Meal Planning: Pantry Challenge Week Three

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Since we’ve been “eating from the pantry,” our family has spent $219 out of our $400 grocery budget 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.

The past week’s meals featured at least one dismal meal, but also some really yummy things, like Stuffed Focaccia. 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
20. Carnitas Soft Tacos
21. Paella
22. Pizza and Salad
23. Roast ChickenQuick Seasoned Rice, Vegetables

For more meal planning inspiration, visit I’m an Organizing Junkie 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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  1. So yummy and heathly and cheap! That’s the great Mom trifecta:-)

  2. Only one flop? You’re doing great!! 🙂 We’ve been doing the pantry challenge too, but my man loves to go out to eat, so I’ve had to talk him out of it a couple of times. Fortunately, we’ve had very successful meals, so I’ve won… for now. 🙂

  3. Actually, I need some encouragement. Can you please go read my blog about my soup and tell me if I am doing the right things and if I have substituted for what I do not have in the pantry. Thank You

  4. I think we all have those “dismal meals” when using up the pantry, but your coming week looks good.

  5. Your tacos look delicious. I love homemade guacomole.

    Well, I got to get back to watching “Young & the Restless” online.

  6. What a great menu, everything looks yummy. Have a great week.

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