If you’re just checking in for the first time visit the previous posts (below) for more information about the 2013 Good Cheap Eats’ Pantry Challenge.
Day 1: Garlic Pasta
Day 2: BBQ Ribs with Potatoes & Leftover Garlic Pasta
Day 3: Stuffed Peppers with Sausage & Salad
Day 4: Fend For Yourself Night (a.k.a. Canned Soup Night)
Day 5: Freeze Ahead PB&J Sandwiches & Freeze Ahead Orange Cranberry Muffins
Day 6: Hamburger Helper
Day 7: Chicken Pot Pie
Day 8: Buffalo Chicken Dip
Day 9: Baked Chicken, Steamed Broccoli & Au Gratin Potatoes
Day 10: BBQ Ribs (from Day 2), Green Beans, Potato Salad & Homemade Garlic Bread
Day 11: Taco Night
Whew! It’s been a rough couple of days at our house. I’ve been down for the count, but thankfully my wonderful husband made sure to grab pictures of our dinners for when I felt up to blogging again! Thanks for your patience ladies!
Day 12: Homemade Cheese Pizza from Not Your Mother’s Make Ahead & Freeze Cookbook
Ingredients from Pantry: Olive Oil, Sugar, Flour, Salt, Active Dry Yeast, Diced Tomatoes, Basil, Oregano, Red Pepper Flakes, Tomato Paste, Parmesan Cheese, Parsley, Garlic Powder, & Thyme
Ingredients Purchased: Cheese & Garlic
Recipe: I used 4 recipes from the cookbook listed above: Basic Pizza Dough, Tomato & Herb Pizza Sauce, Easy-Peasy Cheesy Pizza & Parmesan Herb Blend
Food Grade: A+ (Yummy!)
Yes, everything in this cookbook is made for freezing!
(Not only did we make dinner but we also had enough for extra to put in the freezer.)
Day 13: No Bake Cookies
Ingredients from Pantry: Quick oats, chocolate chips, butter, peanut butter & milk
Ingredients Purchased: None
Food Grade: A+ I’ve basically devoured ALL of these in the last 2 days.
Freezer Friendly?: Yes, cookies are great for freezing and taking out one or two at a time. Now if only I could convince myself to not eat all of them before they hit the freezer.
Day 14: Hamburger Helper
Ingredients from Pantry: Hamburger Helper
Ingredients Purchased: Burger Meat
Food Grade: B-, let’s face it… it’s not the tastiest meal in the world but this month isn’t about always making gourmet meals, it’s about saving money.
Freezer Friendly?: No
Day 15: Grilled Chicken Salad
Ingredients from Pantry: Croutons, Onion & Salad Dressing
Ingredients Purchased: Chicken & Spinach Leaves
Food Grade: A
Freezer Friendly?: Yes and No. Chicken can be frozen, but salad not so much.
Day 16: Tacos (Night 2)
Ingredients from Pantry: Taco Seasoning & Salsa
Ingredients Purchased: Cheese, Taco Shells & Lettuce
Food Grade: A+
Freezer Friendly?: Yes and No, taco meat can be frozen OR tacos minus the lettuce can be frozen.
How is your family’s pantry challenge going so far? Leave us a comment of your successes and challenges in the comments below.