PANTRY NO SPEND CHALLENGE – 10 DELICIOUS MEALS

I wanted to share my current adventure. So I am known as a food hoarder, my pantry is always full yet I still do food shopping and top up shopping weekly so I have decided to make meals using what I have until my cupboards are empty.

Pantry No Spend

So first things first…

STEP 1: LIST EVERYTHING

I did a list of EVERYTHING I had in my cupboards and fridge and freezer.

I must admit,it was quite refreshing to see everything on paper. Now here comes the challenge of cooking new and creative new meals using what i have.

MEAL 1 – WAAKYE WITH MUTTON TOMATO STEW

As I am of a Ghanaian heritage, I started of with a classic dish which actually took me nearly 3 hours to make.

Verdict : It was delicious and my husband loved it. I made a lot so I managed to freeze some stew which I can use to make another classic dish of jollof rice.

MEAL 2 – VEGAN BEAN CHILLI

So youtube is full of vegan videos and I have IBS so I try my best to avoid gluten and dairy. I also bought a slow cooker so it was a good dish to test out.

Verdict: Not that tasty however it’s a good way to create a one pot meal. I had a tin of mixed beans in my cupboard, i added some tomatoes and frozen veg but it wasn’t seasoned properly so i know what to do next time.

MEAL 3 – CARROT, SWEET POTATO AND GINGER SOUP

WITH MAYONNAISE BISCUITS (GLUTEN FREE)

I replaced the normal flour with Doves farm gluten free flour which I love love love.

Verdict: The soup was lovely and it lasted a couple of days. I used a bit of soya milk which helped as i don’t eat creme.

MEAL 4: GLUTEN AND DAIRY FREE PEACH AND PEAR CRUMBLE (slow cooker)

I threw everything into the slow cooker and left if for about 6 hours.

Ingredients include: Tin peaches ,some old pears, cinnamon,sugar, vanilla and soya milk. Crumble: oats,gluten free flour, coconut oil and sugar

Very tasty

MEAL 5: PEANUT AND SWEET CHILLI NOODLES

I had a few packs of cheap instant noodles so I created peanut and sweet chilli sauce and added the noodles with some frozen veg and spinach. I also added a table spoon of oyster sauce to enhance the flavour.

MEAL 6: CLASSIC CHICKEN GREEN THAI CURRY WITH RICE.

I had some coconut milk and some sticky rice so i made this dish but i also added a lot of carrots and broccoli to bulk it up. Lovely

MEAL 7: GLUTEN AND DAIRY FREE CALAMARI PIZZA

So I made a pizza base using my dove gluten free flour by adding water,black pepper and onion granules. i fried it like pancake then I topped it up with some tin calamari in tomato sauce, onions, peppers and tomatoes. I put in under the grill for about 5 mins and it was done.

MEAL 8: BBQ PULLED CHICKEN WITH FRIED POTATOES (slow cooker)

I just threw in my seasoned chicken, bbq sauce and topped with the potatoes and left it for about 7 hours. the chicken was lovely and tender but the potato was still a bit hard so i fried then in a bit of oil and it turned out great. i assembled it like a pulled chicken sandwich with potatoes on the side and salad ( while just rocket cos that is all I had)

MEAL 9: PALEO TUNA PATTIES WITH GARLIC AND ROSEMARY BABY POTATOES

I found at the back of my freezer a pack of pre-made potatoes so i just shoved it into the oven and to make the patties, I used a combination of recipes. I added sweet potatoes but i fried it instead of putting them in a muffin tray. I also put it in the freezer for about mins before frying so it firmed up a bit more. I also drizzled some sweet chilli sauce to add to the taste with some rocket.

It was excellent as it was my first time making them.

MEAL 10: POTATO WAFFLES TOPPED WITH TUNA PATTIES AND MICROWAVE EGGS

So I was watching Eat Well for Less and they showed a way to make eggs in the microwave in a minute. All you have to do is put some butter in a cup and add the egg and put it in the microwave. its a brilliant idea and I managed to make breakfast in less than 5mins. A great cookbook by slimming world is amazing,  Eat well for Less

THE CHALLENGE CONTINUES…….. WILL LET YOU KNOW WHAT ELSE I MAKE. I WILL ALSO PROVIDE MY KITCHEN LIST IN ANOTHER POST.

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