Sunday, October 31, 2010

Eat From Your Pantry Challenge And This Weeks Menu

Wendy over at Around My Family Table has issued an Eat From Your Pantry Challenge. When I first read about it I thought it was a great idea! What is more frugal than using up what you already have? Always being the type of gal who is up for a challenge I thought I would participate. It will be a great way for me to use up some of the stock pile in my storage room, freezers, and pantry. Here are the rules:
  1. The challenge will begin November 1st and end on November 15th.
  2. Prepare all meals with items found in your pantry, freezer, etc.
  3. You may purchase minimal dairy and fresh produce.
  4. Be creative with your menu.
  5. Post about your experiences and link back to the Eat From Your Pantry Challenge.
  6. Include the Challenge button in your post or side bar.
  7. All participant who follow the rules will be entered for a giveaway!
If you are up for the challenge CLICK HERE for all the details!

I decide if  I was going to cook from my pantry I had better plan out my menu for the week (Yes! Miracles really do happen!)  I have dutifully inventoried (and cleaned out) my pantry and freezer (See this is good for me already...... three miracles in one day!). Here is this weeks menu:

Baked potatoes
Steamed broccoli
Cheese sauce
Baked butternut squash

Potato broccoli soup
Garlic bread
Green salad
(Sunday's leftover potatoes, brocolli, and cheese sauce will be used in the soup. Leftover hoagie buns will be turned into garlic bread.)
Sausage Biscuit Casserole(from Losing It Here)
Cubed pineapple

Mashed potatoes w/ brown gravy
Green peas
Crustless pumpkin pie (from The Frugal Girl)
(Leftover squash will be used to make crustless pumpkin pie.)
BBQ Chicken sandwiches
Sweet potato fries 
Jello with cubed pears(the kiddos love jello w/ fruit in it)

Date Night (Woo Hoo!)
Kiddos get  Corn Dogs and Macaroni and Cheese(from a blue box)

Leftover Night 

The goal this week is to use up all the odds and ends of fresh produce from my Bountiful Basket. If you notice potatoes on the menu quite frequently, it's because I do live in Idaho (we are famous for potatoes!) and my father in law brought us 100 pounds of free potatoes (straight from the fields....WOO HOO!). So, all you brave souls out there in blog land, come join me in my two week challenge! Our pantries and freezers will get cleaned out before the holidays, and our groceries budgets will see a little relief, too!


  1. I love your menu. I just can't get caught up in trying all the new recipes I read about. LOL. Thanks for joining the challenge and linking up! I'm excited for tomorrow...

    Around My Family Table

  2. Yum, this menu looks delicious! I want to make some soups from scratch this fall/winter... never done it before. Do you have your potato/broccoli soup recipe posted anywhere on your blog?

  3. Ms. Oomph,
    This recipe is what I use quite often. It can be adapted to use whatever who have available;plus it's super easy to make!

  4. Way to go! I have loved doing these kinds of challenges before. You can be so creative...if you have to!

    I am excited to read how this goes for you!!!

  5. Thanks so much, reading it now! :)

  6. Oh, wow, you are far too organized. If we ate out of our pantry, we'd be living mostly on breakfast cereal and crackers. =)

  7. I just found your blog through the EFYP challenge and was peeking around a bit. I think that I am going to enjoy following you (I love your canning addiction post)!

  8. Laura L.,
    Welcome! Thanks for coming over for a visit! I always love meeting new friends!



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