We are doing well with the pantry challenge, so well in fact I’m thinking of extending it for at least a third week. I have quite a few frozen meals put away in the freezer that we can eat up. I usually go to the grocery store no more than once a week. It is quite a drive from our house so I plan a morning out where I take care of other chores as well. This week I was in Rutland on Wednesday so I made a quick stop, but I only needed to buy a few things. I spent $19.81.
I have to go to a meeting/potluck Sunday night and am responsible for bringing a salad. I decided to make the delicious Pear & Blue Cheese Salad; everyone always enjoys that. It did mean I had to purchase two pears and an avocado as well as some lettuce. The dressing will be made from ingredients we have on hand. I also purchased a gallon of milk from our neighborhood farmer. I used ½ gallon of it to make yogurt.
I pretty much followed our meal plan that I mentioned last week; I did switch a couple of the days around. For the most part our lunches have been either leftovers, soup from the freezer or a delicious egg & salsa burrito. This is what we ate this week:
Sunday: Pork, Kale & Bean Soup (leftover)
Monday: Spinach Quiche (used up a bag of spinach, a couple of pieces of bacon leftover from when our boys were home and a premade pie crust I had on hand)
Tuesday: Chinese Stir-fry with chicken from the freezer and a cabbage on hand.
Wednesday: Beef & Chinese noodles (leftovers)
Thursday: Spaghetti & Meatballs (freezer)
Friday: Baked Barley Risotto with Spinach and Butternut Squash (squash on the counter)
Saturday: Quiche (leftover)
Next week the plan is to eat the following:
Sunday: Meatloaf (freezer)
Monday: Corn & Bean Chowder
Tuesday: Shepherd’s Pie (freezer)
Wednesday: Chili Mac and Cheese Casserole (freezer)
Thursday: Chicken Parmesan (chicken in the freezer)
Friday: Homemade Waffles (much to my husband’s delight!)
Saturday: Chicken Soup (freezer)
For those of you who decided to join me, how is your week going? Are you making progress at using up those leftovers and frozen meals in your freezer? Let me know how it’s going!