Chametzfest has become the common name for the parties before and after Passover when we all go carb crazy. Before Passover it is typically any meal where we try to get rid of all our chametz. We still have about 4 weeks to go, but the purge begins. First we have to eat up all the candy and junk food we got over Purim, I always wonder why these holidays are so close to each other. Then we have to clear our our freezers and our pantries. After my last trip to the store stocking up on just enough granola bars for kids lunches I vowed that would be the last time I buy anything except for fresh product in the coming weeks. The way to stick to that promise is that I have to use up all the pantry staples now. So here goes ten recipes for our virtual chametzfest.
1. Tuna Casseroles are a no brainer, easy, prep ahead meal that can be made with any kind of pasta you have laying around, canned tuna or even canned salmon would work and throw in some frozen veggies or fresh spinach.
2. Barley Soups - any kind of barley soup will do, or you can go for a salad or a spring risotto, all of them will help you use up that bag of barley while getting some veggie in you too.
3. Bake homemade bread - if you don't have time for challah or you want a change or you want have so much flour to use you can make a bread a day, go ahead and learn the no knead method and have bakery like bread every day.
4. Oatmeal - Use up your oats with a baked oatmeal like this one or make overnight oats, apple crisp, or granola.
5. Orzo - Make this one pot meal to use up orzo and a can of chickpeas. Can be served hot or cold and is versatile enough to be made with any grain, rice or Israeli cous cous would work too.
6. Challah - use up leftover challah that you have been stashing away in the freezer making this kugel, bread pudding, stuffing or french toast.
7. Frozen Crust - can be used to make pie or a more practical solution is your favorite kind of quiche. Use fresh or frozen vegetable and whatever cheese you have on hand.
8. Puff Pastry - can be used for so many things, from empanadas, to pigs in a blanket to pot pie.
9. Wonton wrappers are always in my freezer and since asparagus are in season this is a favorite recipe to enjoy them. The kids fight over them.
I hope these help you clean out your fridge and pantry over the next few weeks. What are your tips and fave recipes?