Pantry Challenge 2011: Day Four (& What’s On Your Plate?)

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Welcome to What’s On Your Plate?!

What’s on Your Plate? is designed to be a conversation amongst good eaters. Tell us about a recent meal. Did it meet with rave reviews? Or did it bomb? What side dishes did you pair with the star of the show? Did you try a new ingredient? Find the groceries at great prices?

Share what’s on your plate! Each week a featured foodie* will share his or her plate and then the rest of us will get a chance to link up our own posts or share in the comments what good cheap eats we’ve been enjoying.

What’s on  My Plate?

As you know I challenged myself to cut back a little this month in spending and to be a little more intentional to use up things that we have. It’s all too easy to want to head to the store because there’s nothing inspiring in the cupboards.

But, last year when I did this pantry challenge, I found out that I created all sorts of yummy things that we’ve made again and again — on purpose, even though that challenge has ended.

I’m attempting to chronicle our pantry challenge here on Good Cheap Eats everyday. So, here’s what was on our plates today.

Breakfast – Oatmeal

Many of my six children prefer instant oatmeal over the cook-on-the-stove variety. I offered them instant packets that I had made myself as well as some store flavors that we got practically free with coupons. My thirteen year old and I had Not Mushy Oatmeal, made with steel cut oats, almonds, dried cranberries, brown sugar, and cream.

Lunch – Pork Chops, Stuffing, Green Beans

This is a freezer meal recipe that I’m testing for the cookbook. Yum!

Dinner – Simple Bean Tostadas

Simple Bean Tostadas were one of my old standbys when we were digging out of debt. Fry up corn tortillas, add homemade pinto beans, cheese, lettuce, and other fresh toppings and you’ve got a feast for just pennies.

What’s on YOUR Plate?

Share with us a recent meal you prepared. It doesn’t have to be a Pantry Challenge meal, but that would be cool if it were!

Either link it up below or tell us about it in the comments. Please make sure that you link to in your post so others know where the dinner party is. And don’t forget to pop around and visit the other good eaters participating today. I’m sure you will be inspired to make all sorts of Good Cheap Eats at your house.

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  1. I linked the Butter solution article- didn’t run to the store, made cookies with beans instead! Plus, made plenty for next time!

  2. I love the idea of a pantry challenge and I’ve been reading the posts and love them. I do mini versions of this but I do daycare so I feed like 14 or so people all week so it’s hard to clean out the cupboards! I am hoping I won’t be doing so much daycare after about a year or so and THEN I would love to try this with just my family. Thanks!

  3. Now you have me hungry for oatmeal! The bean tostadas sound yummy too!
    Thanks for hosting!

  4. i linked a chicken & wild rice soup recipe…. definitely could be a pantry recipe, i think!

  5. Dessert last night was a crumble from fruit that got socked away in the freezer for goodness knows how long. In fact I think the apple slices were some that my MIL had cut up and brought with her for a snack on the airplane. When they hadn’t eaten them, I threw them in the freezer. The cranberries were over a year old, from when a former housemate bought something like a dozen pound bags of cranberries for me!

  6. I linked up my Chicken Noodle Soup I made the other night for daughter whose sick 🙁

  7. I linked up my pantry challenge that I have just started on my blog. Last night was Salisbury steaks with mushroom gravy, that turned out AMAZING! YUM! Added bonus: I had everything on hand for the meal ( go pantry challenge!)
    This is such a fun way to make use of the food we have without being SO bored that we have no inspiration to cook. On the menu tonight is chicken fajita pizza.

  8. Tonight it’s Oven BBQ’d Chicken Legs (picked-up on sale today) along with a Spinach Mushroom Salad 🙂 It wasn’t on my meal plan but I couldn’t pass up the chicken on sale 🙂

  9. I made my chocolate chip cookie dip solely from things I had in my pantry. I had actually meant to purchase mini chocolate chips but in the end was glad I forgot becuase I had an opened bag of chips in the cabinet and this way I was able to use them all up!

  10. I do a lot of cooking and baking from my pantry and freezer. Most recipes call for something, stored away, waiting.

  11. These are definitely great ideas for meals. I always love good cheap meals, well what college student doesn’t!

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