I’m making the most of what I have this month! This page will be my log of what we eat, how we organize, and what we spend in the month of July.
July 31 (last day!)
Dinner – burritos with leftover rice and chicken from last night
Lunch – Subway sandwiches <$30 (gift card)
Breakfast – Donut run
Lunch - DIY Pasta Salad and leftover pizza, veggies
Breakfast – Instant Oatmeal, Bananas
Dinner – Homemade Pizza
Lunch – Leftovers
Breakfast – Cinnamon Rolls (from the freezer), Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins, Applesauce
Lunch – Costco hotdogs for the kids < $12, leftovers at home for me
Breakfast – Puffed corn cereal, Milk
Lunch – Sunbutter Sandwiches, Veggies, Grapes
Breakfast – Pumpkin Scones, Milk, Cuties
Dinner – Hamburgers and Crudites
Lunch – Artisan Bread, Hardboiled Eggs, Celery Sticks, Sunbutter, Carrots (for kids), Salad (for mom)
Breakfast – Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins (recipe coming soon), Applesauce
Dinner – Grilled Cheese and Carrot Sticks
Lunch – Leftovers
Breakfast – Granola and Puffed Rice Cereal, Bananas
Dinner – Shrimp in a Tomato Cream Sauce, Spaghetti, Broccoli
Lunch – Subway = $25 with a gift card
Breakfast – Blackberry Cottage Muffins
Dinner - Grilled Fish, Quinoa, Salad, Broccoli, Bread
Lunch – Snacky Lunch
Breakfast – Brown Rice, served like oatmeal with toppings and such
Dinner – In-N-Out Burger for 8 people < $23. Homemade malts made at home.
Lunch – A Smorgasbord: Annie’s Mac and Cheese, some freezer sandwiches, Strawberries, Carrots, Cucumbers, and a Salad for me.
Dinner – Teriyaki Chicken Salad
Lunch – Zucchini Waffles, Strawberries, Greek Yogurt
Breakfast – Scrambled Eggs, English Muffins, Strawberries, and leftover sausage from the other night
Dinner - Bean and Cheese Tostadas
Breakfast – Applesauce, Smoothies, Leftover Raspberry Baked Oatmeal
Dinner – Grilled Sausages, Bowtie Pasta with Butter and Herbs, Corn, Artisan Bread
After my baking debacle of a few days ago, I have returned to Artisan Bread and everyone is so pleased. So easy and quick! Yes, dinner was a little carb heavy today. We’re actually running low on produce. Think we’ll do apple slices for dessert and call it good.
Lunch – Friends came for lunch! I had fun making “chick food.”
for the ladies: Roasted Vegetable Quiche, Butternut Squash Soup and Cream of Cauliflower Soup, Green Salad
for the kiddos: Chicken Noodle Soup (with last night’s leftovers) and crackers
Breakfast – Raspberry Baked Oatmeal with whipped cream (recipe coming soon!)
Dinner – Chicken in the Crockpot, Mashed Potatoes, Salad, Cranberry Sauce
Lunch - Beans and Rice Soup, cheese and crackers
Breakfast – apple slices, yogurt or smoothie
Dinner - Bleu Cheese Turkey Burgers with Chipotle Mayonnaise, Hot Dogs on Homemade Buns, apple slices, carrots and cukes
Hubs and I had a big discussion about the benefits of making my own hamburger and hot dog buns, the main one being that the spongy things that the grocery stores sell are no longer an inexpensive food item. I used to find them as low as 25 cents a package on sale. No more. We’re lucky to see them under $2. I haven’t done a price comparison, but I’d rather make my own than waste my two dollars.
Lunch – Shredded Beef Burritos for hubs and the kids. I had a packet of frozen shredded beef in the freezer and some leftover rice from an earlier meal. Add salsa, grated cheese, shredded lettuce, canned black beans and sour cream and they’ve got easy burritos.
Salade Nicoise for me since I’m trying to slim down. The salad fixins were leftovers from our sandwiches yesterday. Delicious!
Breakfast – Hubs took the kids on a donut run. They had donuts for breakfast while he and I ate leftover baguette for Petit Dejeuner
Dinner – Out to dinner as a family < $40 for 8 people; ice cream dessert at home.
Lunch – Pan Bagnat, Veggie Tray, Apple Slices
Hubs surprised me by bringing home baguettes. Remember how I said the fam doesn’t realize we’re on a pantry challenge. It was a sweet surprise, however, I had no sandwich meat and didn’t want to go buy something. Canned tuna came to the rescue in a delicious, traditional French sandwich.
Breakfast – Bagels (with a gift card) and leftover Blueberry Muffins
Dinner - Grilled Pizza, Carrots and Hummus
The recipe for grilled pizza will be coming soon. It’s a great way to get out of the kitchen. I had a few flops this week — too high heat which resulted in burnt crust. But, I love it that there are fewer dishes to wash, so I’m going to keep trying.
Lunch – Sunbutter and Jam Sandwiches, Apples (for the kids), Hummus Veggie Wrap (for me)
Breakfast – Blueberry Nutmeg Muffins, Smoothies
The recipe for Blueberry Nutmeg Muffins is coming next week. Delicious!
Dinner - Turkey and Black Bean Enchiladas, Rice, Salad
I had originally planned to make burgers with the turkey, but since I found tortillas that needed to be used up, I went for enchiladas instead. Thanks to a well-stocked pantry, I had enchilada sauce and black beans already. The cheese supply was a little low, but we had enough to get through.
Lunch – Pasta Salad
Breakfast – Smoothies and English Muffins
Dinner – Grilled Chicken, Couscous, Avocado and Radish Salad, Baguette
The bread and radishes were purchases at Farmers’ Market this afternoon. Unfortunately, farmer’s markets trips are not what I wish they were. Prices are high and sellers non-too friendly.
I’m watching what I eat so I had a big salad with garbanzo beans, corn, peppers, tomatoes, and feta.
Dinner – Pork and Hominy Stew (from the freezer), Rice, Salad
I had another taco salad with last night’s leftovers.
Lunch – Soups from the freezer, cheese, and crackers
Breakfast – Scrambled eggs, sausage, English muffins, Pumpkin Scones (recipe coming soon)
Dinner – Chicken Taco Salad, using the leftover chicken from 2 nights ago, lettuce, rice, black beans, chips, and a great mix of toppings.
Lunch – Turkey Sandwiches, Beef and Barley Soup from the freezer.
Breakfast – a mishmash of whatever since we were in a rush to get to the ortho.
Dinner- Manicotti from the freezer, Green salad, rolls
Lunch – Turkey sandwiches, leftover salads from last night, canteloupe
Breakfast – a variety of breads, yogurt, applesauce
Dinner – (The plan) Grilled bone-in chicken with homemade BBQ sauce, potato salad, pasta salad, green salad, pumpkin rolls
Lunch - Leftover pizza for me; macaroni and cheese for the kids
Breakfast - Berry Muffins from the freezer, applesauce, yogurt, bananas
Dinner – Homemade Pizza
Lunch – We dressed like cows! It was so much fun to go with some friends of ours. Our two herds added up to two cows and 11 calves!
Breakfast – Cinnamon rolls from the freezer, applesauce, yogurt, bananas
Dinner – Grilled Fish, Quinoa Pilaf, Grilled Vegetables, Green Salad, Baguette
Lunch – leftovers
Breakfast - leftover cornbread, , bread/toast, hard-boiled eggs applesauce, yogurt
Dinner – Spaghetti with meatballs, cornbread, green beans.
Lunch – Snacky lunch for the kids; salad with hard boiled egg for me.
Breakfast – Made Maple Granola without the mixins. Served it with fresh raspberries (again, those dollar berries) and yogurt and milk.
We have been out of town for the last three days, and I’ve been offline. Not a whole lot to report. We ate some meals out and some meals at the grandparents’ house. Ready to get back to the pantry challenge — tomorrow.
Dinner – Scrambled eggs, English muffins, fresh fruit
Lunch – Leftovers
Lunch out – Hubs forgot his phone at home and since he needs it for work, we ran over there and met him for lunch. Spent < $40 for 8 people. That’s the high end of our eating out spending, but everyone was stuffed.
Breakfast – Homemade waffles, fresh strawberries and raspberries that I got for a buck a package, fresh whipped cream – found some in the fridge leftover from dessert two nights ago (waste not, want not)