Summer 2013 Pantry Challenge: Day Eight

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I’m taking the Pantry Challenge, eating what’s in the fridge, freezer, and pantry, and trying to save some cash.

chicken and rice lunch

We enjoyed a fairly lazy day today. The gym doesn’t open until nine on weekends, so I didn’t need to get up too early. As it was, we were out of milk and bread and eggs, so I ran to Sprouts early to grab milk, eggs, and a few fruits and veg they had on special.

I had a bowl of cereal before I left for the gym. The kids made eggs on their own. Hubs did auto repair.

When I got back, I had an egg; FishPapa made himself oatmeal, and the kids had second breakfast of both. All that didn’t wrap up until 11.

For lunch at 2 pm we grilled some chicken breasts and rounded it out with veggies and rice. And yes, we ate on paper plates. Better than take-out, I always say. 😉

After lunch I took the three younger kids to Trader Joe’s, not the best move during a Pantry Challenge. I felt bad saying no to so many requests, but I had a good talk about it with FishBoy9 and he was (eventually) okay with it.

creamy noodles and salad

Dinner was late since every other meal was late. We had Alfredo noodles with a side salad. I didn’t get around to baking, hoping to get there still tonight.

Breakfast: Cereal, Milk, Eggs, Oatmeal

Lunch: Grilled Chicken, Steamed Vegetables, Rice

Dinner: Alfredo Noodles, Salad

pantry challenge sum 13This post is a part of the Summertime Pantry Challenge where we’re trying to save money on food by using up what we have. You can read more about it here.

I’ll be posting daily updates on how the challenge is going. You can read through the PC archives here.

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  1. Your resolve amazes me. I think with 6 kiddos to cook for I might have thrown in the towel. I’ve made a pretty good attempt in using what we have and not going to the store. I wanted to make cheesy potatoes in the cp w/ turkey kielbasa but dh nixed that idea (I don’t feel good and wanted comfort food). Instead I marinated some frozen chicken tenders in fatoosh dressing and then dh grilled them and we had them over a fatoosh salad. Delish and low cal. I still plan to work in those cheesy potatoes sometime this week 🙂

    • It helps that I allowed myself grocery money. If I was just doing “what we really have”, it would be slim pickings.

  2. Breakfast – sunny side up eggs
    Lunch – spinach ravioli
    Dinner – chili lime chicken, yellow rice, green beans

  3. Breakfast- last of the cranberry orange muffins (love those things)
    Lunch- chilli ( freezer find)
    Dinner- left over riblettes wish a shared half of sweet potato and last of the baked beans

    I feel like next week the lunches and dinners will get weird as we get lower in our goods. I’m thinking about extending this thru August because our freezer is still 3/4 full!!
    Also baked more muffins from the base of your cranberry orange recipe. This time with blueberry And maraschino cherries instead (trying to use up odds and ends!)

  4. I know what you mean I felt the same way when we did our fish/veggie run but don’t get to Wholeys but a couple times a year so wasn’t going to pass it up and now we have everything we need (meal wise) for an extra month of the challenge. Hard enough to run in “just” for the basics without spending extra.

    Breakfast – Blueberry muffins
    Lunch – Turkey sandwich, yogurt
    Dinner – Strip steak, baked potatoes, salad

  5. Breakfast: whole wheat banana muffins; bananas; skim milk
    Lunch: Hamburger soup, cheese and cracker tray, pineapple spears
    Dinner: Hotdogs, baked beans, watermelon, blueberries

  6. Patricia says:

    Breakfast: 2 buckwheat berry waffles w/no sugar strawberry jam & cup coffee
    Lunch: cucumber & tuna in pita with left over 1/2 of tomato & ice water w/lemon slice
    Snack: Cup of greek blueberry yogurt (sell by date was coming up and wanted to get rid of it (lol) ) with 1/2 cup of fresh blueberries left over from my great NJ blueberry sale
    Dinner: Slow cooker beef done with onion & low sodium beef broth and Yukon gold potatoes and carrots.

  7. Heather M says:

    Sunday(day8) we generally only eat “brunch” the years we go to church at 1(it alternates years, one year 9, another 1). But it is always every person for him/herself. Food included blueberry coffeecake, bacon, minibagels, pineapple.

    Dinner on day 8 was at friends. They had had a big BBQ with coworkers/families over on Saturday, so invited us to join them to eat the leftovers on Sunday. These are our closest friends, really more like family. It was great: leftover brats, sirloin burgers, turkey burgers, etc., already grilled and just needing heating up; leftover potato salad, baked beans, chips/veggies/dips/salsa; leftover brownies and chocolate cake. We were stuffed silly, needless to say. And it was all leftovers, which helped our friends, since they’re headed out of town for much of this week. Win-win!

  8. We were out of town last week but after reading your posts, I am inspired to do a mini-pantry challenge. It is just my daughter and I this week (son and hubby are at camp) so we are eating whatever we have in the house. I am sure there will be some weird dinner combos but atleast some things will get eaten. I am using some leftover bagel chips to bread chicken fingers tonight. Let’s hope they are tasty!

  9. Not a real pantry challenge, but since we are getting ready for some vacations I don’t want to do major shopping. A couple days ago I found a ginormous package of stew meat on sale so whipped up some Salsa Verde Beef. Had enough left overs so tonight I made Salsa Verde Beef Soup. Been beating the teen off of it as we wait for the cornbread (your buttermilk recipe) to bake. And I made an extra of the dry team to plop in the freezer for breakfast later this week. 🙂 Works for us.

  10. Kathryn says:

    Lunch Sun – leftover pork chops and mixed veggies
    Dinner Sun – I used up some sloppy joe from the freezer and DS had pizza rolls. I had some of the blackberries I thawed on Sat.

    My lunch Mon – leftover pizza slice and blackberries with cool whip.
    Dinner Mon – round 3 on the pork chops with some boccoli in cheese sauce (from the freezer), a bit of leftover corn, and canned peaches.

    Breakfast is kinda a help yourself thing around here, as we all have different schedules….

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