Pantry Challenge: Day 13

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This month I’m doing a Pantry Challenge. For two weeks, I’m focusing on using up what we have to save money and time and to reduce waste.

Zucchini Fritters for Dipping

My pictures from today are pretty sad, so I’m going to post a pretty picture of something that we ate: Zucchini Fritters. These are so easy to make and so delicious, I guess I could find a way to use up all the zucchini. Yum! We had them for lunch with quesadillas. There were a few left when FishPapa came home; he was shocked and amazed. He doesn’t remember last fall when I made these seemingly “all the time”.

In other news, we’re plugging along. We are NOT seeing the bottom of the freezers. Ugh. While I need to continue the challenge, I also have some recipes that need my attention for book #4. So, we’ll do a mix of both, I guess, after the challenge officially ends. I saw a hodge podge of pasta bags in the pantry today and am thinking of just cooking them all up together for a very eclectic pasta salad tomorrow.

One of the fringe benefits of the challenge has been a return to old stand by recipes. The kids have really enjoyed that.

Breakfast: Breakfast Bar

Lunch: Zucchini Fritters, Quesadillas

Dinner: Pizza with proscuitto and vegetables

Pantry-Challenge-GCE-150x150This post is a part of the Summer 2014 Pantry Challenge where we’re trying to save money on food by using up what we have. I’ll be posting daily updates on how the challenge is going.

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  1. It is great that you can put together such nice meals. I am trying the challenge too. I am hoping to save a little money!

  2. Day 18 and 19 were pretty uneventful. We have been eating snacky lunches and dinner and a lot of refrigerator leftovers to make it to today, day 20. So we are about to go grocery shopping and pick up $20-$30 in food.

    We kind of have a very flexible meal plan in place for the last ten days. In the future are: red beans, rice and cornbread. Tacos, pizza, cowboy beef soup, baked chicken, and probably one more chicken pot pie. We have eaten almost all of the premade meals in the freezer and I feel things are moving a lot faster…

    We are on track to stay under budget an save about $400-$500!

    • Maureen says:

      Congrats!! That will be a fantastic savings. I which that I were as focused as you, but I will take some inspiration.

      • I’m focused with a reason Maureen. My husband’s car was broken into a few months ago and some personal items were stolen. We were using this as an opportunity to save the money to replace what was stolen.

        We have a $500 deductible and about $500 worth of stuff was stolen so to us it wasn’t worth claiming on insurance to get the money back. That’s assuming we could prove what was in the car.

        So anytime we feel unmotivated we remember the goal. I think because we have purpose I’m the most motivated I’ve ever been.

  3. Tiffany R says:

    Breakfast: Pancakes, bacon from freezer and the last peach
    Lunch: Turkey sandwiches for adults & leftover pizza for kids
    Dinner: Grilled chicken (freezer), zucchini fritters (Jessica’s recipe) & Velveeta mac & cheese (to use up a 1/2 block of Velveeta in the fridge)

    We are just motoring along!

  4. Tracy Morrell says:

    I have been so busy at work that it has been difficult to plan meals around what is currently in the house so the children and I have been eating a lot of pasta and rice, just because it is fast and easy. I am hoping that when I start my holidays next Friday that I will be able to focus on the food we have and stay out of the grocery stores. I find that it takes time to be creative in the kitchen.

  5. Zucchini fritters are yummy – I may add those to our dinner tonight!! (We’ve got one that’s the size of my arm to use up…)

    • I think we need to make another batch here. My mom is coming today and I really hope she’s not bringing zucchini. I still haven’t used all the ones she brought on the 4th. Oy.

  6. Will be doing some shopping today to pick up some fruits, veggies and milk and check out some fun things at IKEA.

    Breakfast – Blueberry Muffins
    Lunch: Leftover meatloaf in sandwiches, applesauce, watermelon
    Dinner – General Tso’s chicken with fried rice

    Snacks- watermelon, rice krispy treats, carrots and dip

  7. We had delicious pasta with creamy sausage sauce and a green salad.

  8. Stephanie M. says:

    Still moving along and doing well.

    B – Large English muffin sandwiches with sausage, eggs, and cheese; (home made sausage mcmuffin with egg). I had six large English muffins so while I was cooking for my husband and myself, I made extras and used up all the English muffins; so now I have these sandwiches in the freezer for a later time.

    L – I skipped lunch. My husband had leftovers. There was one piece of baked chicken Dijon from the other night and leftover bean and beef burrito sauce from the freezer – enough for two small burritos. He calls himself the “garbage disposal.” I personally take issue with that since I don’t think my food is garbage but he always says he’s kidding and that nothing goes to waste. 🙂 Quite honestly, I push all of my leftovers on him since most of them are too high in calories for me to eat. Meanwhile, he’s the one who looks like he’s ready to give birth. We love each other very much; this is just a joke. But he is the quiet one of the two of us in our comedy show and I’m the one with the funny personality; much like Abbott and Costello.

    D – We had ravioli outside by the pool with leftover sauce and meatballs and garlic bread made from a hard roll from the freezer.

    Dessert: I couldn’t eat any more. He, of course, can always eat so he had tin roof sundae ice cream.

  9. Maureen says:

    My son’s birthday party was last night, so it was pizza and ice cream with the boys for dinner. Breakfast and lunch were pantry and leftovers, though. I feel like I’m not getting very far with the freezer items, because there are so many leftovers in the fridge. But, I figure, as long as I’m not shopping, then we are eating food from the house and we’ll get there.

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