What will be on your holiday menu? Leave it in the comments! Any food traditions you have to uphold? How do you keep on budget?
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Welcome back to the Eating from The Pantry & Freezer Challenge! Here’s what it’s all about or you can read the post from Week 2.
Here’s my update from last week
I took a little hiatus last week since we had family visiting and we were all over the place! We feasted on burgers, hot dogs, pizza… all the healthy stuff 😉 Needless to say, we still have quite a bit of stuff in our pantry and freezer!
This week should be different so we should be going through quite a bit of stuff.
Getting creative with what you haveleft
At this point in the challenge you may have come to a point where you need to be creative when it comes to using up what you have an abundance of and filling the spaces of those things you wish you could go out and buy.
There are a few great websites out there that will come up with some recipes for the ingredients you already have on hand. All Recipes is one of them. Simply input the ingredients you have and the ingredients you don’t have and it will pull up a list of recipes you could make! Recipe Matcher, Supercook and Ingredient Chef are also good resources!
Here’s what we’ll be eating this week:
Since not many of my planned meals got made last week, you’ll see some recycled meals on this week’s menu.
It’s time to start the Eating from the Pantry & Freezer Challenge!
I told you last week that I’d be sharing my goals and plans, so here’s what I’ve got in mind:
My number one goal is to clean out the pantry and freezers, especially the freezers! It seems like we’re always throwing stuff out because it gets lost for far too long. 🙁
Also, I think it’s important to say to make this challenge your own. Decide what will work best for you to help you clear out your pantry and freezer while still making it a challenge. Maybe this means you won’t be buying any household items (toilet paper, toothpaste..etc) because you really do have enough to get you through until the end of the challenge. Or maybe you realize that you have a ton of stuff to go through so you can actually do the challenge for 5 weeks. Make it yours!
Now, how am I going to make this happen?
I took inventory of our pantry and freezers (and discovered that I don’t have as much meat as I thought)! Here’s what I’ll be working with:
Some shredded chicken
a couple of packs of Ground beef
Plenty of flour, oatmeal, rice, pasta, quinoa
Lots of dried beans and lentils
Lots of frozen fruit (peaches, strawberries, mixed berries, raspberries)
Premade butter chicken and Coconut curry (No one will eat it but me!)
And lots more!
I’m actually quite shocked at how much I found and I’m sure I could do this challenge for longer than I have planned!
Here we are, five days into the new year. How are your resolutions or goals going so far?
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