Pantry Challenge Day 3

Hello, again. I’ve been really excited by this Pantry Challenge.  Had I not done this challenge, I would not have had the opportunity to try many new recipes.  I think I’m going to have a few new favorites, which is a good thing, because it avoids food ruts. I’ve also been planning ahead by freezing a serving or two of what I’ve made in order to have something to pull out of the freezer for when I don’t have time or energy to cook. Today is the last day of the Pantry Challenge, as my husband is at the grocery store. Here is what I made … Continue reading Pantry Challenge Day 3

Pantry Challenge Day 2

So, we are experimenting with using up what we have in the pantry and fridge instead of running to the store.  Technically, I didn’t do Day 2 consecutively with Day 1, as we had Shabbos in between with one meal in and one meal out, but here you go: onion soup-onions, garlic, salt, water, balsamic vinegar (experimenting, as I didn’t have soy sauce) green olive salad-can of green olives, mayo, and garlic buckwheat tuna pilaf-buckwheat, can of tuna, 2 eggs, sunflower kernels, seasonings veggie omelette-scrambled eggs with sauteed mushrooms, tomatoes, and red pepper rice pureed rice avocado pudding-avocado, date paste, ground … Continue reading Pantry Challenge Day 2

The Pantry Challenge

There are times when it is not possible to get to the grocery store.  The reasons are many:  the store is closed, the car is being serviced, your energy is zapped and you don’t want to go out, you are waiting for payday, it’s December 24, etc. Most people are so used to “running to the store” anytime they want something that maybe it’s time to change that pattern.  Do you HAVE to have milk NOW?  Can you eat your cereal with water or juice? Can you mix the dry cereal with peanut butter and add some raisins? Do you have to have … Continue reading The Pantry Challenge

B is for Bananas, Beans, Beets, and Biscuit Topping

Hello Everyone, I hope some of you had a chance to try the apple recipes I posted in a previous post.  The next letter I have in my recipe book is B. This is how I arrange my recipes-alphabetically, not by category like most cookbooks do.  I have given credit to the source of the original recipe, but may have modified the recipe slightly to suit my family’s tastes. So, here is B. If you make all the B’s, you have a soup, a side dish, a main course, and a dessert! Happy cooking. –Karen The Klutter Koach —————————————————————————————————————  Bananas Banana … Continue reading B is for Bananas, Beans, Beets, and Biscuit Topping

A is for Apple

This is a post where I’m going to give you some recipes using apples! As much as I love giving over organizing and de-cluttering tips, my WordPress statics say that y’all want more about all things kitchen, including meal planning and recipes.  So, this post is all about cooking with apples. Firstly, whatever I prepare is kid-friendly.  Secondly, I don’t use crazy or exotic ingredients.  Thirdly, these are my tried-and-true recipes that I use all the time. Apples: apple sauce, apple kugel, oatmeal apple crisp —————————————————————————————————————————– Apple Sauce Ingredients: 10-12 apples 1/4 cup of sugar (or less) 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1 teaspoon vanilla (can skip … Continue reading A is for Apple

Planning for a Large Meal

I know many of you in the USA are prepping for your Thanksgiving meal.  Happy Turkey Day to those of you celebrating.  I, on the other hand, am prepping for the weekly holy Sabbath (aka Shabbos or Shabbat). For those of you overwhelmed with this one day a year tradition, imagine doing it every single week.  That’s Shabbos. In fact, I don’t mind it-I love it. How do I keep my sanity?  By menu planning and keeping thing simple. Keep in mind, THE DAY IS NOT ABOUT THE FOOD!  I repeat THE DAY IS NOT ABOUT THE FOOD!  No need to overdo it and … Continue reading Planning for a Large Meal

How about a Weekly Meal Plan?

Every week I receive a weekly reminder from one of my groups asking members if they want to try for a weekly meal plan.  It also asks if you have a Shabbos meal plan.  My husband and I have been planning our Shabbos meals for years (Friday supper, Saturday lunch, plus a third meal late Saturday before sundown).  For those of you not familiar with the Jewish Sabbath, all shopping and cooking must be completed by sundown on Friday night.  No exceptions. The rest of the week meal planning was…well… another story. Until recently, I used to wing it. My pantry had staples like beans, … Continue reading How about a Weekly Meal Plan?

Vegan Chocolate Mousse

Part of organizing is meal planning, aka knowing what you are going to eat before each meal instead of the quintessential “What’s for supper?” and be “like, uh…dunno”. Since I’m giving a concerted effort to no gluten-no dairy- low sugar, I had to try this.  I have a family with a sweet tooths (or would that be sweet teeth?  These are life’s grammatical snafus when you are an English teacher). Not only do my kids like sweet stuff, we avoid artificial colors and flavors at all cost.  Here is where I will give a mention to the Feingold Diet. http://www.feingold.org. … Continue reading Vegan Chocolate Mousse