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The Great Pantry Challenge!

The other day I was standing in front of my open pantry with my typical bemused look, wondering what on earth I was going to make for dinner…..again. I was feeling uninspired and in a rut when it came to cooking. I decided that maybe it was time to shake things up a bit!

So I invited my daughter Britta and daughter-in-law Kaitlyn to come take a look at my pantry and see what they could come up with! I figured that two pairs of “fresh eyes” might see something my “tired eyes” couldn’t see! And boy was I right!

I originally asked them to come up with 5 meal ideas and in less than 15 minutes they had more than TWICE that!

As we were performing this little exercise I realized that this “challenge” could serve a couple of different and useful purposes!


I now have more than a dozen “new” meal ideas to draw on in the coming weeks (that I could share with you!)


By relying almost solely on the ingredients that are already in my pantry I will be using up some of the items that have been in there awhile and need to be used before they expire. Extra benefit……little or no need to go to the store for supplies for a couple of weeks.

So, for the next few weeks I am going to use only ingredients that are in my pantry (and a few refrigerated items too) and forego any trips to the grocery store unless there is a compelling emergency like I need fresh milk or eggs, or it’s a chocolate emergency or something dire like that!

I would love it if you would take the challenge too and together we can get our creative cooking juices flowing again!

To get you (and me) started….below are just some of the meal ideas that we came up with after just a few minutes looking in the pantry. I’m not including actual recipes but I know that if you do a quick internet search for any of them you will find lots of options!

Like I said, this is just a few of the ideas we came up with…..but you get the general idea.

So what do you say?  Are you up for a challenge!?


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