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Cookin’ From the Pantry

Posted By Jessica Fisher On April 20, 2009 @ 3:22 am In Meal Planning | 4 Comments


As I mentioned last week, one way I’m cutting corners in April is to avoid any big grocery stops. Rather than spend my usual $125 per week, for the remainder of the month, I’m going to try to just use up what we have. (Thanks, Money Saving Mom [5], for the inspiration!)

Last week I brainstormed all the things I could make, picked up a few odds and ends, and we ate very well.

Probably the highlight of the menus were the Chimichangas. We recently acquired a new commercial fryer for free [6]! We’ve had a little too much fun making donuts, french fries, tostadas, taco shells, and chimichangas. Those are one of FishPapa’s most favorite Mexican meal. (Basically, it’s a fried burrito with the cold fillings on top.) He was feeling pretty happy after dinner that night.

Here’s our updated menu plan for April:

Enchiladas, rice, and beans
PB Chicken [7]
Chicken Smothered in Onions, mashed potatoes
Boules de Picolat [8], boiled potatoes, veg
Pizza [9] and Salad
Sausage and Pepper Calzones and Salad
Bean Tostadas [10]
Grilled Chicken [11] and Vegetables, Rice Pilaf, Salad
Oven Baked Ribs, Potatoes, Salad
Spaghetti and Meatballs, Salad, Foccaccia
Beans and Rice [10]
Pasta with Red Sauce, Veg, and Rolls
Carnitas Soft Tacos, Beans and Rice
Meatloaf and Rice or Potatoes, Veg, and Baguette
Taco Salad
Paella [7], Salad, and Baguette
Lemon Noodles, Grilled Chicken, Salad, and Bread
Hamburgers, Fries
Shredded Beef Tacos
Chili Dogs, French Fries, Salad

Not sure how to meal plan? Here are some easy steps [12] to help you do that. Want more inspiration for meal planning? Visit Menu Plan Monday [13].

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