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Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Pantry Challenge: my Meal List

I'm doing the Pantry Challenge with Good Cheap Eats in January.

My goal: make one big trip to the grocery store, and other than that, only shop for milk and fresh fruit/veggies.

Today I spent a couple of hours going through what I have on hand and browsing recipes to see what all I could put together.   From this list, I made out my grocery list for tomorrow, planning to buy as few ingredients as possible for the month.

Meals for the rest of the month (ingredients on hand):
  • Taco Pie (using precooked ground beef I've frozen)
  • Macaroni and Cheese with Cocktail Weiners   (kid favorite, using up a leftover bag of cocktail weiners from New Year's Eve)
  • Crockpot Chicken & Broccoli over Rice 
  • pork spare ribs/ sauerkraut in crockpot
  • my potato soup 
  • meatball subs (frozen meatballs/ spaghetti sauce/ need to make or buy buns)
  • eggs/ bacon/ biscuits
  • side dish: Broccoli-Bacon Slaw (modifying this recipe a bit to use up the leftover bag of broccoli slaw I had from New Year's Eve... will leave out nuts/ cranberries)
  • roast turkey breast (crockpot), stuffing, green beans
  •  my own "World Famous Chicken Enchiladas" (using leftover turkey instead of chicken) corn, chips and salsa
  • my own Crockpot Spaghetti Sauce over ziti pasta *actually I will need one can of tomato sauce to complete this recipe, but I'll get it on my one allowed shopping trip
  • Sweet and Sour Chicken (already frozen- made from this recipe) over steamed rice
  • Cottage Pie  (hamburger/ mashed potatoes/ green beans casserole)
  • my homemade vegetable soup in the crockpot 
  • roast chicken in the crockpot, mashed potatoes, veggie
  • chicken and noodles (using leftover chicken)
  • homemade pepperoni pizza 
  • family favorite: Chicken Spaghetti  (uses canned chicken, Rotel, and sour cream)
Of course each one needs some sides, but that's the basic list I'll be working from.  I'm updating this list through the month, crossing off meals after we have eaten them.

My grocery list includes whatever kinds of meats are on sale/clearance, and from there I'll add more meals.  

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1 comment:

  1. Nice list! The enchiladas sound great, we haven't had those in forever. And I always have tons of peppers in my freezer. :)


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