This year I’m hosting 12 different Grocery Savings Challenges to help us all save money on food costs. This month’s Pantry Challenge is to “eat down the pantry”, to use up what’s on hand before buying more.
Sundays are typically a day when I putter around the kitchen, run errands, and basically chill. It didn’t really turn out to be that kind of day, but I’m not exactly sure.
I spent most of the day in the kitchen, actually.
I got this wild hair to photograph the recipes I was making for our second day of the Pantry Challenge. Photographing food in the old days meant taking a quick snapshot before everyone inhaled the food. Nowadays, it’s a lot more in-depth than that, making recipe prep time stretch to twice and sometimes triple the investment.
I think it took a couple hours to get the Triple Chocolate Donuts from start to finish today. It will only take you about 30 minutes.
Thank goodness my kids are patient.
For breakfast we had donuts, of course, and eggs: scrambled, fried, or hardcooked.
The best donuts were the ones with the mini chocolate chips adhered to the glaze. That’s what I recommend should you make them.
Seems that as soon as I was done with donuts, it was time to make the Creamy Chicken Stuffed Shells. About halfway through that process, I gave up on the idea of taking photos.
Last winter when Ralphs closed, I stocked up on items that I don’t always keep on hand, like jumbo pasta shells. These are super fun to make and very make-ahead.
I cooked an entire box of shells, made a double batch of Marinara Sauce, and made a double batch of stuffed shells. Upon the request of my 17yo son, I added a box of chopped frozen spinach to the filling. A nice way to add more veggies to the meal!
We ate one pan for lunch with some Garlic Green Beans on the side. The rest I packaged up for lunches in single servings. We’ve got four of those packages in the fridge as well as a pint of sauce leftover.
Then I spent some time doing massive kitchen cleaning. I watched some Detectorists while I was at it, so it wasn’t so bad. Since I’ve seen most of that show twice now, I was desperate for something new.
I splurged on a month of Britbox so I can watch Inspector Morse. Never seen that even though we are huge Endeavour fans.
Once the kitchen was clean, my 13yo daughter joined me for meal prep. She chopped veggies for snacks while I baked Cranberry Protein Bread and Protein Waffles. These will go toward our breakfast bar this week. If it lasts. Both baked goods are huge hits around here. And no, they aren’t posted on the site yet. Soon!
I kept dinner simple by laying out meats, cheeses, bread, crackers, and veggies — as well as a little English Pickle I found in the freezer. Pretty apropos alongside Inspector Morse, don’t you think?
So that was the end of day 2. No money spent. Some meals prepped ahead. Not too shabby.