Freezer/Pantry Challenge Part 3 – Get Creative

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Have you joined the challenge to save money by eating from the freezer and pantry?  You can catch up with Part 1 here and Part 2 here.

Yesterday, I posted the contents of my freezer and pantry and also the menu I came up with.  But I have a few ingredients that have me stumped.  You can see in the photo above I’ve got chicken, rice, hoisin sauce and water chestnuts.  These seem to be a natural combination, but I’m not sure what to do with them.

Today in the comments section, let’s get the ideas rolling.

 – If you have an idea for my 4 ingredients, let me know!

– If you have ingredients that you’re not sure how to put together, post them.  Maybe someone else will have a new recipe for you to try.

I’m looking forward to seeing what you all come up with!

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  1. Thanks so much for keeping us out of the restaurants. Love your blog. I have nominated you for a bloggy award. See my site for info –

  2. This is a great idea! It reminds me of a show on Food Network that I like to watch.

    • Tiffany says:

      One of these days I want to watch some shows on the Food Network. We don’t have cable and only 1 TV that the kids usually get control of when it’s on. Don’t you feel sorry for me 😉

  3. Oh we definitely have our weeks where we can’t afford groceries and live off of what’s built up in our freezer!

  4. michele rosenthal says:

    wow, how fantastic, what an informative and helpful site, we love to eat at home. its the best to just have friends over and hang out and eat delicious food. check out my blog when you get a chance I’m a party planner and a food writer/designer

  5. Idea’s for your ingredients. Lettuce wraps similar to P.F.Changs. Cook the chicken and cut into small bite size pieces. Cook rice according to directions. In large skillet add chicken chopped water chestnuts and hoisin sauce (amount depends on amount of chicken cooked) and some green onion, cook till warmed. To serve, place some chicken and cooked rice into lettuce leaves. Iceberg is cheaper, but if only a couple people Boston Head is nice. A dash of chili peppers is nice if you like it spicy!

  6. I have a good recipe for Hoisin Chicken over rice, if you’re interested 🙂

  7. I posted my freezer/pantry ingredients. But as I’m sitting here (not in my kitchen), I am remembering a couple of items I had forgotten. I know I have an onion. I know I have various pasta noodles, rices (brown, white, saffron and wild). I can make amazing home-made egg noodles (very simple recipe I learned as a child). I have a few flour tortillas in the fridge, and also some yogurt. I also have bouillon (chicken, ham and beef), as well as canned fruits (peaches, pears) and maybe some other random things (soy sauce, worchestershire sauce, tobasco, salad dressings, etc, etc). I can get to the store without any problem. I’m just trying to learn new things I could do with old standards in my freezer and pantry. I’m fresh out of new ideas.

    If anyone has any suggestions as to things they would do with any of my ingredients, I’m all ears!

    • **see challenge part 2 for my longer list of ingredients**

    • Denise, you’ve got some good stuff to work with! Since you don’t have tomato sauce for meatball sandwiches, I wonder if you could make a gravy with the boullion, some diced onion and flour/butter. Then serve the meatballs over rice or noodles. Or even on sandwiches.

      • Mmm. Thanks for the idea Tiffany! It hadn’t even crossed my mind to do something else with the meatballs. It’ll be nice to try something different!

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