Capsule Kitchen in a Tiny Home - 30 Days to Simplicity: Day 15

Day 15 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.

On Day 14 I shared the struggle I was having with only 33 ingredients on my Capsule Kitchen list.

I caved and added 4 items.

Two of the items allow me to make more complete meals. The other two items make my children happy.

It’s taken a day to get over it, but now I’m okay with my Capsule Kitchen containing 37 ingredients rather than 33. It will reduce to 35 again once the Farmer’s Market opens at the end of the month.

It’s a numbers game for me.

Feeding Guests

Last night our RV neighbors came over for dinner. To keep things simple, I planned a taco bar.

When I’ve done taco bars in the past, I put out:

  • tortillas
  • taco meat
  • shredded cheese
  • chopped lettuce
  • black beans
  • corn
  • diced sweet peppers
  • chopped onion
  • chopped tomato
  • salsa
  • sour cream
  • guacamole
  • tortilla chips

I was glad that most of the items are on my Capsule Kitchen list and in my pantry. Three ingredients were not: corn, cheese, lettuce.

The corn I could eliminate. Few people expect corn in a taco bar. I could maybe substitute chopped spinach for the lettuce.

Cheese, however, is a key ingredient of a taco bar.

Cheese? Oh noes!


I used up our remaining cheese in last week’s chimichangas.

What To Do?

Do I impose my limited ingredient list on my guests or do I make a quick trip to the store to pick up the expected ingredients?

While I pondered my decision, I re-read the “rules” for the Capsule Kitchen experiment. My thoughts eased when I reviewed #4:

This is not a project in suffering. If you need a cheat day once a month, take it. If you need to redo your list because you can’t make a meal from yours, change it. If you spend a week in Paris, eat a macaroon. Don’t let one excuse derail the entire challenge. Work around it.Courtney Carver

I declared the day a “cheat day” and headed to the grocery store. I skipped the corn, but picked up shredded cheese and pre-shredded lettuce. (If I was going to cheat, I was going to make it simple.)

The Evening

We had a great time dining with and getting to know our new neighbors better. I confess I did watch to see what they each put on their tacos. Cheese was on every taco and lettuce on most.

What Would You Have Done?

Would you have declared a cheat day, like I did? Or, would you have stuck with your list?

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5 Comments Capsule Kitchen in a Tiny Home - 30 Days to Simplicity: Day 15

  1. Picture of Tristin Tristin June 16, 2015

    For the sake of cheese, I completely agree with you!  My family would have disowned me for having taco night and omitting the cheese. ; )

  2. Picture of Michelle Michelle June 16, 2015

    Can it even be called a taco without cheese? :)

  3. Picture of Crissa Boyink Crissa Boyink June 16, 2015

    I’ve learned to skip the cheese on my tacos. Just add plenty of sour cream.

    In fact, the only place I can’t give up cheese is pizza. I mean, what’s pizza without cheese?

  4. Picture of Lonna Lonna July 01, 2015

    I will have to try shredded spinach in place of lettuce. My family likes spinach and I feel like lettuce is a waste of time. Personally, I like finely shredded cabbage or coleslaw mix in place of lettuce (more crunch in my burrito bowl, which is less messy than tacos) but my family gets annoyed with me for it.

  5. Picture of Crissa Boyink Crissa Boyink July 02, 2015


    “I feel like lettuce is a waste of time” - that sounds like something my dad would say. ;)

    I too would like shredded cabbage or coleslaw mix. Alas, it’s not on my current list. But, the Farmer’s Market will have fresh cabbage sometime soon.

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