Fruits and Vegetables for the Pantry

Fruits and Vegetables for the Pantry

One of the concerns that my friends always express is how I keep fruits and vegetables in my pantry. They know that I realize that it’s important to ensure that you eat a variety of fruits and vegetables during the course of the day, but how can I possibly apply my pantry principle to provide the fruits and vegetables that my family needs. Obviously, fresh […]

25 Must have spices for your pantry

25 “Must Have” Spices for your Pantry

What are your “must have” spices? Every home cook has certain spices, or seasonings, that they always reach for. These are the dried spices, or spice blends, that absolutely have to be in their pantry in order for them to create meals. I was recently cleaning out my cabinets and discovered that I had many dried spices that I’ve only used once or twice. They […]

Quarantine Cooking: What am I supposed to do with all of these cans?

Quarantine Cooking: What can I do with all of these cans?

Are you one of the people who rushed to the store in a panic when you heard that there might be a quarantine and there was a chance that you would be confined to your home for an extended period of time? Did you, in your haste, fill your cart with cans of food that you don’t usually buy or eat? Now that you’ve blown […]

Baked Oatmeal is an extremely frugal breakfast. Feed 8 for under two dollars.

Baked Oatmeal

I have been making Baked Oatmeal since the beginning of our Pantry Cooking Challenge. It’s my new favorite, pantry friendly, breakfast recipe. I love it fresh from the oven, but I also love that I can make a big pan of this and store it in the fridge. That way, everyone can serve themselves a chunk and reheat it in the microwave. It’s a truly […]

Food Storage Queso Dip

Food Storage Queso Dip

Everyone in my house loves nachos, so trying to make nacho cheese out of canned ingredients seemed like a good idea. I can tell you I’m very glad I did. This recipe has only two ingredients. It’s simple to prepare, and my family loved it. Food Storage Nacho Cheese is a definite winner, and something we might make even when we’re not in the middle […]

Jambalaya from the Pantry

Jambalaya from the Pantry

Jambalaya from the Pantry is a simple recipe. There is more than one way to dress up boxed jambalaya mix, but we chose this method for our Pantry Cooking Challenge. With the exception of a fresh yellow onion, this recipe is made entirely from shelf stable ingredients. I guess that, technically, an onion is a shelf stable item. It’s just not a long term food […]

Tuna Mac and Cheese

Tuna Mac and Cheese Skillet

Tuna Mac and Cheese Skillet has only six ingredients. It’s simple to prepare, and makes a delicious, and simple, dinner from the pantry. This is a great recipe for a beginner cook because it starts with boxed macaroni and cheese. That means that you can make Tuna Mac and Cheese Skillet in record time, and have dinner on the table in under 30 minutes. I […]

Chicken Taco Casserole

Chicken Taco Casserole

Chicken Taco Casserole is a simple, satisfying meal that’s great for a weeknight. The ingredients list for this recipe includes five different cans, so it’s definitely a pantry recipe. I already had some cream cheese, sour cream and cheese in the refrigerator, so I was able to make this Chicken Taco Casserole without needing to go to the store. If things were different, I might […]

Ramen Stir Fry

Ramen Stir Fry

Ramen is the pantry staple of college students, but it can be so much more. This Ramen Stir Fry recipe starts with Ramen, and with the addition of some vegetables and oil, a couple simple packs of Ramen can be transformed into something that feeds the entire family, and gets them to eat their vegetables, too. I have been making variations of this Ramen Stir […]

Chicken Pot Pie

Chicken Pot Pie

Chicken Pot Pie can be made in many different ways. This version was made primarily from cans of food that I found while organizing my kitchen cabinets and determining what was on hand. Challenging times sometimes require a pantry challenge. This recipe for Chicken Pot Pie is perfect to make during a Pantry Challenge, but it’s also simple enough for a weeknight. I posted a […]