Do you find when you open your kitchen pantry you have a lot of things to make food taste better but not necessarily anything that you can eat? Take for instance my vinegar collection. I’m actually doing pretty good only having six different kinds. My challenge for the Menu Plan Monday is to use up the pantry items I have. Almost every meal that I make will incorporate something from the pantry and the freezer.
Whole Wheat Pita Pizzas – I actually had these on another menu plan but when I went grocery shopping, I could only find whole wheat pitas that had been cut in half! Clearly that wouldn’t work for a pizza. The only full circle pitas they had were white, which I didn’t want. So instead I went with flatbreads which did not work at all.
Freezer & pantry items used: Whole wheat pitas & marinara sauce (both courtesy of my last stock up at Trader Joes) and mozarella cheese.
Turkey & Cheese Wraps w/ Pesto – remember those flatbreads that didn’t work? Well, I froze them and will be using them for this meal.
Freezer & pantry items used: Whole wheat flatbread, pesto and cheese.
Spinach Lasagna Rolls – I do tend to make these a lot. They’re easy to make and taste really good. Plus, I still have lasagna noodles leftover from the last time I made them & once cooked, they freeze well.
Freezer & pantry items used: Lasagna noodles, ricotta (from the last time I made this and it’s still not past the expiration date), fresh basil from my garden, marinara from Trader Joes (I told you I stocked up), frozen spinach, eggs, parmesan & mozzarella cheese – whoa! I just realized I have ALL the ingredients to make this!
Asian Meatballs w/ Brown Rice & Veggie Spring Rolls – nope, I’ve never made spring rolls before but I’ve read about 20 different recipes this evening and I’m going to create my own baked version.
Freezer & pantry items used: panko, eggs, sesame oil, duck sauce, hoison sauce, ginger, rice vinegar (yay!), garlic, soy sauce and sweet chili sauce (for the spring rolls).
Taco Pizza – I’m going to try it. I hope I make Giovanni’s proud.
Freezer & pantry items used: none, I think 4 days of using pantry items is enough.
What pantry items do you need to use up?