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#1 of 6 Old 03-08-2007, 10:51 AM - Thread Starter
 
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I'm not too worried about my Passover menu just yet, but I could use some help figuring out how to plan my meals for the next month! I have approxiomately $435 in Food Stamps to last me from now until after Pesach. I have no clue if my child support will actually come through this month(maybe he'll borrow money from his sister to pay me?), if my Disability case was approved and if so when I'll see any of that money- so I want to plan on using Food Stamps to cover all of my Pesach food, if possible.

Passover food tends to be expensive compared to its year-round counterparts- so I need to really cut back on my food spending right now to be able to afford the Passover stuff! Plus, I'd like to use up as much of what's in my house as possible, to empty out cabinets that can then be used for Pesach stuff plus have less chametz to sell.

Later today I'll do an exact tally of what's in my pantry and freezer.

I have plenty of beans and lentils in the pantry, plus some rice, barley, and quinoa. In the freezer I have a baggie of cooked kidney beans, assorted frozen veggies and fruits, and a roasted turkey drumstick. I have some assorted canned goods- a few tomato products, pinapple juice, pickles and olives, mandarin oranges and crushed pinapple, assorted crackers and tortilla chips, craisins, chocolate chips, flour and sugar, cornmeal, and two cans of coconut milk. I have onions, garlic, and potatoes on the counter. In the fridge I have tamari, toasted sesame oil, hot pepper sauce, lemon juice, milk, eggs, apples, carrots and some leftovers.

I can't just make beans and rice every night for a month, can I? Last night I made a creamy lentil soup (onions, garlic, carrots, potatoes, red lentils, water, tomato sauce, salt) The kids liked it but wanted something starchy with it and suggested we use it as a pasta sauce, so that's the plan for tonight's dinner.

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these are few ideas off the top of my head:

-Barley Turkey Soup

-A curry with coconut milk and veggies over rice

-make a grits or polenta type thing with your cornmeal and serve topped with a chunky tomato sauce.

-when I'm serving a lot of bean soups, I often make biscuits or corn bread to serve on the side, which my kids always loved.

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what about an egg bake/fritatta with eggs, milk, veggies.

Do you have oats (didn't list those). you could do a pineapple / craisin bake with oat crumb topping

refried beans with tortilla chips

can you make some veggie burgers from the beans and veggies?

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Beans & rice are not my forte, but you can use the cornmeal to make cornbread to go with the soup. My kids love it

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Yeah, I made a cornbread last night to serve with leftover soup.

Veggie burgers are a good idea- I'll make those at least once next week.

Keep the ideas coming!

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how about also

turkey / veggie soup with barley to thicken it up

just bean burgers (in addition to veggie burgers)

apple crisp/crumble

pancakes

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