Meal Planning: July 21 – 27

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It’s the start of a new week. Preparing a meal plan helps me save money and time. And that’s a very good thing.

Maple Vanilla Granola with almonds

So, while the Pantry Challenge may be over, I’m still trying to make the most of what we have. I’m almost completely exhausted the bits of random in the freezer. I’m hoping to take care of those this week.

I’ll confess, though, I’m getting a little panicky. I have a cookbook due in 70 days. I want to retest all those recipes one more time to be super sure that they are fab. That makes me want to go grocery shopping.

Instead, I’ve canvassed the recipes to find the ones* that will use what I already have. Maybe this week I can kill two birds with one stone.

Here’s the meal plan for the week:


  • Granola and Strawberries
  • Tuna Sandwiches
  • Jambalaya Rice with Sausage and Shrimp, Cajun Green Beans, Banana Walnut Mini Muffins*


  • Cinnamon Oatmeal Coffeecake*
  • Ham and Cheese Noodle Bake, Pumpkin Onion Rolls, Sweet Cherry Crumble*
  • Chile Verde Pork Tacos*

Bean Tostadas


  • Breakfast Bar
  • SBJ Sandwiches, Veggie Dippers, Hummus
  • Black Bean Tostadas, Chipotle Salsa, Lemon Cream Pie*


  • Pumpkin Pancakes
  • Corn and Potato Chowder, Cloverleaf Rolls, Baked Apples
  • Quesadillas, Fruit Kabobs


  • Breakfast Bar
  • Homemade Shake and Bake Chicken, Alfredo Noodles, Seasoned Vegetable Stirfry
  • Grilled Fish, Rice, Vegetables


  • Breakfast Bar
  • Soup from the freezer
  • Pasta with Roasted Tomato Sauce, Salad, Breadsticks


That’s our meal plan for the week. What’s yours?

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  1. My fridge was pretty empty of the bits and pieces when the pantry challenge started. So I have tried to use up or substitute items in my pantry for those called for in recipes. It turned out well. It also made me look at some of the bad shopping habits I’ve gotten into. I was also reminded of my best money saving tip – don’t take my husband shopping with me. 🙂

    The rest of the month has been planned according to what we have in the house. I posted this week’s menu on my blog (linked by clicking on my name). I should, hopefully, only need to buy some fresh salad ingredients.

    Thank you for challenging us to use what we have and try to use our thinking brains when lacking an ingredient.

    • Jessica says:

      Thanks for participating! Yeah, my husband offered to go shopping for me and I turned him down. LOL!

  2. We have a non- menu plan this week. I’m going out of town Tuesday and won’t be home until Saturday. We have spaghetti, grilled sausages and hotdogs, and plenty of lunch meat, cheese, and bread. Hubs & ds#3 will figure it out from there, which is what they like to do. I will be eating on the road those days. On Monday, we will have a family dinner to celebrate a birthday. We’ll see what interesting things I find when I get home!

  3. This week will be back to normal so I think that we will be able to keep our spending under control. The boys don’t need dog food yet, and we went to the farmers market yesterday so we are good on produce. We still have 50$ for 10 days. The big thing will be to avoid eating out, then we can make it

    Oatmeal and cereal until we run out. I’m not making more muffins until we eat the ridiculous amount of oatmeal I stocked up on forever ago.

    I eat at work (for free). The hubby always brings leftovers of some sort

    Monday: “Thursday soup” or leftovers soup. Tuesday: Beef Liver (my hubs favorite!) Wednesday: Pot Roast (freezer) Thursday/Friday: leftovers Saturday: chicken of some sort Sunday: Fried shrimp.

    We are contuning the pantry challenge through Labor Day!!


    There’s mine for the week. Getting creative and using every last bit of what is in our big freezer in the basement. Next 3 paycheck month is November and that is typically when we do our “big Costco meat shopping” trip. Get meat/fish every 6 months or so (I try to make it last longer).

  5. Used up the last of the macaroni noodles making Mac & Cheese for dinner tonight. Also found a great recipe for Steel Cut Oatmeal so I can get that moved out of the pantry. I’ll be having that for breakfast until it is gone. Lunch is Chicken Salad Tortilla Wraps until that is gone too. Here is this week’s dinner menu:

    Monday: Ritz Chicken Fingers, Mac & Cheese, Greenbeans
    Tuesday: Bruchetta Chicken, Sauteed Spinach, Hassleback Potatoes (got 2 left in the pantry that need to go)
    Wednesday: Waffles, Scrambled Eggs, Bacon and Fruit (need to restock our waffles for breakfast for the kids)
    Thursday: Sesame Chicken, Steamed Rice, Broccoli
    Friday: Pizza for my son’s sleepover
    Saturday: Out with a friend so family will eat what they can find (maybe leftover pizza)
    Sunday: Grilled Italian Chicken, Rosemary Potatoes, Greenbeans

    The cupboards are getting bare but it is fun to see it all get eaten!

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