Capsule Kitchen in a Tiny Home - 30 Days to Simplicity: Day 10

Day 10 of my 30 day blog series journaling my experiment with a Capsule Kitchen. The plan? Use 33 ingredients to create all our meals for three months. If you just joined me you can either start at Day 1 or view all Capsule Kitchen posts.

Today I had to go to the grocery store again. I was just there five days ago. I realized that working with only 33 ingredients means I will be going through those food items faster. And since we haven’t had as many snacks and sweets in the RV, the family is eating the fresh produce at a faster rate. I guess that’s a good problem to have. 

My trip to the store was still pretty simple. A streamlined list helped me get in and out of the store in no time. There was one ingredient the store was out of. That was okay, though. I walked to a second store later in the day to pick it up.

Grocery shopping and exercise combined? Can’t beat that!

Last Night’s Old And New Meal

On Day 9 I used up non-list food ingredients and made Pot Pie. This is an “old” recipe that we like. It wasn’t very pretty—I have to make it in a 9X13 pan because my dishes are limited—but it was tasty.

The “new” recipe I tried last night, Chipotle Mashed Sweet Potato, was hot. And I don’t mean “hot” as in a big hit and going fast. I used a fraction of the called for chipotle pepper and adobo sauce. But, they were still too spicy for our Dutch taste buds. We did like the idea of mashed sweet potatoes, so I will make them again without the heat.

Tonight’s Meal: Another Old Recipe

This past winter we spent several weeks in Florida living next door to other RV traveling families. I enjoyed our community dinners. Each family prepared a dish to share and we would eat together. It didn’t matter how many extra people we invited to join us because there was always enough food.

I shared “Mom’s Baked Bean Casserole.” I made a couple of tweaks to the recipe and cooked a big pan of it. When our little friend Chloe realized it was gluten free, she took a small taste of it. Then she went back for a huge portion.

About a month later Chloe asked me to make the dish again. In her honor, we have renamed this dish “Chloe.”

Chloe

Ingredients:
  • 2 pounds Ground Beef (or Ground Turkey or Ground Chicken), Cooked, Crumbled And Drained
  • 1 pound Bacon, Cooked Until Crisp, Drained And Finely Chopped
  • 2 cans (15 Oz. Size) Northern Beans, Drained And Rinsed
  • Diced sweet potato
  • 1 container (18 Oz. Size) Tangy Barbecue Sauce
Directions:
  1. Heat oven to 375ºF (I prepare “Chloe” in my electric skillet.)
  2. In a large bowl, stir together cooked ground beef and chopped bacon to combine.
  3. Add beans, diced sweet potato and barbecue sauce. Stir until just combined.
  4. Pour mixture into a casserole dish. Cover and bake 45 minutes until bubbly and warmed through.
  5. Let cool 10 minutes before serving.

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Tonight I will be making “Chloe” for dinner. The recipe does make a lot and I am counting on that for tomorrow’s planned-overs.

 

Community Brunch at Wekive Springs State Park

Community Brunch at Wekive Springs State Park

Community Dinner at Wickham County Park

Community Dinner at Wickham County Park

Gluten-Free?

Do you have to cook gluten-free meals? What good recipes have you found?


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2 Comments Capsule Kitchen in a Tiny Home - 30 Days to Simplicity: Day 10

  1. Picture of LonnaLonnaJuly 01, 2015

    Chloe looks amazing but may be too high in sugar and carbs for my husband’s Type II diabetes. Will have to explore ways to modify as we don’t use artificial sweeteners much.

  2. Picture of Crissa BoyinkCrissa BoyinkJuly 02, 2015

    Lonna,

    “Chloe” is totally too high in sugar. That’s probably why Chloe liked it so much.  ;)

    I think the last time I made it I skipped most or all of the brown sugar.

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