Challenge: Use items from pantry

by Katrina - The Organised Housewife

With Christmas and school holidays around the corner, soon you will be buying snacks and yummy Christmas goodies.  So I’m sure you’ll love this weeks challenge. 


Do you shop and buy random products thinking you will use them one day but just don’t get around to it….I challenge you to create a weekly meal plan using all these items to make extra room in your pantry/freezer for all the Christmas/holiday food. 

  1. Have a look through your pantry/freezer and take note of food items you can use to create more room.  Do you have too many can’s of tomato’s, cake mixes, taco shells, baked beans etc.
  2. Create a meal plan, using the items you found in the pantry/freezer.
  3. Simply use these items during the challenge week.


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Kym Paddock November 19, 2010 - 6:13 AM

Hi Karina – just wanted to let you know I have popped on over to project patches and DEFINATELY like them – planning on ordering the babushka project. I am midway through my weekly planner from the pantry/freezer so here I will share:

Spaghetti and Meatballs – Pantry: dried pasta, beef stockcubes, jar of passata, tomato paste, red wine (I keep a bottle of cheap plonk for cooking), dried herbs. Freezer – one leftover frozen hotdog roll that I broke up and soaked in milk, mince.

Chicken Quesadilla – pantry – burritto wraps, portuguese spice blend, olive oil, lime juice from a squeezy pack, red/green peppers. For the grownups I also add some chopped up jarred jalepenos and the brine. Serve with jar of salsa, avocado and a green salad.

Apricot Chicken – Pantry items include tinned apricots, apricot nectar and french onion soup mix.

Lentil Soup – pantry items – red lentils, chicken stockcubes, jar of passata, dried herbs. Freezer is bacon.

Tuna Patties- pantry – stale bread to make bread crumbs, tinned tuna, dried herbs.

Also do loads of baking which all comes from the pantry – just made a Red Velvet cake tonight for my sons school fete! Flour, butter, sugar, vanilla, coco, red food colour, milk, bicarb and vinegar, topped with a cream cheese frosting. Hope you like my planning as I'd love to win the challenge, and also to let you know that since I discovered your page 2 weeks ago I now have a very organised pantry and other areas much improved! Thanks!

Alicia Ilievski November 22, 2010 - 4:57 PM

Love all your challanges….I thought I was pretty good using most of the stuff in my cupboards as I went but on closer inspection I havent been all that good. I have given the freezer a great clean out.

Whilst cleaning out my cupboard I stumbled upon my piping ball (Tupperware) I had never used it before. I also had some frosting mix so I got creative and gave the piping ball a try. Id been so scared before but it was really fun.

Thank you for making me step outside my comfort zone. Im hooked!!

Jill November 23, 2010 - 7:13 AM

Hi Katrina jsut went and like project patches they have gorgeous stuff. This challenge was sent for me, I honestly think I could make all our dinners for a week out of my pantry and fridge. I had a hidden box of tacos still in date, about 4 bags of pasta , lots can veggies. I love this challenge thanks again. I am sure my purse will enjoy it with Xmas around the corner

Beck Salmon November 23, 2010 - 7:16 AM

Hi Katrina, I love project patches, such cool stuff, am going to take a closer look tomorrow. 😀 I'm afriad this challenge was hard for me as I dont have much excess stuff because I keep my pantry well planned, but I found I have made a collection of cocconut milk and have made chicken Korma on the weekend and it was a big hit. Also I am about to make cupcakes tomorrow to start using my cocco powder… I'm a bit embarressed to say but I have 3 unopened packets hidden away in the pantry. I still dont know how I missed them 😀 scary really.

Thanks for helping me get my other stuff back in order 😀

Heather November 25, 2010 - 8:39 AM

What a great challenge, I thought I was really good but decided to give it a clean and wipe out and found some things I did't know that were there.

My meal plan

Chicken and Asparagus pie – can of asparagus soup (not sure why I bought it or when. Leftover pastry for apple turnovers too

Beef and red wine casserole

Chilli prawns and mussels

Chilli con-carne (made double for tacos the next night)

Chicken cacciatore – Tomato soup + can of mushrooms

Salad with dukkah

Sausage rolls made from sausages in the freezer

Chocolate spiders – chocolate, changs fried noodles, almonds and peanut butter

Apple turnovers

Also had a cheese platter with all the old crackers from last years hampers

Everything was from the fridge/freezer or pantry except the fresh food. Cheapest food bill ever!

I just wanted to say I love your page and my life is becoming much more organised. I'm a liker to both pages on facebook


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