This month, we’re shopping our kitchen in order to use up what we have so we can save money and clear kitchen clutter.
Here we go with Day 4 of the Pantry Challenge, a work day for me, my husband and the college boys, a vacation day for our three homeschooled kids.
One of my Pantry Challenge morning routines is to check the fridge. When I do that on a regular basis, I’m more mindful of what I need to use up or freeze.
Today was no exception. I put the Soupercubes of Mulligatawny into the freezer first thing. Then I was able to verify breakfast, lunch, and dinner plans for the fam. I pulled a few things from the freezer or garage fridge and made mental notes for the day.
It made for a remarkably easy day in the kitchen. I know that I’m due for some more prep today, but I was okay with working in other spaces today instead, namely my desk.
What We Ate
Breakfast – I had a fried egg on avocado toast on Sourdough Rye Bread. I also pulled a bag of Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins from the freezer and they were amazing reheated in the air fryer. Kids had muffins and fried eggs.
Air Fryer Experiment: Our toaster oven (purchased fall 2020) died in fall 2021. The manufacturer replaced the unit, but while we were waiting, I moved our air fryer to its spot on the counter. It has a smaller footprint and does a lot of what I used the toaster oven for: reheats pizza like a champ, bakes rolls and biscuits, and makes great toast. I will see how long before we think we really need the toaster oven, else I will give it away as a gift or donation.
Lunch – The CBs had packed their lunches; Bryan has a bag of Bean and Beef Burritos in the work freezer. The home kids had sandwiches: salami, BLT, and egg salad. I had the last portion of Mulligatawny.
Dinner – Tuesdays are date night, so Bryan and I went out for pizza. The five kids made ramen with fancy toppings.
What I Prepped
I didn’t do much prep work today, but I am due for some time in the kitchen tomorrow. Things I need to do:
- inventory the freezers
- prep veggie dippers
- cook quinoa
- make Easy Quinoa Egg Bites
- adjust the week’s meal plan based on what needs using
How did Day 4 go for you?