tore up the meat, added some chicken broth I had in the freezer, and then added some lentils I had in the pantry and the small wheat elbow macaroni. I didn't have much of the macaroni and the last time I used it, I had such a small portion left, but hated to throw it away. Good thing, because it made it into the pot. This simmered for two hours last night and then I stowed it in the fridge.

Tonight I heated it up, added some leftover cottage cheese in a separate dish, and used some crackers and it was a hearty supper.

Since my fridge was pretty empty by then, I cleaned the shelves and the crispers so it is tidy and sparkling.

I figured by using up all the stuff in the fridge I didn't waste food, we had a fairly nutritious supper, and I know I had plenty to eat. DH will have leftover stew for lunch tomorrow so he's a happy boy.

My fridge may be empty and my tummy full, so I guess I won't mention the overflowing dishwasher! :-)

3 Responses to “Clean fridge, full tummy, life is good!”

  1. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    I'm glad you're feeling better. Smile

  2. Wino Says:

    I have nearly stopped buying pasta (from years ago). I use the noodles from the "ramen" packages, and throw out the flavoring. Pasta runs nearly a dollar per pound. Two bags of ramen runs as low as 16 cents, if you can find them 12 for a dollar.

    They make colored duck tape, too. You can make your bag look "designer" if you want to spend the time. I fix things all the time. I don't care what they look like as long as they're functional.

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    I can fix that!

  3. rob62521 Says:

    Thanks, FrugalTexan and Wino...I am going to look for the colored duck idea!

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