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This is the third day of my 31 Days of Living Well & Spending Zero challenge. To read all the posts in order, start with Day One here.

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With a freshly organized freezer and pantry, the load on your shoulders is hopefully just a little bit lighter and you are feeling good about the days to come. When it comes to food at least, you now know what you have; now you just figure out how to use it!

Thus, today’s assignment is to brainstorm as many meal ideas as possible.

First, as fast as you can, make a list of your family’s favorite meals or your favorite recipes. Don’t worry if you have the right ingredients, just start writing things down. If your kids are old enough, they can help you with this task! Keep writing until you can’t think of any more

Read through your inventory lists and try to think of one dish that corresponds to each different food item. For instance, if canned corn is on your list, you could write down “corn chowder” or “corn casserole” or “goulash.” If you are really stumped for an item, keep moving. For items such as ready-to-eat canned soup, it is okay to just jot down “soup”

Print this meal idea worksheet and list your favorite meal ideas from all the brainstorming you’ve just done. Be sure to include exactly where the recipe was found!

{get brainstorming worksheet here}

Finally, get inspired! Look through your favorite cookbooks or magazines or on Pinterest for some new ideas, or check out 20 of my favorite stockpile recipes for inspiration:

These 20 recipes are easy, fast, and delicious.

1. Dutch Babies
2. Perfect Scrambled Eggs {Breakfast for Dinner}
3. Pumpkin Coconut Chocolate Chip Cream Cheese Muffins
Soups & Chili
4. Cheesy Cream of Broccoli Soup
5. White Bean Chili
6.  5-Star {Vegetarian} Chili
Main Course Meals
7. {Vegetarian} Quiche
8. Taco Casserole
9. Simple Vegetable Frittata
10. Roasted Vegetable Pasta with Feta
11. {Vegetarian} Goulash
12. Grilled Pizza
13. Roasted Shrimp & Broccoli Garlic Spaghetti
14. Roasted Vegetable Pot Pie Pockets
15. {Vegetarian} Meatloaf
16. Cheesy Chicken & Rice Casserole
17. One Bowl Brownies
18. Princess & Trouble’s Everything Cookies
19. Pumpkin Sandwich Cookies with Maple Cream Cheese Icing
20. Caramelized Pear Upside Down Cake

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Be sure to a comment below listing at least one easy meal idea or recipe from the list you’ve just made, then be sure to check back to see the ideas that others have provided. You are welcome to post more than one–the idea is to gather as many “stockpile” meal ideas as possible. 

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{Go to Day 4}