An Experiment in using up food you already have

So, with our budgets really tight and putting every effort forth to save money, I have decided to use up all the food I have in the house before I do a big grocery shop again.  With the exception of buying fresh fruit and veggies and other necessary perishables, I have decided not to buy anything because I have a freezer full of food and a pantry full of canned goods to be utilized.  It’s really, really hard not to go and browse through the grocery store, buying new things when you already have the makings for a perfectly good meal (or 2 or 3).  So…putting all temptations aside, I’m going to try to use up every bit of extra food and save some bucks on our grocery bill.  This effort also requires a bit of creativity.

Today was the first day, and with the aid of my trusty crock pot, I was able to make quite an interesting meal.  Here’s what I used:  4 small chicken thighs I found in the extra fridge we have in the garage, about a quarter of a bottle of leftover light Caesar dressing and a frozen package of TGIF Spinach Artichoke dip.  I dumped all of it together in the crockpot with a little chicken broth.  When I got home, I made a box of cous cous to have on the side.  Gee, raves from the fam- they liked it Mikey!  It was pretty good, and I had all the fixings just waiting for me in my pantry and freezer.  Let’s see what I can come up with tomorrow:)

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