Raiding the Pantry

and the freezer and the garden.

There is about a week until payday and our food supplies are getting quite interesting. You know the strange combinations of foods left in the cupboards and the freezer right before it is time to get groceries (help me out folks, please tell me I am not the only one). This week’s menu will revolve around the strange foods that we have left in our house, but I will try to make them as interesting as possible.

Here is the list of foods (this may not be a complete list, but I am going from memory here):

  • canned baked beans (at least 4)
  • canned cranberries (tons)
  • elbow noodles
  • spaghetti noodles
  • pasta sauce (2 cans)
  • tomato sauce (1 can)
  • rice (tons of rice)
  • frozen berries
  • frozen rhubarb
  • frozen fruit lax (don’t ask! and no we didn’t need it, it was given to us)
  • a case of frozen hot dogs (yes, you read that right and no, I didn’t buy it)
  • a case of canned salmon (no, I didn’t buy this either and it makes Jonah sick so we never use it)
  • a big jar of sauerkraut (no idea where this came from)
  • a huge bag of flour
  • a huge bag of oats
  • a huge bag of white sugar
  • frozen bread
  • onions
  • peppers
  • tomato juice (several large cans)
  • canned pineapple (at least 2 cans)
  • pomegranate jam (who thinks of these things?)
  • fresh beans from the garden (just enough for munching)
  • fresh swiss chard (not enough for a whole meal yet)
  • fresh spinach (maybe enough to put on pizza or throw in pasta)
  • popcorn (but no oil)

So, given this odd assortment of food, what would you make? (I’m just curious). Keep in mind that we cannot use eggs, dairy, mushrooms, or nuts in our house.

Here is my list of ideas of what to make for this week (it is fun getting creative!):

  • oatmeal for breakfast everyday (for the next six months, the bag was huge)
  • stir fry (onions, peppers, hot dogs, with noodles on the side)
  • pizza bread (hot dogs, tomato sauce, pineapple, bread)
  • salmon loaf (Jonah will have to sit this meal out)
  • spaghetti (hot dogs, peppers, onions, sauce)
  • salmon on toast (another meal for Jonah to sit out)
  • rice and baked beans (I will sit this one out, I don’t like beans)
  • macaroni and baked beans
  • hot dog pasta bake (hot dogs, pasta, onions, peppers, sauce, baked in the oven)

That should keep me going for the week. I am really curious to see if you can come up with some creative ideas for me.

Oh, and just for the record, if I could buy a limited amount of food right now, it would include these things:

  • a jug of oil
  • margarine
  • more fruit
  • more veggies

I will be linking this post up with Menu Plan Monday.

4 thoughts on “Raiding the Pantry”

  1. We cooked cinnamon oatmeal pancakes from this link:

    It was awesome! (It does call for egg whites, but I’m hoping that you will have some type of alternative for this.) My husband actually said it was better than the pancake mix I had been using, and we are looking at cooking up batches and freezing them for later. Someone in the review section recommended using pineapple instead of syrup–something else still in your pantry!

    1. Hi Leann,

      Thank you for sharing the recipe with me. It looks interesting and could be adaptable. How much oatmeal is in those little packets? I would have to sub out the eggs and dairy but it could work. I wonder how it would cook without oil in the no stick pan?


  2. Urgh … we have fun weeks like that and, yes, it’s interesting what you find!

    I have a suggestion for the baked beans, onion, sweet pepper and tomato puree. (This is good on rice or potatoes, or even just toast).
    Roast the peppers under the grill until blackened. Pop into a paper bag, or onto a plate with a teatowel to cover, and let sweat. Then peel and chop (I finely shred).
    In a frypan/saucepan, cook up some onions and garlic (if you have any) … use water if you don’t have any oil, or a small amount of the tomato puree.
    Add in the now cooled and chopped sweet peppers, plus the baked beans and some of the puree until desired texture.
    I usually add in some paprika and fresh herbs, too, or even a dash of chilli. If you can spare some of the silverbeet, shred that in for some veg. content too.

    Just an idea … that may prompt some other ideas. (smiles!)

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