It's not that long till we are moving to the States, and my cupboards (OK, the closet in the Japanese 6-mat tatami room that we use as our dining room/computer room/playroom) is still running over with too many overzealous Costco purchases. We are blessed to have so many provisions!
Here's a quick overview of some of the things I need to use before we go:
- 6 cans tuna
- 2 kg of regular flour (Japanese "soft" flour)
- 9 cans black beans
- 4 cans soybeans
- 4 cans black olives
- 4 cans kidney beans
- 1 can chickpeas
- 4 cans creamed corn
- 6 cans refried beans
- 1.5 big bags old-fashioned oatmeal
- 4 cans coconut milk
- 10 cans cream of mushroom soup
- 10 cans tomato soup
- 4 bags (500 g or 1 lb. each) penne pasta
- 3 bags (500 g or 1 lb. each) angel hair pasta
I feel like I'm cooking up a storm all the time and hardly using up anything (a very good - miraculous? - problem to have).
I've got some ideas already forming, but I'm open to any and all suggestions you may have about easy, fast, fuss-free, and summer-friendly meals that I could make using any/all of these ingredients.
Oh, and by the way, we're probably not going to Costco in Japan anymore! We've got plenty! (OK, maybe just for wet wipes for the kids. We love the Kirkland big, soft wipes for baby bottoms.)