Cheap Eats: The Great Pantry Challenge Menus

Ready, set, go. We're gearing up for The Great Pantry Challenge. You can read more about our plans here. Of course, eating with what you have on hand requires a bit of planning. I usually plan my weekly menus on Fridays and Saturdays so I can get my list at the the local farmer's market on Saturdays and Trader Joe's on Monday. The only difference is this week we aren't making our usual stops.

Ok, let's start planning. I fully understand that what you have in your pantry is probably not what I have in my pantry but I thought I'd share what our Dinner Plans are for this week. I've discovered that I'm going to have to especially be creative with some healthy whole grains like quinoa, amaranth and cracked wheat that I bought way back when.

I'd love to hear your dinner plans if you're taking the challenge or even if you're not and you have some healthy recipes in mind. My friend Brandy is joining me on this challenge and you can peek in on what her family of seven(!) will be eating this week too. She's added a fun rule that you can trade with someone if you need something they might have in their pantry.

Day by day I will also share exactly what we eat for breakfast, lunches and dinners and even for our snacks. For now, here are the lunch and dinner plans (with a few additions or subtractions from the original recipes). My next post will include breakfast ideas. I'm also taking some cues from The Prudent Homemaker.

Lunch: Pumpkin & Goat Cheese Pita Sandwiches
Butternut squash soup
Chicken Cacciatore served over Whole Wheat Rotini pasta

Lunch with friends: Zucchini-Garlic flat breads
Banana-Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins
(Brandy will bring an item from her pantry to share.)
Fall Veggie Lasagna
Baby Green Salad with Persimmons, Feta & Walnuts

Lunch: Curried Egg Salad sandwiches, apple slices
Small Group Dinner: (We will be eating our friend's house & each family will bring a different part of the meal like Main Dish, Side Dish, Salad or Dessert. We were assigned dessert.)
Dessert: Chocolate Ravioli

Playgroup Lunch: (We meet up weekly with two other mamas & kids and we each bring something to share with the group.)
Baked Sweet Potato fries with Spiced Aioli
Italian Wedding Soup
Cracked Wheat Pilaf
Fuyu Persimmon Wedges

Lunch: Italian Basil & Egg Salad Sandwiches
Organic Applesauce with Cinnamon
Black Olive & Turkey Bacon Pizza

Brunch: Whole Grain Cinnamon Waffles &
Dinner: Harvest Pumpkin & Black Bean Soup
Quinoa with Sauteed Onions

1 comment:

susan holman said...

Ok, here is my menu.

Sunday- Chicken Alfredo, garlic bread, salad

Monday- Butter Chicken with balsamic rice & veggies

Tuesday- Chicken Fingers, Pea Salad, and corn bread

Wednesday- (Husband works late-- just me and the girl.) We are headed over to my MIL's so we can make Pumpkin Scones & other items for my Staff Treats on the 30th. She is making dinner.. YUMMY :)

Thursday- Carne Asada Tacos, beans and rice with homemade salsa (tomatoes, cilantro, onions, and jalepenos from our salsa garden)

Friday- Chicken Salad Sandwiches, tortilla chips and fresh salsa from last night.

Saturday- Lunch- grilled cheese sandwiches with tomato basil soup
Dinner-- headed to friends house for some Fall Harvest Fun :)

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