Both our pantry and our freezer are well stocked and I am very grateful for this. I usually have all the ingredients on hand at any given point to create a meal on short notice.
As the growing season approaches and we prepare for adding some local pork to our freezer I have decided to challenge myself once again! For the next two weeks I am only going to purchase items from the grocery store that are absolutely necessary; such as fresh fruit or vegetables. My budget for the two weeks will be $50. During these two weeks I will be utilizing food from our pantry and freezer. This will give me a chance to use up leftovers, unbury freezer items and clean out my pantry.
This challenge will start on Monday and run for at least two weeks! I will give you an update next week and share our menu plan as we go along. This is our menu plan for the first week:
Monday: Chicken Soup (made from the roast chicken I cooked on Saturday)
Tuesday: Beef Pot Pie (made with leftover pot roast)
Wednesday: Turkey Curry (leftovers in the freezer)
Thursday: Spaghetti and Meatballs (homemade sauce and meatballs in the freezer)
Fridays: Chicken Parmesan (leftovers in the freezer)
Saturday: Veggie Burgers and Sweet Potato Fries (freezer)
Sunday: Pasta with Sausage and Peppers (freezer)
Breakfast will be dry cereal we have on hand, homemade granola, oatmeal or eggs from our chickens. Homemade waffles or pancakes would be another option, which my husband would love! Lunches will be leftovers, soup or sandwiches from what is on hand using our homemade bread.
I cook from scratch most of the time and I’m looking forward to being challenged to use up what we have! After all the hard work of preserving our harvest now I want to make sure we are using it up! Next Thursday I will give you an update as to how we are doing! Care to join me?
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