Menu Plan - Pantry Challenge Week 11

We hosted brunch last Saturday which is always lovely.  I will say though, that to host brunch for 9 amidst a pantry challenge is extra challenging.  Almost all of the recipes I used had to rely heavily on substituted items.  Everything was edible and Engineer really liked the leftovers...which was lucky for me 'cuz that's what we had for dinner that night.  :)

What is the point of this pantry challenge?  I hear you asking.  Don't think that your cries fall on deaf ears. 

It's fourfold really:

1.  To save as much money in the grocery budget as possible.  We are currently working fast and furiously toward debt freedom and every penny pinched now means a dollar saved later.

2.  To clean out and use up everything rather than wasting anything.  I'm sure it's happened to everyone at some point where you pull out mystery meat from the freezer covered in frost.  Or have had groceries expire on you because they got shoved to the back - the out of sight, out of mind phenomenon.  I want to use up everything and take stock of what and how much we need of certain items.

3.  To restock in a different way.  Not that we eat that many processed foods anyway, but I do want to make sure that our cupboards are full of nourishing foods rather than foods just to fill our bellies.  Don't worry frozen pizza, you will always have a place in my heart and in my freezer.

4.  To get better organized.  I'm not sure that I could keep up with a detailed account of everything in the freezer, cupboards, pantry, etc. all the time but a general list of items we keep on hand would be helpful.  This may also cut down on the mystery meat and expiration situations.

This month we will be eating (in no particular order):

  1. Beef Stroganoff & Salad
  2. Sweet Potato Chili & Rolls
  3. Steak Fingers, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans
  4. Pumpkin Soup & Rolls
  5. Tuna Noodle Casserole & Steamed Veggies
  6. Salad Nicoise
  7. Sausage, Biscuits, & Gravy
  8. Croque Monsieur and Stewed Apples & Cranberries
  9. Ribs, Roasted Sweet Potato Salad, Greens
  10. Quesadillas, Rice, & Beans
  11. Roast Turkey, Green Bean Casserole, Dressing, and Cranberry Sauce
  12. Pasta Salad, Rice Salad, Green Salad
  13. Stuffin' Muffins, Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Chard
  14. Turkey Broccoli Rice Casserole & Sauteed Veggies
  15. Quiche & Salad
  16. Tin Foil Dinners
  17. Beans, Greens, & Cornbread
  18. Turkey Curry over Rice
  19. Soft Tacos, Rice, & Refried Beans
  20. Enchiladas, Rice, & Beans
  21. Pork Stir Fry over Rice
  22. Roast, Rice, & Gravy, Steamed Veggies
  23. Grilled Turkey, Brie, & Cranberry Sandwiches, Slaw, & Broiled Grapefruit
  24. Tomato Soup & Grilled Cheese
  25. King Ranch Turkey Casserole and Salad
  26. Hashbrown Casserole & Mixed Vegetables
  27. Ham, Salad, Sweet Potato & Collard Soup, Cranberry & Brie Crescents, Marinated Broccoli, Mung Bean Salad
  28. Cuban Sandwiches & Beans
  29. Chicken in a Cloud with Steamed Broccoli
  30. Frito Pies made with Homemade Chili
  31. Ham & Apple Casserole
  32. Ham & Cheese Breakfast Bake

This is part of Menu Plan Monday.


  1. I'm headed in to just the third week of my challenge and I already have a couple of empty shelves. I love reading your menu plan. I needed some inspiration.

    1. Keep up the good work Ms. Kristin and glad I could help inspire you. :)

  2. We did this for the month of January and part of the February for the same reasons. I'm impressed you already have the whole month planned out!! Wow.

    1. I just thought I would give it a try this way it gives me more freedom for the month while still knowing what I could make for dinner. Thanks for stopping by Ms. Betsy!

  3. Wow- a whole month! Very ambitious indeed. Love the "in no particular order" bit ;-) Flying by the seat of your pants, yet having a plan at the same time is a nice mix to life!

    1. It's okay for what I need it to do - to let me know my overall options at a glance, but I prefer the week at a time method. :)


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