Day 10 of happiness – getting in control with food inventories
For day 10 of happiness month I’m talking about feeling in control.
I’m a control freak by nature, but rather than see this as a bad thing, I welcome it. I choose to change the words ‘control freak’, which are pretty emotive and negative sounding to ‘enjoying certainty‘.
What’s wrong with feeling organised, having your home in order or knowing where your car keys are?
This week, as you might remember, we were challenged to use up the food we already have in our homes.
This helps us reduce food waste, reduce food packaging and stops any out of date food languishing in the back of the cupboards.
It also helps us save money whilst protecting the environment. Sounds like the perfect challenge to me!
One of the easiest ways to stay on top of the food you have is to write an inventory of what’s in store. This allows my need for certainty to get what she wants AND it helps me reduce food waste – one of my bugbears.
I mentioned, in my last post, some key areas of your home that you should check out:
- Fruit bowl
- Vegetable rack
- Food you are growing outside
- Packets of stuff shoved at the back of the cupboards
- Frozen food that has no label or has been in there for months
I’ve divided my inventory into food that needs using in a couple of days, food that needs using in a week, and my ‘help!’ list – 5 foods which I have in the house and don’t normally use – I’d love your ideas for them please!
Any other tins and packets or foods which are still ok in the freezer I’ve not listed; that would be far too arduous
Food which needs using within 2 days
1 Peeled orange (peel had been used in baking)
1 portion mutton casserole
500ml Lamb stock
1/2 tin Baked beans
Small portion cucumber
1 kg New potatoes
1 fresh tomato
mixed salad leaves
1/2 tin chick peas
Food which needs using within a week
Courgettes on the plant
Runner and dwarf beans on the plan
1/2 bag pistachios
4 baking potatoes
1 bag carrots
Bag broad beans
4 pots yogurt
2 heads broccoli
fresh mutton leg
Gimme the recipe! foods
Wholemeal plain flour (I always buy plain white flour; have tried this in one recipe but it was a failure)
Large tin mango puree
Tin butter beans
Tin coconut cream
Here’s some of the meals we’ve had since writing the inventory:
hard boiled eggs:
Vegetable rice with avocado:
Roast mutton with veggies from the garden (used the lamb stock to make the gravy):
Mashed avocado spread on ryvita with olives, salad and pistachios:
One of our favourites – oats soaked in yogurt, topped with raspberries:
cheese on crackers with mixed salad leaves, tomato, cucumber and an apple:
Please help me with your recipe ideas for Wholemeal plain flour, mango puree, butter beans, coconut cream and molasses!
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