Pantry Challenge 2011: Day One

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Today was the first day of my pantry challenge. This month I’m trying to make the most of what we have and do a little “freezer cleaning,” bake from scratch, and otherwise reduce our grocery spending a little this month.

Here’s what I served my family

Breakfast – Petit Dejeuner and Chocolate Chip Jam Muffins.

For the muffins, I used 1/2 cup chocolate chips and 1/2 cassis jam to stir into a batch of Mix and Match Muffins. Yummy new creation!

Lunch – Turkey sandwiches and apples

Dinner – Not Soggy Nachos, Tamales, Chicken Flautas, Green Salad

All the fixings were in the freezer except for the salad. Easy peasy

How did you do?

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  1. I am trying to do the same this month, however, we did eat out for lunch. I think we are going to get 1/4 a cow in February so I want to do a full pantry/freezer clean out so we will be having all kinds of things! I did go to Sprouts tonight for a lot of produce. I’m on a salad kick.

  2. I’m gonna do it this month! 🙂

  3. I really need to do this! I’m sitting here (yes in the middle of the night, can’t sleep) trying to figure out my menu for the week, and you’ve got me really thinking about what all I can cook that I already have on hand. What a great way to start the year!

  4. We ate leftovers from the fridge (shrimp fried rice–Homemade) for lunch and spaghetti for dinner. This was fun last year, so I’m looking forward to it. I have a lot of premade meals in the freezer, such as chicken chili and potato soup.

  5. I was discussing this with my hubby and he totally wants to do this. I was all ready to start but then my brother had a heart attack. So I was stuck eating hospital food all day long. 🙂 Sunday will be better. I have a bunch of food thawing out, that will be cooked for lunch,after church. I am excited to do this!! I can’t wait to come up with new recipes. I’m bored with the same ol’ ones.

  6. We contracted that horrible stomach bug going around, so we didn’t eat supper. How easy was that? Hoping for crackers and ginger ale tomorrow 🙂 From the pantry, of course.

  7. I can’t join you this time. I’m packing my freezer to the gills in time for babe#3. I’m blowing the budget along the way as well. 🙂

    • @Shelah, I think you are participating, it’s just that your challenge is different. Am I doing a terrible job of explaining this?

      In the comments here, I think it makes more sense.

    • @Shelah, Me too. Baby #1 will be here at the end of March and I am taking this time to stock up so i can pantry challenge in april.

  8. We’re doing this as well…as well as doing separate freezer cooking for when our second baby arrives in about 5 weeks!

  9. We are cleaning out the pantry! Thanks so much for the inspiration. I bought one gallon of milk and some produce. The rest is coming from the freezer and dry goods. This week, butternut squash soup with roasted vegetables, roasted chicken with oranges and red onions, homemade pizza, turkey-mushroom burgers, roasted turkey breast with stuffing and chicken pot pie. Clean out the pantry, yeah! Thanks again!

  10. We had leftovers navy bean soup and I had p & j sandwich for lunch. Dinner was chili (from the freezer) on top of crispy crown fries topped with cheese and sour cream.

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