As I was browsing Pinterest the other day I came across a photo about a “pantry challenge” and it immediately sparked my interest. In just the past few weeks I’ve noticed how full our freezer, cupboards and pantry have gotten so this would be a great way to empty them out a bit and get some things used up before they go bad. Besides, I love to purge things in the new year so this is a great way to kick it all off.
I have not grocery shopped since the new year started and now that we’re a week into it, why not try for a month-long pantry challenge! School has been cancelled for the past 2 days because of #stupidcold temperatures so I have no real want or need to bring the kids out shopping right now. I figure it’s a good a time as any to try this challenge.
What is a pantry challenge?
(oh my, I need to triple check spelling of pantry…I keep typing “panty”! and I hate that word, lol)
The basic idea is that you shop from home when planning and making your meals to use up much of what you already have. You do not go out and buy everything brand new. So yep, some meals will probably be very “creative” and I’m guessing they won’t all be the most nutritious meals we’ve ever had but we’ll make the most of it! It’s better than letting food go to waste.
Everybody probably does the challenge a little differently so here are the rules I have set up for myself (and feel free to tweak them for you and your household as needed):
- The only items I will purchase are daily staples like eggs and milk and any ingredients I need to complete a meal designed from the pantry (or fridge/freezer/cupboards).
- I will ensure the kids have enough in their lunches for school since they usually bring their own lunch.
- I will buy gluten free bread and bagels as I need it since I do not eat gluten. If I can go without pretty easily, I will happily do that but if necessary I will buy these things because I’m sure we’ll have plenty of things around that will help create a meal using it.
That’s it – just 3 simple rules.
I will blog pantry challenge updates once per week through the remainder of January and will be sure to share some of the interesting meals I’m sure we will come up with.
Last night we had baked chicken (skin ON, YUM) with rice mixed with a bit of cheddar cheese. Soooooo good! It was super simple and really hit the spot.
I’m looking forward to seeing what we can come up with!
Q. Have you ever tried a pantry challenge?