When I first heard about the Eat from the Pantry/Freezer Challenge being hosted by Crystal and Jessica, I knew I had to join in! I had planned to eat lots of meals from my “stock the freezer” list during December…but that just didn’t happen! We were blessed with many meals from our church family and friends…and we blessed over the holidays to eat out or eat with family for most meals.
So the freezer remains stuffed to the gills.
Even my BIL noticed…as he couldn’t find space in either freezer for my SIL’s favorite Peanut Butter Chip ice cream (that can’t be found where they live)!
Must. Clear. Out. The Freezer!
I printed off a copy of Once A Month Mom’s Freezer Inventory Worksheet…and I filled it out!
Next I made the meal plan for the month (see below). Then I sketched out the list of potentials that I’ll need from the store this month…like bananas, milk, other snacks, etc…and made a decision…that even shocked Steve! I only plan to spend $100 on groceries for the entire month. (And this will include diapers!)
So that is my challenge to myself this month. I plan to get back to posting my shopping trips…will share successes and (hopefully not) failures! Also, Tyler and I will be doing some traveling this month for cookbook signing and media appearances…so I’m not exactly sure how “the plan” will play out…but we’re gonna try!
So here’s the plan…starting Monday!
4 – Chicken Taco Bake over Chips
5 – Mushroom Barley Soup
6 – Spaghetti
7 – Ham with Broccoli Casserole
8 – Zucchini Stew with Shredded Chicken, Sweet Potatoes
9 – Italian Stuffed Shells
10 – Rice and Beans
11 – Black Bean Soup and Corn Cobs
12 – Lemon Chicken
13 – Slow Cooker Beef Roast
14 – Shrimp and Pasta Salad
15 – Chicken Penne Italiano (from AllRecipes)
16 – BBQ Mini Meatloaves
17 – Waffles and Scrambled Eggs
18 – Honey Ginger Salmon with Garden Green Beans
19 – Baked Chicken with Garden Pesto Pasta
20 – Round Steaks with Mashed Sweet Potatoes and Peas
21 – Bean and Ham Pasta (from AllRecipes)
22 – Beef Roast…still looking for a recipe to try!
23 – Spaghetti
24 – Date Night/Out
25 – Meatloaf
26 – Firecracker Salmon with Broccoli
27 – Pinto Beans…still looking for a recipe to try!
28 – Pasta with Dried Tomatoes from the Garden
29 – Turkey Burgers
30 – Spaghetti
31 – Zucchini Stew
Lunches: Lasagna, Cowboy’s Biscuit Pie, Zesty BBQ Beef, Sandwiches, Banana and Fruit Smoothies, Fresh Fruit – Cantaloupe, Apples
There you have it.
The Eat out of the Pantry/Freezer Challenge…and the plan to make it happen!
Happy New Year! And Happy New Decade, too!!!