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What's hiding in the back of your pantry? Mine had cranberry sauce and canned whole potatoes. The inspiration for a Thanksgiving-like meal! Baked chicken, mixed veggies, potatoes and cranberry sauce!
My cabinets, pantry and freezer are becoming well stocked!
In the pantry:
On top of the pantry:
These canisters hold rice, teabags and dry beans.
Now I just have to figure out what to cook from what's in there......... and its time to start getting fresh locally grown vegetables such as squash and fresh potatoes! I am very happy to say that I cleaned out and organized my pantry and used a few cans of food that had been in there a while that got lost in the back.
This is what I'm planning for this week:
Meal Number One:
Saturday I was going to slow roast a chicken for our meals that day and thought, "Why not roast two at the same time, using the same electricity and have a couple of meals ready for next week at the same time?". So that's what I did. I put two chickens that were on sale at Food Lion this week for 69 cents a pound in the same roasting pan. I also boiled the necks and fatty pieces to make some broth. After the chickens had cooled, we made lunch and supper for Saturday:
Lunch: Sliced roast chicken, mixed vegetables, whole baby potatoes and cranberry sauce.
Supper: Sliced roast chicken sandwiches.
Meal Number Two:
Hamburger steaks with onions, rice with gravy, left over mixed veggies and cranberry sauce from meal number one,
Meal Number Three:
I deboned the other roasted chicken, placing the meat in a covered bowl in the fridge. I also placed the broth in the fridge in a covered bowl. I will make a chicken casserole or chicken pot pie from this. I'm not sure which recipe I will be using yet, but most of them contain veggies.
A very frugal, easy and filling side dish is to cook pasta in chicken broth. This goes well with chicken dishes, too.
Meal Number Four:
Pork Chops, Corn, Green Beans and Fruit Salad. I have found that if I mix a can of whole kernel corn with a can of creamed corn, it is delicious. Especially, if you use the more expensive white whole kernel corn.
Meal Number Five:
Spaghetti, Garlic Bread, Left over veggies.
Some other options I am considering are: Homemade vegetable soup, chili beans, or lasagna.
I would highly recommend that you look around in the back of your cabinets or pantry to see what's hiding in there. It could be the inspiration for a great meal!