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04-13-2013 07:48 PM
anneca77

Great idea, thanks!

03-03-2013 10:51 AM
Wolfcat BTW, I use the dough for that recipe to make pizza crusts, too. Instead of forming a ball, roll out on a floured surface. Use flour and some cornmeal to dust the top and bottom. Put in the oven as before but I put a cookie sheet on top of it to keep it flat. I bake for 20 minutes and freeze them until use. We make full sized and mini crusts. Then I put a spoonful of pasta sauce on top, spread it around. I like to put on ham, pepperoni, mixed veggies (even corn and green beans) whatever, top with a handful of cheese, bake until cheese is melty and turning golden. A great way to get rid of leftovers veggies and meats that aren't enough for " full servings".
03-02-2013 04:02 AM
anneca77 What a great bread recipe! I do have a cast iron dutch oven so I will have to look up how to use it for this. Thank you!
03-01-2013 05:51 PM
Wolfcat anneca, I have a simple recipe that I use all the time. You make the dough and you can keep it in the fridge. The longer it stays in the fridge, the more sourdough it is. 3 cups warm water, 1 1/2 tbs yeast, 1 1/2 tbs salt, mix. Add 6 1/2 cups flour. Mix until all the flour is moist. Let it set for 5-8 hours or until the dough collapses. Refrigerate until use. Pull apart a fist size piece of dough. Add flour enough to keep it from sticking to your hands. Work it into a ball. Place on a bread peel dusted with corn flour. Heat oven with a pizza stone or stone tiles to 425 deg. Slide dough into oven with a pan of water. Bake for 30. Done.

I've also seen some good recipes for use with a cast iron Dutch oven.
02-25-2013 03:17 PM
anneca77

I'm so glad I found this thread as I was thinking of doing something along these lines this week!  It's a good excuse to see exactly what's happening in my pantry/cabinets.  We just moved in early December and I think I just tossed everything kinda haphazardly...there could be some interesting items lurking around.  I'm in charge of paying for groceries in our house and I've got a nice sized cc bill to pay off over the next 3-4 months, so I am very motivated to save as much as possible so I can get out of debt sooner rather than later.

 

I've seen a few people post about no-knead bread.  I've never made bread before but am so curious.  Is there a particular recipe people like?

 

A
 

02-25-2013 12:32 PM
emilyfaith

This is such an inspiring thread. Its a good time for me to try the pantry challenge as my husbands job has been so slow lately. Im just worried because im pregnant and focus so much on protein( we have lots of venison in the freezer) and fresh produce. . anyone worried that once the pantry is cleaned out the next grocery bill will be huge? anyway looks like some kind of soup tonight with some no-knead bread. Will try to inventory this week.

02-04-2013 05:11 AM
petersac

I'd be interested in joining this challenge for February too, but will wait to see where it ends up.  Plus I have to take an inventory and that won't happen until Wednesday when I get back from work travel.

02-04-2013 03:52 AM
cynthia mosher

Definitely a good time! Please go ahead and start the thread. Those of us in this thread who still have a ways to go - do you want to go into the new February Challenge thread or continue here? Either is fine. smile.gif

02-03-2013 10:47 PM
MamaArmadillo

I know that we're technically in February, but I'm going to do a pantry challenge (as much as I'm able to) in February! I have had a really hard time building up my pantry/cabinets/freezer, but I also have plenty of item that I don't know what to do with (or don't have enough to make what I consider to be a full meal). We just went grocery shopping on January 31st, so I assume it's a good time to start a challenge!

02-03-2013 09:55 AM
cynthia mosher

Whittling down my list! orngbiggrin.gif

 

dried pinto beans

dried black beans

canned black beans

dried mung beans

barley

quinoa

oats

lentils

brown rice

wild rice

assorted pasta (1 left)

masa harina (still some left)

risotto

pasta sauce (not that great so needs fixin' up)

can of coconut cream

kitchen bouquet

pineapple chunks

currants

almonds

walnuts  (used half)

canned sweet peas

lite fruit cocktail

canned tomatoes

tomato paste (one left)

black olives (half a jar left)

wasabi sauce

lemon grass paste (still some left)

spring roll wrappers

corn meal (lots of it)

canned sweet corn

canned creamed corn

 

To go with this I have:

 

mushrooms

bell peppers

carrots

zucchini

broccoli

lettuce

cucumbers

potatoes

onions

small pumpkin

butternut squash

beets

frozen vegetable ravioli

 

 

Butternut Squash Risotto with a side of roasted vegetables

 

Stuffed Peppers in the crockpot -filled with beans and rice in a tomato sauce

 

Polenta with Mushroom Walnut Gravy 

 

Pasta with Grilled Zucchini and Carrots and a lemon wasabi sauce

 

Cream of Broccoli Soup (made with potatoes) and Black Bean Cakes (this recipe, adapted a bit so I don't have to buy any ingredients)

02-03-2013 09:36 AM
Crunchy*VT*Mom

Making progress.  Lots of spicy stuff left, and its hard to have that stuff day after day.  So it is taking me a little longer than expected.

 

 

 

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Originally Posted by Crunchy*VT*Mom View Post

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My Goal =  Cross Everything off this list. 

Start date  = January 17th, 2013   

 

Canned Pumpkin   1 2 3 4 5

Szechuan Sauce

Thai Curry + Coconut Milk  1 2 3 4 5 6 7

Veggie Stock  1 2 3

Oyster Sauce

Fish Sauce

Yeast Packets   1  2  3 

Sesame Seeds

Champagne Vinegar

White Wine Vinegar

Sherry

 

Fridge & Freezer

 

Pork Chops

Chicken Thighs   1  2  3  4

Turkey Legs in a bag

Turkey Parts in a bag

Ground Turkey   1  2  3  4

Chicken Breasts  1  2  3  4  5 

Peppers in a bag

 

WW Rotini

Refried Beans

Shiitake Mushrooms

Thin Spaghetti 1 2 3

Canned Clams

Boves Sauce

Spicy Bean Sauce

Ham Bone

Zucchini in a bag

Pie Crusts 1 2

Salmon

Cabbage

Pesto

Lentil Hummus

Pork Loin

Pork cut up for Stir Fry

Butternut Squash 1 2

Beef Stew Packet

Sprouting Seeds

Rice Wine

WW Penne Pasta

01-31-2013 03:18 PM
Suryarise

My husband just made a soup with butternut squash, sweet potatoes, carrots, celery, chard, coconut milk, and lentils.  It was surprisingly delicious - not your ordinary pureed squash soup...  And a great way to clean out the pantry!  I think he steamed the squash, pureed it, and added it to the coconut lentil soup...
 

01-31-2013 09:12 AM
cynthia mosher
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Originally Posted by Crunchy*VT*Mom View Post

Please note:  That last statement about not eating white pasta anymore is not a judgemental statement. 

 

White pasta is okay for some families.

 

But we've got type 2 diabetes issues in our family and our doctor recommended cutting out the white stuff.  (sugar, bread, pasta...)

 

I probably should just bag up the stuff we have in our pantry and donate it to the food shelf.

I posted over in in Nutrition about Zero Carb Noodles. Have you tried those?

 

granolamommie, I love how you listed all of your items and then your meal plans. I should have done it that way. Will try to do it next time. We should do this every month!

01-27-2013 05:13 PM
treehugz
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Originally Posted by honeybee80 View Post

Wheat germ is one of those things that sticks around my house FOREVER!  

 

LOL!!  Tell me about it!  I bought a jar for a recipe that called for one tablespoon, then after I made the recipe I discovered another practically full box of it hidden in the back of the fridge!  Who knows how long it had been there... probably from when I made that same recipe last time.  So now I have a box and a jar, minus one tablespoon a piece.  Argh.  Thanks for the suggestions... I'm gonna add it to anything calling for flour and my oatmeal till it's gone.

 

So far I haven't crossed anything off my list... I just can't seem to finish anything off.  So tomorrow I'm going to make succotash subbing the edamame for limas just so I can mark something off.  All my other ideas require going to the grocery story. 

01-27-2013 02:49 PM
honeybee80
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Originally Posted by treehugz View Post

Anybody have more ideas for wheat germ?  Or rice flour??

 

 

You can sub wheat germ for some of the flour when baking (I usually do 1/4 c wheat germ, 3/4 c flour instead of a whole cup of flour).  You can also add some to oatmeal. Wheat germ is one of those things that sticks around my house FOREVER!  

01-27-2013 11:34 AM
granolamommie

Or you could keep it for "Just in case" you never know when you may need it.

01-27-2013 11:33 AM
granolamommie
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Originally Posted by granolamommie View Post

In my pantry-

spaghetti squash

marinara x 2

coconut milk

pumpkin x2

black beans x4

wild rice

brown rice

sourdough starter

flour

potatoes

lentils x 3 bags

tortillas

chickpeas 1 can 2 bags dry

bread

canned tomatoes

 

freezer-

frozen broccoli

frozen cauliflower

soy crumbles x3

flounder

fridge-

eggs

cheese

butter

milk

carrots

oranges

apples

mint

 

 

My plan

tonight- fried rice

tomorrow- lentil soup and homemade bread

Friday- date night so we are eating out

Saturday- homemade baked pasta

Sunday- african peanut soup

Monday- bean burritos

Tuesday- spaghetti squash and marinara with beef crumbles

Wednesday- pumpkin chili

Thursday- fish tacos

Friday- potato crusted quiche

Saturday-  homemade tomato soup and grilled cheese

Sunday-chickpea noodle soup

pumpkin chili is tomorrow, lentil soup is today, tues will be the same as well as thursday.  Wednesday african peanut soup

01-27-2013 11:30 AM
Crunchy*VT*Mom

Please note:  That last statement about not eating white pasta anymore is not a judgemental statement. 

 

White pasta is okay for some families.

 

But we've got type 2 diabetes issues in our family and our doctor recommended cutting out the white stuff.  (sugar, bread, pasta...)

 

I probably should just bag up the stuff we have in our pantry and donate it to the food shelf.

01-27-2013 11:29 AM
JunebugsMom
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Originally Posted by JunebugsMom View Post

Jumping in late here because I'd like to make it the rest of the month without going to the grocery store (except for produce and milk, probably).

 

freezer

stir fry veggies

ham pieces

green peas

kielbasa

corn

turkey bacon

shredded zucchini

cranberries

 

pantry

hard taco shells

dried garbanzos

quinoa

gf pasta

alfredo sauce

regular spaghetti

GF bisquick

white beans

pinto beans

pizza sauce (2)

crab (2) (1)

salmon (3)

black beans

cranberry sauce

lentils

spanish rice mix

GF pizza crust mix (x2)

refried beans

1 butternut squash

potatoes

 

dinner ideas for the rest of the month

1. baked chicken breasts, broccoli, rice

2. California rolls

3. pork tacos

4. lentil soup with ham

5. southwestern chicken breasts

6. white chicken chili

7. pasta with alfredo sauce and peas

8. salmon cakes, corn, potatoes

9. honey baked lentils, rice, swiss chard

10. GF pancakes, eggs, turkey bacon

01-27-2013 11:28 AM
Crunchy*VT*Mom

Yeah, I'm realizing we have this stuff languishing in our pantry because we don't like it all that much.  2whistle.gif

 

We're working through it though.  I'm making a Szechuan chicken dish tomorrow night (kids won't eat that...so I'll have to make something else for them).  We don't eat white pasta anymore...but I can boil up that last box and they'll be happy to get that.  They WISH we still ate white products.

 

We don't eat white potatoes anymore either, but I've got some to make potato soup so I can make a veggie pot pie.

 

 

 

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Originally Posted by Crunchy*VT*Mom View Post

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My Goal =  Cross Everything off this list. 

Start date  = January 17th, 2013   

 

Thin Spaghetti  1 2 3

Canned Clams

Boves Sauce

Canned Pumpkin   1 2 3 4 5

Szechuan Sauce

Spicy Bean Sauce

Thai Curry + Coconut Milk  1 2 3 4 5 6 7

Veggie Stock  1 2 3

WW Penne Pasta

Oyster Sauce

Fish Sauce

Fish Sauce

Butternut Squash   1   2

Beef Stew Packet

Sprouting Seeds

Yeast Packets   1  2  3 

Sesame Seeds

Rice Wine

Champagne Vinegar

White Wine Vinegar

Sherry

 

Fridge & Freezer

Cabbage

Pesto

Lentil Hummus

Pork Loin

Pork cut up for Stir Fry

Pork Chops

Chicken Thighs   1  2  3  4

Turkey Legs in a bag

Turkey Parts in a bag

Ground Turkey   1  2  3  4

Chicken Breasts  1  2  3  4  5 

Ham Bone

Zucchini in a bag

Pie Crusts  1  2 

Salmon

Peppers in a bag

 

WW Rotini

Refried Beans

Shiitake Mushrooms

01-27-2013 09:39 AM
cynthia mosher

Lookie here, justmama - Pomegranate Muffins

 

Here's what I've come up with to make use of my beans: Frijoles De La Olla (Mexican bean stew). I'm going to try this recipe but in the crockpot.

I'm going to top it with a fresh salsa made from chopped onion, bell peppers, grated carrots mixed with chopped canned tomatoes

I think I may actually use up all of my beans! lol.gif

 

canadiangranola, for that veggie rice noodle soup dish,  can I use a can of coconut cream instead of coconut milk? 

01-26-2013 09:18 AM
justmama

No time for a true post as I'm running out to the grocery store for fresh stufff(less than $30 left for the last few days of the month but $30 should be MORE than enough) but I wanted to ask.  Half of a pom left too long in the back of the fridge that's starting to look sad and drying out.  Kids won't eat the seeds now unless I put them in something.  Short of yogurt, pom seeds, granola parfaits does anyone have thoughts?  Baking thoughts maybe?  Can I bake them in muffins???

01-26-2013 05:56 AM
treehugz

I'm planning to try these Bird Seed Energy Bars to knock out some of the pumpkin and flax seeds and the wheat germ...

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/bird-seed-energy-bars/detail.aspx?event8=1&prop24=SR_Title&e8=Quick%20Search&event10=1&e13=A%3aSearch%20Results-List%28control%29

 

Anybody have more ideas for wheat germ?  Or rice flour??

 

If you're still looking for a way to use those butternut squash, they make a great substitute for mashed potatoes as a side dish and as a topping for shepherds pie.  Just roast halves face down in 1/2" of water for 40 minutes at 400 degrees.  Scrape out the pulp, and mash in some butter and salt (and I like a little cumin).

01-25-2013 05:57 PM
dbsam
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DBSAM......

 

 

My favourite! Make a broth with some veggies and throw in some chicken if you wish. Add rice noodles at the end, a can of coconut milk and the green thai curry paste. Yum!!!! We love it. We often add the curry paste at the table in bowls so that the kids who dont love the curry spice just have coconut milk noodles with veg.

Adding the curry at the table is a good idea - my husband is not a fan of curry but he is a nice guy so he eats anything I make.  We are vegetarian so no chicken...but it sounds like a quick and easy recipe.  One of the reason these ingredients end up unused in my pantry is I have plans for a recipe and then it seems too involved and I never make it.  I like quick and easy.

Tonight I ordered out - Mexican food.  But this weekend I am making some of these recipes.

01-25-2013 05:53 PM
dbsam
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Originally Posted by treehugz View Post

 

I love to make tempeh reubens... I use a recipe where you fry the tempeh in tamari and make dressing from tofu, but it's similar to this:

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/tempeh-reuben/

 

I also have a great soup recipe somewhere that uses sauerkraut if I can find it.

Thank you!!

I have a bunch of tempeh in the freezer but I am not sure it is still good.  It is past the expiration date...but it might be fine.  (One of those things I bought and then was not sure how to use.  I didn't like the dishes I made but your link looks good.)  I also have tamari in the fridge. 

 

Thanks for the soup recipe too.  My grandmother made a sauerkraut and mushroom soup every year on Christmas eve but I had forgotten about it until you mentioned soup.  Her recipe had similar ingredients but was sort of thin...yours looks more hearty.  I will try it.

01-25-2013 05:30 PM
canadiangranola

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Originally Posted by dbsam View Post

Thank you for this recipe!  Some of my pantry challenge items are brown rice, tomatoes (mine are chopped but I think it w/b fine) and coconut milk. This recipe will use up some of those.

 

I was unable to access the supercook.com site mentioned above but will try again later.  I am hoping I can make something using some of these items: rice noodles, coconut milk, kaffir lime leaves, green curry paste, and sriracha.  (I had meals in mind when I purchased each of these items...but now I'm not sure what they were.)

 

DBSAM......

 

 

My favourite! Make a broth with some veggies and throw in some chicken if you wish. Add rice noodles at the end, a can of coconut milk and the green thai curry paste. Yum!!!! We love it. We often add the curry paste at the table in bowls so that the kids who dont love the curry spice just have coconut milk noodles with veg.

01-25-2013 05:27 PM
canadiangranola

Didnt read all the replies, but I always cut up a butternut squash into small chunks and add it to homemade soup. It breaks down and with a bit of a stir, really helps thicken the soup nicely (with the side effect being the kids dont even know its there. :)

01-25-2013 03:36 PM
treehugz

Found it... it's called Hungarian Sauerkraut Stew with Mushrooms and Barley in 365 Ways to Cook Vegetarian.  My husband said it sounded disgusting, but then we really liked it.  It's similar to this one but has an apple, potatoes, poppy seeds, and sour cream:

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/sauerkraut-soup-i/

01-25-2013 03:23 PM
treehugz
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Originally Posted by dbsam View Post
Does anyone have vegetarian recipe ideas for sauerkraut?   I have two 32oz jars.  My children used to like it plain but no longer like it so I need to find something to do with it or donate it to the food pantry.  TIA 

 

I love to make tempeh reubens... I use a recipe where you fry the tempeh in tamari and make dressing from tofu, but it's similar to this:

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/tempeh-reuben/

 

I also have a great soup recipe somewhere that uses sauerkraut if I can find it.

01-25-2013 03:19 PM
treehugz

Okay, I'm in... need to clear out some oddball stuff that never gets used and some things dh bought in bulk...

 

wheat germ

corn bread mix

garam masala (not sure why we have 3 jars!!  MUST organize the spice cabinet)

egg noodles

tomato sauce cans (dh bought a whole big box of 'em)

bulgur

flax seeds

coconut flakes

dry pintos (I think dh got a 5 gallon bucket for some reason... good grief)

pineapple chunks (another big box)

frozen pumpkin

frozen persimmon

frozen edamame

white rice

pumpkin seeds

wheat bran

wheat berries (I do sprouted bread when I'm motivated)

wild rice

rice flour

 

Not sure where to start.  I need to dig through the fridge too, but eek!  It's scary back in those corners!

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