The Pantry

Monday, November 15, 2010

Pantry Recipe Swap!

Some nights I come home from work and look thru my pantry and try to think like an Iron Chef.  I come up with creative new ways to use quick cooking inexpensive pantry staples.  A big part of saving money is having a full well stocked pantry and an arsenal of recipes.  Here are a few things I keep in my pantry to save me time and money while still eating healthy...
With the ingredients pictures I can make a variety of pasta dishes, stirfry's, soups and stews that are healthy and super quick.  My go to protien is frozen raw peeled and devained shrimp.   Since it's not cooked it works in most shrimp recipes, it also thaws quickly when I forget to pull something out for dinner.  Frozen vegetables are good because they last longer than fresh and don't have all the preservatives.  Canned beans are so much more convenient than dried and taste great in tacos and soups.  I've come up with a great recipe idea that is quick, cheap and easy to prepare

Shrimp Stir-fry

2 tablespoons soy sauce
Pinch crushed red pepper
1/2 teaspoon sugar
2 tablespoons peanut oil or vegetable oil
½ pound frozen deveined large shrimp, thawed and peeled
2 garlic cloves, minced
½ bag frozen vegetables, thawed and drained
2 cups cooked brown rice, or cooked pasta

In a small bowl, whisk together broth, soy sauce, crushed red pepper and sugar; set aside.
Heat oil in wok or large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Stir-fry shrimp for 2 minutes. Add garlic and stir-fry, about 2 more minutes. Transfer to bowl.
Add vegetables and cook, stirring, until heated through, about 3 minutes. Stir sauce again and add to pan, stirring until thickened, about 2 minutes. Return shrimp to pan and toss to coat. Add cooked pasta to pan and toss or serve over brown rice.

Now Share your delicious recipes! All recipes appreciated :)


Erin @ EKat's Kitchen said...

Hi Tamarah, thanks for visiting my blog. I just added my buffalo chili chicken tacos!! Hope you enjoy. :)

I love shrimp and think your recipe for stir fry sounds awesome! Hope you'll share it with my Friday Potluck this week.

Also, I'm doing a great CSN giveaway this week, hope you'll check it out.
CSN Giveaway @ EKat's Kitchen

Debbi Does Dinner Healthy said...

Nice on the stir fry! You're right, keeping the cupboards stocked with quick easy things is essential. I have a whole cupboard full of beans, in every sort! Thanks!

Krystal said...

I have so many pantry staples it's ridiculous. :)

Thanks for stopping by my blog!

-Krystal @

Brandi said...

Hi! thanks for stopping by and visiting my blog. I am happy to join your recipe swap.

we had a similar stir fry for dinner last night over rice. have you ever heard of korean bulgogi sauce? It's a great addition to any stir fry dish! take care!

Headmistress, zookeeper said...

Tamarah, thanks for stopping by my blog, too. I'd love it if you'd leave a recipe at my linky, too=)

e-Mom said...

Thanks for your invitation... and for hosting!

I love those "go to" recipes and a well-stocked pantry. Always looking for new ways to be creative!

e-Mom @ Susannah's {Kitchen}

Jennifer said...

Thanks for the invite, Tamarah! I shared my citrus-cranberry sauce - just in time for Thanksgiving :)

That stir-fry looks great - good call on such an organized pantry!

Hanna said...

Thank you for inviting me to link up. I'm going to go check out the other wonderful recipes now. Have a wonderful day:)

Hanna from bouffe e bambini

SnoWhite said...

Thanks for inviting me to the party! I'm off to check out some recipes :)

Mo 'Betta said...

Great idea, thanks for hosting! I added breakfast cookies :)

Cindy said...

Thanks for stooping by and inviting me to your swap. I love stir frys!!

Cindy~Hun...What's for dinner?

Easy To Be Gluten Free said...

Thanks for the invite and thanks for hosting! I am loving your Show and Tell especially since I am in Publix territory too so I am sure I will be visiting often.

Karen McLaughlin said...

Thanks for inviting me to participate in your recipe swap!

I thought I'd share what I do to make using dried beans convenient to use, since they are roughly a quarter to a fifth of the price of canned (and use way less packaging, too!) I cook up a whole 2 lb bag at once then freeze them in 1 1/2 cup portions (about the amount in 1 can). Then at meal prep time it's quick and easy to pull out and thaw a bag.

Jennifer Lorenzetti said...

Thanks for the invite, Tamarah. I posted my basil pesto recipe as requested!

Rebecca Jean said...

Hi Tamarah,

I saw a link to your recipe swap in the comments of another blog. I linked up with a Meatless Monday recipe inspired by a trip to Michigan: Vegetarian Pasy.

I also host a recipe swap: Midnight Maniac Meatless Mondays. You and your readers are welcome to come over and link up any meatless recipes you may have.

I've bookmarked yours, hope you'll join mine!

♥ Rebecca Jean
Midnight Maniac

Kerri said...

Hi Tamarah!

Thank you for visiting my blog and inviting me to join your swap.

I can't wait to look through the other recipes.

Tamarah said...

Thanks to everyone for joining the recipe swap. I look forward to trying all of the recipes for myself.

Debi O said...

I'm encouraged to see that you work outside the home and are still able to keep up with healthy recipes and deals! I'll try this out as soon as I can buy some shrimp.

Jen M said...

Ah, love it.
I have a lot of stuff in the pantry, but can never come up with anything to make!

New follower via Boost My Blog Friday :)
Jen @ My Secret Home

Easy To Be Gluten Free said...

I love a good stir-fry and yours sounds really good. I am the same way about shrimp - I always keep it on hand for a easy fix meal. Thanks for hosting. I am linking up with Cranberry Pecan Rice Pudding.

Money Saving Maine-iac said...

Thanks for the invite Tamarah! So many recipes to peruse here. :)

Happy New Year,

Sweet and Savory said...

I love stir fries which is why I hope you would link this up to Let's Do Lunch, Brunch and Breakfast.

I posted a stir fry here, also. I cut down the oil when I make mine.

vickdn said...

Hi, I just came across your blog for the first time! I am linking up my spicy chicken cakes. Thanks!


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