This month, we’re shopping our kitchen in order to use up what we have so we can save money and clear kitchen clutter.
Here we go with Day 17 of the Pantry Challenge!
We had an extended weekend with Martin Luther King Jr Day today, so everyone was home. While I really needed to do meal prep, it just wasn’t in the cards today.
Instead I let the college boys have the kitchen and prep their meals for the next couple days. That will work better in the long run.
I did a Walmart pick-up but they were out of quite a few things so I ran to Ralphs to get what was missing. While I was there, I noticed quite a few empty shelves. I’d heard shortages were a thing, but I haven’t been in the store more than twice this month so I hadn’t seen it for myself.
I talked with an employee stocking cheese and he said the last three weeks were the worst, but he thought things were getting better. I still wasn’t able to get some of things I wanted, namely PAN to make arepas and gluten-free lasagna noodles. Both are more specialty items, but I’m finding I need to transform my kitchen to more gf items so that food is safer for my son.
One of the college boys made a run to ALDI as well to do his meal prep. He checked with me first to see if there was pantry challenge stuff he could use, but we didn’t have a lot of the things he wanted.
Since our deal with the kids is to provide room and board and a stipend for college expenses, I feel like this is an okay spot to veer from my pantry challenge.
As it was, he only spent $37 at ALDI. Coupled with the Walmart order and today’s Ralphs stop, our monthly total is up to $352.58. Just $9.36 of this is out of pocket since I had Ibotta credit from last year.
My goal was to spend $700 or less this month, so we are more than on track to hit the goal, provided things don’t go off the rails these last two weeks. We shall see, eh?
What We Ate
Breakfast – Kids had a variety of things, including cereal, oatmeal, eggs, toast, and leftovers. I made a breakfast burrito with scrambled eggs (including the egg white I didn’t use in yesterday’s egg wash for the danish) and the leftover Pico de Gallo from last night.
Lunch – Bryan grilled burgers, both beef and turkey. I made homemade Thousand Island Dressing (mayo + ketchup + chopped dill pickles). I had my turkey burger on the last Meal Prep Salad from last week! It still looked great. We cooked 14 patties and there are 2 left. Somehow, there are 8 buns left. Not really sure how that happened, but I’ll toss them in the freezer for another burger night.
Dinner – My last few batches of soup haven’t been amazing, so I tried to redeem myself tonight with Minestrone Soup with Sausage. I omitted the tortellini because we didn’t have any and cooked some elbow macaroni on the side. That way the soup could be gluten-free and the noodles didn’t bloat.
I thawed the last ALDI baguette from the freezer and served that with leftover Boursin from yesterday’s snack trays. I reheated some Broccoli Cauliflower Soup for myself because I prefer that over minestrone.
Overall, it was a good day and I spent very little time in the kitchen.
How did Day 17 go for you? Only 2 weeks left!