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Pantry Challenge Day 20: Baking Day

nachos day 20

Food shouldn’t be complicated. Or bad for you. Or expensive. I’m working to craft good cheap eats that we can both enjoy. You can read more about this site here. Check out my cookbooks if you’re needing some budget-friendly inspiration. Read about how to make healthy eating work for you here.This is Day 20 of […]

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Meal Planning: Pantry Challenge Week Four

Zucchini Waffle

We’re entering week four of the Pantry Challenge. Here’s the meal plan. I think it’s a little wrong that I choose to do a Pantry Challenge during a month that has five weeks. Maybe next year we should do it in February instead. Or just make it an even 28 days. This is going to […]

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Pantry Challenge Day 19: Making Poutine

rice bowl

This is Day 19 of my month-long Pantry Challenge series  where we’re eating down the pantry (and freezer and fridge) to use up what we have, rotate stock, and save some cash. Today I even did something wild and crazy; I made poutine. Today was a beautiful, sunny, warm day in San Diego. I say this not […]

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Grocery Geek: Pantry Challenge More than Halfway

sprouts jan

During the last pantry challenge in July, I ended up spending $600 on groceries. Some folks commented that they didn’t think I was trying really hard. This time around I’ve really tried to cut where we could without making my family too uncomfortable. If push came to shove and we really didn’t have the funds […]

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Pantry Challenge Day 18: A Panda Feast

panda feast

This is Day 18 of my month-long Pantry Challenge series  where we’re eating down the pantry (and freezer and fridge) to use up what we have, rotate stock, and save some cash. Tonight we diverged from the Challenge for a Panda Feast. Today went by in a flash. I’m typing this quickly so I can enjoy an […]

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Pantry Challenge Day 17: Conquering the Butternut

soup 17

This is Day 17 of my month-long Pantry Challenge series  where we’re eating down the pantry (and freezer and fridge) to use up what we have, rotate stock, and save some cash. Today I tackled the hoard of butternut squash. I spent a good two to three hours in the kitchen today. Man, does a pantry challenge […]

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Pinto Beans Make for Good Cheap Eats

Beans are a great asset to the frugal kitchen. Keep several pounds on hand for a cheap protein. Believe it or not, I credit the humble bean with helping us get out of debt. Back in 2007, we realized that we had made some less than stellar financial choices. We decided to get our act […]

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Pantry Challenge Day 16: The Pantry is Just Fine

alfredo with peas

This is Day 16 of my month-long Pantry Challenge series  where we’re eating down the pantry (and freezer and fridge) to use up what we have, rotate stock, and save some cash. A couple days ago, I posted a picture of my baking cupboard. I think I gave a few people heart palpitations. If that was all […]

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Pantry Challenge Day 15: I Made Yogurt

afternoon cookie snack

This is Day 15 of my month-long Pantry Challenge series  where we’re eating down the pantry (and freezer and fridge) to use up what we have, rotate stock, and save some cash. Today I made yogurt. I’d like to say, don’t try to make yogurt, prepare breakfast, and drink a cup of coffee all at the same […]

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Pantry Challenge Day 14: The Cupboard Grows Bare

grilled cheese sandwiches

This is Day 14 of my month-long Pantry Challenge series  where we’re eating down the pantry (and freezer and fridge) to use up what we have, rotate stock, and save some cash. My baking cupboard stands testimony to the fact that most of our baked goods are homebaked. Today I used up the last of the flour […]

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