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I'm using up the little smokies sausages in fridge by dumping them in crockpot with BBQ sauce. Will serve over rice, with a side of something green.

Pantry items used:
- Little smokies
- BBQ sauce
- Rice
- Spices and dried chopped onion

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Carol Thanks for the post. I sent it to my daughter who is getting 10 days of company and has to work all day! It's perfect!

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Nothing tastes as good as how being thin feels.

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Here's a great pantry recipe. You can make it healthier by substituting something else for the pepperoni, if you like.

Pizza Penne Bake Recipe
www.onedishdinners.com/2011/04/pizza
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The ice cube tip sounds great. It works for so many things!

Today I have cabbage, sausage, and red beans in the crockpot (finally). Will add tomatoes+ to make soup. Had to cook the red beans twice. Threw them out the first time, because our rental house's stove is broke and I never did see them boil in the crockpot, even on high. So I took some to a friend's house and boiled them on the stovetop there for 10 mins. This crockpot soup is specifically to use up pantry items.

I also thawed a roll of hamburger and am baking hamburgers in the toaster oven today. Another pantry item used up . . .

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About the adobo peppers, Rachael Ray has tip to take the whole can (deseed it some if necessary for your tastes) and run it through a food processor/mini chopper and then freeze as is either in ice cube trays or one chunk that you can break off as much as you want in the future. I haven't tried it yet.

I am making a very simple dish with cabbage and kielbasa tomorrow to use up the cabbage from our csa. I found it in a low carb cookbook but will probably add potatoes to bulk it up a bit.


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Great idea! Also I could do the same with ground beef tacos. I have browned ground beef, plain, in the freezer to use up . . .

Earlier tonight I used up two bottles of salad dressing (these were definitely free with coup as I make my own dressing). I took a bag of chicken breast out of the freezer. I had bought them on sale as split breasts, deboned them, and froze them. I put 3 breast halves in a bag with Italian dressing, and 3 in a bag with raspberry vinaigrette dressing. I don't have a grill so I'll batch bake both at once in separate pans in the oven tomorrow. Uses up freezer chicken & 2 bottles of dressing. I can cut them into strips over salad, or, serve with a couple veggies for dinner.

I have some of that unhealthy smoked rope sausage (Ekrich, Hillshire Farm, or similar) that I need to use up. I'll never buy it again. I only use from-scratch stuff, no processed, usually. I don't remember the story how I got these - free with a coupon? Even free with a coupon, I won't buy them again in the future.

Anyway; I have some cabbage so was planning to make the crockpot soup that has red beans, canned tomatoes, sausage, cabbage, a splash of apple cider vinegar, and anything else your family likes (garlic, onion, celery, seasoning to taste, etc).

But now I found this recipe and am debating between the two. The soup has the added benefit of being fuss free in the crockpot. However, this one is a really good Pantry Challenge recipe, as well. I would substitue my sausage for the kind called for, skip the sour cream, and I have everything else on hand:

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SAUSAGE SKILLET DINNER
www.nancyskitchen.com/2011Recipes/Ju
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sausage-skillet-dinner-recipe.html

1 pound bulk sausage
1/2 cup green peppers, chopped
1/2 cup chopped, onion
1 cup raw elbow macaroni
16 oz. tomato undrained tomatoes
8 oz. tomato sauce
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tsp. chili powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup sour cream
grated Parmesan cheese

Cook first 3 ingredients in skillet until sausage is browned, stir to separate as it cooks, drain well. Stir in the next 6 ingredients. Cover, reduce heat and simmer 20 - 25 minutes. Stirring occasionally. Stir in sour cream. Heat through. Sprinkle with cheese. Serves 6. Kate in Texas
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If anyone has a family favorite smoked rope sausage recipe that's good for Pantry Challenge please post it.

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Try using this with Chicken. I use chipotle with chicken tacos all the time. This may be something that you can use it with other than beef.

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I needed a way to use up a chuck roast in my freezer. That would go well with summer.

The last time I opened a can of chipotle peppers, and used only one leaving worlds leftover, I bagged them and the sauce in individual snack bags, and put the snack bags in a freezer bag and froze them for future use. It turned out to be about 3 1/2 peppers per bag.

So I decided to combine them and make chipotle flavored roast. Today I shredded the cold meat, I already made a quesadilla with it and it was delicious.

With the beef broth and chipotle peppers, I blended them and stored the chipotle sauce in the fridge. Not sure what I'm going to do with it. I think it would make really great flavoring . . . in something. Kind of like homemade Tabasco without the vinegar component. Add to sour cream; add to mayo; add (a little) to soup.

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Thanks for the recipe link Carol!

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In the next 10 days' menu plan I'm using up the following Pantry Items:

oatmeal
dried beans
rice
bulgur wheat
pasta
canned tomatoes
canned green chilies
canned salmon
canned albacore tuna
*smoked sausage
*Jiffy corn bread mix

*will never buy again

FREEZER:
Chicken
Crock pot BBQ beef
Ground beef, browned
Ground beef, hamburger patties
Ham, cubed
Blueberries
Sourcream turkey enchiladas

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CAROLFAITHWALKR's Photo CAROLFAITHWALKR Posts: 15,915
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Pickled Beets Recipe
www.thespicehouse.com/recipes/pickle
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beets-recipe


I don't know about the salsa.

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Basil and zucchini are gone with just a bit of pesto left. Still didn't blanch the snap peas or cabbage. I really need to do that today. Trying to find something to do with the beets. DH doesn't really like them but I do occasionally. Hmmm...Carol, those refrigerator beets sound good. I will have to look for a recipe. I wonder if he might like pickled beets since he seems to like anything with a bit of vinegar. Tonight's dinner will use up the carrots from our last pickup, some of the potatoes, and at least part of the head of cabbage.

I didn't end up making my planned dinner last night. It was just too hot to even sound good. Ended up going to Subway after my late appointment to get us cold sandwiches. I probably should of made pasta salad earlier in the day but I just wasn't feeling up to it. I'm using up the last of the CSA tomatoes and cucumber today for lunch. I still have some other tomatoes in the fridge and another cucumber as well so will have to decide if I am going to make another batch of salsa. I have the ingredients so I probably should. Has anyone frozen fresh salsa?

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I have used up all the pheasant that hubby is ok with - he doesn't want to use it all. I also cooked up some pastor meat for tacos and shrimp. We had one of the frozen pizza's after driving 10 hours sunday - but I only had 1 1/2 pieces.

I am doing Dukan now so need ideas for protein. Going to check the freezer now! OK - the good news is that I have used up all the lean protein except fish, chicken and shrimp! The rest has to wait until I can have more carbs. One vegie days I need to eat up some squash I froze last summer, but that is about all!

Edited by: DRS510 at: 8/3/2011 (10:13)
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Nothing tastes as good as how being thin feels.

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Oh I want to do CSA so bad! I love and am envious (not really) of your bok choy, cabbage, and Swiss chard! Also the sugar snap peas . . . yum-mo!!!

I am doing good on using up what I have. Sometimes I have to rethink things: I just cooked a rotisserie chicken carcass (a gift from a friend), made broth and strained the bones out, picked out the meat, and made chicken soup out of it. Also used up 3 frozen chicken breasts in it (yay!). I didn't have celery so used green beans; I didn't have potatoes so used rice. It turned out great though!

Instead of canned Salmon Salad on wheat, I'm using pasta instead of bread so I'm making Salmon Pasta Salad.

It's kind of like a game, creatively making the substitutions.

But I love hearing about your CSA stuff. When I get a job, I'm DEFINITELY doing CSA the following spring! Wanted to do it this year; but nope.

Beets, yum, I'd make refrigerator spiced pickled beets. Basil is not for me . . . I do cook with the flakes out of the shaker, LOL, in Italian.

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I really need to get back to using up the pantry items and planning meals. We have a biweekly share in a CSA this summer and I didn't do that great using the items up last pickup. This week's pickup had some items that I think will be easier to use up but I need to spend some time blanching some sugar snap peas and Chinese cabbage for the freezer this weekend. I used a basic method to freeze our Swiss chard from the first pickup but since we don't really seem to like it I swapped our share this pickup for another bunch of basil.

So my goal tasks for this weekend are to blanch and freeze the sugar snap peas and cabbage. My other one is to plan this week's meals to use up some beets, basil, bok choy, and salad turnips.

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Thank you! I hope more hunters post their family fav recipes, can never have too much variety and new ideas.

Here is how Erin is doing with her pantry challenge:
www.5dollardinners.com/2011/07/pantr
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challenge-shopping-update-penzeys-spR>ices-kroger.html


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Done! posted a crock-pot recipe for pheasant!

When Jesus takes your hand, He keeps you tight. When Jesus keeps you tight, He leads you through life. When Jesus lead you through life, He brings you safely home. ~ Corrie Ten Boom ~

Nothing tastes as good as how being thin feels.

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If you have any crock pot pheasant recipes I hope you will post them on the team's Poultry Thread:

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CAROLFAITHWALK - Wow thank you for the sweet note on my page and the goodies! What a wonderful surprise today when I got home.

On the beef, not exactly sure - we put it all in our deep freeze at the office, but it didn't take up the whole thing. there were probably a couple of boxes of meat or so. Your freezer might fit it all. If not - maybe you could find a friend who would buy whatever doesn't fit in your freezer, or can it!

I have lots of pheasant! Another favorite way I make it is marinade in a mix with olive oil, lemon, anchovy paste, Worcestershire sauce and garlic. Then grill.

I have been having so much fun with the pantry challenge! I made two salads I wouldn't have thought of making and the family loved them! My freezer is getting more room in it too! Hope you had a great Saturday!

When Jesus takes your hand, He keeps you tight. When Jesus keeps you tight, He leads you through life. When Jesus lead you through life, He brings you safely home. ~ Corrie Ten Boom ~

Nothing tastes as good as how being thin feels.

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One of the beauties of a Pantry Challenge: Baking Your Own Bread
goodcheapeats.com/2011/07/baking-you
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DRS510 - Happy Anniversary! I have a question. How much physical space do you need for 1/4 of a beef? After I get my own apt I thought I'd look into it. Would a mini freezer, 5 cu ft, hold it?

I grew up eating pheasant in South Dakota. It's the State Bird. Never would have thought of pheasant sausage, however; that's creative. I bet it'd be really good in the crock pot.

Hi Glenna, glad to see you. No garden or canning here, but I hope to be employed soon, then get my own apt, then do both at the new place.

Happy Saturday every one!



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Sure, I'd love to participate!! I often get busy and fall by the wayside, but I'd still like to try. and Carol, those web sights look interesting. I am familiar with a couple. so I will be sure to check out the others.

I most definately need to get to menu planning. I was considering starting on supper right after breakfast. What I mean is, put something in the slow cooker to be ready by supper. If I wait, I get busy with something else and it is a throw together meal.

Do you have a garden or a place to can now that you have moved, Carol?

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I made a huge headway today! I sent 3 loaves of whole wheat bread to my son-in-law. I used up lady fingers in a tiramusu for our 33 yr anniversary tomorrow. I took out some lunch meat and bean dip to eat up this weekend. I also made a roast and 2 salads using frozen vegies - a corn and black bean and a wild rice sald. I am also making squash tonite from the freezer.

We have a lot- I mean a LOT of pheasant in the freezer and my hubby and I are going to make It. Sausage with it. I am also going to need to use up a lot of beef as we bought 1/4 beef.

When Jesus takes your hand, He keeps you tight. When Jesus keeps you tight, He leads you through life. When Jesus lead you through life, He brings you safely home. ~ Corrie Ten Boom ~

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I've been doing Pantry Challenge about 80% of the time since the end of Jan, and it really makes a difference.

The bloggers are helping me though, by seeing basic keeping-it-real meals that they make for their families. Some really good ideas! I can't remember the last time I had a pasta bake, but I have all the stuff for it in the pantry & ground beef in the freezer.

Lynn from Lynn's Kitchen (link in original post) experimented and came up with homemade Mexican Pizzas, because her son loved the ones at Taco Bell. Now her family likes the homemade ones, better than take out. Yesterday she posted how she made her own tostadas baked in the oven for the Pantry Challenge. I have freezer chicken breasts to use up, and I have corn tortillas, so today I'm making chicken fajita tostadas. I'll bake the corn tortilla in the toaster oven, since I'm single and so as to not heat up the whole house.

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wow a lot of links....so little time. :o)

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I'm in! I need to eat up lots of stuff in the freezer - my hubby hunts! I am excited for your idea to catch on! Thanks for the post and the inspiration!

For dinner I am making a roast - http://allrecipes.com/recipe/herb-rubbed-s
irloin-tip-roast/detail.aspx?washelp=1
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and using frozen summer squash and frozen pesto to make a vegie!

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Just testing the waters to see if anyone is interested in a Summertime Pantry Challenge.

In June, with the start of summer and family activities, coinciding with skyrocketing food and gasoline prices, a bunch of mommy bloggers and frugal bloggers I follow (tho I'm single, no children) decided to have a No Spend June Challenge. The goal was to not spend ANYTHING unless they absolutely had to.

During June, the idea caught on and then morphed.

Several bloggers got together and decided as a take-off from the no-spend idea, to have a July Pantry Challenge.

Which morphed into a Summertime, Pantry, Freezer, Garden Challenge. A few are still doing no spend, and low spend.

We've done a couple pantry challenges on this team already this year, so some of us might be burnt out (I understand - hey no pressure coming from me!).

Much to my surprise I am really enjoying reading all their ideas and menus, it even inspired me to start doing weekly menu planning again, which dropped by the wayside after I moved. So does anyone want to join me for a Summertime Pantry Challenge?

Here are some of the bloggers' links so you can look at and see what they're doing, and get the great recipe suggestions I've been getting. They each have individualized goals according to their family needs and desires, whether or not they garden, etc., and we can, too. I'm letting you know the ones I subscribe to because I recommend them. I haven't checked out the others.

•Amy from The Finer Things in Life (she cooks from scratch, I love & subscribe to her blog)
amysfinerthings.com/a-full-pantry-fi
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r-things-friday


•Erin from $5 Dinners (she cooks from scratch, I love & subscribe to her blog)
www.5dollardinners.com/2011/07/my-lo
w-
spend-plan-for-july.html


•Jen from Balancing Beauty and Bedlam (I subscribe)
beautyandbedlam.com/ways-to-save-mon
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-on-food/


•Jessica from Good Cheap Eats (I subscribe)
goodcheapeats.com/2011/06/a-summer-t
im
e-pantry-challenge/

Her log of what they ate & spent:
goodcheapeats.com/breaking-news-on-t
he
-summertime-pantry-challenge/


•Lynn from Lynn's Kitchen (I love her blog, I subscribe)
www.lynnskitchenadventures.com/2011/
07
/menu-plan-cleaning-out-the-pantry-aR>nd-freezer.html


•Shaina from Food for My Family
foodformyfamily.com/tag/pantry-chall
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ge


•Tammy from Tammy’s Recipes
tammysrecipes.com/node/4568

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