Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Make-Do Monday ~ Using What's in the Pantry

I'm a little late in posting this today, but still wanted to share my Make-Do Monday tip with you....

Make-do with what's in your pantry.

Sometimes I want to try a new recipe. Especially now, when there are so many food related blogs on the Internet. But sometimes, I don't have all the ingredients.

There are a couple of options open to me. Skip trying the recipe until the next shopping trip OR I can see what missing ingredients can be substituted with items I already have in my pantry.

Today, I chose to substitute.

I've been wanting to try Cowboy Stew for a while now. I saw the recipe on the Crock Pot Lady's blog.

I didn't have tomato sauce that her recipe called for, so I checked to see what I had in my pantry and found a can of Ready-To-Serve Tomato Soup that my husband bought a while back (instead of the condensed soup that I needed at the time). I hate plain tomato soup and had no idea how I would use up that can of soup. Until today!

I was so pleased to be able to use that can of soup and not worry about it going past the expiration date before I found a use for it. And I was really glad that I was able to make the meal that I wanted without having to wait for the next shopping trip! I think that is a double success story for today!

Here is the link to MY version of Cowboy Stew. It's posted on my other blog.

1 comment:

Sharinskishe said...

This is such a wonderful tip. Thanks for linking to Make-Do Mondays.

I love to cook out of my pantry, but have a couple of standby recipes that I use. I haven't ventured out to other recipes very much. I however will be trying this recipe. It sounds very delish.

Thanks for the great links and instructions. Come back soon and visit often.


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