Last week, I read about the Pantry Cleanout Challenge and thought: Hey. I should do that.
And then I forgot.
But when a reader commented that she recently cleaned out her freezer and fed her family of four for the next month, plus spent only $100 at the grocery store on items like dairy and fresh produce, I knew I had to do it, too. And this time I didn't forget.
So this weekend I emptied out my freezer, took an inventory of every item, and re-organized it all. It was a little embarrassing to discover I had more than 15 pounds of pork, turkey, chicken and beef “ that is: the meat in our freezer weighs as much as our daughter “ plus bag upon bag of frozen veggies, fruits, cheeses and puff pastry dough, as well as three pounds of butter. Seriously, who am I? Paula Deen?
This morning I glanced over my freezer inventory and made an entrÃ©e list that I think will last the next five weeks (since there's just two of us, we generally always have leftovers “ I ™m incapable for cooking for two):
- International Quinoa Salad (I ™m using up fresh produce before digging into the freezer)
- Southwestern Tostadas
- Turkey Tacos
- Cranberry Pork Roast
- Shepherd's Pie
- Dijon Pork Medallions
- Quiche Lorraine
- Chicken Pot Pie (speaking of Paula Deen, hers is my favorite recipe)
- Pork Fried Rice
- Enchilada Casserole (idea stolen from Nicole)
- Breakfast Quiche
- Pork Chops
- Swedish Meatballs
I ™ll try to post pictures and recipes as I go through this list, because these dishes are so fabulous that you should have them in your repertoire, too.
So: who's with me? Are you doing a pantry or freezer cleanout challenge? Or have you recently finished one? (And if so: do you have recipes to share?)