Pantry items
Strictly Pantry
When you look into your fridge, and lament that it is empty, with no chance of filling it again soon--clean your fridge! Its empty shelves will sparkle at you and amazingly make you feel better.
Then look to your pantry for ideas, and pretty soon, there will be something in your refrigerator: leftovers!
The meals on this menu are made strictly from shelf-friendly items found in my pantry.
For more pantry recipes that include items from the freezer and garden, click on the seasonal menus. If you're living on your food storage and need some more ideas on lunch menus for schoolchildren, see the winter menu.

Week 1

Breakfast Lunch Dinner Snack


Barley Soup menu

Barley Soup

French Bread

Spaghetti menu


Green Beans

French Bread


Peach Pie Popsicles menu

Peach Pie Popsicles



Apple Juice

Minestrone Soup  menu

Minestrone Soup

French Bread

Bean Burritos menu

Bean and Rice Burritos

Toast with Pear Butter

Oatmeal with raisins and brown sugar

Tuna Sandwiches


Fruit Salad

Fruit Salad menu

Creamy Chicken Enchiladas menu

Creamy Chicken Enchiladas

(without cheese)

Green Beans


Dried Fruits


Chocolate Muffins

Fruit Salad

Fruit Salad menu

Macaroni and Cheese

Vienna Sausages


Tuscan Tomato Soup menu

Tuscan Tomato Bread Soup

 Homemade Crackers

Bagels menu


Chicken Noodle Soup

Saltines  menu

Saltine Crackers

Spanish Rice menu

Spanish Rice



Bagels menu



Waffles menu

Whole Wheat Waffles

Canned Peaches

BBQ Chicken Sandwiches


Dried Apricots

Chicken Curry menu

Chicken Curry


Popsicles menu



Gingerbread Pancakes winter menu

Gingerbread Pancakes



Chicken Cacciatore menu

Chicken Caccitore

Green Beans

Canned Pears


Week 2

Breakfast Lunch Dinner  Snack

Walnut Muffins menu

Walnut Muffins

Fruit Salad

Fruit Salad menu

Gluten (wheat) Burgers


Pasta e Fagioli menu

Pasta e Fagioli

Rosemary Olive Oil Bread

Hot Chocolate

Dried Apricots

 Tuesday  Oatmeal

Chicken and Rice Soup menu

Chicken and Rice Soup

Rosemary Olive Oil Bread

Chicken Fried Steak menu

Chicken Fried Steak


Green Beans

Peach Pie

Rosemary Olive Bread

Crepes menu 


Taco Soup menu

Taco Soup

Pumpkin Gnocchi

French Bread

Mandarin Oranges



English Muffins

Fruit Salad

Fruit Salad menu

Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches

Canned Pears

Black Bean Burgers menu

Black Bean Burgers on

English Muffins


 French Bread with Apple Butter
 Friday  Biscuits and Gravy

Alphabet Soup menu

Alphabet Soup

French Bread

Stir Fry Menu 

Stir Fry with Sprouts

Biscuits menu 

Biscuits with Apricot-Vanilla Jam


Donuts menu 


Leftover Soups

Herbed Crepes menu

Herbed Crepes

Fruit Salad

Fruit Salad menu


Lemon Poppyseed Muffins menu

Lemon Poppyseed Muffins

Citrus Fruit Salad

Citrus Fruit Salad menu

Bean Burritos menu

 Bean and Rice Burritos

Pasta with white bean alfredo sauce menu

White Bean Fettucini Alfredo

Green Beans

Canned Pears


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New to using powdered milk? Unsure what to do with your powdered milk? Not sure how to mix it?

Powdered Milk sidebar

Wondering what the shelf life of your food items are?

Canned goods and everyday items

Long-term storage

(wheat, rice, beans, etc.)

I write the month and year on each item with a marker when I buy it, and keep the oldest items closest to the door.

Chicken Rice sidebar

 Spaghetti sidebar

Italian Dressing sidebar

Wondering where to get those nifty storage buckets I use?

Read the Bulk Foods and Grains page for sources.

How to have a year's worth of food one year from now

Get an idea of how much your family needs

Food Storage Calculator

Home Production and Storage

Back to Basics 5-Piece Home Canning Kit

Columbian Home Granite Ware 21-1/2-Quart Steel/Porcelain Water-Bath Canner with Rack

How to Can sidebar

Burpee Gardening 

Excalibur 2900 9-Tray Food Dehydrator

Drying Fruits and Vegetables
You can buy dried fruits and vegetables (see the Grains page for sources in addition to buying locally). You can also dry food at home.

Beans sidebar

Wheat Crackers sidebar

Tuscan Tomato Bread Soup sidebar 2

Crepes sidebar 

Kitchen Garden sidebar

Apricot Vanilla Jam sidebar

Frugal Gifts sidebar

Chocolate Pudding Popsicles sidebar

Citrus Fruit Salad sidebar

Barley sidebar

Growing Flowers sidebar

Stir Fry sidebar

Rose insertion 200 brown

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