Looking to save money on food costs this month? Consider doing a pantry challenge to use up food you already have so you can spend less at the store.
Today was a good day in the kitchen. After a few months of struggling with the kids’ kitchen chores, we instituted a new system yesterday and it seems to be working really well.
A clean kitchen makes such a difference in how your cooking goes!
Bryan was home sick from work, so it was he and the four kids holding down the fort while I was at Bible study. I did some prep work after I got back, and then did the afternoon gymnastics run.
Since B wasn’t feeling well, we opted out of date night and had dinner as a family, but thanks to good planning and prep, it didn’t feel like work.
In fact, I’ve spent the last couple hours reading my book!
Here’s how the menus went down today:
I had my usual, Greek Yogurt and Muesli with blueberries. The kids dug into the breakfast bar: waffles, cranberry bread, and eggs.
Before I left for Bible study, I pulled the last of the Christmas tamales from the freezer. The family reheated those along with the leftovers from last night. Bryan and the girls made more Homemade Corn Tortillas so I’m pretty sure they all feasted.
I also thawed the rest of the Cranberry Oat Bars I’d made for the holidays, so that was a yummy treat.
I had a Meal Prep Salad with chicken, goat cheese, and balsamic dressing. So good!
For dinner I made a lasagna with the Vegetable Bolognese from the other day. I hadn’t actually cooked it with the meat in it and since one kid shies away from eggplant, I blended it with my immersion blender before assembling the lasagna.
He was none the wiser.
I also steamed broccoli in the instant pot (just set it to manual 0 minutes) as a side dish.
And there you have it, day 19 is in the can. We’ve got 9 more days to go. FishChick11 is more than ready for it to end. I’m not sure why, probably because I don’t appease her as much as I normally do. Ha!
I’m okay with it, but I’ve got some recipe testing projects I’m eager to get to. So, I’m also okay with the next 9 days going by more quickly!
How is the pantry challenge going for you?