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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Pantry Clean Out Challenge Week 2 - FAILED

I totally failed for this week.  I was even trying to go to the last minute and use all the ingredients on Monday.  I didn't get to it.  So this is the tally
Week 2 Challenge Items
Dried Apricots - Failed -1
Corn Flour - Failed -1
Ginger Bread Cookie mix - Failed -1
Chickpea - Failed -1
White Chocolate Chips - Failed -1
So right now I'm -4.  So I'm carrying over all the ingredients into week 3.  I already started to work on this weeks ingredients.  Last night I made my version of a Mexican stew.  The only reason I consider it a Mexican stew because of the frozen vegetables I used.  It stated Mexican mix.  It also incorporated Mexican sour cream too. 
Mexican Stew
1 Lb of Beef Stew Meat Cubed
1 Can of Chickpea
1 Package of Mexican Frozen Vegetable
1 Tomato Diced
2 Onions Sliced
2 Cloves of Garlic Minced
4 Cups of Water *you may want more soup. 
* The rest of the ingredients, I just went by taste. 
Cayenne Pepper 
Garlic Salt
Jasmin Rice
Mexican Sour Cream

  1. Heat a large pot,  a dutch oven would be ideal and pour a light coating of oil.

  2. Add the meat to brown a little bit.  Do not over cook.

  3. Remove the meat as it browns and than add the onion and garlic.  Stir around the onion and garlic to pick up the flavor of the meat.

  4. Once the onion is fully cooked, add the meat back in and season with salt and pepper.

  5. Add the water and bring it to a boil. 

  6. Add the frozen vegetables.

  7. Once they are cooked, add the tomatoes and the chickpea.

  8. Than add your seasonings.  The measurements is up to you.  You may want more heat, less heat, more nutmeg.  I went with even parts of each thing except for the garlic salt.  I doubled that.

  9. Reduce to a simmer. 

  10. Once it is to your taste, serve with a side of rice and sour cream. 


  1. Ah, well Joy you may have failed the challenge for this week but that stew is most definitely not a fail - that's a win! Also, here's a thought - why not throw the apricots into the stew too? It'll give it a lovely sweetness that will go really well with the savoury flavours and the beef.

    Thoughts for next time, eh? =)

    Jax x

  2. Thank you so much....hopefully this week, I won't fail. My pantry is in need of a cleaning :D