gee_elsi (gee_elsi) wrote,

January challenges -- Day One



Day one, January first, and I successfully prepared all my meals at home. I slept in a little bit this morning, but fixed breakfast for both of us around 9:30. Steven had a couple of eggs with an English muffin and I decided to have guacamole on my English muffin and some blueberries with cottage cheese. At lunchtime, I made a batch of cheese spread and then used some of it for a sandwich. It would have been pimiento cheese, but I didn't have pimientos on hand. I served this with a green salad, the mandarin orange, and a caffeine-free Diet Coke. Supper was as close to a traditional New Year's Day menu as possible. Country ribs cooked in the Instant Pot with barbecue sauce, field peas, mustard greens, and cornbread with Hatch chilies. I topped it all off with a glass of iced tea.

In addition to the meals I prepared, I made four “cans” of condensed cream of chicken soup from the last quart of chicken broth I had made from last week's rotisserie chicken.


My meals were made from mostly pantry items. The English muffins have been in the refrigerator for over a week as have the cottage cheese and blueberries. I used up the remaining ¾ of a block of cream cheese and just over a cup of cheddar cheese in the cheese spread. I must confess that I bought the country ribs over the weekend, and picked up the mustard greens and a cornbread mix yesterday evening. The field peas came from the freezer, though. I bought a bushel of peas back in August and shelled, blanched, and threw them into the freezer. And, the Hatch chilies were also from the freezer. I bought a large box of chilies last summer and roasted them and stored most in the freezer.

The package of ribs was enough for at least two meals. So, I cooked about half of them tonight and the remainder went into the freezer for a meal at at later time. Half of the cornbread from tonight's supper is going to be a #nextover tomorrow as dressing to go with left-over turkey. Tonight I pulled a package of turkey and a pint of chicken broth from the freezer and set them into the fridge overnight to thaw.

Tags: #cook90, #nextover, #pantrychallenge, challenges, cooking, food

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