A pantry challenge meal plan is what will get you through the month of eating down your food storage. It will organize you and help you prioritize how to spend your grocery budget.
So, yesterday I finished my inventory of all our food. Wow! We have some interesting things, including the motherlode of mystery soups and sauces. Apparently, I didn’t follow my own advice when it comes to labeling things for the freezer. Ahem. Because OF COURSE I WOULD REMEMBER. It should get interesting….
After I made my inventory, I printed out a calendar for the month and started plotting our meals. Turns out we should be good to go! I had 19 main dish proteins in the freezers but when you could soup making, pizza night, and a few meatless meals, we can go all month not buying any meat. I’ll just have to put blinders on when the sales ads come out.
I think it would bore you if I listed out all the items in my inventory. If you’ve got good eyesight, you can read the lists in the picture. Proteins are kind of the building blocks of my pantry challenge meal plan, so I’ll make the reading easy for you:
Proteins I’m working with
- ground beef
- ground turkey
- Italian sausage
- meatloaf (homemade)
- carne asada
- pulled pork
- chicken tenders
- chuck roast
- chili (homemade)
Pantry Challenge Meal Plan
Here’s the Pantry Challenge meal plan, or at least the family meals we’ll be enjoying this month. Breakfasts and lunches are going to be varied based on what we have going on each week, but I’ll share those in my daily reports. We eat two family meals each weekend day, so I’ve doubled up my plans on the weekends.
I’ve linked the recipes I’ll be using below. In the instance when the recipe is in a cookbook, I’ve linked to the cookbook on Amazon. If you’ve got that volume, you’ll be able to search the index for the recipe.
Week One Pantry Challenge Meal Plan
Tuesday: Lawnmower Taco, Salad
Wednesday: Potstickers, Chow Mein, Rice
Friday: Pizza Night
Week Two Pantry Challenge Meal Plan
Monday: Shredded Beef Enchiladas, Beans, Rice, Salad
Tuesday: Tacos, Fruit Salad
Wednesday: Pasta with Red Sauce, Salad or Veg, Focaccia
Friday: Pizza Night, Veggie Dippers
Week Three Pantry Challenge Meal Plan
Sunday: Grilled Tri-tip, Veg
Tuesday: Carnitas Tacos, Beans, Rice
Friday: Pizza Night, Veggies or Salad
Week Four Pantry Challenge Meal Plan
Tuesday: Turkey Meatloaf, Mashed Potatoes, Vegetables
Wednesday: Beans and Rice
Friday: FishPapa’s Birthday – he gets to choose
Saturday: Chili – if there’s any food left. 😉
I know that if I’m going to make it through the whole month, I need to have a game plan. While I’m sure we will veer from this Pantry Challenge Meal Plan, I’ve at least got a starting point for our meals and for food prep.