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post #41 of 52
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Originally Posted by Attila the Honey
Ok, I have a challenge for everyone -

I need a good hot weather meal to bring to a family gathering tomorrow using just basics. I have many staples - lots of grains, flours, beans, spices, herbs, oils, nuts, a little bit of cheddar cheese, alot of canned foods like corn and tomato products. I can afford to buy a little something - like $5 worth. As for fresh veggies I have very little - onions, potatoes, a yam, a zucchini, kale... I also have TVP, a block of tofu, some tempeh...

Help?

(ps. Since we can't afford to buy FIL a Father's Day present I want to bring him a treat. Problem is it's humid and 90 degrees and I can't see baking cookies or muffins. Any ideas?)
Okay, I know it's a little late, but saturday I had a REALLY great salad made out of all things you have, I think. Here's what was in it

arugala (okay, here's your $5 expenditure)
black beans
little red pepper
little red onion
corn
mexican spices

It was a cold salad, and SO yummy. I will try to make it next time we have a "dish to pass" deal.
post #42 of 52
Attila, what did you make?

I've made a really good corn & black bean salad with corn, black beans, salsa (I'm sure it would be easy to mock one up), and vinaigrette (oil, vinegar, spices, salt & pepper). That's it! Serve chilled.

The leftovers make a good burrito filling, too.
post #43 of 52
I am not proud of this, but...

I ended up using the $ to buy dream whip and instant pudding and I made him a fake strawberry cheesecake pie with a graham cracker crust. he loves that kind of thing and doesn't cook at all so has no idea how easy it is. It went over very well - I decorated it with strawberries.

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post #44 of 52
Quote:
Originally Posted by Attila the Honey
I am not proud of this, but...

I ended up using the $ to buy dream whip and instant pudding and I made him a fake strawberry cheesecake pie with a graham cracker crust. he loves that kind of thing and doesn't cook at all so has no idea how easy it is. It went over very well - I decorated it with strawberries.

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Perfect! No bake, too. Sometimes it's the easy ones that are the best, you know?
post #45 of 52
Thread Starter 

Colossal failure!

I was on such a roll with this pantry challenge, and then, disaster.

Yesterday, I made polska kielbasa with potatoes and pickled red cabbage in the Crock-Pot, but it was so SALTY that no one would eat it.

I was strong, though. I did not order in. I made clam chowder out of tinned potatoes, tinned corn, dehydrated onions, tinned clams and powdered milk. (All of which were given to me by my friend who moved to D.C. I continue to be amazed at the random stuff she gave me.) We ate it with my no-rise yeast rolls, so no one starved. (I was just really saddened to have to bin the other meal, and now I have to think of something to make tonight - the clam chowder was intended for dinner tonight.)

I have pretty much all staple foods, and some chicken breasts and frozen veg in the deep-freeze. Any suggestions would be uber helpful!!
post #46 of 52
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Originally Posted by kathirynne

I have pretty much all staple foods, and some chicken breasts and frozen veg in the deep-freeze. Any suggestions would be uber helpful!!
Chicken stir fry with rice?

Arroz con pollo?

Grilled chicken, veggies and a salad?

(not exactly a healthy meal but a staple comfort food) Chicken breast covered with can of mushroom soup that was mixed with a cup of sour cream topped w/ stuffing. Bake until done 35-45m (depending on thickness of chicken breasts) @ 350 F. The soup and sour cream makes a gravy. The stuffing is crunchy on top and still moist. Always good on a nothing sounds good kind of day.

Cut the chicken into strips and sautee them with chopped onion, garlic and peppers w/ taco seasoning (homemade or store bought). Add a bit of water and a can of your favoite beans. Serve over rice or use it to stuff tacos with.

Gotta run... the baby can't figure how to get out from under the table without bonking his head.
post #47 of 52
Chicken and dumplings! YUM!
post #48 of 52
Thread Starter 

Fete acompli! (pardon my BAAAD French!)

Okay, so I wound up making "Hawaiian" chicken (chicken breasts, Catalina salad dressing, chopped ginger, tinned pineapple, pineapple juice - of which only the chicken breasts were actually purchased by me. ) with rice for dinner last night. Thanks for all of the ideas; they will be making appearances on future menues!

Having someone else's "random" groceries in your kitchen makes a pantry challenge REALLY interesting. : I'm not sure if inheriting a whole bunch of groceries is really saving me money, after all, since I have to buy things I normally wouldn't in order to use them up!
post #49 of 52
Well, Kathyrinne, if nothing else, it's making you cook outside the box, know what I mean?
post #50 of 52
Thread Starter 

Counting down...

Only 2 days remain in the month of June. I would love to continue this challenge into July, anyone else with me?

(We could budget $100 to buy any groceries we need to supplement our current inventory, so we're not eating odd meals like pancakes with mustard for the next 31 days! )
post #51 of 52
*raises hand* count me in!
post #52 of 52
Thread Starter 

July Freezer/Pantry Challenge

There is a July Freezer/Pantry Challenge thread in the "Frugality and Finances" sub-forum of the "Mindful Home Management" forum. Come join us!
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