Wednesday, May 9, 2012

"Eat From the Pantry Challenge" Meal Update!

Yesterday I posted the “Eat from the Pantry Challenge” on the blog.  I promised to keep track of any and all of my grocery spending and mentioned that I would share some of the recipes I was using to use of my current stock of food.  Now, I have to say that I’m definitely not the best, creative chef.  I just like to find things that are easy, quick and frugal.  With an 18 month old and a 3 year old I don’t have a lot of time to spend in the kitchen.  J

So here’s a quick post to update you on our meals the past couple of days….

Yesterday (Tuesday)—

Breakfast—Cereal (some of the 31 boxes I had in the cabinet! J) and bananas and strawberries.  I purchased the fruit at the end of last week before starting the challenge, but I’m sure I’ll be having to run out to get some more fresh items soon!

Lunch—Corn Dogs & Broccoli.  When I cleaned out the freezers I found 2 corn dogs that had been in hiding.  I decided to give those to my girls for lunch with some leftover broccoli from Monday night’s supper.  I had some leftover Tilapia with my broccoli which was also leftover from Monday night.

Supper—Salsa Chicken, Black Beans, Corn & Roasted Potatoes.  As I was cleaning out the freezer, I found several packages of chicken thighs.  We prefer chicken breasts, so I had let the thighs pile up without being used.  But, since we’re eating out of the pantry I decided now was the time to use them.

I pulled out my family size package of chicken thighs and cooked them in the crockpot on low all day long.  Last week we had prepared some homemade salsa (yum!) that I had leftover in the refrigerator.  About an hour before serving I poured the salsa over the chicken.  In the meantime, I opened up a can of black beans and a can of corn from the pantry and heated.  I also grabbed a few potatoes from the pantry and cut them into cubes, drizzled olive oil over the top and roasted them in the oven for about an hour.  We ended up having a supper that my husband and girls all devoured without spending anything from our weekly budget!  Unfortunately I didn’t think about taking a picture for the blog until everything was gone!  J

Today (Wednesday)
Breakfast—We had cereal and fruit once again…boring, I know, but we’re not real big breakfast eaters around here….and we do need to use up those 31 boxes of cereal!  Ha!

Lunch—I whipped up some grilled cheese sandwiches using bread and cheese we already had here.  We finished with a little strawberry shortcake which was leftover from the weekend.

Supper—For supper on Wednesday’s we eat our meal at the church, so we don’t have to worry about anything tonight! 

Like I said, I know I’m not a creative genius.  In fact, I think my meals are probably pretty boring, but I just want to share my journey of Eating from My Pantry with you to hopefully encourage you to do the same and be able to save your family money!

I’ll be sure to update again soon!

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  1. Your meals may sound "boring", but they're realistic - items you have on hand (and I probably do too) and things that fit your lifestyle and others. Sometimes I get bogged down in menu planning and don't get the meals prepared. It's not about how fancy/great it sounds on paper. It's how empty the dishes look after supper ;0) Looking forward to your posts on this journey!!

  2. Thanks, Sheila, for your encouragement! :) I like how you described it! It really all is about whether or not the meal tasted good or not--and if we didn't have to spend any money (or very little) that's even better!