So far I have only shared our supper menu for this pantry challenge hosted by Jessica of Good Cheap Eats. You may be wondering what we’re doing for other meals. I shared supper because that is the only meal we get to sit down and eat as a family. We do eat breakfast and lunch, but we’re usually all on our own for those meals during the week. Weekends sometimes finds us busy running errands, so we rarely have set times for those meals.

Breakfast choices are oatmeal, eggs, toast, or cold cereal. Typically we have oatmeal, bread and eggs on hand. I buy cold cereal with a coupon or store deal only, so sometimes we are stocked up.

I dare you to try to find a more healthful or economical meal per serving than oatmeal. This is the plain, old-fashioned or quick cooking version in the large canister that I’m talking about. I usually add a little peanut butter and ground flax to mine and finish it off with a splash of milk, and prefer it to be chewy and not soupy. Dried or fresh fruit or nuts are all also good additions, as well as a sprinkling of cinnamon.

Speaking of cinnamon…I use it to sprinkle on toast with a little sugar. It’s a cheap, easy way to snaz up plain toast with something you already have in your pantry. Sometimes we make peanut butter toast. The warm toast makes the peanut butter melted and more yummy. There’s also French toast if you have bread and eggs, or make an egg sandwich with your egg and toast. There are many possibilities to keep these few ingredients from getting boring during a pantry challenge.

Lunches consist of leftovers from the previous night’s supper, a salad (if there is lettuce leftover) or peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. We’ve also found a few odds and ends around to eat up, such as only five frozen chicken tenders left out of a large family-sized bag and a box of mac and cheese that had been around since summertime. I also enjoy just having yogurt, a celery stalk with peanut butter, or a tuna salad sandwich or tuna salad with crackers.

Attitude has a lot to do with a successful pantry challenge. You can make the most of what you have, or whine and complain that you don’t have what you’d rather eat. I say feel blessed that you have food to eat, as many in the world are doing without today.

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