I meant to take pictures of our food throughout this entire journey but I keep forgetting. Descriptions of what we've been eating aren't nearly as exciting but I want to supply them nonetheless.
So far we've had 9 dinners. Here's what we've had:
-3 days we've had frozen soup from the freezer. I make soup a lot (2-3x a month) and when I do I almost always make enough soup to freeze for a meal. Soup in general freezes beautifully.
-We had a baked french toast from the bread ends I freeze from each loaf in our freezer. I always take the end of loaves and freeze them in a bag. When the bag gets full enough I make a baked french toast or a breakfast casserole. Usually that just involves eggs, milk and maybe some cheese or veggies. Super easy and economical.
-One night we had a pasta dish. I already had the pasta and part of the sauce and the ground beef. All I needed to add was cheese and a can of tomatoes. That dish cost us an extra $2 in ingredients. We have about 4 lunches of leftovers too.
-We had stacked tortillas. This involved refried beans, salsa, cheese. All those I already had (the cheese was from the recipe above). I just needed to buy corn tortillas (which Aldi sells authentic ones for only $.33 a dozen!!!!). The recipe alternated a layer of beans, a layer of corn, salsa and cheese. Repeat as many layers as you want. It was so easy and so very yummy!
-I was able to try out a pintrest recipe. I had some leftover frozen meatballs from Christmas and some frozen french bread. I found a recipe for a meatball sub casserole. It was SO good! I needed to buy some cream cheese and mozarella cheese but I had everything else on hand. $4 in extra ingredients and again we have 2-3 lunches worth of leftovers.
-Finally last night I had a premade frozen meal in the freezer. I had done a bit of freezer cooking this summer so I still had a meal in there from then. (I personally don't notice quality degrade from longer term freezing). I threw in some sweet potatoes-again, we had those on hand-still leftover from our garden! And our meal was complete.
Its amazing how well and how cheaply we've been eating. I always knew I had some odds and ends of food but no clue how much I could make into meals without actually buying many ingredients at all.