“Scraping the Bottom of the Pantry” Pasta


I am naming this pasta dish we had last night “Scraping the Bottom of the Pantry Pasta” because that is literally what I was doing when I made it. We still have oatmeal, popcorn, flour, walnuts, seeds, and some seasonings, but that’s really it. I had sprouted some bean sprout mix and really needed to use them up, as I can’t refrigerate them due to not having a refrigerator.  I had one lemon and one onion left. I had an idea for combining it all, but really didn’t think it was going to work out. It was tasty, though! I nearly caramelized the onion with olive oil and salt (I got impatient towards the end, so they didn’t completely caramelize), then tossed in the bean sprouts for a quick saute. I added the cooked pasta, juice from one lemon, cumin seeds, more olive oil and salt, some onion powder, and a dash of liquid smoke. I served it with a sprinkle of breadcrumbs over the top. It got high marks from my husband and Em.

I baked some bread last night and have enough for another loaf or two. I will need to get a few groceries soon, though. I am grateful that we have never gone truly hungry and that this challenge (“No Spend January”) is pushing and stretching us in many ways. I have more thoughts on that, but think they deserve their own post sometime soon. Thinking about baking bread made me think of the verse “Man does not live on bread alone…” and when I looked it up, I found the Old Testament passage that Jesus was quoting from. It was a promise I needed today.

 “Be careful to obey all the commands I am giving you today. Then you will live and multiply, and you will enter and occupy the land the Lord swore to give your ancestors.Remember how the Lord your God led you through the wilderness for these forty years, humbling you and testing you to prove your character, and to find out whether or not you would obey his commands. Yes, he humbled you by letting you go hungry and then feeding you with manna, a food previously unknown to you and your ancestors. He did it to teach you that people do not live by bread alone; rather, we live by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord. For all these forty years your clothes didn’t wear out, and your feet didn’t blister or swell. Think about it: Just as a parent disciplines a child, the Lord your God disciplines you for your own good.

“So obey the commands of the Lord your God by walking in his ways and fearing him.For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land of flowing streams and pools of water, with fountains and springs that gush out in the valleys and hills. It is a land of wheat and barley; of grapevines, fig trees, and pomegranates; of olive oil and honey. It is a land where food is plentiful and nothing is lacking. It is a land where iron is as common as stone, and copper is abundant in the hills. 10 When you have eaten your fill, be sure to praise the Lord your God for the good land he has given you.” ~Deuteronomy 8:1-10


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