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Menu Plan Monday: Dec 28th

How was your Christmas? Do you feel like you've gained 10 lbs., like I do? Oh, those rich foods! Oh, the casseroles! They were yummy though. I have a few recipes that I'll be sharing this week with you--some new ones that I tried and some old faves.

In planning my menus this week, I am also doing a little inventory of my pantry. Partly because some items are completely depleted after the holidays (eggs, butter...) and partly because I have decided to participate in the Eat From The Pantry Challenge hosted by Money Saving Mom and Life as Mom and I need to know what I'm working with. Since it's really still December and this challenge officially begins in January, I thought I'd do one last "stock-up" on some stuff. Mainly some staples and some meat for the freezer. It's going to be interesting though to see if I can keep my grocery visits during January limited to a few staple perishables and cook from what's already in my kitchen. Who knows, maybe I'll create some fabulous new family favorite:) If you'd like to join in the challenge, you can check out more details here.

I also have a new cookbook to try out this week~yea! You know me and cookbooks:) My son got me Rachel Ray's Book of 10 for Christmas and it really has some great stuff in it. He's so excited about me cooking from it, I'm hoping that I can entice him to try some new foods.

This week's line-up:

Leftovers of Christmas dinner(s) and whatever else is in the fridge
Tuesday: RR's Smoked Paprika Chicken with Egg Noodles
Wednesday: Turkey Pot Pie
Thursday: {New Year's Eve} Chicken Crepes
Friday: {New Year's Day} Texas Caviar and RR's Honey-Orange Glazed Ham Steaks
Saturday: Korean Grilled Chicken with Sesame Almond Salad and Roasted Potatoes

This post is linked to I'm an Organizing Junkie and Money Saving Mom.


Rochele said…
Good thinking about the dieting! I so need to do that too!
Betsy Brock said…
Sounds great! I've been trying to cook from what I already have, so this is in keeping with that idea! The new cookbook sounds fun! :)
Coupon Teacher said…
Good luck with your pantry challenge. I will be starting soon too!
Just so you know--you can buy enough eggs for the whole month of January. The American Egg Board says that eggs are good 4-5 weeks past their expiration date.
The Prudent Homemaker~
That's a good little tidbit to know! Thanks!
Kayren said…
I'd love to know what you think of the cookbook. I'm not big on cookbooks, but it is one I've thought about. I don't have any of hers, but if I bought one, that would probably be it.
JusFrugal said…
Good luck with the challenge! I'm all ready to dive in starting tomorrow! Happy New Year!
Heather said…
Have fun with the new cookbook!

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