Checking in on the Pantry Challenge #1
January 10, 2011 By 3 Comments
How’d you do this week with the Eat from the Pantry/Freezer Challenge?
I originally had these four goals for the challenge:
1. Try new from scratch baking recipes (pita bread & corn tortillas)
. 2. Use meat from the freezer (especially beef soup bones)
. 3. Use up some of the frozen Okra I have in my freezer
. 4. Try at least one new recipe each week (bacon pizza, taquitos, beef & barley soup, grapefruit salad)
I’m happy to say that I fit all four goals in! I tried a new muffin recipe and used frozen apples from my freezer; I used up some meat from my freezer: barbacoa beef that we ate in burritos, a chicken, and a pork roast; we ate okra one night; and, I tried one new recipe: Honey, Mustard & Rosemary Pork Roast. It was YUMMY! A friend gave me a bag full of fresh rosemary and I didn’t know what to do with it until googled “honey, rosemary, pork roast.” I also used my last scone packet, and most of the homemade pancake mix I had in the freezer as well. I’d call that a successful week even though I did buy a lot of hummus for my freezer and we didn’t follow my menu plan exactly. I did not make the pizza or the chicken pot pie so I’ll keep them as ideas for later.
Here’s what I originally had planned for this week:
Jan 10 – leftovers or dinner out (I’ll probably make the bacon pizza instead)
Jan 11 – Crockpot chicken with black beans & salsa over rice (Thanks Robin!)
Jan 12 – Bean burritos, guacamole & chips
Jan 13 – Beef & barley soup, crusty bread
Jan 14 – Pizza night, Chi-Chi salad (This will probably change)
Jan 15 – BBQ pork, homemade buns, pasta salad
Jan 16 – leftovers or dinner out
I have new goals this week:
1. Eat up the drawer full of grapefruit
2. Use the beef soup bones
3. Eat frozen okra again
4. Try one new baking recipe again
My kids were the biggest obstacles. One day for lunch I made grilled cheese sandwiches with provolone cheese instead of the normal cheddar cheese (because that’s what I had!). You’d think I was trying to get them to eat sand. They also griped about the black beans I served with our Mexican food, instead of the normal pinto beans (again, because I had black beans in the freezer). When we had those beans the next day as leftovers for lunch, though, they were Ok with them…They were really looking forward to the bacon pizza, but we went out instead. Of course, they didn’t gripe about that!!
How did you do??? I’d love to hear!