Pantry Challenge 2011: Days 8 & 9

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This was Days 8 and 9 of my Pantry Challenge. If you want to join me, go check out the details and sign up here.

It seems like the weekends just fly by!

Here’s what I served my family this weekend:


Breakfast – Cinnamon Muffins, Fresh Fruit

Lunch – Wacky Soup

I combined leftover chicken, rice, and broth for a Chicken and Rice Soup. I also added barley and leftover stuffed mushrooms that I had pulsed in the food processor so that the kids didn’t know they were mushrooms. They loved it. And one kid even commented how “fresh” it was.

Dinner – Lasagna and Green Salad


Breakfast – IHOP

Hubs has worked 13 out of the last 14 days due to some issues at his work, so today after he came home, he wanted to treat us all to breakfast out. The kids love IHOP!

Lunch – Hot Dogs, Brats, Corn, Veggies

The hot dogs and brats I had stockpiled months ago in the freezer. I baked fresh hot dog buns. I found the corn earlier today on markdown for 4/$1 and the veggie tray was marked down to $3.99. I had bopped into Ralphs for milk and found great marked down produce that needs to get used up in the next day or two. Obviously not “pantry items,” but the prices were good enough to stretch my grocery budget a little more.

Dinner – Beef Enchiladas, Mexican Rice, Beans, Veggies

The enchiladas were in the freezer, the rice and beans ingredients were from the pantry, the veggies were what was left from lunch.

How tasty was YOUR weekend?

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  1. You are such a pro at this — I feel I am privileged to be learning from the best of the best! We did a pretty sizable grocery run today. But a lot of the stuff was baby food and snacks (I try to make some of my own baby food, but do need to supplement with the jarred stuff) and beverages. The rest was produce for a couple of meals this week and re-stocking pantry items that I used last week.

    Thanks for the inspiration and for sharing all your wonderful tips!

  2. Been “pantry-ing” it up around here. yesterday we did leftovers for lunch and then made spaghetti for dinner. Today we finished our leftovers and then I made fried chicken, fried corn and mashed potatoes for dinner. The potatoes were the last spuds from last month and def needed using up. Yummy dinner even my picky 4 year old liked! I love how the pantry challenge gets me creative and trying things I normally wouldn’t! I love to cook so it is fun!

  3. Sat we shopped at Sam’s Club for some small purchases. We bought a chicken and made chili, which made 4 dinners to freeze for four of us. We took the rest of Chicken on Sun and made Chicken and noodles instead of ordering takeout. Thanks for hosting the Pantry Challenge, I can see shelves of my freezer.

  4. i made a pork roast in the crockpot on saturday for dinner (i was gone all day). served it with mashed potatoes and green beans. used the leftovers for sunday lunch. made a pot of your cheesy veggie chowder sunday night and tossed in some roasted butternut squash from the freezer that i pureed. everyone loved it. dinner tonight is the remaining pork roast on buns and the leftover soup. my freezer is definitely getting cleaned out! it will be fun to be able to start fresh again in february!

  5. Yum! It all looks good!

  6. Got a nice chuck cleaned out of the fridge this week! After planning this weeks menu, I think the freezer is going to be pretty bare at the end of week 2 🙂

  7. That Wacky soup sounds good! We had mashed potatoes, pork loin roast in the crockpot and salad. On sunday we had leftovers and grilled ham and cheese sandwiches with sliced apples…brownies and finished it off with popcorn and herbal tea.

  8. AllieZirkle says:

    I’ve seen your hot dog recipe posted a few times. I don’t regularly have bread flour around, just the unbleached Gold Medal flour, so I have yet to try it out. This weekend I made my Olive Garden breadsticks recipe but didn’t top with butter, salt, and garlic. I cut the sticks horizontally and called them hot dog buns and even the pickiest hot dog connoisseurs (lol) loved this. This came together quickly, rose nicely, and did I mention these were quick? I’m thinking I can make this recipe regularly while veggies steam and wieners grill.

    I doubled my usual breadstick recipe :
    1T yeast, 1C warm water, 1t sugar, 1t salt, 2T olive oil, 2.5C all purpose flour;
    Combine the 1st 3 ingredients in a bowl, combine the other 3 ingredients in your food processor. 5-10 minutes later, pulse in the yeast/water/sugar mixture into the flour/salt/oil. A ball will form. If the dough seems super sticky, pulse in a little more flour, a T at a time. Dump onto floured surface.

    (If making pizza, press into a greased pizza pan, bake at 7 mins in a preheated 450* oven, remove and top with your favs, and bake an add’l 8 mins.)

    (If making breadsticks, separate into 8 balls (16 if doubled recipe) and roll into worms. Turn on the oven to 450* and allow to rise while the oven preheats. Bake 12 minutes until golden brown. Rub butter on the top of the breadsticks, and sprinkle salt & garlic (or garlic salt lol). YUM!)

    But we’re making hot dog buns… so I followed the breadstick recipe, minus the tasty butter, salt, and garlic topping. I’m thinking about doubling the recipe, making 12 rolls, and shaping each ball like a loaf of bread (roll out a rectangle to hot dog length, and roll up like a jelly roll, turn under at the ends). This will result in fluffy hot dog buns.

    Ok, I’ve written enough here… If I ever have bread flour on hand, I’ll try out your recipe and compare. In the mean time, I’ll be using my quick n easy recipe lol

    🙂 Allie

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