I’ve been wanting to share some of the experiments happening in my kitchen lately. I have been working on expanding our basic meal plans to include more variety, whilst using up our staple pantry items. But, before I divulge some of our favorite recipes I am including instructions for an ingredient I often use as a base for our meals.
Directions : : Place ingredients in food processor and whiz until combined and the larger flakes have processed to a finer grain. Store in a container or jar and use approximately 1 tsp per 1 cup of water in recipes calling for vegetable broth.
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All of our busyness (how do things never seem to slow down?!) has resulted in a lack of utilizing the dry foods in the pantry. The other day, I opened up the cabinet doors to an array of disorganization. Dry beans, bulgur wheat, cornmeal, pasta, etc, sit in their containers, not getting any fresher. So, the girls and I began pulling things out (they were trying to motivate me, I think).
While listening to my favorite speaker, I began taking inventory and pinning relevant recipes to help me use up the excess. I decided to challenge myself (again), and try to eat almost elusively from the stored food, only buying the fresh produce we need and items for making the recipes, for the next month or two. I will let you know how it goes, and will likely be posting favorite new recipes along the way.
Do you have an excess of food in the pantry that has not been touched in much to long? What are some of your favorite ways to use things up?
With two little ones and all our numerous projects and critters, what to make for supper may often be far from my mind. Many evenings arrive with hungry tummies and not enough time to prepare the dish I had planned. These occasions frequently result in my quick supper fix – stovetop popcorn with coconut oil and smoothies (one of Cora’s favorite meals).
stovetop popcorn with coconut oil
: : 3 tbsp coconut oil
: : 1/2 cup popcorn
: : 1/2 tsp salt
I use my 3 quart pot for popping the kernels. First, melt the coconut oil on low/medium heat. Then pour the popcorn into the pot and turn the heat up to high/medium high and sprinkle in about 1/2 teaspoon of Himalayan sea salt. Next, cover the pot with the lid and let pop until the noise begins to slow. Remove the pot from the heat and toss the popcorn into a large bowl. You may wish to add other toppings at this point. My husband likes to add nutritional yeast flakes to his popcorn.