We've had several pantry challenge threads here and in other forums. I thought it might be a good idea to run a monthly challenge so we can encourage each other and get ideas to make it work.
For those new to a pantry challenge, it's basically a challenge to “eat from the pantry” instead of buying more food. Focus on what you already have and try to build meals and menus around ingredients you've avoided using or are just sitting in your cabinet unused. Sometimes it may be something that takes time to prepare so you may be pushing it in the back of the cabinet to avoid that time drain. Or maybe it's such a simple ingredient you've had a hard time coming up with what to do with it. A pantry challenge will push you into using those items, clearing out your cabinet, saving on the grocery bill for the month, and help you decide what NOT to buy in the future.
Personally, I'm going to be taking an inventory of my pantry and my freezer to see what is sitting in there unused to get an idea of what I have to work with. Then I can come up with some meal ideas and try to avoid the grocery store.
Anyone interested in taking the pantry challenge?