Pantry Challenge Day 7 (Summer 2015)

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This is day 7 of our Summertime Pantry Challenge. We’re trying to eat up what we have and not go over budget this month, despite all the craziness we’ve had going.


Oops! I forgot to take a picture. By the time our (late) dinner rolled around, I was too hungry to remember. Sorry!

One of the highlights of the day happened at dinner. As we sat down to a feast, I said to my husband, “Not bad for a pantry challenge, right?” My 11-year old stopped in his tracks and looked at me, “We’re doing a pantry challenge?”

Amen. My friends. Amen.

Also, I will confess to getting In-n-Out Burger at lunch. I skipped breakfast for some reason, so when we didn’t leave church until 12:45, I just couldn’t handle it. Don’t hate me.

Here’s what we ate today:

Breakfast: grapes, apple sauce, English muffins, yogurt

Lunch: hamburgers and fries

Dinner: Grilled Asian Chicken, Fried Wontons, Vegetable Fried Rice.

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  1. My pantry challenge halted abruptly with two pink lines and a trip to the grocery store for food that curbs morning sickness…still trying to eat frugally, just trying to eat what I can keep down! 🙂

  2. Stephanie M. says:

    Today we had to go shopping but not so much for “us” but for our July 4th BBQ which will be only just a few people; nothing big and also for our annual BBQ on August 1st for our friends. I always get as much as I can long before the event so I’m not stuck buying everything at one time. Much easier on the pocketbook that way! We did, however, buy just a handful of things for ourselves which did not add up to much so we are continuing to enjoy wonderful meals with what we have in the pantry and the freezer. And each day I cross off what meal we ate on our list and watch the freezer empty out. Of course, it looks full again now because of what we bought for the BBQ’s but still I don’t think of that as buying needlessly and putting more food in our freezer than we need. I am buying now for two BBQ’s and next week, some of that will be going.

    B – Hubby had a slice of the banana chocolate chip walnut bread that I made yesterday. I had a bowl of the fruit cocktail I made yesterday with some vanilla greek yogurt on top and homemade granola.

    L – Hubby finished the General Tso that I defrosted from the freezer on Friday and I had a ham sandwich.

    D – We had steaks and sautéed crimini mushrooms in a brown gravy sauce. I had also defrosted a freezer bag filled with tomato sauce and 4 sweet Italian sausages that I made a few weeks back. It is enough for two meals so along side the steak, I cooked some spaghetti and served some of the sauce over it. The sausage and remaining sauce with be for tomorrow. Yaa, more stuff out of the freezer!!

    Dessert at night was each of us had another slice of the banana bread.

  3. Breakfast – Cheerios, yogurt
    Snack – watermelon, granola
    Lunch – black bean burger, smoked gouda cheese
    Dinner – beef burrito
    Dessert – he had a cookie, I skipped it and went to bed

  4. Sunday worked out well for us.
    Neither of us ate breakfast before church, but I had put some chicken in the crockpot before we left, and had made twice-baked potatoes the night before. So as soon as we got home, I popped the potatoes in the oven to crisp up a bit, and steamed some broccoli, and lunch was done! Ds said, “Mom, this is better than going out to eat.”
    MOM for the WIN! 🙂
    I made some cheese dip (because the boy is eating every 3 hours these days) for him to eat while I was gone to Bible Study. And he did.
    When I got home, he had leftover BBQ chicken sandwich and baked beans.
    And we’re done! On to week #2!

  5. Crystal says:

    B- I am not even sure what everyone ate, the hubs fed the kids before I woke up. No trip to the store happened, so I assume what they ate was pantry challenge approved. I think I had a piece of toast and yogurt before church, but I dont really remember…
    L- We all had some leftover pizza from last night for lunch. Quick meal after church to feed the kids before nap time. I feel like we are doing pretty good at eating up the leftovers!
    D- this meal was not pantry challenge approved. I went to the store 2 days ago to get 2 big pork picnic roasts, lettuce and some berries. My husband got a smoker for his birthday and before the pantry challenge started, we had invited some family over for dinner this day for some delicious smoked pulled pork. Frozen meat does not work well for this(and I didnt have any bone in pork roasts in the freezer anyway) and I was making a green salad and lemon curd- blueberry parfaits for dessert. My sister and her family brought a few sides too, so I didnt have to get too much stuff, but it definitely wasnt a pantry meal. But it was VERY delicious, and we have some pulled pork in the freezer for another easy meal later in the month. My sister’s kids have a lot of food allergies and this was a meal they could all eat without having to feel like they were missing out on anything, so we were glad we could still do this and have a good time with them. Plus I sent them home with a big bag of pulled pork, and they were super excited about that. It was a fun night and a fun splurge, but we go right back to pantry challenge tomorrow!

  6. LeslieT says:

    This will help you feel better about that little trip to In N Out. After working a long day at Day Camp in nearly 90 degree heat, I was too tired to cook and the teens suggested Chinese food to be delivered. I spent $50 (ack!) on food for the three of us that was really not all that good. We threw out the leftovers this morning. So at least you ate well for little money, and had no waste. No guilt there, girl.

  7. LeslieT says:

    I’m psyched! Today I made 3 mini lasagnas, one for tomorrow night and two for the freezer. Each feeds 2-3 people, which is all I’m ever cooking for around here. I used up 3 jars of open pasta sauce (meaty, marinara, alfredo) some old no-boil lasagna noodles from the pantry, some sliced provolone I needed to use up. Just had to get a container of ricotta, which my teen brought home from the market for me (she works for Instacart as a shopper). Packed ’em in some small foil pans from the dollar store. So kind of a Pantry-Challenge-Meets-Freezer-Cooking kind of day for me. And I only dirtied two small bowls and two spoons!

    • Tastycook says:

      Lots of time in the morning as it was raining ( no rush to get out into the garden) so I made some raspberry/blueberry cream muffins for breakfast. Sour cream in them makes them super light. It used up the open packages of berries that I had upstairs and used most of the sour cream. Finished off the open pack of cheese for lunch. As it was still raining and chilly at supper time, the BBQd chicken ( cooked on the BBQ when hubby had it on anyway on Friday) morphed into chicken curry with rice. Another good day.

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