Corn dip recipe

This week’s meal plan is a little different. My challenge to you is to head to your pantry first to see what you need to use up. As summer approaches, now is a great time to clean out the kitchen. That includes the pantry, the shelves and the freezer stock ups. Get through those piles of random grains on your shelves…or is that just mine? As we prepare to move, it’s a major goal to clean through our kitchen inventory by the end of June.

Kitchen Spring Cleaning Checklist

Need some direction to clean out the kitchen? Try this cute printout. (source)

I’m taking a peek at past meal plans and remembering some favorites so I can use up what I have on hand. Check out what I end up making over on Instagram.

  • Use up the rest of the quinoa and make this awesome Mexican Quinoa recipe again.
  • Clear through the coconut milk, chicken thighs and extra veggies with our favorite slow cooker meal.
  • This corn dip looks like a delicious way to use up the extra corn on the cob we cooked up. Served with some eggs it looks like an easy dinner.
  • Elderberry muffins and pancakes are in my future. I have a gallon bag of frozen berries. Any else need some elderberries?
  • Pasta tuna salad. Uses up a ton of canned items.
Corn dip recipe

Corn dip recipe (recipe source)

What are some of your favorite pantry clean out quick tips? If you are leaving town for the summer, don’t forget to clean out your deep freezer and let it defrost.

p.s. Need a dessert recipe? Check out this awesome Strawberry Cookies and Cream cake I made for Connor’s birthday. It was awesome!!

For more inspiration, see three years of past dinner plan here,

my Pinterest board here, or OrgJunkie for a link-up of posts.

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9 replies
    • Emily Roach says:

      That tuna pasta salad recipe has been a staple for 5 years now. It’s my modern day version of the tuna noodle casserole I grew up with. Just without the chips on top. 🙂

  1. Tamara says:

    What a great checklist! I’ve been actively eating down our pantry in preparation for end of school, summer vacations and more fresh foods being available.

    • Emily Roach says:

      Summer fruits and veggies, like watermelon, take up so much room. It’s the perfect time to clear out the old stuff!

  2. Lori Popkewitz Alper says:

    I love that checklist Emily. Great idea! I’ve really tried to stop eating canned food this past year. I still have a few cans hanging around, but the pantry is looking much less cluttered. Thanks for the great tips!

  3. nancy b. says:

    Thanks for the great checklist – I am in the mood and in much need of a pantry deep clean. And, yes, I’ll take some elderberries! 🙂

  4. Leticia Barr says:

    Thank you for the great reminder that I need to do this as the seasons are changing! Also, the corn salad recipe looks delicious! Looking forward to making it this week!

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