Summer 2013 Pantry Challenge: Day Thirteen

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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.

denver scramble breakfast

Movie night is calling, so this will be short and sweet. I can’t even remember what all we ate today. I have been working on ebooks today.

Anyway…. for breakfast, some of us had cereal, some had Denver Scramble.

At lunch time, I pulled out the leftovers. I had last night’s fish and couscous in a salad. The kids had taco meat and rice with toppings.

salad with sea bass

For dinner, I cooked the rump roast in the oven. I meant to get it in the crockpot first thing, but life got in my way. It worked out great in the oven, following this method.

I also tried a new recipe for rolls found on a random site. This is what happened:

bread machine blowout

It still made good rolls, but they weren’t salty enough. Hubs surprised me by bringing home a few baguettes, so we had enough bread in the long run.

Breakfast: Denver Scramble, Cereal

Lunch: Leftovers

Dinner: Roast Beef Sandwiches on Homemade Rolls

Tomorrow’s the last day of my daily blogging the challenge.

How’s the challenge been for YOU?

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. What happened with the dough and the bread maker? Looks challenging.

    • Jessica says:

      It was a very wet, voluminous dough. I didn’t realize it would rise as fast or as big as it did. Hubs cleaned it up for me. The rolls were just fine.

  2. I went to the grocery store tonight. To date we have spent $366.63 on groceries. I think we can easily finish the month under $425. We typically spend $800 per month so it is going well – a savings of $375 or 47%. We still have 3 lbs of ground beef, a 4 lb brisket, a ½ lb of bacon, 1 lb of sirloin and 1 lb of boneless pork chops so we have protein covered. We also still have a couple pounds of dried beans, a couple boxes of pasta and a pound of rice so the starches are covered as well. We will need another gallon of milk, a dozen eggs and some fresh fruit before the first of August, but with $58 left in budget for the month we should come in at our goal.

    Breakfast: granola, grapefruit, skim milk
    Lunch: hamburgers, home fries
    Dinner: bacon, pancakes, fresh fruit

  3. I made a ton of french toast this morning, using up every bit of the old bread. Well, except for a couple of still fresh hot dog buns. I had some sub rolls, so I made stuffed french toast with those using up the open brick of cream cheese and some homemade strawberry jam. I’d never made stuffed toast before, and I’m quite pleased with how it came out. Using the sub rolls was great, as the finished product was still finger-food that I could just eat like a very fat breadstick. That was my plan to start with. I had too much of the egg mixture left over, however, and was not confident how well that would keep, so I used up the 4 slices of regular sandwich bread as well as the 6 hamburger rolls that were quite smushed. All of the above were originally purchased at the secondhand bakery to begin with (a store where they sell the stuff that is still just fine but has been replaced on grocery store shelves by fresher product) so that was an inexpensive meal. Multiple meals, actually, since so much of it is left over. I’m not sure yet whether to leave it in the fridge or to freeze some. I’m leaning toward freezing the hamburger roll pieces since those will fit in the toaster for later meals. When you freeze your toasts, do you put them straight into the toaster from the freezer or do you thaw them and then toast?

    Breakfast – stuffed french toast
    Lunch – cottage cheese, sliced turkey sandwich meat (trying to balance out the carb-heavy rest of the day) – I had intended to have a tomato with it but forgot
    Dinner – taco with carnitas, rice, beans

  4. Discovered a full wheel of laughing cow swiss cheese wedges in the fridge, and some sliced swiss cheese. Made some grilled onions and mushrooms and put together a grilled cheese sandwich with all those things. It ended up being so delicious and i will definitely make it again in the future! Now to brainstorm other ways to use up the remaining wedges !

    Making awesome progress in the fridge, although we had to go to Costco today for more canned salmon and almond milk, which are huge components of my husband’s current eating plan. Also let the pregnancy cravings kick in and bought myself a box of mini pizzas :/ Ended up spending about $60, but that stuff will last us through several weeks so I hope it balances out next month. I still need to go back to another Costco that carries quinoa, but hoping to wait until august so it won’t hurt our budget in july.

    Breakfast: steel cut oatmeal with almonds, craisins, and honey
    Lunch: mushroom swiss grilled cheese sandwich
    Dinner: cornflakes, chocolate chip cookies for dessert

  5. Our garden is starting to produce! Wahoo! Yesterday got 2 heads of cabbage, 6 green peppers, 4 cukes, 4 zucchini, couple handfuls of cherry tomatoes, 2 beefsteak tomatoes. Looking forward to stuffed peppers, stuffed cabbage, cabbage and noodles, stuffed and fried zucchini, zucchini fries, tomato and cucumbers salads…..oh, I just love this time of the year. And , oh yeah, lots of blueberries picked. This has been an rainy hot summer, not good for humans but obviously the fruit and vegetables love it. Lots of apples, peaches and grapes on the trees and vine so looking forward to those soon.
    No shopping this week, Will definitely continue the pantry challenge for as long as we can.

    Breakfast – Blueberry waffles
    Lunch – Leftover pizzas
    Dinner – Stuffed zucchini boats

  6. I’ve thinned out the freezer quite a but I still have the following to use up:
    6 chicken thighs that I’ll use to make chicken tikka masala or honey garlic chicken in the crockpot
    1/2 of a beef chuck roast thai I’m earmarking for crockpot beef and broccoli
    1/ 2 of a beef chuck roast that I’ll grind and use for beef patties in onion gravy, a family favorite
    A package of polish sausage that I’ll put into a quick cassoulet
    A package of frozen meatballs to use in pasta and marinara sauce
    A container of bean/ham soup, enough to serve two but there are three of us
    A container of beans & rice, enough for three burritos

    I figure that accounts for two more weeks of dinners in our house.

  7. Heather M says:

    Day 13, last day with three of us. Son arrived home a few minutes ago at 9:45am Saturday morning. He’s already in the shower. I’ll be tossing his entire bag into the washer shortly.

    Breakfast: toast, banana, cereal
    Lunch: hubs & I had leftovers; daughter made herself a nice salad and heated up a can of soup
    Dinner: had planned to bake the last 3 russet potatoes to serve with chicken breasts cooked somehow. Pulled out the potatoes, and they had gone bad. had to come up with a quick plan b while defrosting chicken breasts in microwave. Discovered a jar of Trader Joe’s Satay Peanut Sauce that I think is meant for dipping. It was getting past its prime so I thought, perfect, I’ll dilute it with water and soy sauce and make a chicken noodle satay dish. Turned out great. Cooked an open 1/2lb of angel hair pasta, sliced and sauteed chicken breasts, then sauteed matchstick sliced carrots, added the sauce. Once it boiled, added back the chicken breasts, a bunch of french green beans defrosted from the freezer, and sliced green onions. Added the pasta, and voila, a yummy asian inspired dish. We love asian flavors, so tend to eat them at least once or more a week. We mostly go for asian and latin american(well, mostly mexican, but we get around) flavors. They are our favorites.

    I still have a ton of food. And we are keeping the spending low. So we’ll keep going these last two weeks of July, and probably keep going, more modified in September when I’m back home again. We really have a lot of food and could use the financial shot in the arm. I love having the stockpile of food, for whatever situation might come up. But, the food does need to get eaten eventually, so this is a good chance to do that, and keep our spending down.

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