Pantry Challenge Day 10: Soup Night

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This is Day 10 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 was soup night.

The older boys and hubs are watching a movie that I kinda want to go watch, so this will be a short and sweet update.

Today was cold and rainy in the morning. I slept later than the kids, trying to make up for yesterday. Breakfast ended up a fend-for-yourself affair. The littles had homemade instant oatmeal. The bigger ones had Vanilla Cranberry Bread. I had a mashed sweet potato. Yes, really.

We have lots of fresh fruit and veg again thanks to yesterday’s produce box.

For lunch we had hot dogs and brats on homemade buns. I added a salad to mine while the kids had oranges.

In the afternoon, the two bigger boys each made a batch of soda bread. I cooked a big pot of soup, combining all kinds of randomness from the fridge, including a few smallish containers of squash soup as well as different broths. I added barley, orzo, star noodles, cooked chicken from the freezer, onion carrots, potatoes, celery, and turnips.

It was pretty good. I know this because the kids didn’t complain too much.

In addition to bread and soup, I pulled out the spready cheese from the other day as well as saltines and butter. The later is my comfort food. Love saltines and butter.

Day 10 Menus

Breakfast: Breakfast Bar/Fend-for-yourself
Lunch: Hot Dogs and Brats
Dinner: Chicken and Barley Soup, Soda Bread, Saltines and Butter

So, that’s the day. We ran out of milk, cream, and coffee today, so hubs bought some on the way home. I don’t know how much that was, but I’ll be giving a Grocery Geek report in a couple days.

We’re one-third of the way through on the challenge. That’s not too shabby, eh?

How are you doing?

This post is part of a month-long Pantry Challenge series. You can read more about my goals for the challenge here.

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  1. We had soup yesterday – I pulled a couple bags of chicken bones and vegetable ends out of the freezer, threw them in the crockpot and made stock at the beginning of the week. I used the stock, the end of a carton of cream and a handful of leftover chicken to make cream of chicken soup. My husband works outside and we have nearly two feet of snow, so I thought we needed something more substantial. I tossed in a couple spoonfuls each of black, red, shortgrain brown and wild rice. Then I added a jar of home canned yellow eyed beans and made a batch of herb biscuits. Second soup night in a week and no complaints. Yessss!

    Picked up butter and flour at excellent prices today plus some frozen peas and pasta shells so I can use up the frozen cheese and herb pasta filling later this week. There isn’t quite enough filling as is, so I may thaw some ricotta, use some for muffins and set some aside to stretch the filling. I made turkey stock last week from the Christmas bird carcass and pressure canned that, so in spite of using mostly food already on hand, I seem to have filled my pantry more than emptied it! I am focusing on the oddball things in my pantry this time – the half cup of sauteed mushrooms, one sweet potato, a single bisonburger patty that tend to accumulate until all I have is an armload of “orphans”. I’m finding this fun because I don’t HAVE to do it, I CHOOSE to do it. Huge difference.

  2. I’m still out of town, so the eating reflects a little weirdness-
    breakfast – yogurt that I brought with me
    lunch – sandwich I bought
    dinner – odds & ends at the apt

    My guys went out to dinner tonight 🙂 but hubs told me that he’s trying really hard not to spend a bunch of money while I’m gone. Love that man! 😉

  3. Breakfast – Oatmeal and toast with cinnamon butter
    Lunch – Grilled cheese sandwiches, canned peaches
    Dinner – Pepperoni, mushroom pizza

  4. Woohoo! Love that we’re a third of the way thru this challenge and we’ve only spent $65.

    Breakfast: choc chip muffins, clementines
    Lunch: leftovers for hubs and me; college girl ate out, other girl ate at school
    Dinner: buttermilk herb chicken and twice baked potatoes (both from freezer), green beans.
    Snack: bagels w/peanut butter

    We had taco soup on Wednesday night. There’s just enough left for tonight’s dinner before we head off to basketball. No cooking for me tonight!

  5. Breakfast on week days is a fend for yourself affair. Yesterday boy had cereal and milk. Husband and I had bakery bought bread we made into toast.

    My lunch was leftover soup with some roast chicken and brown rice, fruit and some broccoli from the fridge at work.

    And boy and I went to our favorite Mexican restaurant for dinner while husband went to a party. Good thing too–restaurant is moving locations soon.

  6. Yesterday was a big success for me. I took a meal to a family in our church, and instead of running to the store (like I usually do), I made a great meal from what I had on hand. Chicken and noodles, green beans canned from our garden, homemade rolls and brownies. Not to shabby for a pantry challenge meal.

  7. We pulled out some chipotle squash soup and twice-baked potatoes from the freezer last night – it was a feast with easy clean-up! Then for dessert, we polished off the remnants of some almost freezer-burnt ice cream. It feels good to cross these odds and ends off the freezer inventory list.

  8. Brakfast: Whole wheat English muffin with butter and peach preserves; milk (my usual)
    Lunch: Tuna salad sandwich on whole wheat bread (double fiber – yay); the rest of the box of Cheez-It crackers; dried cherries
    Dinner: Homemade pan pizza using Bisquick to make the dough!
    Snacks: Banana; string cheese

  9. Yesterday I made beer battered fried fish, Haitian Rice and Beans (I get 15lbs at a time), and home grown frozen sweet corn which for dinner. I was a hit. It used up 2 small cod pkgs and 1 lb pollack fillet and corn from the freezer, and the random bottle of beer that a friend gave for the slugs in the garden but if I put it out the dog would have drank. And I made oatmeal M&M cookies which used up the last of the M&Ms! I did get eggs but instead of driving to town (10 miles one way) I walked 4 miles to get them from the neighbor.

    Breakfast cold cereal for boys and home made yogurt with caned apple slices topped with pecans for me. lunch for boys is sandwiches dh and I its leftovers.

  10. Breakfast – both of us slept really late so we just skipped it
    Lunch – frozen banana, last two slices of artichoke pesto pizza, kid finished some leftover oatmeal
    Dinner – taco casserole (similar to lawnmower) using up the stale chips and the taco meat from freezer, served with guacamole that used up most of my avocados, queso, and all the leftover salsa
    Late evening snack – finished off the last of the trail mix

  11. Breakfast-yogurt that I bought at McDonald’s (I honestly walked out the door w/o packing my b’fast!)
    Lunch- salad w/ leftover steak cut up on it
    Supper-crock pot roast and vegetables.
    I am debating on making beer bread to go with it. We do not drink, so I bummed a beer off a lady at work and told her I would bring her some of the bread 🙂 Anyway, that was 4 weeks ago! I need to make the bread.
    Can’t believe that this is 1/3 over with. I hear my freezer shelves breathing a sigh of relief. They are enjoying the loss of pounds they feel.

  12. 1/3 over and I’m gonna keep it up, as I feel like I’ve hardly made a dent. Jan 10:

    Breakfast: turkey sausage, minibagels, cereal
    Lunch: lunchboxes, leftover soup, etc.
    Dinner: I was at a dinner meeting ( I brought caesar salad for 40& have tons of leftover & paid for lettuce, so we have lots of salad in the near future). Left the family chicken caesar salad w/ breaded chicken from the freezer(a staple I buy at Costco for busy nights, as this is a favorite and fast meal). They also ate apples. I came home with leftover rosemary bread as well so that will be a nice addition to the weekend’s leftover lunches.

    We’ll see how the weekend goes. I’ll have to plan a slow cooker meal for Sunday or we’ll end up picking up food out after church, which ends at 4. Guess I should get to the planning, since I’ve only planned through tonight. 🙂

  13. I was super busy on Day 10 and didnt eat much.. I was shocked by the nights end to see how little I’d eaten thru the day..
    I had maple oatmeal for breakfast and then later in the day I had 1 1/2 cabbage rolls… then I had a couple oranges. That was it. I shocked myself. 😉

  14. An easy day. Day 10 Menus:
    Breakfast: Pumpkin bread, lemonade and applesauce
    Lunch: Leftover vegetable soup; cheese & crackers
    Dinner: Macho burritos; refried beans; mandarin oranges

    Tomorrow crock-pot pork loin … yummy!

  15. Today was a planned eating out day due to being out of town most of the day. However, last night I transformed Tuesday night’s leftovers from Red Beans & Rice into Taco Soup. I browned some extra ground turkey to supplement the turkey sausage in the leftovers and then dumped in the left overs. Oops, only made your taco soup once before so started looking for the cook book. Lost it, yes I did. Well, for a bit as I knew it was somewhere since I used it on Monday! Found it on the boys school bookshelf. No clue how it got there, but I was able to clear out extra beans, enchilada sauce, & corn from the freezer and cans from the freezer to finish up the soup. To top it off I dumped the 1 1/2 cups left over brown rice into the pot! The guys didn’t care and it’s one less left over that didn’t go to waste! Served it up with some corn bread to some hungry martial artists. 🙂

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