Last year I did a Pantry Challenge. It happened because I had tons of duplicates and the pantry was just overflowing with “stuff.” We made amazing progress last year and I wanted to do that again. Our pantry is once again disorganized and overwhelming.
I took three big bags and two boxes of junk to Goodwill (KITTY-FREE!) and it felt awesome to purge it all!
Pantry Dinner #1
The first dinner was a “throw everything together” kind of meal. I found a very large chicken breast in the freezer when I cleaned it out. I made a box of garlic and olive oil couscous from the pantry, mixed in some frozen peas and then Michael cooked up that chicken breast with some shallots.
Pantry Dinner #2
Pan-seared salmon and a Savory Carrot Salad was on the menu. For the salmon Michael heated the skillet and coated the salmon with olive oil. I seasoned with salt, peppers and capers (from the Pantry! Yay!).
He flipped the salmon over until cooked–like 5 minutes or so.
I garnished the salmon with some lemon slices and had the Carrot Salad.
Pantry Dinner #3
Okay. Technically NOT dinner but…. for dessert one night after work I made pudding.
The pantry and freezer are a work in progress. We’ll continue to work through the food in there and try to clear some things out. But we’re making progress!
QUESTION: How often do you clean out your pantry? What creative meals have you made?