Pantry Meals

So this week I challenged myself not to grocery shop but to use what we had in the freezer, fridge, and pantry. I needed to clean up some of those items that have been in there too long or just getting overlooked.

So on the following Friday I sat down during nap time to take inventory of everything we had in the house; full bags, half-full, even a handful left everything was written down. So from there I started creating a menu placing recipes on my scribbled out menu planner for the week. After a few revisions and careful placements I finally had my menu planned.

Milk is not something we can live without so I knew we would be making a Costco trip to get our milk; $10 for milk for the week. After I took inventory of our fresh fruits and vegetables, fresh peas, mushrooms, onions, 2.5lbs potatoes and 3 carrots, I knew that we needed just a few to round out our menu. Eva and I hopped in the car and headed to Aldi where we purchased bananas, apples, and cabbage; an additional $7 spent. So we spent a total of $17 for the week, much different than our $85.24 I spent last week.

Our menu looks like this:

 

Sunday: breakfast- toast and eggs; lunch- fresh mozzarella, kalamata, and red onion naan pizza w/ parmesan peas; dinner – rotisserie pork loin, parmesan roasted cauliflower and sauteed potatoes

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Monday:breakfast – yogurt with Strawberry Puree and granola; lunch – Chicken broth and noodle soup with fresh mozzarella on english muffin; dinner – broiled tilapia, parmesan couscous and frozen broccoli

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Tuesday: breakfast- cereal; lunch-pancakes w/ strawberry puree and sausages; dinner- Crispy Pork Tacos (leftover from Sunday’s dinner) with creamy lime slaw (without cilantro because we had none) and frozen veggie saute

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Wednesday: breakfast- toast with peanut butter and strawberry rhubarb butter (homemade on Sunday and delicious); lunch- chicken nuggets with tator tots & grapes (playdate here with more twins!); dinner – Ramen Bowls with teriyaki chicken(Crazy Cuizine from Costco), snap peas, carrots, cabbage and red onion

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Thursday: breakfast- yogurt and granola; lunch- mac n cheese with peas; dinner- Hoisin Chicken with fried rice – our easy go to is usually Trader Joe’s veggie fried rice but after this latest recall we tried Pf Chang’s in the freezer section and it is fabulous as well.

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Friday- breakfast- bagel with peanut butter and apples; lunch- at my parent’s so free meal; dinner- frozen pizza, breadsticks and salad

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