Clean Out My Pantry

by Emmy on January 27, 2014

I don’t watch very much TV, but I’m told that there’s a show called Iron Chef, where contestants are given a bunch of ingredients and have to make something out of them. I’d be terrible on that show. I’m someone that really needs a recipe when cooking. Only after I’ve made something several times will I dare to experiment. With that in mind, I’ve purchased a lot of things with a recipe in mind, then changed my mind, or used the fresh ingredients for something else. So, I have a pretty full freezer and pantry that really needs to be cleaned out.

This is where I need your help. I don’t know what to do with all of it. I need you to be my Iron Chef. I’ll list the ingredients I have in my freezer and pantry, and you tell me what you’d make out of some of them. It can be for any meal, and I’m find with buying other things to a degree. We are vegetarians (aspiring vegans) so meatless meals please. I have tons of spices on hand, and some fresh things as well. No judging me please, part of this is to also rid my pantry of some things I shouldn’t have. So, let’s get to my list!

  • pearl barley
  • quinoa
  • dried adzuki beans
  • dried black beans
  • canned black beans
  • canned chickpeas
  • canned corn
  • canned diced tomatoes
  • rice noodles
  • dried lentils
  • canned pineapple
  • canned mandarin oranges
  • canned pears
  • old fashioned oats
  • quick oats
  • dates
  • brown rice
  • raisins
  • chia seeds
  • canned pumpkin
  • tomato paste
  • pizza sauce
  • couscous
  • stove top stuffing
  • refried beans
  • frozen mixed vegetables
  • frozen pineapple
  • frozen blueberries
  • frozen strawberries
  • frozen peaches
  • frozen lima beans
  • frozen carrots
  • frozen peas
  • frozen cauliflower
  • frozen chopped spinach
  • frozen mushrooms
  • frozen butternut squash
  • canned green beans

As a thank you for all of your help, I’m going to give away one copy of Jillian Michael’s Ripped in 30 DVD. So be sure to enter below for your chance to win!


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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

AmyK8 January 27, 2014 at 8:19 am

I LOVE this idea! I’ll definitely be sending a few your way!


Emmy January 28, 2014 at 1:37 pm

Thanks, I need all the help I can get!


Jen January 27, 2014 at 3:26 pm

Here’s one we are making later this week: Black bean quinoa (can easily leave out soy chorizo and add in more seasoning)


Emmy January 28, 2014 at 1:38 pm

This looks great, thank you!


Victoria Barillari January 29, 2014 at 7:23 am

I would definitely be using the frozen berries (and some of the vegetables) for smoothies!


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