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Meal Planning & a Pantry Challenge

Posted By Jessica Fisher On July 24, 2011 @ 12:34 pm In Meal Planning | 6 Comments


Meal planning last week [4] was just the ticket to keeping meal times under control last week. I did a thorough job, too, by writing down meal ideas for all three meals, all week. I knew what ingredients I already had as well as what little things I needed to pick up at the store. Cooking was fun — and we made the most of what we already had [5]. You can read how the Pantry Challenge is going here [6].

One highlight for most of the family was the reintroduction of the Bean Tostada [3]. I used to make these 1 or 2 times a week back when we lived on beans and rice, rice and beans in our “get-out-of-debt” days. FishBoy7 said, “Oh, are we going to have those things that I loved when we lived in Kansas City?” Apparently, he has only happy memories of those days.

His elder brother didn’t think so fondly on the dish — no meat and overkill make this one of his least favorite dishes. But, the others did a happy dance when I said we’d be having it more often. And I may just add a little ground or shredded beef for my carnivore teenager.

Here’s the plan for this week, some are carryover from last week since we didn’t get to them:


Pumpkin Scones (recipe coming this week) and Yogurt
Banana Pancakes and Fresh Fruit
Smoothies [7] and Blueberry Nutmeg Muffins [8]
Cranberry Orange Granola [9] and Milk
Bread [10] and Jam
Cranberry Coffeecake
Chocolate Chip Waffles and Berries



Tuna Sandwiches [11], Veggies
DIY Pasta Salad [12], Fruit
Mac and Cheese, Salad
Beans and Rice [13], Fruit


Hamburgers on Homemade Buns [14], Veggies and Dip, Fruit Salad
Meatloaf [15] and Mashed Potatoes [16], Green Beans, Pumpkin Rolls
Baked Chicken [17], Rice Pilaf [18], Tossed Green Salad with Peperoncinis [19], Artisan Bread [10]
Grilled Fish, Quinoa Pilaf [20], Green Salad
Bean Tostadas [3]
Pasta with Red Sauce [21], Green Beans, Biscuits
Pizza [22], Veggies

Have you got a meal plan going?

Don’t forget to visit I’m an Organizing Junkie [23] for more meal planning inspiration.

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[3] Image: http://goodcheapeats.com/2009/04/simple-bean-tostadas/

[4] Meal planning last week: http://lifeasmom.com/2011/07/did-somebody-say-meal-plan.html

[5] made the most of what we already had: http://goodcheapeats.com/category/eat-from-the-pantry-challenge/

[6] read how the Pantry Challenge is going here: http://goodcheapeats.com/breaking-news-on-the-summertime-pantry-challenge/

[7] Smoothies: http://lifeasmom.com/2010/05/diy-smoothie-bar.html

[8] Blueberry Nutmeg Muffins: http://goodcheapeats.com/2011/07/blueberry-nutmeg-muffins/

[9] Cranberry Orange Granola: http://lifeasmom.com/2009/12/ultimate-recipe-swap-food-gifts.html

[10] Bread: http://lifeasmom.com/2011/04/booking-it-with-artisan-bread-in-5-minutes-a-day.html

[11] Image: http://goodcheapeats.com/2011/04/the-great-tuna-salad-debate/

[12] DIY Pasta Salad: http://goodcheapeats.com/2009/04/diy-pasta-salad/

[13] Beans and Rice: http://goodcheapeats.com/2009/06/good-cheap-eat-beans-and-rice/

[14] Homemade Buns: http://goodcheapeats.com/2011/04/fancy-hamburger-buns-whats-on-your-plate/

[15] Meatloaf: http://lifeasmom.com/2010/06/more-ground-beef-freezer-meals.html

[16] Mashed Potatoes: http://goodcheapeats.com/2010/12/freezing-potatoes/

[17] Baked Chicken: http://goodcheapeats.com/2009/09/good-cheap-eat-baked-chicken/

[18] Rice Pilaf: http://goodcheapeats.com/2010/11/simple-rice-pilaf/

[19] Tossed Green Salad with Peperoncinis: http://goodcheapeats.com/2011/05/tossed-salad-with-peperoncinis-feta-an-easy-way-to-dress-a-salad/

[20] Quinoa Pilaf: http://goodcheapeats.com/2011/03/quinoa-pilaf/

[21] Red Sauce: http://lifeasmom.com/2010/04/homemade-croutons-shredded-chicken-and-red-sauce.html

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

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

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