I've been planning my menu for the past few weeks and it is going extremely well. Here's the deal though. When you are really trying to eat strictly what you have on hand already, as the weeks go by, the job gets a little more difficult. You start putting garbanzo beans with peanut butter, or taco shells with tuna fish. Ewww. I haven't actually done either of those, but I imagine that recipes will start to get a little more interesting. And I've noticed that the condiments in the back of the pantry are now surfacing.
Did I tell you how much fun I'm having with this? The kids are wondering if we have much money at this point. That's totally not the point of this challenge for me, nor is it the reality. And both the dinners and lunches have been delicious. They're just used to me ordering food from the grocery store on line or going to the store when they are in the mood for something.
One of the other reasons I am doing this is because before long, we will be moving back home from the U.K.
So here is our Menu Plan for Week 3:
Monday, 1/18 ~ Roasted pork chops with gravy, mashed potatoes, buttered carrots
Tuesday, 1/19 ~ Chicken fajitas & a side of fruit
Wednesday, 1/20 ~ Rice, beans, ham, and cheese casserole (this is where the funny recipes come in)
Thursday, 1/21 ~ Beef tacos with rice & beans
Friday, 1/22 ~ Homemade tortilla pizzas & fruit
Probably the biggest challenge I have put before me was a budget of £250. By the way, that converts to just over $408 for the month. When I threw that number out there at the beginning of this month, I did so without truly knowing the dollar amount we spend per month on average. Apparently I am a little off with my number.
Here is what I spent during this past week:
£21.35 at the Co-operative (fruit, bread, milk, honey, chicken)
£16.87 Morrisons grocery store (similar items to above)
£6.30 Farmer's market
It's only January 18th, and I'm really close to £250. The grand total is: £189.94 + £44.82 =
I'm not a half full kind of gal, but I'm thinking that £15.24 is just not going to cut it. I will continue to stay close, though.
Thanks for following me through this & Happy Monday! Oh, and Happy MLK Day!
To see more menu plans, go to Orgjunkie. com. Also, visit MoneySavingMom.com and Lifeasamom.com to see more pantry challenges.