Summer 2013 Pantry Challenge: Day Four

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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.

breakfast cookies

Today went by in a flash! I’m not really sure what all we did. My sister and I both had office work to do, so I guess that’s what we did. The kids played amazingly well. And the food? Well, here’s the report for Day Four:

Last night I made a big batch of granola as well as a batch of breakfast cookies. I took my regular recipe and then tweaked it. We’re going to make it again tomorrow before I post it. I want to make a few changes.

Before the gym, I had a couple cookies and a glass of milk. I left a Breakfast Bar of cookies, yogurt and fruit for the gang. When I came home I had cottage cheese and melon as a post workout snack.

sauerkraut porl


For lunch, we had a family favorite: Sauerkraut and Pork with Boiled Potatoes. I used the pork shoulder I had in the freezer. Worked really well. Janel and I grew up eating this dish, so it’s fun to see if we can get our kids to like it. I’m 5/6ths of the way there. She’s halfway.

No, sauerkraut is not photogenic, but it’s really yummy.

what's in the produce box


The produce box was beautiful. More on that on Saturday.

For dinner, I pulled out all the leftovers from last night’s taco dinner. We made burritos with the beans, rice, taco meat, and other toppings.

Breakfast: Breakfast Bar with Granola and Breakfast Cookies

Lunch: Sauerkraut and Pork, Boiled Potatoes

Dinner: Burrito Bar with Mexican Rice, Seasoned Pinto Beans, and Seasoned Taco Meat

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. Day 10! Yay 1/3 of the way there I am loving this challenge!! Good on you for making it to the gym today. Consistency is the key!

    Breakfast- My take on your Cranberry Orange Muffins
    Lunch- Leftover spaghetti (freezer)

    Breakfast- 1/2 everything bagel with hummus
    Lunch- Chicken Pozole (provided by work)

    Preworkout- PB&J (our favorite Preworkout combo of protein, carb, and sugar)
    Riblettes with baked beans (from dried white beans!) and one sweet potato split!

    Had to stop and get qtips today! So 4$ to budget @ 149$. The hubby said the only way he would stay with the challenge is if he didn’t feel like he was doing without so he insisted on the qtips TODAY!

    In the fridge is 3/4 of a chicken pot pie, one serving of Thursday soup, one serving of spaghetti, two servings of ribs, and one baked chicken breast. So no more cooking until we eat all of that!!!

  2. Ooohhh- tweak for the breakfast cookies? Was going to make a double batch today, but think ill wait & see what you have up your sleeve 😉

  3. Heather M says:

    Day 4 for us was great. I did remember to put the chicken in the slow cooker this time! And I planned out a few more meals. Sunday is unclear still, as we may have Sunday dinner with friends. But all in all, baking planned for today, meals mostly planned, and shopping finished today for the next week or 10 days. More on that when you do grocery geek. 🙂

    Breakfast: mini bagels, turkey sausage, a little bacon, fruit
    Lunch: Hubby took leftovers; kids had leftovers and sandwiches/fruit, pretzels; I had egg salad on toast, pickles, and fruit. One of my favorite things to keep in the fridge for snacks or part of breakfast/lunch when we scrounge on our own is hardboiled eggs.
    Dinner: green chile chicken breasts in the slow cooker, rice and corn on the cob.

  4. I sort of participated by accident, but the tips I got from you were so helpful that it made the experience much better than it would have been! Thanks for the inspiration.

  5. Last night we inventoried and organized the pantry to confirm what we had to work with for the remainder of the challenge. We poached a couple pounds of chicken from the freezer for meals this weekend. I have defrosted a four pound brisket, which I will be cooking in the slow cooker tomorrow. Our dinner meals next week will include either chicken or brisket.

    Today’s meals
    Breakfast: Banana bread, sliced peach and a glass of milk
    Lunch: Leftover pizza
    Dinner: Potato and chicken soup, oyster crackers, steamed broccoli, and cherry tomatoes.

  6. Day 11 was a success. I got the kids to eat cream of wheat for the second morning in a row. There was this great sale on it awhile back and I bought 6 boxes. I have given a couple away, but still had 4 to use up. Usually only my oldest will eat this with me, but yesterday I made a big batch and announced that this was all there was for breakfast. I put out some add ins and 4 out of the 5 kids ate it with one asking for seconds. My husband for Passover had bought almond flour to make matzah which never happenned, so when I was looking through the cupboards I came across it and my husband said just throw it out, I said no way do you know how expensive almond flour is, so before work today I made up a batch of waffles with it, and the kids had them for lunch and not one complained. I did however use up all my eggs in the waffles and we have run out of garbage bags so I am going to have to go to the store to get those two items tonight.


  7. Baked blueberry muffins this morning for breakfast…yummy. Then made a blueberry cheesecake for tomorrow. I have decided that blueberries love and need the rain. We have triple the blueberries already that we have had the last few years and the bushes are still sagging to the ground.

    Breakfast – Oatmeal with blueberries, Blueberry muffins
    Lunch – Turkey and Swiss sandwiches, Ramen noodles
    Dinner – Beef stew with potatoes and carrots with biscuits

    • Heather M says:

      Wish I could “help” you with your blueberries! So many yummy things to make with them! Enjoy the bounty!

      • It is so exciting to be able to bake and eat and still be able to put some goodies in the freezer for later.

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