Foodie Challenge

Here’s your challenge:

Take the ingredients listed below and help me come up with creative meals using these ingredients. I also have a full pantry of spices as well as various alcohols, condiments, etc.

I am looking for recipes and instructions for how to utilize the ingredients in recipes. I love all kinds of foods and trying new things. I will take pictures of things that are suggested when I am done.

If you are curious if I have an ingredient like spices or condiments, just shoot me a question and I will answers.

Have fun and thanks!

Ingredients:

  • Frozen pizza
  • Mini frozen pizza
  • Snack packs:w butterscotch, chocolate and fudge
  • tortilla Chips
  • salsa
  • wheat bread
  • spaghetti noodles
  • spaghetti sauce
  • chicken breasts
  • bacon
  • mojito lime marinade
  • lemonade
  • Frosted Flakes
  • Milk
  • Fire roasted Diced tomatoes
  • Frozen taquitos

Updated with incidentals discovered in Fridge:

  • Lemon
  • Lime
  • Avacado
  • Celery
  • Onions
  • Serrano peppers (2)
  • garlic
  • cilantro
  • frozen cooked shrimp
  • eggs
  • flour
  • corn meal
  • rice

I am open to healthier options!




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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=507987202 Chris Giddings

    We’re limited to the ingredients listed?

    • http://mkbernier.com Matt Bernier

      Those are main ingredients. I have things like spices, sauces, alcohol (wine, whiskey, rum), condiments (ketchup, mayo, sriracha, mustard, etc) and some herbs.

      If you are wondering about a specific thing that you might need for your recipe – just ask!

    • http://mkbernier.com Matt Bernier

      I also have some canned goods.
      Just ask and I will see what else is available!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=507987202 Chris Giddings

    What kind of frozen pizzas are in your stockpile?

    • http://mkbernier.com Matt Bernier

      Digiorno 4 meat is the regular sized pizza
      Digiorno 3 meat is the personal (lunch) sized pizza

  • Gina Claypool

    Do you have eggs?  What about dry goods like flour, sugar, baking soda/powder, etc?

    • http://mkbernier.com Matt Bernier

      Yep, all of those.

    • http://mkbernier.com Matt Bernier

      I updated the post to have more things I found in our pantry/fridge.

  • Deb Kolaras

    Do you have *any* fresh veggies or fruit? I see a lot of prepared foods here, but with some fresh veggies and fruit in the mix, you can create some hella meals. What I’d like to see: tomatoes, zucchini and summer squash, spinach, onions, garlic, a butternut squash, bananas, peaches, raisins. Also looking for the following spices: cumin, oregano, pepper, garam marsala, Cavender’s Greek Seasoning, chicken bullion (the soup kind, not the cube kind.) Get some asiago cheese (shredded). I would relegate the frozen pizzas and tacquitos to snacks only, and snack packs puddings to after dinner. Breakfast items can removed, as I won’t be recommending Frosted Flakes for dinner :)

    Dinner meal idea with just what you mentioned:

    Pound chicken breasts to about an inch thick (use a piece of plastic wrap.) Marinate in lime mojito marinade for 10 minutes. Prepare spaghetti noodles in the meantime, drain and toss in can of fire-diced tomatoes. Grill chicken breast, cut up and toss in with spaghetti/tomatoe mixture, and stir over medium heat for 5 minutes. If you have asiago, throw in some shreds. If you have some bullion, and a half teaspon to the pasta when it’s cooking.

    • http://mkbernier.com Matt Bernier

      Spinach, onions, garlic, potatoes, raisins

      I have all the spices except:
      garam marsala, and Cavender’s Greek Seasoning.

      boullion – in cubes, but I can make that into soup. 😉

      I can get cheeses – all we have currently is a little shredded cheddar.

    • http://mkbernier.com Matt Bernier

      I updated the post with some of the things we talked about and some extras that I found.

  • Deb Kolaras

    Do you have a crockpot?

    • http://mkbernier.com Matt Bernier

      Yes, yes I do

  • Gina Claypool

    Here’s my first thought:
    Cut the chicken breasts into bite-sized pieces (nuggets, if you will).  Marinate the chicken for a few hours to overnight. 
    Crumble the tortilla chips into a bread crumb consistency (1 to 2 cups, maybe?)
    Make an egg wash with 1 egg and a little milk.

    Drain the chicken from the marinade.  Coat each nugget in the egg wash followed by the tortilla chip crumbs.  Place in a single layer on a greased cookie sheet.  Bake in a pre-heated 400 degree oven for ~20 minutes.
    Serve with salsa.

    Variations/Options: 
    Mix some chili powder and/or shredded cheddar or pepper jack cheese in with the tortilla chip crumbs.

    Bread and bake avocado slices the same way.

    Bread and bake the shrimp the same way.
     

    • http://mkbernier.com Matt Bernier

      Oh man, that sounds awesome!

  • Bevan Whitfield

    Sautée either the shrimp (very quickly 3 minutes max) or chicken – cut in across the grain – strips  (minimum 5 minutes)  in butter/olive oil and very finely diced garlic while you cook pasta.    

    Remove to a clean plate (and keep warm) and then back into the same pan, add a 3-4 tablespoons of the fire roasted diced tomatoes, reduce them to a nice chunky puree (use back of a wooden spoon) , add a few tablespoons of white wine or white vermouth.   Let boil for 2 min.  Reduce heat and add 1/2 cup of cream (if you have some) and reduce quickly for a few minutes until desired sauce texture.

    I don’t see cream on your list so if you don’t have that, add 1 cup of milk and bring to a slow boil and then simmer until reduced.  Add the chicken/shrimp (without additional cooking) to the sauce, serve with an avocado/lime juice/olive oil/cilantro side salad.  

    (Don’t forget to taste for salt and pepper as per needed.)  

    • Bevan Whitfield

      use 2/3 cup of milk reduce and then add 2 tbls of butter

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=507987202 Chris Giddings

    Spicy Chicken Rice Stir Fry

    1) Mince 1 tablespoon cilantro if fresh, or measure one teaspoon of ground cilantro.
    2) Mince one tablespoon garlic if fresh, or measure one teaspoon of ground or powdered cilantro.
    3) Mince 1 Serrano pepper.

    4) Steam 1 cup of rice so it is sticky but not mushy.

    While rice is cooking:
    a) Dice chicken and cook slowly by simmering in a skillet with fresh squeezed lime juice and 1/2 cup of water.
    b) Chop onion and celery.

    5) When rice is ready, remove from heat. Mix earnestly with cilantro, Serrano pepper and garlic.

    6) Add chopped onion and celery to simmer with chicken for two minutes. Remove from heat.

    7) Place healthy portion of rice in a bowl.
    8) Drain ‘stir fry’ and serve atop rice mixture.

    Enjoy!

    Best served with hot Sake or an ice cold beer.