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Meal Planning: The Final Week of the Pantry Challenge

Posted By Jessica Fisher On January 23, 2011 @ 12:00 pm In Meal Planning,Pantry Challenge | 8 Comments

[3] I’m entering the final week of my pantry challenge. I’m making it an even 4 weeks and ending on Friday. Carry on until Monday if that’s your druthers.

It’s been harder than I expected in some ways. We’ve run out of milk and produce more often than I thought we would. Side dishes have been dwindling as well.

This challenge has been easier than I thought it would be in other respects. My freezer was pretty well stocked with proteins. In fact, I think I’ll still have a turkey and several roasts when this is all said and done.

Overall, it’s been good. I’ve been more deliberate in thinking through what’s left in my grocery envelope [4]. But, I’ve also been a little more stingy — or felt that way — with my family. But, more on that next Sunday when I share a wrap up.

It’s never too late to start your own pantry challenge. To check out the details and join in, go here [5]. And to read what we’ve really been eating, pop over to my food blog. [6]

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Meal Planning the Easy Way

This month, meal planning was pretty easy. Each week I used a fillable planning page, page 95, to be exact, from my planner [8]. On one side I listed all our breakfasts, lunches, and dinners. On the other side I listed the groceries that I didn’t already have to complete those meals. This was essential to making the Pantry Challenge work since I needed to focus my grocery spending on our “needs” first.

Here’s the plan for this week:

Breakfasts

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Yes, I know the Chargers are out of it. But, one can always dream of next year….

Lunches

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Dinners

  • Roast Chicken [20] and all the fixins
  • French Dip Sandwiches
  • Beef and Barley Soup
  • Pizza [21]
  • Tacos
  • Spaghetti with Homemade Ragu

In comparing last week’s plan [22] to what we actually ate, I see that I didn’t exactly follow our plan. But, we had a target to shoot for. And that’s better than aiming at nothing.

How does Meal Planning help your daze?

Don’t forget to pop over to Organizing Junkie [23] for more meal planning inspiration.


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[4] thinking through what’s left in my grocery envelope: http://lifeasmom.com/2011/01/grocery-geek-presents-pantry-challenge-week-3.html

[5] go here: http://lifeasmom.com/2011/01/join-the-pantry-challenge.html

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[8] my planner: http://wp.me/PLlgS-2Nz

[9] Oatmeal: http://lifeasmom.com/2010/03/ultimate-recipe-swap-whole-grains.html

[10] Maple Granola: http://goodcheapeats.com/2010/03/maple-granola-with-oats-nuts-and-seeds/

[11] Pancakes: http://goodcheapeats.com/2010/01/pancakes-easy-pantry-staple/

[12] Muffins: http://goodcheapeats.com/2009/11/mix-and-match-muffins/

[13] Scones: http://goodcheapeats.com/2010/08/lemon-blueberry-scones/

[14] Coffeecake: http://lifeasmom.com/2010/01/ultimate-recipe-swap-healthier-eating.html

[15] Image: http://lifeasmom.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/chargers-brats.jpg

[16] Hot Dogs and Brats: http://goodcheapeats.com/2010/02/bratwurst-with-sauteed-peppers-and/

[17] Cheese and Crackers: http://lifeasmom.com/2009/06/snacky-lunch-its-whats-on-menu.html

[18] BBQ Pork Sandwiches: http://goodcheapeats.com/2009/09/bbq-pork-sandwiches/

[19] Image: http://goodcheapeats.com/2011/01/pantry-challenge-2011-days-20-21/

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

[21] Pizza: http://lifeasmom.com/2010/09/tgif-make-pizza-yourself.html

[22] last week’s plan: http://lifeasmom.com/2011/01/meal-planning-hows-that-pantry-challenge-going.html

[23] Organizing Junkie: http://orgjunkie.com/2011/01/menu-plan-monday-jan-24th.html

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