Help with using up pantry items

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Help with using up pantry items
Mon, 07-26-2010 - 1:02pm

I'm not doing a total grocery exile, but as I have no more room in my pantry I need to get rid of the tremendous amount of food I have in there! Please give me ideas for meals/snacks I can make using this food. I don't mind buying additional ingredients.

Here's what I have:

lots of canned tomatoes, sauce, paste

3 can marinara sauce

7 cans chunk light tuna (my family won't eat this plain - like in a salad - they will only eat the white albocre. I have to hide this in a cassrole or mix the light and the white.)

flour, oil, sugar, yeast, vanilla, baking powder

corn meal

3 to 6 cans each of these: corn, green beans, baked beans, carrots

7 cans pink salmon

2 cans red salmon

5 boxes soup - black bean, corn, pepper, chicken, cream of mushroom

4 cans tomato soup

several boxes soup mix

2 bags bean/split pea soup

about 40- 50 individual snack items like chips, applesauce - will use these in lunches (but they don't last THAT long with 5 kids ;)



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Registered: 02-18-2003
Mon, 07-26-2010 - 3:57pm

Here is a few ideas I had hope this helps some

for the tuna my dh mixes it in mac n cheese or tuna noodle cassrole (tuna,noodles and cream of mushroom soup and some parsley) bake

triscuits make good pizzas (put marinara sauce,some pizza cheese and pepperoni than bake

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Registered: 01-07-2004
Wed, 07-28-2010 - 3:34pm
hello!! wow-you have a full pantry dont you? my pantrys pretty full too, but not quite that full! a few ideas:
-mix noodles with the canned tomatoes. my dds love this-we sprinkle a lil parmasean cheese over the top.
-make breakfast one night for dinner. make pancakes. mix in blueberries or chocolate chips. you could make eggs with this...maybe some bacon or sausage.
-make spaghetti.
-chicken marinara. chicken patties covered in marinara sauce and then melt mozzarella or provolone cheese over top. you could serve this over noodles if you wanted.
-make jello. mix in fruit.
-make summer salad. get some marshmallows and cool whip. drain some of the cans of fruit and mix in this stuff. usually its 2 large cans of fruit (or 3 of the small ones), a 10 oz bag of marshmallows and 2 12 oz cool whip(or the off brand stuff). we make this at work but we add shredded coconut to it. you can add that or some crushed nuts.
-soup and sandwich.
-tuna helper. you could buy it or make your own. make some noodles, melt some cheese in and mix in the tuna. you could mix in some peas with it.
-make cupcakes or brownies. you can make these with applesauce instead of oil.
-tuna sandwiches. my sister just gave me a new recipe-mix in some garlic powder and caraway seed. it gives the tuna a whole new flavor. my sister in law mix in hard boiled egg in hers. its like a tuna/egg salad sadnwich.
-macaroni salad. you can use any noodles. add hard boiled egg, celery, tuna, peas and tomatoes with the miracle whip. or make the noodles-add ham, salami, veggies
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Registered: 03-26-2003
Thu, 07-29-2010 - 12:17am

Oh...I have lots of ideas!!!!!

Meal 1- Parmesan Chicken- Pound flat the chicken breast, dip into breadcrumbs and pan fry both sides until done, top with marinara sauce and parmesan cheese, serve over pasta. Serve a side salad.

Meal 2- Italian Chicken over rice- Chicken pieces (from the rest of the chicken), canned tomatoes, mushrooms, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper to taste. Put into a crock pot or stove top, cooked until chicken is cooked through. Serve over rice. Serve with some homemade breadsticks. (flour, salt, yeast, water, oil, sugar)

Meal 3- Sweet/sour Chicken- Bread some chicken breasts pieces and deep fry. Toss with Sweet/sour marinade (or follow directions and ideas on package) Serve over rice.

Meal 4- Pizza (look up a recipe for crust- flour, yeast, salt, sugar, oil)

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