Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Pantry Cleaning Party! Let's get crazy!

Not my pantry (from stock.xchng)
I'm a good intentions shopper. Even though I try to make a menu plan, make a list from said plan and then shop exclusively off of the list, what really happens is that I go to the grocery store and throw whatever looks pretty into my basket. As a result of my inspired method of shopping, my pantry is stocked to the gills with a mishmash of ingredients that were bought for recipes in long recycled magazines, on a whim or just bought in an unnecessarily large amount. This means one thing: pantry clean out time. My rules are:

  1. I may buy food from the perimeter of the store or from the farmer's market (fruits, veggies, bread [yeast is not in my pantry]).
  2. I guess I only have one rule. 

I've used most of the ingredients I've accidentally stocked up on but I'd love suggestions on sassy new ways to prepare:

  • cous cous
  • rice noodles
  • jackfruit
  • oatmeal
  • pasta (I'm a slave to marinara)
  • brown rice
  • oatmeal
  • nori
  • sunflower seeds
  • soy curls...endless soy curls

Any suggestions? Any general tips on pantry cleaning? Anything I desperately need to avoid?


  1. Here's one for the oatmeal. MAKE YOUR DAD SOME COOKIES!

  2. I've been going through my pantry lately & trying to slim it down too, nobody needs 8 kinds of pasta!

    If I had the stuff you have too much of I'd definitely make the Vietnamese Rice Noodle Salad with Grilled Tofu and the Creamy Mushroom Fettuccini from Appetite For Reduction. Melisser's Jackfruit Carnitas (I think the recipe's in her book), some brown rice sushi, oatmeal cookies & a sunflower seed based rawmesan. As for the soy curls, I have no idea, I've never had them!