My Pantry Challenge is well underway and my creative cooking juices are flowing! I have a long way to go before my pantry starts looking bare, but hey, it’s a work in progress.
Last week went mostly as planned except one minor glitch on Thursday night. I totally forgot about Supper Club and had to stop and pick up an appetizer and some wine. My budget took a hit there, but no new food came into the house, so that’s a plus.
Below is a roundup of my meals for the week. My recipes were picked mainly for their ingredients. I chose dishes that incorporated my fresh produce plus my pantry items. It was kind of fun to rummage through my cookbooks to find “the perfect recipe.” I won’t bore you with my salmon salad or baked chicken dishes; I’m just going to post meals that actually got my creative juices flowing…and maybe yours, too?
I made these parsnip chips last weekend for Sunday dinner at my sister’s. Really easy to make: just slice up, season, and roast. I used this recipe from Zesty Cook.
I started Monday off with this flavorful Quinoa and Grape Salad.
Tuesday night I tried this super easy white bean and cabbage dish from Heidi Swanson of 101 cookbooks fame. Her cookbook Super Natural Every Day is a vegetarian’s dream. Her recipes are sophisticated yet simple and satisfying.
Wednesday night was this really awesome Lentil Walnut Apple Loaf from Oh She Glows. If you’re looking for a meatless loaf and you have some time to cook, this is a really tasty and satisfying dish for vegetarians and meat-eaters alike. And it’s great as a cold leftover, too!
The rest of the week was a little less inspiring, salads and baked chicken and one meal out on Saturday night. Stay tuned for next week’s menu coming up on Monday!
You should definitely give the lentil loaf a try. It’s gluten and dairy free. A link to the original recipe is here, and below is my version.