Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Today's Menu

Today seems to be a "Pantry Challenge" Day. If you're not familiar with the idea of a pantry challenge, I'll give you a quick explanation:
A pantry challenge is when you challenge yourself to cook meals only using the food you already have in your house - pantry, fridge, freezer - without running out to the store. (There's a Yahoo group I've been a member of for several years devoted to this practice. People get really creative!) Some people do a Pantry Challenge when their budget is too tight, and they really cannot afford to shop anymore till the next paycheck, some do it because they simply aren't able to get to the store (that's me!), and still others do it as a "test" - to see if they are stocking up on the right things when they shop. This has lots to do with emergency preparedness, and also everything to do with bargain hunting.
I haven't been to the supermarket since 9 days ago (no good reason, really), so the food situation in my house right now is interesting, to say the least.

For now, my menus are going to focus on Supper (or Dinner).
I found a bunch of wilting broccoli at the back of the fridge that must get used - or thrown out, and that would be a shame - so I'm building my supper around that:

Minestrone Soup
Crustless Broccoli Quiche
Baked Potatoes
Cut veggies with dressing (all that's left are tomatoes and orange peppers, so that's what it is!)


  1. would you mind sharing the recipe for the crustless quiche?


  2. Sure!
    After soaking and checking my broccoli (rather tedious, which explains why it was wilting in the fridge), I chop it coarsely and place it in a casserole dish. Then, beat 2-3 eggs with 1.5 c. milk (more if needed, depends how large a casserole dish you are using!), and salt and pepper. Make sure this is well-beaten, and pour over the broccoli. Sprinkle the top with shredded cheese (I've been buying shredded Emek or Gilboa from the cheese counter, as they are relatively inexpensive). Bake at 375 F (190 C) for about 1 hr. (watch to make sure the cheese doesn't burn)
    Hope you like it! (I keep my recipes simple or my kids won't eat)


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