Pantry Challenge Link Up #2

As you know, I’m “eating down the pantry” this month to save money and be a better steward of what we have. Every day I’m blogging how we’re eating and cooking as a family. And I do mean “we.” My four oldest children are responsible to be chief cook one night a week.

You can read through my past week and how the challenge has gone for us here.

This is the second of four link-ups where you can tell us how the challenge is going for you. If you’ve blogged your update, leave the link below, being sure to link back to Good Cheap Eats in the content of your post. If you just want to share your experience in the comments, please do!



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  1. we ate out twice this week and has a couple of “ugg pantry challenge” days. i think it’s due to pushing too many of the foods we don’t normally eat. this week i’m going to try to do a better job of mixing in our regular rotation and slipping in the other food incognito…at least i can say we are still at it.

  2. I’m hanging in there – have to go out today and get some groceries and I am finding I am craving certain foods. It’s like I am this food addict all of a sudden. :-)

  3. We had salmon patties with mango salsa, pine nut couscous and salad. Canned salmon and couscous came out of the pantry and spinach and lettuce from the AH basket. I bought mangos 10 days ago 3 for $1 and they were ready to use. I got home and my mother ate one of them so I wasn’t able to make as much salsa as I’d hoped for. DH loved it! I wish I had the time (and foresight) to take pictures of my dinners like others do. By the time I got home from work and dinner on the table, it was 7:00. Um, picture wasn’t happening, lol. I’ll have leftovers for lunch tomorrow. Yum.

  4. Breakfast: Homemade frozen waffles & egg casserole for the hubs and kids. I had Blueberry Baked Oatmeal (a variation on your Raspberry Baked Oatmeal recipe)
    Lunch: No leftovers in the fridge so I just made 1/2 Turkey Sandwich
    Dinner: Mini Meatloaves, Steamed Broccoli, Mac & Cheese (kids), leftover rice (adults)

    The freezer and fridge are getting cleaned out but I am having to restock some things (including eggs, fruit, etc). The kids both took leftover meatloaf for snack today.

  5. We are doing well. Getting to make some fun & interesting substitutes.
    Blessings!

  6. dont have a personal site but did pretty good this week as well. Hubby is still guilty of getting extra stuff (went out on his own weds and bought un-needed mac. salad) when purchasing milk at the store this weekend but other than that all meals have been at home with the exception of eating at in-law’s Weds night! Noticed some people sad about restockig on milke, etc. Restocking on eggs, milk, and fresh produce is a must in order to stay healthy!

    Haven’t bee good at writing down EVERYTHING but the following were dinners the past week:

    1/7 – last of hot dogs an sauerkraut with swt potatoes
    1/8 – crock-pot jerk chicken with peppers, mango, pineapple over brown rice
    1/9 – in-laws – turkey bbq and pasta salad
    1/10 – Holiday ham and bean soup (from the freezer) with crusty bread
    1/11 – spaghetti with meatballs (used olive-oil herbs from freezer)
    1/12 – black bean and swt. potato chili (from freezer) with bread
    1/13 – turkey meatloaf with butternut squash fries and swt & sour red cabbage

  7. Doing pretty well considering. I have committed to a regular spending budget of $85/week and I’m happy to say I’ve spent $86.76 for the entire month and a lot of that was paper product and othe household goods. We are in desparate need of eggs, bread and bananas (my kids average 3-4 per day). Breakfast has been lack luster for a few days. I might make bread …. maybe. My husband is growing tired of “wet food”; sauces, caseroles and soups are not his thing. Going to have to spring for some meat this week as chicken is monotonous. Pizza pockets stuffed with whatever leftover meat and some cheese have been a big hit!

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