I have to admit I had fun going through the food I have and then going through my recipe books to decide what to do with it.
So here are some of the things I have and what I am going to make with them (as you will see, last time I shopped I did not make a meal plan or have a list so I bought too much and did not cook all of I had because I didn't have a plan and was too busy/tired come dinner time, thus - frozen pizza, and anything easy, which does not mean cheap, or healthy)
Meals I'm planning for the next couple weeks with what I have:
Please note I normally do not have this much in the freezer before shopping day (which is tomorrow. Also I do cook more then just Giada and Rachel Ray but I was going through their books last night:)
Chicken Breast - will be making chicken carbonara with turkey bacon I already have and roasting eggplant and tomatoes from the garden, using bread ends to make bread crumbs
Chorizo - Chorizo stuffed bread bites (From Rachel Rays 2,4,6,8 book)
Canned Salmon - salmon cakes using bread ends to make bread crumbs, I'm sure it's better with fresh salmon but canned is cheaper and still gets the Omega 3 in my kiddos
Ground Turkey - stuffed zuchini and peppers (which I have) with marinara sauce and spagetti squash on the side (have from the Farmer's Market) (from Giada's Family Dinners)
Bulk Sausage - Giada's Dirty Risotto (from Giada's Family Dinners)
Tilapia - "Fab Baked Fish" (from Rachel Ray's Express Lane)
I also have some canned and dried beans that I can use so I'll be making "Smoky Black Bean and Rice Stoup" (Rachel Ray Express Lane) and Pasta e Fagioli (Giada's Family Dinners)
For a lot of these recipes I had most of the ingredients, the other ones I will have to get (or adapt to what I already have) but it will be a shorter (and cheaper) list since I'm using what I have and not just blindly buying more food.