03 January 2010

Menu Plan Monday: January 4th

This week the *Eat From the Pantry* Challenge begins in earnest for me. (Have you checked it out? You should! Life as Mom and Money Saving Mom are the hostesses).

I have done a pretty good inventory of my pantry and freezer, but I haven't made a month-long menu plan. I have decided to stick with week-to-week planning for now. Frankly, I'm not sure if my pantry will hold out for a month, but I'm hoping for at least a couple of weeks. Some of the photos of people's pantries that have been posted on the Facebook fan page for this challenge are quite impressive. I wonder where they even have room to store all of the stockpiling. I think I would like to try that sometime...when I have the extra $$ and the extra space. Hey, I'd just be thrilled to have a deep freezer!

My primary goals for this challenge are: 1.) to spend as little as possible on groceries this month--I'd like to keep it under $100 for the whole month. 2.) use up some of the things in my pantry that have been there for a while. 3.) come up with some *new* dishes for our family by being creative with what I have.

Last week's menus didn't all get made due to some fun events that popped up such as: an impromptu night out with my hubby and a night of ice skating with the kiddos. So I'm adjusting them and bumping them to this week. I'm so looking forward to getting back into our routine this week after all of the holiday hustle and bustle.

Monday: Broiled Steaks with Spinach Souffle and Roasted Potatoes
Tuesday: Black-eyed Peas, Kraut-n-dogs, Roasted Carrots and Green Beans
Wednesday: Lime-n-Honey Glazed Salmon, Baked Potatoes and Peas
Thursday: Cavatini and Salad
Friday: (Small Group)
Saturday: Turkey Pot Pie

This post is linked to Menu Plan Monday at I'm an Organizing Junkie.

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