Pantry Challenge 2011: Day 12

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This was Day 12 of my Pantry Challenge. If you want to join me, go check out the details and sign up here.

Here’s what I served my family today

This head cold has really knocked us all off our feets. We are definitely operating in low gear.

Breakfast – Cereal and Fruit

Hubs let me sleep in this morning and fed the kids cereal and fruit. Yeah for sweet husbands.

Lunch – Costco Pizza

We didn’t do a huge shopping trip, but we wanted Advil, EmergenC, cough drops, OJ, and a few other things to help cure what ails us. Costco is the best place for those things when you don’t have time to find a deal. So, we split a pizza while we were there. We have almost outgrown one $9.99 pizza. But, it was enough.

Dinner – Chimichangas, Tostadas

I had a bag of frozen burritos that we crisped on the griddle and a frozen bean and cheese concoction that we turned into tostadas. Quick and easy and sticks to your ribs.

How do you feed your family when cold season strikes?

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  1. I love soups, stews, and chilis when we are under the weather. Something warming and comforting yet nutritious or filling. When I’m sick and just need something quick, I love Campbell’s Healthy Select Chicken with Egg Noodles. A grilled cheese never hurt either!

  2. Soup is always a favorite, but also hot and spicy foods to clear out those noses and lots of hot tea and toast!

  3. Those look awesome! My kind of food! I’d love one for breakfast! Thanks!

  4. Hey Jessica-I have never tried chimichangas, but your recipe seems pretty easy. I’ll have to let you know how it goes!

  5. it’s soup or stew around here when we’re not up to par. currently, we have one full blown sinus infection and another one that thinks it’s coming. the sickly one got antibiotics yesterday so we’re hoping for better days ahead. last night i made a pork & asparagus rice bowl with lots of garlic. tonight it will be red beans & rice with cheese quesadillas (must supplement the beans & rice because we have one that is not a huge fan of them). hope you’re all on the mend soon.

  6. The chili or soups from our freezer, the homemade applesauce canned in the fall, and off-brand “sprite”.

  7. Any soup, stew or casserole that includes vegetables for health…
    Here’s one of my own:

    Peg’s Italian Chicken and Vegetable Soup
    • 2-3 tablespoons olive oil
    • 1/2 cup sliced carrots
    • 1 sliced zucchini
    • 4 small vine ripened tomatoes, chopped
    • 2 T Italian seasoning
    • Salt and pepper
    • 1 can red kidney beans, drain and rinse
    • 3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, boiled and cut into bite-sized pieces
    • 3 cups vegetable broth
    • 3 cups water
    • 1 jar spaghetti sauce
    • 1-2 cups pasta
    • Grated Parmesan, optional

    Heat soup pot or Dutch oven pan, add olive oil. Sauté cut up zucchini, carrots and tomatoes. Add garlic and continue to sauté until veggies are tender. Add Italian seasoning, salt and pepper. Add 1 can drain and rinsed kidney beans and the cooked and diced chicken and stir for a few minutes. Add vegetable broth and water and add in 1 jar spaghetti sauce. Now add some pasta…any kind you’d like, about 1-2 cups. Bring to a boil; reduce heat, and simmer, uncovered, for 10-15 minutes. Top each serving with grated Parmesan cheese. Serve with good Italian garlic bread or rolls.

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