I'll join! I have a bad habit of buying food that looks interesting and then never cooking it, so I could use this challenge!
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12/31/07 at 4:32pm
I'm in, I'm going to cut and paste the thread I started for myself in Meal Planning, maybe you all can help me more!
Would anyone like to help me plan meals from my pantry?
I just took an inventory of my pantry and I want to plan some meals around it. We are currently in an apartment while we have some renovations done and I don't want to build up too much of a stock because I don't want to move it back. I can and will buy meat/produce/perishables to go with pantry stuff to complete meals. I just am trying to keep the pantry down to a minimum.
Here's my list.
Baking stuff (I didn't bring stuff to do major baking, my bread pans, mixer, etc. Most I could do is simple quick breads, not even muffins)
TJ's pancake mix
6 cans pineapple
2 spaghetti sauce
4 Amy's cream of mushroom
4 cream of chicken
2 black bean
2 kidney bean
2 white bean
6 diced tomato
TJ's au gratin potatoes
2 taco shells
2 TJ's stuffing
2 lasagna noodles
3 spaghetti noodles
8 annies mac & cheese
2 penne noodles
We eat everything, vegetables, meat, salmon. We don't do Indian food. We like hispanic, italian, greek, a lot of other things. My 1 and 4 year old eat most anything. I have several differents meats in the freezer and we always have a variety of veggies and fruit. Right now I have chicken, pork, and beef in my freezer and asparagus, cabbage, salad stuff, grapes, apples, oranges, strawberries that I can think of off the top of my head. Just to give you an idea of how we eat.
eta: We have no food allergies or sensitivities. I am eating a ton because I'm pregnant with twins, so I eat about 3000 calories a day! Plus, some convenience items I'm not used to having, but I have now due to pregnancy cravings.
Ok today i just did a mini shop to get us over the hump... bread, milk, baby items..
Tomorrow we are having
lunch... sandwiches and chips
dinner... pasta/sauce/bread rolls
Breakfast... sticky buns
Lunch... soup/crackers grilled cheese
Dinner.... pasta leftovers w. added veggies and a salad
Lunch...hotdogs/mac n cheese
Dinner... chicken /rice/veggies
Breakfast... cold cereal or poptarts
Lunch... spaghetto's and veggies
Dinner... Any leftovers or item of choice
Snacks are from our 'snack jar' and the rule is NO NEW SNACKS can be opened until we have significant progess on our current open packs...
I vow to stick to this as best as possible and NOT GO GROCERY SHOPPING UNTIL SUNDAY (at the soonest)
1/1 - Pasta e fagioli. I've been craving this and thought New Years would be a good day for it. Plus there will be leftovers for lunch through the week. Using dried white beans, potatoes, canned tomatoes, onions, pasta, and carrots.
1/2 - Bean and potato salad. Using beans and potatoes from the pasta e fagioli.
1/4 - Boston baked beans. Weather is supposed to be bad, so something in the oven all day should be nice. I'll serve with cornbread or tortillas. Using pinto beans, onions, garlic, canned tomatoes.
1/7 - Lentil and rice pilaf. Using onions, lentils, and rice.
Day 1: Happy New Year!
-Cereal and Yogurt for breakfast (normal thing here)
-Philly cheesesteaks for lunch, meat in freezer and so was buns and cheese.
Ribs for dinner, in oven now.
I made out our calendar for the week like I normally do. I cleaned out the snack cabinet and the baking, etc cabinet. We have a few bags of different nuts we can snack on or make into cookies. I have plenty of snack items from the Terra Farms and Just tomatoes coops so we are set there well past Jan.
My pantry is a huge walk in, so I will declutter tonight and organize and take pics too!