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post #21 of 224
I'm in. I pretty much have a meal plan for the rest of the month, but hopefully I'll get a few more neato ideas again.
post #22 of 224
I'm in the no-spend challenge with a very limited grocery budget ( of, like, zilch) so I'll count myself in here as well!

My pantry and cupboards are in need of a good going-through anyway. I'm sure there are a ton of meals just waiting to be realized in there. The only things I will definitely need are WIC purchases and a few other things like bread and yogurt.

Can't wait to see some great things come out of these pantries!
post #23 of 224
Okay, I'm going to join! Usually I'm a stockpiler, but I really need to do a better job of rotating the freezers so that's my goal this month.

We're going to eat out of the freezers and I'll shop for limited dairy (we use 2 gallons of milk monthly), eggs, fresh produce, etc.
post #24 of 224
http://www.supercook.com/index.asp

I thought this may help us with the challenge! You enter all the ingredients you have on hand and it will help you out with a recipe!
post #25 of 224
I'm clearing out the pantry and freezer. Of course, that probably sounds like a lot, but when you have a HUGE pantry (well, shelves lining the kitchen - we had to "make" our own pantry!) and 50# of hamburger in the freezer (as well as tons of other meats and frozen veggies) it's a pretty big deal. My goal is to eat mainly from the home and only buy produce, milk, eggs this month. That's not going to happen - we're low on rice and virtually out of pasta - but we're both dedicated to spending as little as we can on our food this month - and actually EATING what we have

I'll be lurking here and tracking on the no spend challenge.
post #26 of 224
I'm in! I've seen this thread a lot around, but never joined....and I've traditionally gone shopping every Tuesday. My goal is to "pantry shop" for the next two weeks, only buying dairy/fresh veg as needed. Thank you for the inspiration!!!! : You don't realize how much food you actually have sometimes, I think.
post #27 of 224
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I need to make granola. I have a bunch of odds and ends and would make perfect granola. I might need to buy oats but that is it!

Tonight is pizza night for dd's brownie troop. I am a leader and we are working on our cooking "try it". So the kids will make dough, spread sauce on the pizza and put the toppings on it. I also will make up a dough for a chocolate pizza. DH came up with the idea- chocolate chips to melt, marshmallows and then whipped cream after it comes out of the oven. 8 1st graders, 2 leaders and a few parent helpers- YIKES!
post #28 of 224
I'm definitely in. I've been working on this the last few weeks but still haven't lowered my grocery bill much.

My freezer's are pretty well stocked with beef and pork and lots of veggies so I'll mostly be buying bread, fresh fruit and a few other small things.
post #29 of 224
I'm in! I'll still shop for produce and soymilk but keep trying to use up what we already have in the pantry. It's literally overflowing!
post #30 of 224
I'm in too! Mostly I need to rotate through what I have stockpiled, but a lower grocery bill right after christmas would be good too.
post #31 of 224
Well I made a delicious meal last night and I used leftovers, whoo-hoo.

I made my own super delish tortillas, WW and flax meal, they are so good. I made fajitas with leftover steak, red and green ball peppers and red onions, homemade salsa, and guac all from things we had here. We just did a "big" shop so we have lots of produce on hand.

My goal is to cook more vegetarian meals, I got How To Cook Everything-Vegetarian from DH for Christmas and I have tons of beans, rice and various grains. I also found frozen tempeh and this book has lots of recipes with that.
post #32 of 224
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I made my own super delish tortillas, WW and flax meal, they are so good.
Care to share that recipe? We go through tons of tortillas, it would be nice to make my own.
post #33 of 224
We are eating out of our pantry quite a bit this month...reducing costs and all.

What I am using:

Flour -- I am trying a new no-knead bread recipe that is in this month's Mother Earth News.

Oats -- oatmeal for breakfast, granola for snacks and 'something sweet'.

2 chickens in the freezer.

Lots of beans -- kidney, black, pinto and lentils.

Rice -- I have a 25 pound sack of nice brown rice. I see this as the basis of lots of rice and bean meals.

I'll need onion and other veggies, milk, eggs, fruit. Not much else.
post #34 of 224
Im so in.... Im also doing the no spend challenge and almost failed that this am (i will be doing a return later this weekend)

Today the kids had poptarts for breakfast
Lunch is sandwiches and chips
Dinner is lasagana, salad and rolls

Tomorrow (saturday)
Breakfast Waffles or Cereal
Lunch spaghetto's and grilled cheese and fruit cup
Dinner tuna salad and veggies
post #35 of 224
I'm in! :

I'd like to supplement the NO SPEND thread but also, we have all these things in our pantry - like canned soup & boxed mac'n'cheese - that are our "just in case" food, only I've realized that if there were an emergency, that's not the kind of stuff I'd want to eat anyway and how in the heck would I cook it if the power were out? Plus, hey, a good excuse to use it up and make way for healthier choices, eh?

I'll probably allow for fresh dairy & fruit & some veg - but we've got a tight budget I am to stick to and our freezer, fridge, and pantry are full to bursting after the holiday excess!

today -
breakfast: pancakes, bacon, bananas, milk
lunch: leftover bean soup from New Year's Day & pb'n'j
snacks: leftover veggie pizza from New Year's

Plan for the weekend .... eat up more New Year's leftovers tonight (bean soup, ham sammies on rye, and odds'n'ends) and then a pot of chili for the weekend along w/ cornbread that I plan on throwing the last bit of a bag of shredded cheddar into and possible the crumbled last 2 pieces of bacon leftover from this a.m.'s breakfast. Possibly baking muffins w/ the half bag of frozen blueberries I have in the freezer ... maybe blueberry/banana bread instead w/ the last of the bananas (can't decide)
post #36 of 224
Tonight we are making home made pizzas. The dough is in the machine and I'm off to chop veggies!
post #37 of 224

Tortilla recipe

Here's the tortilla recipe link

http://www.grouprecipes.com/1603/who...tortillas.html

They are really fabulous and so filling, this recipe makes 8 and I cook them on my cast iron griddle. They are the quickest recipe for tortillas I have found, some take all day to make. The texture is a bit thicker, but they taste so much better by comparison to store bought that it's just fine.

I think tonight we'll be making pizza, I have frozen crust in the freezer, and baked ham, fresh pineapple and sauce. It would be easy peasy and super good.
post #38 of 224
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Originally Posted by 1growingsprout View Post
Im so in.... Im also doing the no spend challenge and almost failed that this am (i will be doing a return later this weekend)

Today 1/2/09
the kids had poptarts for breakfast success
Lunch is sandwiches and chips success
Dinner is lasagana, salad and rolls success

Tomorrow (saturday) 1/3/09
Breakfast Waffles or Cereal
Lunch spaghetto's and grilled cheese and fruit cup
Dinner tuna salad and veggies

Tonight I pre-made the tuna salad for tomorrow... We didnt have salad for dinner tonight but thats fine... the lettuce will keep a couple more days...

***we also have alot ALOT of canned soup to use up this month as well as canned fruit, i got a good deal (free with coupons etc) but it needs to rotate out soon***

Sunday 1/4/09
Breakfast waffles or cereal
Lunch Hotdogs, baked beans, french fries
Dinner Leftovers and salad
post #39 of 224
I am so in. Our pantry and freezer are bursting at the seams. I've been dealing with the first trimester sickness and DH, bless his heart, went a little crazy on groceries. So now that I'm feeling better, it's time to clean things out before restocking!
post #40 of 224
Tonight we had bean and cheese burritos with made-up-on-the-spur-of-the-moment chicken enchilada sauce (one shredded chicken breast, a dollop of cream of chicken soup, chili powder and milk) on top. I meant to add corn to the filling but forgot.

This used up our last can of refried beans, the last of our cheese, and the last tortillas.

I also prepped a pound of black beans to make soup on Sunday. Tomorrow I have planned pasta with chicken marinara sauce, large salads, and herb baguette that my mom brought us yesterday.

I will be shopping at some point this weekend for fresh items and WIC. So far, so good!
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