How often do you grocery shop for your family? For me, grocery trips happen only once or twice each month.
Abandoning the shop-every-week mentality is a bit scary because you have to learn to make your food stretch. One-and-done box meals and mixes don’t stretch so I do my best to avoid spending money on them. Instead, I stock up on pantry staples that allow me to make yummy & healthy meals even when the store hasn’t seen my face in a month.
I wrote a guest post for Marie Beausoleil on Just Plain Living about these pantry staples. I hope you will check out the Pantry Checklist here on my site & read the full post on hers!
Check out my full Pantry Staples List on Just Plain Living with Marie & download my Pantry Checklist in the Member Freebie Library!
To get an idea of the types of recipes that I am able to make with these staples, you can check out these recipe posts!
- White Sandwich Bread– The simplest bread that I have ever made! Perfect for sandwiches & toast.
- Dinner Hash– This “Bottom of the Pantry” Dinner Hash is made up of items that I typically have leftover at the end of the month…and guess what…it is one of my family’s favorite meals!
- Skillet Cornbread– I ran out of cornmeal on a day that I had promised to make cornbread so I mixed some corn & flour together (with a couple other ingredients) and I had the best cornbread that I had ever tasted!
- Honey Butter Rolls– From scratch rolls with honey butter brushed over the top…yummm! There is also a little trick for when you run out of flour in the middle of mixing this up 🙂
- No Bake Cookies– We made these cookies for my son’s Star Wars party as Wookie Cookies. Delicious & super simple!
- Honey Vanilla Ice Cream– My favorite ice cream recipe EVER! And it only takes 4 ingredients.
- Chicken Fried Rice– This is a recipe that I go back to over & over. We switch between a Chicken Fried Rice and a Chicken Stir Fry each week.
- Granola Bars & Toad in Hole– I made these one year for Valentine’s Day & They were both a hit!
Plus pancakes, biscuits & gravy, cookies, cake, 5 minute microwave pudding, creamy mashed potatoes, casseroles, and so much more!!!
*Did you know that you can grind your own corn meal & make your own pasta with KitchenAid attachments? Say what??
Many of these recipes can be found in Marie Beausoleil’s book, A Cabin Full of Food.
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