Tag Archives: Food Cupboard Creations

Leftover Thanksgiving Soup with a Harvest Salad.

There’s nothing quite like Thanksgiving leftovers. How will you use them up this year? By deciding what leftover dishes you want to make now, you’ll know how big a bird to buy. This soup is easy and affordable to make. Ingredients leftover turkey, cut into bite size pieces leftover peas leftover green beans leftover carrots […]

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Spice Profile: Nutmeg

Nutmeg is a wonderful spice used throughout the year, but especially during the autumn and winter months. It is great for use in pies, cakes, puddings, ciders, and more, giving a sweet taste and aroma. Nutmeg aids in (use in small amounts, AFTER consulting a doctor) Flatulence Digestion Vomiting Lowering blood pressure Detoxifying the body […]

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Chicken Roll-Ups

These are great as snacks, or in a lunchbox. They are affordable, and can be made from leftovers. Roll-ups are also quick and simple to make. Chicken and Cheese Roll-ups Paleo tortillas Thin chicken slices Lettuce leaves Spinach leaves Place the chicken on the tortilla. Place the lettuce and spinach leaves on the chicken slices. Roll up the tortilla and wrap […]

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Photograph by Shannon L. Buck, copyright December 4, 2014.

Quick Tip: How to Use Up Apples

Apples are abundant during the autumn months. Sometimes you’ll find yourself with too many. They’ll keep awhile when wrapped individually in newspaper and kept in baskets or boxes in a cool place. You can also make homemade apple, puree and freeze or can it for later use. So, what can be made with all of this apples? Apple […]

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Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright October 2014.

Quick Tip: How to Use Up Pumpkin

Pumpkin is abundant during the autumn months. If you find yourself with a lot of pumpkins, remember they will keep awhile when not cut. You can also make homemade pumpkin puree, and freeze or can it for later use. So, what can be made with all of this pumpkin? Soups and stews Paleo pumpkin Roll […]

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Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2015 http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/shannonbuck

Apricot Trail Mix

Trail mixes are very easy to make. You’re pretty much just throwing a bunch of snack items together to make a single snack. These snacks are easily stored in snack sized plastic baggies, or even canning jars. They make great school and work lunch additions. They’re generally pretty healthy. They make great after school snacks. […]

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Quick Tip: How to Use Up Snap Peas and Green Beans

Many people are ending up with a bunch of peas and beans this year. Perhaps you have too many to deal with. Maybe you’re looking for ways to use them up. Wash and dry them, snap of the end and snack on them as is. Just make sure they dry thoroughly if you wont eat […]

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Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2015. http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/shannonbuck

Quick Tip: How to Use Up Cucumber

Is your garden giving you a lifetime supply of cucumbers this year? It can seem like that sometimes. Perhaps they are the best sale item this week, and you want to buy a bunch while you can? Maybe they are what the food cupboard sent you home with? Whatever your reason for having so many […]

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Quick Tip: How to use up Fresh Spinach

If you have a lot of spinach, and are wondering what to do with it, here is a list of possibilities for you to consider. Put some on your sandwich. Add it to your salad. Chop it up and add it to fajitas. Chop and add to halved cherry tomatoes, mozzarella cheese cubes, and EVOO. […]

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Quick Tip: How to use up Blueberries

Maybe you went blueberry picking over the weekend. Or purchased them at a great deal. Or someone gave them to you. Or you were lucky enough to come by them at the food cupboard. Perhaps you have too many blueberries, and you can’t use them up fast enough. Did you know that blueberries are very […]

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Vegetable and Egg Salad

I love salads during the summer months. They are lite meals, and can be very quick and easy to make. If you happen to use the food cupboard, then you likely have a lot of produce that needs to be used. Salads are a great way to use these items up, without a lot of […]

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Tomato Soup Idea #3

You may realize by now that we love tomato soup. It’s great on the chillier days that we’re still having, especially after a walk or yard work. I regularly come up with ideas for making soup more wholesome. I do this very cheaply, either by using leftovers or by purchasing items on sale. Sometime, the […]

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Tomato Soup Idea #2

I wanted share another soup idea with you today, again using tomato soup as the base. Tomato soup is high in sodium, so you may want to try to find a brand with less sodium for optimal health effects. I regularly come up with ideas for making soup more wholesome. I do this very cheaply, […]

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Tomato Soup Idea #1

I regularly come up with ideas for making soup more wholesome. I do this very cheaply, either by using leftovers or by purchasing items on sale. Sometimes, the entire meal is free. This happens when everything has come from the food cupboard and/or friends, or my garden. Tomato soups are easy to make. Try this […]

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Photograph by Shannon L. Buck, copyright December 29. 2016.

Snack Platter for a Crowd #2: Fruits and Veggies

Here’s another snack platter that I used to prepare for the daycare children. They always loved the snack platters I would prepare for them, especially when they got to eat them outside. Children don’t care if they share a platter with others. Few of them will even ask for their own plates. It is great. […]

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Photograph by Shannon L. Buck, copyright December 29, 2016. http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/shannonbuck

Snack Platter for a Crowd # 1: Meat and More

I used to do snack platters when I babysat during the summer months. They are very easy to create, and I would have the younger daycare children help me as much as possible. They had a lot of fun, and we had the platters ready and on the picnic table for the older children when […]

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Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2015 http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/shannonbuck

Hamburger Helper Add-Ins

(Update 2017) I’ve gone back and forth for a year now about whether I should keep the Hamburger Helper posts and the like on the site. On the one hand, they are the most popular posts on the blog. Every day, more and more people check these posts out. On the other hand, they are […]

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Baked Cheese Ghosts

Yet another recipe that you can make with the help of your children, that can be served as a snack. These would also be great at a Halloween party. 8 slices paleo bread 4 slices white cheese ghost cookie cutter Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper (can be wiped and reused later). Place 4 slices of […]

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Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2015. http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/shannonbuck

Vegetable Mix-Up Soup

Here is a nice recipe using freezer mix-ups. These leftovers save you much money, and may even net you some free meals, as the cost for the ingredients would have been factored in when making previous meals. Ingredients: 1 container frozen veggie mix-ups enough water/stock/broth to cover mix-ups Add the frozen mix-ups to a pan […]

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Almost Homemade Tomato Vegetable Soup #3

And here is a third recipe to go along for Almost Homemade Tomato Vegetable Soup. See the first two here and here. Ingredients: Serves 2-4, depending on what other foods are served. 1 can condensed tomato soup, plus 1 can of water 1 can corn, drained 1/2 small zucchini, peel left on, sliced into circles […]

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Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2015 http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/shannonbuck

Almost Homemade Tomato Vegetable Soup #2

Here is another version of the Almost Homemade Tomato Vegetable Soup. Ingredients: Serves 2-4, depending on what is served with it. 1 can condensed tomato soup, plus 1 can of water 1 tomato, chopped (This was from our garden) 1 small zucchini, peel left on, sliced into circles and then cut into fourths. 1 small […]

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Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2015

Almost Homemade Tomato Vegetable Soup #1

Today I made a soup for my nephew. He liked it very much, and it was very filling for him. It was made solely from food we received from the food cupboard, in an effort to use them up before they went bad. I don’t have to often, but sometimes I make a trip to […]

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