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    Pantry Challenge Recipes

    These are recipes that were created during a Pantry Challenge message thread (see the Request a Recipe forum), by myself and others. The recipes in this cookbook will be added slowly but surely, as we create new dishes to use up what we have in our pantry!

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    Delicious, cheesy, yummy goodness. You can eat it right away, or bake it to get a crispy top, your choice. Cooking the onions with the pasta distributes the flavor. Give it a try. I did this as a pantry challenge, I had the stuff and threw it together!

    Recipe #116825

    We had some beautiful *huge* shrimp and some fresh sausage from Seattle's Pike Place Market that we wanted to cook for dinner, so here's what my husband did with them. He put together a sort of paella from foods we had in the veggie bin and pantry. It was absolutely delicious!!

    Recipe #115151

    In searching what to make for dinner tonight, I took out a package of ground meat (buffalo, specifically) from the freezer, and found a box of elbow macaroni. Looked like Chili Mac makings to me! :) I had never made Chili Mac before (I just remember having it in the cafeteria when in grade school), so I took a look at what was here on Zaar… and was surprised not find many recipes for it. I put together a recipe out of what I found here and elsewhere online, but the below meat chili mac was somewhat adapted from Miss Annie's vegetarian Marvelous Macaroni Chili. Very tasty, very flexible! :) This is a Pantry Challenge recipe.

    Recipe #114926

    Wandering through the market, trying to decide what to make for dinner, I found some inexpensive frozen turkey breast. In the past I've used flattened chicken breast with salsa as a mainstay and I thought I needed to try something a little different this time. I knew I had leeks at home so I got some mushrooms, too, and the below is what I came up with. It's very tasty, and flattening the meat makes it quite tender!

    Recipe #114915

    This afternoon I put some broth and cabbage into the crockpot, and when my husband came home he said, "That smells good, what is it?" I chuckled. "Just cabbage in broth. That's it." He hmmm'ed. "You need to come up with some German name for it, instead. Cabbage in broth just won't do." So I looked up what it would be in German, found some similar recipes online, fiddled with the contents of the crockpot a bit, and here's what we had for dinner! :) Really simple, and very tasty! This is a Pantry Challenge recipe, using ingredients that were already on hand at home.

    Recipe #113297

    Another Pantry Challenge recipe - I was craving pasties, but also had leftover commercially prepared pie crusts from the holidays to use up. So I figured out what else I had in my pantry and freezer, and here's what I came up with! They were very tasty, if I say so, myself. :) If you use curry powder, they're like samosas... without, they're like pasties. Both ways are delicious!

    Recipe #111943

    This was something I made to take to a potluck at work. I started out making it as a whole bean dip/salsa, but when I finished, it seemed it would make a wonderful salad, stuffed in fresh tomatoes from the garden or served on a bed of romaine. I used the tiny bit of leftovers spooned on broiled fish, so the possibilities really seem endless. I threw things together from things in my cupboard (the cans of Rotel were leftover from someone coming over eons ago, but you could easily chop up a couple of ripe tomatoes and chilis), but sifted the brain cells to remember everything I did after I won first place in our potluck competition as a side salad and everyone wanted the recipe. You can easily spice this up more to your taste by adding jalapenos or your favourite chile, next time I make this I might try adding a couple of tomatillos.

    Recipe #107950

    I came across this when I was looking for a way to use some cooked leftover chicken I had. I adapted it a bit to fit our taste.

    Recipe #107981

    This is how we make our Reuben sandwiches at our house. They're hearty, messy, usually require the aid of a knife and fork, and are absolutely delicious! We think it's because we make our own dressing... you can call it Thousand Island or French, whathaveyou. All we know is that we gladly lick it off our fingers when it dribbles. :) It's also a Pantry Challenge recipe, made with items we already had at home.

    Recipe #107927

    The combination of barbecue and sauerkraut might sound strange, but it's very tasty! We love the combination. :)

    Recipe #107862

    Sometimes we forget to write down our everyday, simple recipes. :) I figured I might as well get our family's tacos down. This is a combination of how Mom made them when I grew up and how we fix them these days with husband's and my updated tastes. It's also a Pantry Challenge recipe, made with items I already had at home

    Recipe #107538

    The hubby requested Mongolian Beef and I'm a big fan of crock pot cooking, so here is the result of my trying to combine the two. Although there's no way to get the slightly crispy texture of real Mongolian Beef from a slow-cooker recipe, this *tastes* like it and the meat comes out nice and tender, with a very flavorful and tasty sauce! This is my recipe #3 from the Pantry Challenge: I am making a dish from whatever I have at home already - those ingredients which are "just waiting around."

    Recipe #106335

    I usually make Chile Verde with pork, but I recently had some buffalo thawed and wanted verde, so... :) I basically used the same favorite easy recipe that I have for the pork version, and it worked quite well. Yum!

    Recipe #106049

    I'm a big fan of soups, and also wanted some succulent salmon for dinner. This soup nicely provided both, with great flavor and minimal preparation. This is my second recipe from the Pantry Challenge: I am making a dish from whatever I have at home already--those ingredients which are "just waiting around."

    Recipe #105744

    This is a spread which is great on rice crackers. Quite good as a quickie snack.

    Recipe #103533

    I adopted this recipe and this is the original description "This is my copycat version, of what you can buy in German delicatessen as Farmersalat.I've tried it with fresh grated carrots as well, but found this version resembled the storebought version that I like the most".

    Recipe #104239

    This is an adopted recipe, that I have tweaked just a tiny bit. It really didn't need any extra work so I thank whoever it came from! Delicious and Easy!

    Recipe #105299

    This is the first of my Pantry Challenge recipes. I am making a dish from whatever I have at home already - those ingredients which are "just waiting around." This soup came out quite nicely, with a great texture and a wonderfully creamy and rich taste! The leftovers didn't last long, either... hubby and I ended up "fighting" over who got the last bit. :)

    Recipe #104725

    I adopted this recipe and this is the original description, "This is my families version of Fleischsalat. It is not like what you can buy in German shops under the same name (they just contain bologna, pickles and mayonnaise). My dad used to make a huge bucket for the Christmas holidays and for me it's still part of Christmas, though I'd eat it any other time of the year as well. It is lighter than the standard Fleischsalat. Use more Fleischwurst if you like".

    Recipe #103981

    If you like sweet and sour, here is a different kind of pork chop.

    Recipe #104378


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