Tuesday, June 26, 2012

July Pantry Challenge

We just returned home on Saturday from lots of traveling and time away.  I was able to accomplish a good amount of decluttering and reorganizing before we left, and I am feeling the need to simplify things in general around here.  In an effort to just stay home more and to clean our pantry and freezers (as well as save a bit of $$), I have instituted another pantry challenge for the month of July.  

Since we have found ourselves dipping into our July budget already (hence the need to save some $$), the challenge is already in full swing at our house.  I made this week's menu plan based on meats that I knew we already had in the freezer, and I plan to work on collecting a master list of recipes to help with meal planning in general.  

I plan from Monday to Sunday, and here is the menu for this week:

Monday - Hot and Spicy peanut chicken, rice (This is a new crock pot meal that was prepared and frozen right before we left.)
Tuesday - left-overs (It's just Benjamin and me.)
Wednesday - beans and weenies (Don't ask me why everyone in my house loves this so much.  Hey, at least it's cheap and easy.)
Thursday - chipotle shrimp, sweet corn on the cob, veggies
Friday - pizza bites
Saturday - rosemary pork loin, mashed potatoes, steamed broccoli
Sunday - slow-cooker apricot chicken, rice, veggies

breakfasts - cereal, granola bars/cereal bars, yogurt with fruit, muffins, eggs

lunches - salads, sandwiches/wraps, quesadillas, snacky stuff, left-overs

snacks - fruit, chopped vegetables, powerballs or cookie dough bites, pineapple salsa

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