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Using Up Food In My Panty | January 2023

During the holidays I find that much of my careful meal planning goes out the window. We end up picking up things to make meals, but then we snack on holiday leftovers instead. Not to mention that our food budget also gets completely forgotten as we pick up expensive foods for holiday meals, hors d'oeuvres, and holiday cocktails.

So here we are in January... the checking account is low, but the cupboards are far from bare. It's the perfect time to review what's in the pantry and freezer and plan some of our meals around the contents.

I made myself a simple printable to make a note of any specific ingredients I want to use up, meal ideas, and a shopping list. Print it up and use it yourself!

Meal Planning Printable
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Use It Up

I took a pen and a copy of my printable, then went to my freezers, fridge, and pantry to see what I wanted to use up. There were many other items I could have chosen from the freezer, but I decided to focus on just a few items that I thought I could combine with the Panty and Refrigerator items.




Stuffing Bread

Cubed Butternut Squash

Brussels Sprouts

1/2 bag Egg Noodles

1/2 bag of Shrimp


Canned Tomatoes

Smoked Salmon

Grape Tomatoes

Marinara Sauce

Bell Pepper slices


Beans(black, kidney, cannellini)


Cream of Mushroom, Onion Soup

Cheeses (parmesan, colby, cheddar, pepperjack)

Canned Tuna



Baby potatoes

Variety of crackers


Meal Ideas

  • Simple Stuffed Peppers (bell peppers stuffed with rice, marinara, and shredded parmesan)

  • Very Veggie Chili (w/ onion, carrots, butternut squash, canned tomatoes, and black beans)

  • Winter Niçoise Salad (w/ Brussels Sprouts instead of beans)

  • Butternut Squash & Kale Hash with Fried Eggs

  • Salad with Shrimp or Tuna

  • Tuna Noodle Casserole

  • Stuffed Portobello mushrooms with Spinach & Kale

  • Snacks - Cheese & Crackers, Smoked Salmon, Olives

  • Omelet or Quiche

Shopping List

Green Leaf Lettuce



2 Bell Peppers


Portobello Mushrooms

More Eggs

Need Inspiration?

If you have a few ingredients that you just aren't sure what to do with, I suggest you use the tool on the Allrecipes website. Simply go to the 'Ingredients' tab and you can type in an ingredient and the website will return recipe ideas that use that food. It's a great tool when you are feeling uninspired and stuck.

I invite you to take a quick inventory of your pantry and freeze to see what you can make from the ingredients you have on hand. Your wallet just might thank you!



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