Thursday, October 1, 2009

Pantry Makeover Challenge $250 GC Giveaway!



As much as I organize and reorganize my kitchen it never seems to stay in order. I have limited storage and it honestly can be just plain ugly. When my kitchen is a mess then I seldom want to cook. That means my family suffers and I hate that they don't always get a nutritious meal that we can sit down to.


Well things are starting to change! The Canned Food Alliance’s At-Home Economics campaign encourages families to start making more meals at home together as a family. At Mealtime.org there a number of tips and checklists to help you get your kitchen more organized if you are looking to have more homemade meals. Let's face it, it's hard with every one's schedules to even think of making dinner let alone doing it. If you can keep a list of meals on hand along with convenient ingredients ( no crazy things that you have to buy at some specialty shop :) then you might be more motivated to start cooking!


I was so excited to have the opportunity to do my own Pantry Makeover Challenge. I received a Pantry Gift Basket that included a $100 GC to my grocery store. I used it to purchase things for my kitchen and pantry that I knew would help me to want to be in the kitchen. Here is what my pantry looked before the challenge (ok I may have tidied it up a little so you don't see how super bad it was!):



Here is the after:


I used my Gift Card at Walmart and was able to get so many things that I needed. I got more dish rags since I always am cleaning up spills as I cook, some pantry shelves to double my space, a salad spinner to encourage me to serve more salad, an apple slicer to serve more apples as a snack to my boys while I am making dinner, a container to hold all of my recipes that I tear out of magazines, and lots of canned foods to have on hand so I don't have excuses for not having an ingredient on hand. I love all the new room I have in my pantry and organizing it gave me the bug to organize other areas in my kitchen.


So here is the really fun part- one winner will receive a $250 GC of their own to get their kitchen organized! I know- I wish I could enter! So what are you waiting for? To enter to in please visit Mealtime.org and tell me a tip you learned while on their site. They have some really helpful ones!


Many thanks to the Canned Food Alliance for this opportunity!


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  1. I learned that canned food IS actually good for you. That there are usually no preservatives in them...and that canned tomatoes are higher in lycopene than fresh ones! I did not know that!
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  3. Keep the pantry stocked so you have ingredients you need at all times.

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  5. It seems like a no brainer but I am not very good at it: Stock up in advance so you can have ingredients ready and available at any time.

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  6. I learned that you can crack the code on your food cans by visiting the "Reading Can Codes" page- I found out how to read codes(dates) on canned food!

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  10. I love the canned fruit tip for a healthy snack! mix the fruit with yogurt and freeze for a yummy cold fruit treat!
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  33. A couple good tips for getting kids to try new foods is "sneaking in" vegetables. Add them into pasta sauces, soups and summer salads.Also cutting foods into cute shapes and being creative can help too.
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  35. main entry: I have to say that I did not know you could freeze can fruits then eat them which that was a tip the Mealtime.org told about. It suggest to do that for a fruit Sorbet and the recipe for the Gingered Pear-Peach Sorbet sounded wonderful. I love mandarin can oranges and it suggest any fruit in a can so I will be trying that for sure. You after pantry looks great too. I noticed as fall nears I want soups more and then worry more about having can goods on hand but really should keep more all the time so we do cook more and eat out less. I love crock pot soups and make bread bowls then use the soup in those, its yummy. This is a great helpful giveaway & I would use it on can goods to make any type mexican soups with because I love mexican foods and we eat out for mexican way to much when I could just as easily make more mexican dishes and eat at home.So thank you.
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  42. Good tip for picky eaters, sneak veggies in to pasta sauces, soups and salads, they have a nice Pantry Checklist for quick recipes that I printed out.

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  48. In the Meats and Beans section of the MyPyramid for Kids the tip is to add canned beans, turkey, chicken and meat to macaroni and cheese, chili, burritos, tacos, pizza or their favorite pasta dishes. I never would have thought of this. Not that my son doesn't eat enough meat or beans...I just never would have thought to add beans or the meat to macaroni and cheese or pasta. But now that I think about it...it's a really great idea! Thanks for the chance! bekki1820cb@gmail.com

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  52. THis is a tip I already follow: keep the pantry stocked so you always have ingredients available. I always have my pantry stocked and have reay for anything.

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  58. I always love a new recipe site! I leaned this tip!
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  62. I subscribed to the 2 newsletters that were available. I really like the idea of freezing canned fruit to make sorbets. I love pineapple and the sorbet I tried was sooooooooooo expensive. Now I can try to make my own refreshing pineapple sorbet. thanks

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  63. Tip: Stock up in advance so you can have ingredients ready and available

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  76. MyPyramid- Studies show that canned foods are comparable in nutrition to their cooked fresh and frozen counterparts! Thanks for the chance.

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  77. I like the tip about using labels. This would definitely help my husband put hings where I'd like them which in turn would save me time and aggravation. Thanks for the chance.

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  78. I learned that you can throw together delicious and yummy Hummus with a can of chickpeas, olive oil, lemon juice and garlic. I'm SO gonna try this tonight! We have friends coming over...

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  84. That web site is great. I learned that canned & frozen veges are just as nutrients.
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  94. tip - Add adventure to family meals. Take field trips to the supermarket. Let your kids pick some new foods to try - in the canned food aisle, from the produce department and other parts of the store.

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  101. A study conducted by the University of California - Davis found that fresh, frozen and canned fruits and vegetables each contain important nutrients and contribute to a healthy diet, and exclusively recommending one form of fruits or vegetables over another ignores the benefits that each form provides. Results of the study also showed that by the time food is consumed, fresh, frozen and canned fruits and vegetables may be nutritionally similar.

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  111. I learned that canned food IS actually good for you. That there are usually no preservatives in them.

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  113. Add zing to mashed potatoes by puréeing drained, canned white potatoes with drained, canned yams. Mix in butter, salt, pepper and a dash of nutmeg, to season.

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  136. I learned how to make homemade hummus! - For an easy, low-fat flavorful dip, make your own hummus. Drain, rinse and purée a can of chickpeas in a food processor with 3 tablespoons each of olive oil and fresh lemon juice. Add crushed garlic to taste. Serve with fresh vegetables or bite-sized slices of pita bread.
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  145. I learned to always keep the pantry stocked with lots of canned foods. That way I'll always have something handy when I need to make a fast and easy meal.

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  149. I learned a great tip to get kids to try new foods...take them with you grocery shopping and let them pick out new foods to try from the canned aisle! They will be more likely to try and like it if they get to choose it!
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  157. I learned "To add your favorite fruit flavor to a punch or iced tea, pour leftover canned fruit syrup into ice trays and freeze overnight." Yum, good idea!

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