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Meal Planning: Pantry Challenge Week Three

Posted By Jessica Fisher On January 17, 2010 @ 3:57 pm In Uncategorized | 6 Comments


Since we’ve been “eating from the pantry,” our family has spent $219 out of our $400 grocery budget [5] for the month. It’s been amazing all that we had in storage. I guess we had more than one kind of emergency fund. That is reassuring to me. Stockpiling and shopping from the sales can help us in a pinch. And it’s nice to have a little wiggle room this month as we tighten the belt and get back to some better spending habits [6].

The past week’s meals featured at least one dismal meal [7], but also some really yummy things, like Stuffed Focaccia [8]. There have been some days when my motivation was low, yet somehow food made it to the table.

This week? Keep moving forward, that’s what we’re doing. Here’s the meal plan at the moment, subject to change, as always.

17. Mixed Grill (fish and shrimp), Rice Pilaf, Green Salad, Garlic Foccaccia
18. Stuffed Pasta Shells, Green Salad
19. Bean Tostadas [9]
20. Carnitas Soft Tacos [10]
21. Paella
22. Pizza [11] and Salad [12]
23. Roast Chicken [13]Quick Seasoned Rice [14], Vegetables

For more meal planning inspiration, visit I’m an Organizing Junkie [15] every Monday.

Come back Monday to link up your Pantry challenge update!

And this Thursday, the URS theme is Pantry Inspiration.

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[6] get back to some better spending habits: http://lifeasmom.com/2010/01/frugal-friday-new-year-goals.html.html

[7] one dismal meal: http://www.goodcheapeats.com/2010/01/pantry-challenge-day-13-experiments.html

[8] Stuffed Focaccia: http://www.goodcheapeats.com/2010/01/pantry-challenge-day-14-stuffed.html

[9] Bean Tostadas: http://www.goodcheapeats.com/2009/04/simple-bean-tostadas.html

[10] Carnitas Soft Tacos: http://www.goodcheapeats.com/2009/10/carnitas-soft-tacos.html

[11] Pizza: http://www.goodcheapeats.com/2009/07/basic-homemade-pizza.html

[12] Salad: http://www.goodcheapeats.com/2009/10/chichis-italian-salad.html

[13] Roast Chicken: http://www.goodcheapeats.com/2009/10/good-cheap-eat-roast-chicken.html

[14] Quick Seasoned Rice: http://www.goodcheapeats.com/2009/09/quick-seasoned-rice.html

[15] I’m an Organizing Junkie: http://orgjunkie.com

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