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Sunday, January 18, 2015

Update on Winter Pantry Challenge

Pantry Challenge

The challenge has been going on for not quite 2 weeks but I have to take a furlough from it for a week, seeing how I'm not home.
But I think I did pretty well for the 10 days of working on eating just what we had in the pantry and freezer.
Example of some of the meals I made, first meal I took a roast our of the freezer to use in a stew. Seeing how I didn't have any stew meat left, I would just cut up a roast. I used only half of it with some potatoes, onions I grew and some carrots and celery I had in the frig. That lasted us 2 nights. The leftover roast I cooked in my Instant Pot, which I love by the way. 

It does so much more than a average pressure cooker.
Used the meat in Taco's one night, added some to Spaghetti Sauce I had canned and use one of the Spaghetti squashes I had grown. I had a very good year for Spaghetti squash last year.
From one roast had 5 meals.
Made a batch of Butternut soup, Lentil soup and Taco soup which I had most of the ingredients on hand. 
I did have to go to the store and get some fresh veggies and fruits for my smoothies and salads. I spent less than $100 for those days. 
Seeing how it included stuff to use for dishes my daughter and I made for her. She comes over once a month and we have a 
Here is a summary of how I did.

  1. Beef and Veggie Stew (2 dinners)
  2. Beef Tacos
  3. Spaghetti with Spaghetti Squash 
  4. Baked Ham, sweet potatoes, green bean casserole
  5. Vegan Chile (2 dinners)
  6. Butternut Soup
  7. Lentil Soup
  8. Egg, potato, onion, red pepper garbage


  1. I have doing something similar here. We have been eating what is in the house. The pantry was so full why did we have to go to the supermarket. We are into the third week and I have only been out for some essentials. This weeks shop looks like it will be small again. Happy to not waste food. Will shop smarter from now on.

    1. It's a good feeling not to have to go shopping for a lot, like you said just the essentials. Part of my pantry and freezer is filled with stuff put up from the garden. Definitely need to eat that up. Thank you for sharing.

  2. Well done, its amazing how much food we buy that we don't need. One of my new year resolutions was to cut back on the money spent on food and to be fair I have found it quite easy, we now eat all the food instead of throwing so much away.

    1. So true, one little change sure can make a difference and add up in savings. I so enjoy hearing from you. Thank you

  3. What a great challenge! Although I would have to buy veggies...it would be great to start using the stuff in my freezer...thank you for the inspiration!

  4. Your welcome. I too need to buy veggies and a few other necessities. But not much


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