The Pantry Project

August 8, 2008 | By | Comments (3)

100_0648_2 I can’t take it anymore!  My pantry shelves are full, and I don’t even know what all is in there. Because I attend a lot of food shows and seminars, I end up with all kinds of free samples that I forget to use. Or, I took advantage of the "Buy One, Get One Free" promotion at the grocery store and still have the free one left.

So this week my mission is to prepare dishes that will help me use up the ingredients that I have on hand. I know I’ll have to buy some meats and fresh produce, but I’m going to try to limit my shopping to the fresh stuff.

Here’s what I’ve come up with for the week:

2 cans black beans, 1 can beef broth, 1 package brown rice: Easy enough. I’ll make Black Beans and Rice and will probably only need to buy an onion and a bell pepper.

1 jar peanut butter, 1 carton chicken broth, 1 box whole wheat spaghetti: I’m thinking of some kind of Thai noodle dish.

2 containers McCormick’s Crusting Blends, 1 can madarin oranges, 1 can sweetened coconut: I’ll dredge some boneless pork chops in the garlic-lemon-rosemary blend and bake for about 15 minutes. I’ve got a package of broccoli in the freezer and will steam that. Maybe there’s a can of pineapple somewhere in the pantry that I can combine with the mandarin oranges and coconut to make a shortcut ambrosia.

2 cans tuna, 1 box Keebler crackers: I have eggs, pickle relish and mayo in the fridge, so it’s tuna salad and crackers one night this week.  A friend brought us some fresh tomatoes, so we’ll have tomato slices drizzled with balsamic vinegar.

1 can fat-free refried beans: I have some corn tortillas in the freezer and a jar of salsa and some cheese in the refrigerator, so I’ll make bean nachos. Instead of mashing canned pinto beans, I’ll just substitute these refried beans. I’ve got cumin and chili powder on my spice shelf, so this should work just fine.

Dried sweetened cranberries, 1 large carton Quaker Oats, 1/2 box Grape Nuts cereal: I’m in luck here. I don’t have to buy a single thing and I can treat myself to a slice of Cranberry-Orange Bread. I don’t have any buttermilk, but I can use 1/2 cup of regular milk and add 1/2 tablespoon of lemon juice as a substitution.

With these menus, I’ll use 17 items from my pantry, a few ingredients from my refrigerator, plus some staples like baking soda, flour, and vegetable oil. Hopefully I can clear out enough space to stock up again soon.

COMMENTS

  1. Ashley

    You’re my hero, Anne! Keep us posted on how it goes. Maybe even a follow-up shot of your pantry post project?

    August 11, 2008 at 7:55 am
  2. Sheila

    you can always use supercook.com …enter in the ingredient(s) you have and it makes recipe suggestions.

    August 14, 2008 at 8:54 am
  3. Patti

    I don’t usually have an overstocked pantry. But living in Florida I tend to stock up on non-perishables for hurricane season. During holiday food drives I clean out everything I had collected. It keeps my pantry items fresh and the food goes to a good cause.

    August 22, 2008 at 12:17 pm

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