Pre-Thanksgiving Pantry Challenge – Our Meal Plan

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on November 12, 2012

Last Thursday night we ended up having leftovers. I had a meal plan in place for each night last week, but for some reason we had lots and lots of leftovers. So in an attempt to keep things from falling off the shelves in the refrigerator, we had leftovers…and I immediately made the decision that a pantry challenge was soon in order.

I’ve still got some great produce leftover from last week’s trip to Sprouts, and I decided that it was worth a trip in over this weekend, as they had organic canned pumpkin and fresh bags cranberries on sale for $1. I happened to be right nearby visiting my precious new niece, and I’m glad I stocked up. The cranberries are in the freezer…waiting for Thanksgiving day homemade cranberry sauce and the rest I will use for Cranberry Chicken.

With all I have on hand, there’s not need for any shopping again until it was time for Thanksgiving feast preparations, and some of what I’ll need I already have in the pantry. That leaves me with about 9-10 days worth of meals that I can make with items I’ve got in the pantry, fridge and freezer, so….it’s time for the…

Pre-Thanksgiving Pantry Challenge

What I’ve Got On Hand

Freezer

  • 1 meals worth of pork chops
  • 1 Cran-Apple Pork Roast (recipe coming tonight)
  • 2 meals worth of stew meat
  • 3 meals worth of ground beef
  • 1 pkg chicken breast
  • Pkg corn tortillas
  • Couple packages frozen vegetables
  • Individually packaged Pumpkin Spice Baked Oatmeal (will be sending these in lunchboxes!)
  • Other random ingredients

Pantry

  • Canned corn, black beans and corn
  • Pasta, several bags of different varieties
  • 1 jar spaghetti sauce
  • 1 jar pizza sauce
  • Tuna, coconut milk
  • Taco shells
  • Organic canned pumpkin

Produce

  • Spaghetti squash
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Butternut Squash
  • Baby carrots
  • And more

What I Plan to Make

What I Plan to Bake

And while it feels a little early to be doing this, I might start on Cuatro’s Stock the Freezer List, once there’s a little more room in the freezer. He’s due to arrive in 9 (very short) weeks…most of which will be filled with all kinds of holiday fun and frenzy…and I don’t want to be caught off guard and run out of time to get everything into the freezer before he arrives in mid-January!

Anyone else cooking from their pantry/freezer/fridge this week?

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Lori November 12, 2012 at 12:29 pm

I’m right there with ya on the pantry-challenge! Just last week, I did an inventory of my freezer and pantry. I’ve got that list together – now I just need to make meals out of it. However, I like your list better in that you list how many meals you can get out of “x”.

If I could get by without buying anything else food-wise and get through Thanksgiving, I’d be thankful for that! I waste so much food because I don’t plan. Ugh!

Thanks for the inspiration to get it done! I’ll let you know how it goes. :)

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