Tuesday, May 7, 2013

the pantry challenge {menu plan}

March 7, 20132

Dave and I have decided to challenge ourselves to eating from our freezer and pantry this week.  We will be making a little store run to pick up a few staples (oil, milk, cheese, fruit & veggies, toilet paper) but that’s it.  We thought this would be a fun little challenge and maybe a way to show ourselves that we can use what we have on hand & save a little money in the process.

It does help that we bought quite a bit of meat on sale last week so our freezer is well stocked.  I’m also going to be making a bit more from scratch than normal. However, with the school year winding down, that should be easier too.

Here is what we will be eating this week:


  • Slow cooker pork chops, rice, broccoli, bread
  • Sloppy Joe’s, oven fries, salad
  • Slow cooker Sticky Chicken, rice, green beans
  • Herbed pork roast, roasted potatoes & carrots, salad
  • Homemade pizza night, salad, brownies
  • Mother’s Day picnic - (We’ll probably grill but I haven’t decided what I’d like yet. And it probably won’t come from the freezer so this one is the challenge breaker.)


  • turkey, veggies,& noodle stir-fry, apples
  • spaghetti, salad, fruit
  • soft tacos with fixings, beans, fruit
  • hot dogs, chili, oven fries
  • sandwiches, popcorn, fruit


  • fried eggs & toast, fruit
  • pancakes & fruit
  • banana bread, scrambled eggs
  • cinnamon rolls & sausage

I’ll let you know how we did next week!

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  1. I am trying to eat from our pantry and freezer, too. It makes me feel really safe and secure to know both are packed, but there comes a time when we have to eat what is there so it doesn't expire!

    1. Hi Theresa! You are right. There is a peace of mind that comes from knowing that you have food set aside. And that we need to eat our food so we don't waste it either. Thanks for visiting!


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