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Eat the Pantry

August 4, 2015

I had a friend post on Facebook the other day about how they were doing a pantry and freezer challenge in the month of August—only using a small amount of money to buy fresh goods, and trying to “eat down” the pantry and freezer for the rest.  We’ve been doing the same thing, informally, because of our move—the less we have to move to the new house, the better.

Our pantry isn’t *totally* out of control, but I do have a bad habit of buying slow-cooking items (rice, beans, etc.) in bulk with the thought that I’ll take the time to cook them…and then I end up buying the convenience version of the item (microwave rice, canned beans, etc.) instead when it’s actually time to make dinner.  But anyway, because of this, we have bags of grains especially that I’d like to eat up—quinoa, barley, and TONS of different rice.  I don’t know why a huge bag of arborio rice even sounded like a good idea when I bought it—I mean, we don’t eat that much risotto.


Last night, we also had a lot of chicken leftover from the night before, plus farmer’s market veggies (peppers, zucchini and tomato), so we made a summer sauté of sorts.  I cooked up the rice (so much tastier cooking it in broth…with butter)—it was super easy and only took 45 minutes—why am I so bad about using this stuff?!  The veggies and chicken were also sautéed and seasoned with garlic salt and basil.  Finally, assemblage: rice, veggies and chicken, plus goat cheese on top.  Yum!


Probably not life-changing, but easy and delicious.

We need to clean the house this morning—our realtor’s photographer is coming to take pictures, and then he’s hoping to list it by the end of the week.  Finally!  We’re ready to get this puppy sold.  Just as long as it doesn’t take a year, like our Altoona house….ugh.


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  1. August 31, 2015 2:10 pm

    It may take you a month to eat down the pantry if you organize and include fresh food, but you are more likely to stick with the program and reap the savings at the end of that month rather than in a quick, but more painful two weeks.

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