Pantry Challenge: Day 3

This month I’m doing a Pantry Challenge. For two weeks, I’m focusing on using up what we have to save money and time and to reduce waste.

Pantry Challenge: Day 3

Look at the cute helpers I had for making breakfast this morning! The girls were great helpers at making Oven French Toast. We didn’t have any French rolls so we used a loaf of homemade wheat bread from the freezer. It was a little dense. I also added a bit of flour to the custard to add some extra body to it, but it kinda backfired on me, thus the clumps of white you see in the picture.

Didn’t matter. The kids scarfed it down anyway. I had to fend five of them away so that the sixth one (the late bird) could have something when we woke.

I ended up having the rest of the red rice and scrambled eggs with feta cheese and onion. Super yummy.

Pantry Challenge: Day 3

I planned ahead for lunch and poached chicken from the freezer while I was making breakfast. I also made homemade mayonnaise so that I could make an adaptation of Chicken Salad Wraps. The kids had theirs without any fruit; I added cranberries and almonds to mine. I didn’t have grapes or apples like the recipe calls for.

Pantry Challenge: Day 3

I made a big Mexibar for supper with grilled steak. I seasoned it with a Mexican Spice Mix from my new cookbook; so yummy. I pulled beans from the freezer, shredded lettuce, chopped cilantro, tomatoes, and onions, and shredded cheese. We also had lots of tortillas in the fridge so I fried some for those who wanted tostadas. There were also tacos, burritos, and quesadillas in abundance. We had leftover Apricot Chocolate Chip Ice Cream for dessert. (Recipe coming this weekend.)

We’re starting to see a bit of white space in the fridge. Yay! I love white space. I made a more specific meal plan for the rest of the week and headed to the store for the bare minimum which was dairy and produce.

Pantry Challenge: Day 3

I ended up sticking mostly to my list. The girls said they liked cauliflower better than broccoli. At $0.98, how can I begrudge cauliflower?! I also added bananas because I had forgotten to put it on the list. I ended up spending $29 for all this. FishPapa spent $10 earlier this week on sunbutter. So, I think our grocery total for the week might really be $39. We’ll see.

That’s the end of Day 3!

Breakfast: Oven French Toast for the kids, eggs and rice for me.

Lunch: Chicken Salad Wraps

Dinner: Mexibar, Apricot Chocolate Ice Cream for dessert

Pantry-Challenge-GCE-150x150This post is a part of the Summer 2014 Pantry Challenge where we’re trying to save money on food by using up what we have. I’ll be posting daily updates on how the challenge is going.

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  1. Today was day 9. We are holding out on strong and haven’t paid for a meal out ourselves yet. We are convinced this will be our best pantry challenge yet.

    Breakfast: Me- bowl of cereal with the last of my lactaid milk and a banana. Hubs- donut peach (a variety of peach) and cereal and milk.
    Lunch: Me- very last of the chili (leftovers) so glad it’s done! Hubs- was taken out by his boss
    Dinner: Both- Chicken/ Turkey and dumplings (leftover makeover/ pantry & freezer)

    Dinner was almost a disaster. I had a small amount of baked chicken left and I pulled out a pound of frozen shredded turkey from the freezer. I had also made some turkey broth from a smoked turkey carcass that I was given. I hadn’t eaten the turkey broth yet and figured I would use it in the dish. OH MY GOD it was soooo smokey tasting and awful. Luckily I had only thrown in the meat at this point so I was able to throw the broth away and was the meat and start over. I threw away all the rest of the broth I made from that carcass. Lesson learned!

  2. Day 8 and still going strong and eating good!

    Breakfast – Cinnamon butter toast
    Lunch – Pancakes (blueberry and chocolate chip) and sausage links
    Dinner – Breaded Pork chops stuffed with pineapple and pepper jack cheese, long grain and wild rice, lima beans

    Snacks and goodies- blueberries, pretzels, finished watermelon, and cherry pie from freezer

  3. Stephanie M. says:

    I haven’t been cooking too much lately but instead relying on the freezer meals I have and small freezer bags with leftovers. This is a great time to use those things up both because of the challenge and because it’s so hot out. Seems like just yesterday we were digging ourselves out of the snow; now we’re sweltering!

    B – hubby had Irish Soda Bread that I pulled from the breakfast bin in my freezer. I had Special K cereal and the last of the strawberries.

    L – We both had roast beef sandwiches using up the last of the roast beef

    S – Hubby had leftover pasta with yet another bag of leftovers from the freezer which was a combination of sausage, red peppers, zucchini, garlic, and red wine. (Another bag bites the dust!) I had the last of the leftover pasta with the last of the marinara sauce.

  4. Day 3 and a grocery store trip for us too. We had 1 egg and no milk.
    B – scrambled eggs for hubs, apple & cheese sandwich for me, homemade Larabars for ds#3
    L – ds@bowling camp, last of leftover chicken parm for me, salami & cheese for hubs
    D – Leftover chicken turned into BBQ chic sandwiches, homemade mac’n’cheese from my mom, farm-fresh corn.

  5. Vanessa B says:

    Breakfast – last of the zucchini muffins
    Lunch- last of the dinosaurs chicken nuggets, cucumber, carrots and watermelon
    Dinner – chicken fajitas with guacamole
    Snack- I made marshmallow bars with the cereal that kids aren’t crazy about and added the last bits of dried cherries, almond slivers and milk chocolate chips. I was very happy to throw away some emptied bags and boxes.

  6. Day 2 for us. Kids had vbs again. I painted some trim in our family room, a project I’ve been chipping away at for months. Got to finish soon, it’s our school room come August!

    Breakfast – bagels, cream cheese, bananas and apples
    Lunch – snacky lunch: crackers, cheese, grapes, carrots, celery and cookies for dessert
    Dinner – easy skillet pork chops, rice, mixed vegies, and rolls, iced tea to drink

  7. We are on Day Two (started on Monday), and already ran into a hiccup. I’m entirely surprised it happened on this day. It was bound to happen, but I won’t let it deter me.

    Breakfast – Pizza for The Boy, toast for me and nothing for The Girl (I think she was too nervous to eat before her first day of volunteering at Chip).

    Lunch – Once again, I have no idea what they ate during the day. They are Teens, so I’m confident they didn’t go hungry.

    Late Lunch/Pre-Dinner – I have no idea what to call this “meal” but there was a decent amount of eating going on at 4:30 p.m. Ham & Cheese sandwich for The Boy, leftover Malibu Melt Wrap for The Girl and I had a leftover Chicken Tinga Tostada. I still have quite a bit of Chicken Tinga meat leftover so I think I’ll freeze some for a later meal. While it may seem counterproductive to a pantry challenge, it’s better than wasting the meat. I’ve posted my Chicken Tinga Tostada recipe on the blog.

    Late Dinner – The Boy and HH had Wendy’s after football. HH said The Boy was “starving” after football (it was 9:00) and he caved to fast food when he realized The Girl and I were at the movie.

    Snacks – mango smoothies, fruit, cheese, movie theater popcorn.

  8. last yesterday was leftover cereal and sausage links, lunch was PB n J with yogurt and juice, Dinner was leftover mashed potatoes made in to potato patties, the last of the corn on the cob and leftover smoked sausage.

  9. Heather M says:

    Day 3:

    Breakfast: eggs, bacon, strawberries; son had a bowl of cereal too (can’t keep home full these days!)
    Lunch: hubs took leftovers and cherries; I had a Greek salad w/tuna, feta, etc; son had a hotdog, chips, and soup; daughter had hummus and pita and a salad
    Dinner: Thai ground turkey lettuce cups (turkey from freezer), rice(pantry; I didn’t eat any), roasted asparagus, watermelon and pineapple
    Snacks: fruit, crackers and cheese, etc

    Still need to plan ahead! But my daily winging it is working out still! Maybe later today while I “watch” the soccer game while in the kitchen I can plan a little at least.

  10. Maureen says:

    Yesterday was a decent pantry challenge day. I had a lunch date with my girls, so we didn’t work on the leftovers, but it was planned and fun (and cheap). Dinner was lettuce cups made with ground turkey that I had purchased a while ago with that recipe in mind (and a coupon). Glad I finally made it. Yummy, but there is enough left for another dinner for us and a lunch for me, so it didn’t really reduce the freezer content. I did grocery shop and only purchased a few stock up items that we will need and a few things for recipes for this week – sticking to the list was a huge success!

  11. YESTERDAY’S MEALS WERE:

    BREAKFAST- STRING CHEESE AND TOAST FOR ME AND THE KIDS WERE AT MY MOTHER-IN-LAW’S HOUSE

    LUNCH-LEFTOVERS FOR MY HUSBAND AND I AND THE KIDS AT THE MOTHER-IN-LAW’S HOUSE

    DINNER-GRILLED CHICKEN FROM THE FREEZER/MASHED POTATOES/CARROTS/CRESENT ROLLS

    GOOD TO CLEAR SOME STUFF OUT OF THE FREEZER…SMOOTH SAILING SO FAR. I HAVEN’T EVEN TOLD THE FAMILY WE ARE IN A PANTRY CHALLENGE YET. I FIGURE WHAT THEY DON’T KNOW CAN’T HURT THEM. BESIDES AS SOON AS I TOLD THEM WE WERE GOING TO DO ONE A COUPLE MONTHES AGO THEY GAVE ME THE DEER IN THE HEADLIGHTS LOOK….LOL!

  12. We did well with day 3. It was just my husband and I so we ate doctored up hot dogs. We made Chicago dogs with pickle spears and tomatoes.

  13. I forgot to post yesterday, so here goes:

    Breakfast: my husband had cereal and I had banana muffins, both of us had tea. The kids weren’t even up yet for breakfast.

    Lunch: we had the rest of the leftover fried rice and a plum.

    Dinner: I made ravioli di funghi, salad and my younger son made garlic bread out of homemade wheat bread.

  14. A Chicago dog is one with a pickle spear, tomato, onion and celery salt. They’re really good.

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