Wednesday, January 06, 2010
Eat from the Pantry Challenge
Well, I decided to jump into the "Eat from the Pantry Challenge" for this month, hosted by Money Saving Mom and Life as Mom. I made a list of meals that I could make using mostly ingredients that we have on hand, and came up with almost enough to fill the month! My sister and family are going to be visiting my parents during part of the time, and I know we'll probably be eating at least a few meals over there, so that should make up for the empty spots in my menu.
Now I'm not planning to skip grocery shopping for the whole month (wouldn't that be nice, though?!), but I am planning to keep my grocery purchases to a minimum. I normally spend around $200-$250/month on groceries, so I'm setting a goal to only spend $100-$150 this month. This will cover milk, produce, and ingredients for things I make every week, such as granola and bread (although I already have a lot of flour on hand, so I shouldn't need much for that).
I think it will be great to clear some older stuff out of the freezer and use up some of the odds and ends from the pantry, such as partially used boxes of lasagna noodles. :) Here is my menu plan (suppers) for the rest of this month (not necessarily in order :)).
*Quesadillas, rice and beans
*Cheeseburger soup, rolls
*Mac 'n Cheese, biscuits, maybe veggies or applesauce
*Pork roast, mashed potatoes
*Pork fried rice (using leftover pork)
*Spaghetti, garlic bread
*Chicken pot pie, rolls
*Eggs, home fries, bacon
*Chicken/broccoli casserole with rice
*Hearty Penne Beef
*Mac 'n Cheese, applesauce, toast
This is just a quick list and very subject to change! And as you can see, I added some side dishes in, but those too are apt to change, depending on what I buy that week or what I already have on hand. You can also see that we eat pizza around 4 times a month (usually on Saturday or Sunday nights), and there are several other favorite meals that we repeat two or three times, such as quesadillas, mac 'n cheese, etc. I didn't list breakfasts or lunches, because we eat homemade granola for breakfast 99% of the time, and usually just sandwiches or leftovers for lunch. I'm really excited to see how the month goes, and hopefully I'll be able to keep within my goal budget!
Posted by Carrie at 2:54 PM