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 […]

A pan of baked ziti fresh from the oven. Creamy melted cheese is on top with noodles coated in a salmon colored sauce are visible underneath.

Easy Baked Ziti

Baked Ziti is one of those classic Italian-American dishes that’s available in almost every Italian style restaurant I’ve ever visited. This easy version is perfect for our pantry challenge because, except for the cheese that you put on top, it’s made completely with shelf stable ingredients. This version of Easy Baked Ziti is vegetarian, though you could add some cooked Italian sausage to the pasta […]

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 […]

Food Storage Fudge

Food Storage Fudge

You’re probably thinking “Food Storage Fudge? Is Patti Cake Crazy? You may be right. I may be crazy, but Food Storage Fudge may be just what you’re looking for. (Did anyone catch what I did there? Can you name that tune?) Each of these recipes can be prepared using shelf stable ingredients. That’s why I’m calling this post “Food Storage Fudge.” I realize that it […]

Taco Skillet

Taco Skillet

Taco Skillet is a simple, one-dish, meal that’s perfect for a busy weeknight. There’s no chopping, or dicing, to prepare this recipe. I must confess, though. I did opt to serve it with a salad on the side, so I did some chopping while everything came to a boil and simmered on the stove. Taco skillet was a big hit with our family, and I […]