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Canned Food Challenge: Day 3

Mar 10, 2010

We've decided to cancel dinner Thursday.  Margaret says it's because she double-booked, but I know the real reason.  Yesterday she was trying to figure out the menu, and she had the idea to make chicken divan. 

"What chicken are we going to use?" I asked.

"You have some in there, I've seen it," she said.

"Two chicken breasts are not going to feed six people," I responded.

"Well, I'll come up with something!" she chimed.

Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight.

I'm squared away with food today.  I brought a little cup of milk and some Honey Bunches of Oats for breakfast.  For lunch I'm finishing that turkey sandwich I found in the office mini fridge (I got it last Friday so it's not terribly old), putting on some fancy mustard that I have, also sitting in the fridge, and Granny Smith apple slices, also found in the fridge.  Dinner will be a leftover crab cake with brussel sprouts and sweet potatoes.  I didn't need to order two of them since Old Ebbitt's makes their crab cakes with pure crab meat, almost zero filler, but I figured I'd have dinner for tonight if I ordered two.  I think that's cheating, and Stefanie suggested we add a day to the challenge every time we go out.  (Ouch!)  Will discuss with Margaret as soon as I hear from her about her food situation today. 

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Update from Margaret:

Breakfast: the last of my Kashi cereal with yogurt (that would be plain...blech) and frozen blueberries, half a grapefruit, and coffee (of course!)

Lunch: can of soup, carrot sticks, and a bag of snacks (one organic rice cake, some dried mangoes, a half a granola bar (don't ask me why, but I must have only eaten half a few weeks ago)), and an apple

Dinner: TBD :)

What do you think about breaking our rule and buying chicken?  Originally I had thought NO WAY, but then in order for us to make use of all this canned stuff, I think we're going to need some sort of meat, and since it's a perishable item? 

HA!  She buckled under the pressure!  But I must ask you, dear readers, what should we do? 

(Note: Please leave comments here and not on Facebook so everyone can join in the discussion. :) Thanks!)

10 comments:

  1. Yes, I buckled, but not as much as you were going to buckle...you wanted to cancel the dinner/or buy pizza! Pizza would have cost WAY more than buying some chicken, plus pizza is non-perishable! (kindof). So you were buckling before I was...muah!

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  2. I didn't buckle, you were in charge of dinner! I was simply giving you options. Muah!

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  3. I vote yes on the chicken. If you guys are feeling ambitious, you can buy a whole chicken and use it all up (including for soup stock) and that way it'll for sure fit into your plans of using your pantry resources better. Good luck!

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  4. Maybe you could go out and purchase perishable items, but give yourselves a budget to work with and be creative when browsing the meat section. I often buy meats that are on sale (b/c they have to be sold that exact date) and you can freeze them. I always find interesting things on sale like beef kabobs, or sausage, and save a lot of money in the process!

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  5. I'm going to say yes to the chicken ... or any other perishable item for that matter. BUT, only if you are using it to supplement something you already have. Kind of like I'm doing with milk etc.

    But be careful with it ... if it turns into "Oh, I have these veggies, I feel like chicken. I'll go get some!" it's stepping a bit overboard. But if you have all the ingredients to do a good casserole, but are short on the meat, that's ok.

    Does that make sense? It has something to do with the main focus of the meal ... blah. I'm making this even more confusing!

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  6. Costco sells canned chicken breast which is quite pallateable. It's already chunked and works great for a chicken ceasar salad (I fry it up with pepper first) or enchilads. I'm sure you could figure out a way to utilize it for Divan.

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  7. Chicken it totally a fresh food item. I vote yes to the chicken, chicka. Here is the challenge for you: go to the store of your choice, select chicken, pay for chicken, get out without looking or buying anything else. I couldn't do it, but I think you are up to the challenge!

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  8. Maybe you could go out and purchase perishable items, but give yourselves a budget to work with and be creative when browsing the meat section. I often buy meats that are on sale (b/c they have to be sold that exact date) and you can freeze them. I always find interesting things on sale like beef kabobs, or sausage, and save a lot of money in the process!

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  9. Um, that's my post from Alexandria Choral Society. Forgot to log out and log back in as me. Oops! I'll take it off and re-post.

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  10. Love all the new dresses...oh to be young. Love the daily blog...oh to be thin and young. Have not been to groc. all week. Eating what we have and staying motivated by the blog. So think you will make the size 8 with all the pie and cupcakes? Come to Athens while in Atl. and bring your Mom. Love you, Susanne

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