Menu Plan Monday – Pantry Challenge Week 3

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on January 18, 2010

Menu Plan Monday

We are still going strong on this month’s pantry/freezer challenge! But I’m gonna throw in a new twist this week!


No cold cereal with milk allowed this week!

(As if I need yet another challenge on top of the pantry challenge…but it must be done!)

Breakfast Ideas:

  • Peaches and Cream Oatmeal (using peaches from the freezer…will post recipe later in the week)
  • Pumpkin pancakes
  • Blueberry English muffins
  • Banana Cinnamon Waffles (using up some brown bananas)
  • Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal
  • All with fresh fruit


Monday - Honey Ginger Salmon (I’ll be in Indianapolis, signing cookbooks, but I’ll share a recipe from this past weekend!)

Tuesday – Lemon Pepper Chicken with Chili French Fries

Wednesday – Beef Roast

Thursday – Cranberry Chicken

Friday – Dinner with Beckywhat can I bring?!?

Saturday – Experiment Meal!

Sunday - Leftovers or Sandwiches, Fruit

I will post the recipes each night after I make the meal. If you see a meal you are interested in, please check back for the recipe later in the week!

Current Monthly Meal Plan can be found here!

Thanks to Andrea at Mommy Snacks and Marcy at Stretching a Buck for posting the best deals and coupon matchups at my stores each week!

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{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Paula January 18, 2010 at 12:09 am

I think my son would die without his cold cereal! He begs for it every morning now.


Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom January 18, 2010 at 12:20 am


Hoping my boys go for it too! They love their Rice Chex!


Becky @beckydell.blogspot,com January 18, 2010 at 8:49 am

Woo-hoo for Friday!! :) Dinner together and a playdate earlier that day. How much fun is that!:) I can’t wait to eat whatever you devide to bring! Have fun in Indy.


Anjanette January 18, 2010 at 9:26 am

My family allows ourselves a half gallon of milk and one box of cereal a MONTH! The other days we eat oatmeal, smoothies, or eggs and toast – more of the latter than anything else. We actually have a dedicated “egg skillet” that sits on top of the stove at all times and is used for nothing else! It’s a lot of eggs (usually more than 2 dozen a week), but it’s hard to find a cheaper source of protein – especially since we eat organic!


Kelleigh @ Kelleigh Ratzlaff Designs January 18, 2010 at 10:17 am

Yeah, right! I eat cold cereal for breakfast, lunch and snack!!


Heather January 18, 2010 at 12:57 pm

Isn’t it funny how it feels like deprivation to be without cold cereal and milk? When in reality your family is so fortunate to have a mom who will make them all of those wonderful, delicious breakfast foods this week. I say bravo to you!


The Prudent Homemaker January 18, 2010 at 5:53 pm

Good for you!

When we first started living from our pantry exclusively, we ate the cereal with reconstituted powdered milk. Then when the cereal was gone, it was gone–and I’ve never looked back. We went from there to lots more oatmeal, muffins, crepes, etc.

I buy my oats in bulk bags of 25lbs. Including borwn sugar, butter, and any toppings (raisins or nuts, but sometimes home canned peaches) we’re at $1 or less for breakfast for 6 of us (my husband usually eats leftovers or potatoes for breakfast); a little more if we include home-canned peaches).

As we lived 27 months from our pantry and garden before, we also had a lot of fruit salad for breakfast, made from canned fruits.

We had about 10 months to shop again, and now we’re back to eating from the pantry and garden.

Besides oatmeal, homemade hash browns and diced potatoes, and eggs (when we were shopping) here are some of the other breakfasts we have, from items in our pantry:


Stockpiling Mom January 19, 2010 at 10:31 am

Stopping by from MPM! This week we incorporated Healthy Weight Week in our menu. I am new to the group but not to menu planning. Thanks so much for your insight!


nana29 January 23, 2010 at 10:05 pm

I need to change my name now to nana210! Having raised 5 children who all loved to eat, I know first hand how meal prep and planning can be overwhelming. But I always planned menus for a month at a time (paycheck came once a month) and breakfast was usually hot because it cost less. Homemade pancake mix made in large batches, oatmeal, rice, and cream of wheat served with various toppings. My kids tell me now how thankful they are that I served them warm breakfasts and good food. They weren’t always that positive when they were at home! :)


Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom January 24, 2010 at 3:19 pm


I love it! I enjoyed making warm breakfasts last week…and hope to do more warm breakfasts in the future! Because it does keep costs down, no doubt about that!!!


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