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Meal Planning: Making the Most of What I Have

Posted By Jessica Fisher On July 31, 2011 @ 11:58 am In Meal Planning | 10 Comments

I’ve been doing a “Pantry Challenge” [4] for the last month. It has proved to be a success, I think, with my grocery spending at $455 and our eating out at $115, we were several hundred dollars under what we normally spend.

(For the curious, we typically spend about $600 a month on groceries with another $200 for dining — for a family of 8, 5 of them male.)

And while I am itching to get back to regular shopping, I also have a freezer still bursting with treasure. I decided that unless the meat deals are screaming my name, we’ll eat from the freezer for a little while longer, and continue buying dairy, produce, and some dry goods.

I’m seriously amazed at how much we still have. I must have a big freezer….

Anywho, here’s the meal deal for the week:


(all served with fresh fruit or applesauce)

Pancakes [5]
Oatmeal (either baked [6], instant [7], or not mushy [8])
Waffles [9]
Granola [10]
Muffins [11] and Smoothies [12]
Rice and Toppings
Donut Run (’cause that’s how FishPapa rolls)


(all served with fresh fruit or veggies)

Sunbutter Sandwiches
DIY Pasta Salad [13]
Snacky Lunch [14]
Calzones or Soup
Burritos [15]
Sauerkraut and Brats, Potatoes


(all served with salad or steamed vegetables and rolls or bread)

Pasta with Crockpot Red Sauce [16]
Roast Turkey (possibly grilled if it’s hot), Potatoes
Turkey Pot Pie [17]
Beans and Rice [18]
Grilled Fish, Quinoa Pilaf [19]
Grilled Hamburgers on Homemade Buns [20]
Eat Out [21] (’cause that’s how I roll)

What’s YOUR meal deal this week?

Don’t forget to visit I’m an Organizing Junkie [22] for more meal planning inspiration.

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[4] doing a “Pantry Challenge”: http://goodcheapeats.com/2011/07/pantry-challenge-check-in-final-week-or-not/

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

[6] baked: http://goodcheapeats.com/2011/07/raspberry-baked-oatmeal/

[7] instant: http://lifeasmom.com/2010/03/frugal-friday-making-my-own-instant-oatmeal.html

[8] not mushy: http://lifeasmom.com/2010/03/ultimate-recipe-swap-whole-grains.html

[9] Waffles: http://lifeasmom.com/2008/11/waffles.html

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

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

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

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

[14] Snacky Lunch: http://lifeasmom.com/2009/06/snacky-lunch-its-whats-on-menu.html

[15] Burritos: http://lifeasmom.com/2010/07/freezer-cooking-lunches-and-frozen-burritos.html

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

[17] Turkey Pot Pie: http://lifeasmom.com/2009/09/ultimate-recipe-swap-favorite-fall.html

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

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

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

[21] Eat Out: http://lifeasmom.com/2011/07/restaurant-dining-on-a-budget-frugal-friday.html

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

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