Pantry Challenge

Have you ever looked at a pantry full of food and thought to yourself, “I have had no idea what to eat”?  Do you head to the grocery store each week even though you have a number of things already at home?  Do you spend more than you budget each week at the grocery store?

Welcome to my pantry!

Over the past few weeks I’ve found myself doing these very things and asking questions like, “What can I eat?” and “Why do I spend so much at the grocery store?”.  The challenge is to take a look at everything in your pantry, fridge and freezer and to live off of it as long as possible.  Some of you may be thinking “Really?!?” but it is so doable.  I know every person is different but I tend to over shop, buying things based on what I’m craving, what’s on sale, or what I think I need.

My fridge

Over the next few weeks, I will need to buy perishables such as milk, eggs, vegetables and fruits but the challenge is to use what is already in my fridge and in my pantry first.  It is going to take a lot of creativity and the use of websites like All Recipes, which allows you to search for recipes by ingredient.  I will keep you all updated with the status of my pantry and look forward to sharing recipes with you all!  Well, lets take a look at my pantry, shall we?

My Pantry

  • Country Choice Multi Grain Hot Cereal
  • Quaker Oats Quick 1 minute (1/2 18oz container)
  • 2 Three Sister’s Dark Chocolate Oatmeal
  • 1 box WW Carmel Latte Smoothie mixes
  • Box of Instant Cream of Wheat (variety pack
  • Go Lean Hearty Instant Cereal with clusters

  • Strawberry Ice Cream Starter (Williams-Sonoma)
  • Flap Jack Pancake mix (Williams-Sonoma)
  • Serendipity 3 Frozen Hot Chocolate (Williams-Sonoma)
  • Duncan Hines Red Velvet cake mix
  • Honey Almond Bundt cake mix (Williams-Sonoma)

  • PB 2
  • PB 2 with chocolate
  • Roasted Almond Butter

  • Pumpkin Curry (Williams-Sonoma)
  • 3 bottles Ketchup
  • Apple Bacon BBQ Sauce (Williams-Sonoma)
  • Pecan Pumpkin Butter (Williams-Sonoma)
  • Honey Dijon Mustard (Williams-Sonoma)
  • Spiced Ketchup (Williams-Sonoma)
  • Balsamic Vinegar (Williams-Sonoma)
  • Shallot and Garlic Mashed Potato Starter (Williams-Sonoma)
  • Marshmallow fluff

  • Chickpeas
  • 2 spaghetti sauces
  • Refried beans

  • Rice Pilaf mix with Lentil
  • African Style Couscous with Saffron
  • Whole Wheat Pasta (1/4 bag)
  • Brown Rice (1/4 bag)

  • Fig newtons
  • Special K protein bars
  • SmartPop Kettle Korn mini bags

  • Raisins
  • Crystal Light
  • Olive Oil
  • Protein Powder

My Fridge

  • Milk
  • Pomegranate blueberry juice
  • Fat free half and half
  • Brita
  • 2 Sobe life waters

  • BL Lime
  • Seagram’s escapes
  • Peach sparkling wine
  • Triple sec
  • Sweet Tea vodka

  • Kraft 2% cheese
  • Feta
  • Laughing Cow French Onion
  • Laughing Cow Blue Cheese
  • Laughing Cow Queso
  • Parmesan Cheese
  • Cream Cheese

  • Carrots
  • Snow peas
  • Baby bell peppers
  • Broccoli
  • Mini heirloom tomatoes
  • Watermelon

  • English muffins
  • Tortillas

  • Eggs
  • Turkey bacon

  • And a LOT of condiments

My Freezer

  • Turkey burgers
  • Ground turkey
  • Veggie sausage patties

  • Garlic naan
  • Asian vegetables
  • Just for one: peas and corn

  • Sweet delights
  • 2 frozen whips

Will you join me in this challenge? What do you think the benefits are are living off your pantry for a while?


5 Responses

  1. I LOVE this challenge. Oh my God…I’ve become a bit of a hoarder it seems and have a stocked cupboard. The thing is I tend to mostly eat “fresh” foods -or refridgerated (fruits, veg’s, meats, dairy, etc.) so always end up emptying that out like a few times a week!

    But I really need to be careful with my money…I should do this too! 🙂

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