What We Ate During Our 10-Day Pantry Challenge
What does a family of 5 eat on a 10-Day Pantry Challenge? Can you still eat healthy without buying fresh produce, milk, eggs, and other ingredients? Here is how we did it.
Near the end of August, we decided to run a pantry challenge. These are always motivating, creative, and bring out a lot of nostalgia for the days when we basically ate our kitchen bare every single week.
If you’ve never done a 10-day pantry challenge, here is how they save us money and help us eat healthy.
What We ate During Our Pantry Challenge
Last week I shared nearly every meal we made on Instagram and Facebook Stories (those are great places to see our day-to-day cooking and grocery hauls!). However, since those only last 24 hours, I thought I would share them in a more permanent post for you.
Here is the list of what we ate during the last week of our 10-Day Pantry Challenge.
Some meals, the kids and I ate the same thing. Some meals, we ate different things. I’ll specify those below.
Chris ate dinner with us, grabbed a granola bar for breakfast, and ate lunches at work.
Kitchen day! I baked and prepped a bunch of stuff for the week ahead.
Breakfast: Banana muffins, frozen fruit, cereal we got on clearance from Kroger
Lunch: Pizza at church
Dinner: (had friends over) Spatchcock chicken, roasted green beans, cauliflower rice with garlic and turmeric, roasted potatoes
Snack: frozen fruit, carrots, celery
Breakfast: Banana muffins, smoothies
Lunch: Packed lunches (celery, carrots, plain yogurt, banana muffins)
Dinner: leftovers from Sunday, lentil soup (recipe in my eBook, Dinner for a Dollar)
Snack: frozen fruit, leftover Cheesy Lentil Pie
Late-night dinner for me: lettuce wraps (leftover chicken, grass-fed cheese from Costco)
(We usually have a small mid-afternoon meal on weekdays, so I’m including that with the snacks)
Breakfast: yogurt with honey, baked oatmeal
Lunch: Sunday leftovers with steamed veggies
Dinner: salad, crackers, steamed veggies, chicken salad
Snacks: frozen fruit, carrots, celery, baked oatmeal, random gluten-free cookies from the pantry we bought for a friend who visited, popcorn
Breakfast: oatmeal (I topped mine with frozen berries)
Lunch: leftover lentil soup, chips
Dinner: Vegetable curry (I didn’t follow an actual recipe, but the beef version is in Dinner for a Dollar)
Snack: frozen fruit, carrots, celery, baked tortillas with melted cheese, a few cashew clusters (from Costco)
Breakfast: yogurt with honey, baked oatmeal LINK
Kids – personal pizzas (whole wheat crust on clearance at Kroger, Clean & Cheap Pizza Sauce, cheese, and bacon from the freezer).
Me – Greek quinoa salad with chicken and roasted broccoli
Dinner: leftover curry with rice
Snack: frozen fruit, carrots, celery
Kids – cereal we got on clearance at Kroger, banana muffins (I froze half of what we baked on Sunday, so they lasted all week).
Me – yogurt, quinoa, frozen berries, honey,
Dinner: Leftover lunch
Snack: Cookie dough babies with a friend who came over for tea, Chocolate chip cookie bars (recipe still needs some tweaking)
This week, we pulled a lot of recipes and techniques from our eBook, Dinner for a Dollar. Get it free next week for only 3 days by going here!
What I Will Do Differently Next Time:
We do 10-Day Pantry Challenges every 3 months or so, and I end up trying something new each time.
This time, Kitchen Day made a huge difference. Not only did I feel like I had convenient, easy food on hand, the 2-hour baking session helped me use odds and ends from both the pantry and the freezer – which was the whole point of this exercise.
Next time, I might try going a little longer and just buy a few fresh ingredients to tide us over. We didn’t clean out our stash as thoroughly as I would have liked.
However, since this challenge was part of our #CheapHealthyCostco Experiment, I felt I needed to get back to that.
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