Monday, January 10, 2011

Cleaning Out the Pantry Part 2

After taking inventory of our ‘pantry’ this weekend, which is really one cabinet and shelves hanging on the inside of our teeny coat closet, I realized one imporant thing: I buy way more gallon-sized Ziploc Freezer bags than we could EVER use.

Here’s the inventory:

2.5 boxes whole wheat spaghetti
1 box whole wheat rotini
1/2 bag egg noodles
1 box manicotti
2.5 jars Ragu Sauce

Black Beans – 1 can
Black Olives – 1 can
Green Beans – 4 cans
Corn – 2 cans
Cream Corn - 1 can
Chicken Broth – 3 cans
Mandarin Oranges – 1 can
Chestnuts - 1 can
Green chiles - 1 can
Rotel - 4 cans
Cranberry Sauce - 1 can
Pumpkin - 1 can
Cream of Chicken Soup - 4 cans
Stewed Tomatoes - 3 cans
Velveeta Mac & Cheese

Ricotta Cheese – 2 containers (manicotti)
Venison Roast – hello, crock pot recipe!
Ground Venison – Lasagna? Meatballs? Burgers?
Chicken Tenders – easy, lazy weekend lunch
Lean Cuisines – lunch @ work
Sweet Potato Fries – 2 bags, easy, lazy weekend lunch
5-Cheese Tortellini – easy, quick weeknight dinner
Frozen Shrimp – Shrimp tacos, of course!
Frozen Okra – Brunswick Stew
Frozen Peas – Pastas
Frozen Green Beans – Soup
Whole Wheat Tortillas - shrimp tacos
T. Joe's Organic Brown Rice
Chicken Breast (3)

Sauces, Etc.
T. Joe's Pineapple Salsa - 1 jar
T. Joe's Bruschetta
Hooter's Wing Sauce
T. Joe's Tapenade
BBQ Sauce
Spicy Dijon Mustard

And here’s the breakdown of how it'll all be used:
Gina’s WW Baked Chicken w. Dijon & Lime
Gina’s Chicken & Pineapple Quesadillas (tortillas, pineapple salsa)
Mom’s Brunswick Stew (okra, corn, chix broth, frozen green beans)
Spinach, Tomato & Mushroom Manicotti (manicotti, ricotta cheese)
Shrimp Tacos (shrimp, black beans, pineapple salsa, tortillas)
Tortellini w. broccolini & peas (5-cheese tortellini, frozen peas)& salad
Venison Pot Roast w. potatoes & carrotsShrimp w. Spaghetti (spaghetti, shrimp)
Chili (black beans, stewed tomatoes)
Chicken Pot Pie (cream of chicken, canned & frozen veggies)
Shrimp Stir Fry (shrimp, chestnuts, mandarin oranges)

Saturday we had chili for dinner. 
Sunday I made chicken salad for lunch and tomato, mushroom & spinach manicotti with Greek Salad for dinner. 
Recipes will follow.  Look at this adorable craft room I stumbled upon this weekend at Ikea. I want one!
I'm praying the snow makes its way to DC tonight and gives me a snow day tomorrow!


  1. I'm impressed by how organized you are!! Good job figuring out what you have and what you will use it for!

  2. Everything looks delicious! Can't wait to steal your recipes :) I am also praying for snow, it seems like everyone else has gotten a ton this year and we have had NONE!

  3. chili sounds so good, i haven't had it in at least a month ;)
    i think it's awesome you figured out exactly what you had and what to make with it all! i'm so last minute when it comes to meals, i never know what i'll be hungry for.

  4. You must have been reading my mind and now I need to to head to IKEA! I have been trying to figure out what I need to do with my office!

    btw, Left you a little award!

  5. Great minds think alike, eh? Isn't that room the best???