Meal Planning: January 15-21

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Meal planning doesn’t have to be complicated, but it’s a great way to make sure you make the most of foods you already have.

The pantry challenge continues. I’m so thankful for having drafted a meal plan at the beginning of the month. Not only did this give me a game plan for making the most of what foods we already had, but it assured me that I might have a chance of pulling this crazy stunt off.

Organizing the pantry and setting my deep freeze to rights definitely helped as I have such a clearer picture of what we have. And since I’m motivated to make this work, I am remembering better to pull things from the freezer in time to thaw.

Here’s the meal plan for the week, based on what we’ve already got or can cheaply obtain.

Tamales, Beans, Rice
Pot Roast, Potatoes, Steamed Veg
Pot pie with leftover roast, Vegetables or Salad
Warm and Spicy Grilled FishQuinoa Pilaf, Greens
Pasta Bar, Salad, Rolls
Pizza Night
Mac and Cheese, Steamed Veg

(You can read my daily updates of what we actually end up eating here.)

What’s cooking at your house this week?

For more meal planning inspiration, visit Menu Plan Monday each week.

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  1. I needed to see your Quinoa pilaf, I love the grain but don’t always have a good way to “spice” it up.
    Here’s my plan for the week. I am finding doing a leftover night earlier in the week is helpful since I usually cook bigger meals over the weekend.

  2. I’m cooking a turkey this week, and making stock with it, and so a lot of our meals revolve around turkey. I am making other things too: we’re eating the last meatloaf I found in the back of the freezer, and I plan to make homemade egg rolls…YUM! My menu’s here for anyone who is curious:

    I only have $50 of my original eat from the pantry budget left. I’m curious if we can make it the rest of the month on only that. The good news is, though, that I’m making headway on cleaning out some of the stuff I’d hope to eat up. That makes me very happy. Thanks so much for hosting this challenge and providing inspiration to get it done!

  3. One new thing I’m doing is Parmesan chicken nuggets this coming weekend. I do have to make and freeze a big batch of gnocchi and bake some bread too this weekend. Weekly menu is nothing exciting, spaghetti, fish, chicken. You can check it out on my site if you’d like.

  4. I borrowed a few of your ideas (Taco Pork Chops) and bean and chicken (turkey) enchiladas. I’m hoping to only have to buy milk, yogurt, and fruit this week!

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