The Great Pantry Clean Out of 2012

by Elizabeth on November 5, 2012 · 2 comments

in cooking for one, menu planning

As ruthless as I am with purging and cleaning out my closet, office, and other areas where clutter accumulates, I suck at keeping my refrigerator and pantry decluttered and free of old food.  I coupon occasionally and hate to pass up a good deal, so I usually end up with something like 6 boxes of pasta, 15 pounds of flour, 4 or 5 bags of frozen veggies…you get the picture.  I’m kind of a food hoarder.  (I also hoard toothpaste but that’s a different story entirely.)

Thus, I’ve been eating from my pantry and freezer the last few weeks and am continuing this week.  I need to start making room for holiday leftovers and my baking supplies I buy in bulk for the holidays.  So far, I haven’t had to get creative with my meal planning, but we’ll see if I’m singing that tune next week.

So what’s on the menu?  Let me share that with you.

Sunday – Parmesan tilapia, basil butter garlic bread (using up the last of the tilapia fillets and some of my endless supply of basil)

Monday – Boxed mac and cheese with frozen peas, turkey panini (using up the Annie’s mac and cheese that has been in there longer than I care to admit, frozen veggies, and deli turkey)

Tuesday – Bible study where dinner is provided

Wednesday – Cheesy broccoli quinoa casserole (using up frozen broccoli, frozen cooked chicken, cheese, and quinoa)

Thursday – Leftovers

Friday – Pizza topped with whatever I can find (using up pizza dough and random odds and ends)

Saturday – TBD

Are you cleaning out your pantry and freezer in preparation of the holidays?  I’ve got to make room for the 15 pounds of sugar I bought at Sam’s this weekend somewhere. 🙂

Let’s play spot the cat!

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Amber November 6, 2012 at 8:54 am

If you coupon, it’s not hoarding, it’s stockpiling, and it is *very* important!! What if there is a zombie apocalypse? Toothpaste and sugar might become the new currency!!


2 Elizabeth November 6, 2012 at 9:31 pm

True story. Or at least I’ll have a way to prevent cavities after eating all that sugar. 😉


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