I luuurve you guys like these two kittehs luuurve one another., i.e. A LOT!
You guys, I feel like I have a secret weapon in this food basket challenge and that is ALL OF YOU GUYS. For serious. After I got home with my bags of 1/3 lettuce, 1/3 white bread products and 1/3 other stuff, I was not sure what I would eat. I was envisioning a week of just eating peanut butter sandwiches (a la contestants on Big Brother after losing a challenge) but I don't even have enough bread to do that.
But then you guys came through with so many great suggestions of recipes! I made carrot soup! I made croutons! Apparently, there is such a thing as lettuce soup! I'm going to do... something... with lentils! (Lentil hummus? Lentil and potato soup?)
Lentils: nature's little WTF?
The big lesson I've learned so far is: donate good food to the food bank. Because just because someone is in need of help, doesn't mean they can't have yummy food. I remember being blindsided a few Halloweens ago when food bank fundraisers came to the door and were like, "We don't want candy. We're picking up non-perishable food for the food bank!" And my roommate and I took this as a good opportunity to get rid of random things we hadn't gotten around to eating - a can of chipotle peppers, a can of escargot I got one time as a joke, canned wax beans.
|Escargot: nice to eat from a fancy restaurant, but somehow really skeevy to eat from a can.|
I know they're just snails but... I don't know. In a can? Canned snails?
At least in a restaurant, you can pretend like it's something fancier than that.
Note to the world: food bank people don't want your crappy food. Much like libraries don't want your crappy books (all 350,000 of them). I mean, crappy food is obviously better than starving, but I know for sure I'll be more mindful next time I donate food that it'll be something that I, personally, might want to eat.
So anyway. One of my AMAZEBALLS frugal advisors provided me with a meal plan that I'm going to try and stick to for the rest of this challenge. The one thing I'm not sure about what to do with, still, is the thing of plain yogurt. I know I need the dairy, but how do you eat this when you don't have fruit or anything yummy to put in it? If I add it to a soup, won't it like... curdle or something?