Friday, January 1, 2016

Cooking from the pantry: talking snacks


Another area of possible feeling of deprivation is snacks, especially with teens in the house. I've never been one to buy tons of prepared, esp. frozen snacks. I have inventoried what we currently have on hand:
-popcorn, 2 types popcorn sprinkle
-saltines, triscuits, Ritz crackers
-assorted blocks of cheese, Alouette/Boursin soft garlic-herb cheese spread
-vanilla yogurt
-several types of cold cereal
-peanuts, banana chips, sunflower seeds, nut mix, trail mix, granola bars
-pretzel rods, scoop style nacho chips (Xmas leftover), peanut butter/Nutella for dipping, salsa
-fresh and dried fruit, canned fruit
-baked goods: holiday decorated pretzels, rum cake, fig bars, maple leaf cookies, ginger snaps, peppermint "oreos, "banana bread, pumpkin bread
-1 bag of fzn popcorn chicken that I've stashed away

Teens are also welcome to grab any leftovers, if desired. For now, the above will have to do.


Florence said...

A good thing to have on hand for snacks is a tray of sliced raw veggies-- carrot and celery sticks, cauliflower or broccoli pieces, radish slices, etc.

NAN said...

Popcorn and more popcorn- good fiber too! Can your boys bake- with all your dessert stuff you have a ton of snacks! Florence, love those but probably not in the budget.

CTMOM said...

Florence, agree that raw veggies are an awesome choice. This time of year, produce is very expensive. I usually have potatoes, onions, carrots, cabbage, celery, baby salad greens, Romaine, for veggies, apples, bananas, citrus for fruit. All of those items are purchased, depending upon cost. This is blackbelt frugality time, so I am limited to what's on hand, buying perishables as needed, if essential. My boys don't bake, DD will sometimes. When I do bake, I try to have some more healthier options such as the banana bread and pumpkin bread on the sideboard now.
My grocery budget is $200/month right now, family of 4.

mikemax said...

That's way more snacky stuff than I've ever had in my house at one time! Popcorn is the biggie around here. Also, why not teach your boys to bake? My DS was never very interested in baking, but I did teach him to cook during his senior year in high school. It has come in very handy for him since he is 37 and still single (although recently cohabitating).

CTMOM said...

Mike/Max-of the 2 sons at home, one has hardly any interest in even making a sandwich, he is very picky as well. Other son is special needs, has limitations but can make things with a lot of one on one supervision. He has very few dislikes as concerns food choices, and we already know that he will never live on his own. Agree, every child/adult needs to have basic "survival" skills, when possible.

mikemax said...

Well, I definitely understand about an adult child with special needs, as I have one, too. She had one on one cooking help for several years but never really got to the point that she could cook without a lot of supervision (although she is doing really well with laundry, cleaning her bedroom and bathroom, etc.). It did help her get over her fears of knives, the stove, etc. As for your picky eater who lacks interest in cooking...the next time the subject comes up, ask him how he plans to survive if he can't cook food that he likes? Or, as I used to say, "your mother isn't going to be around forever to do this stuff for you." He is not a great cook, but he can definitely put a meal together.