Menu Plan Monday Week 104 – Using What We Have

It’s January and we are currently on a Pantry Challenge …

So far, I’ve only spent $26 at the store for food so it appears we are going to be ok for the week … check back and see how the week goes!

I made my life easier on Saturday by going to the garage freezer and pulling out THREE proteins … and based my menu on those 3 things … 3 lbs 96/4 ground beef (tacos), 4 chicken breast along with a bag of stirfry veggies (Teriyaki stirfry) and package of italian sausage (sausage and peppers) … obviously we are in the beginning stages of the challenge so it’s not so much of a challenge, just yet! Lets see how long we can go!

I always try to base my menus around what we have on hand instead of shopping for a specific meal … it helps that we try to keep a fully stocked pantry and freezers with items that we see on sale and that we eat … but now I feel we have too much stuff and really need to get the food storage in a more workable state … as it stands now, things are just crammed in all 3 freezers, the pantry is getting a slow cleanout and organized, shelf by shelf… and honestly, I think by doing this, we will have less food waste in the end …

Here’s what we are planning for the week:

Sunday – tacos … I’m hoping to just make mine in a lettuce cup (iceburg) while everyone else uses the shells that I found buried in the pantry (don’t worry, they aren’t that old, I had bought some not that long ago because the kids couldn’t find any). Ground beef from freezer, season packet in pantry, balance of fixins in the fridge. Feeding 6

Monday – Soup and sandwiches – black bean soup is the goal (need to tweak my pictures so I can share the recipe) and the sandwiches will be made using the hamburger buns from pantry and the rest of the honey baked ham and turkey from New Years Eve … we should have enough to go around. Feeding 4

Tuesday – Chicken Stirfry – chicken from freezer as is the bag of stirfry veggies. will probably make a batch of rice (pantry) in the rice cooker too … feeding 4

Wednesday – Sausage and Peppers … sausage from freezer, peppers from fridge (fingers crossed they last this long!) along with onions. Will bake a loaf of the bread from freezer (italian loaf from Costco a while ago) and top with cheese from fridge. Feeding 5 – 6

Thursday – Hunk O Beef in the Crock Pot … chuck roast from freezer. Will serve some dinner rolls (freezer) along with some sauteed zucchini alongside. Feeding 6

Friday – Pizza … it’s been awhile since I’ve made pizza … since I just tossed out 9 packets of yeast that expired, I will use the flat bread I have in the freezer … mozzarella cheese and pepperoni from freezer (if any sausage and peppers are left we will use these too) and will pull out a can of mushrooms and make a margarhita pizza using (hopefully) the last of the cherry tomatoes in the fridge if they last that long with basil from the outdoor plant … feeding 4 to 6 I believe. Could be just me and Hubby … won’t know til that day.

Saturday – Hubby’s Choice … probably lean towards chicken thighs as we have lots of those still šŸ˜‰ along with cauliflower (freezer) …

What are YOU making this week?

Looking forward to sharing with Organized Junkie … go check it out!

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