Pantry Purge – Day 1

Whether you are moving cross town or cross country, don’t leave your pantry, fridge and freezer to the last minute. Perishables and “non-perishables” need lots of attention. Even if your able to transport these items safely to your new home, a move is an ideal time to clean house.

Step 1 – the Pantry:

Start by taking a look at each item for expiration dates (even those spices don’t have a lifetime shelf-life). If this is not a part of your regular chores, you may find some relics. Remove and recycle. For those remaining items, consider why they are still remaining. If you come across an unopened box or can that your not sure why you ever bought, consider donating. Finally, take a quick inventory of all remaining items.

Step 2 – Clean the Fridge & Freezer

Spot check and make sure only fresh items remain. Recycle the dozen or so dated dressing bottles, condiments, pickle jars and ice cream buckets that were tucked away in the nooks and crannies. Wipe down every shelf, basket and drawer. Organize what remains.

Step 3 – Quick and Easy Meal Plan

There’s a good chance that you’ll find enough groceries leftover to make some simple and yummy recipes. You’ll save money and time! Fill in only with what’s needed to get you through move day. Our move is just 10 days away. Looks like I have enough fresh and pantry items for five or so simple and yummy dinners. Tonight’s pantry purge…

Easy Peasy Turkey Chili

What’s in it?

  • 1-lb ground turkey
  • 1 can (15.25oz) corn, drained
  • 1 can (10oz) Rotel w/ lime juice and cilantro
  • 1 can (15.5oz) Bush’s Best Mixed Chili Beans in Mild Sauce
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp cumin

How to make it?

Brown ground turkey and drain. Dump cooked turkey, corn (drained), Rotel (don’t drain), chili beans (don’t drain) and seasonings in crock pot. Mix well. Set crock pot on low and cook for four hours.

How much does this serve?

In my house this yields about 3-4 servings, enough for a full bowl for me, 2 bowls full for my husband, and a serving for lunch the next day. I double up when the kids are home.

My Favorite Fixins’

  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Oyster crackers
  • Diced Green Onions

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