Sunday, January 10, 2010

Menu Plan Monday & Eat From the Pantry Challenge

Last week was a huge success with my menu plan. Can I encourage you emphatically to do this if you currently don't? Having a plan will give you some measure of peace knowing that all you have to do is cook to pull it off. :-)

Meatloaf (rolled up with broccoli & cheese)
Risotto with peas
Mixed veggies

Baked ham (leftover from Sunday)
Cheesy pasta

Ranch Style Chicken (recipe from Pioneer Woman)
Green Beans

Pasta with homemade marinara sauce
Garlic Bread

Tuna Sandwiches


This has been a great challenge for me to only use what I already have with the exception of buying milk, bread, eggs, & fruit & vegetables as we need them. Last week I also baked 4 loaves of zucchini bread and my dear hubby baked 2 loaves of wheat bread. We had had a snowstorm, and with frugality in mind, we both got in a baking mood.

When you really look at what you already have, that might have been pushed back in your pantry or has simply been ignored, there is a lot to work with. At least in my case there is. We want to be good stewards of what God has already provided and I've always liked a good challenge.

Purchases we made this week within our £250 budget for January were:
£29.12 at Costco
£23 for Dominos pizza (oops that wasn't on the menu plan!)
£49.28 at Morrisons for Braaten's birthday
£8.75 at the bakery
£20 Lunch at the bakery on Friday (It was Braaten's birthday after all)
£4.95 milk
Total: £106.94
+83.00 from last week's grocery order

Hmm... no more eating out this month! It's only January 11th and we only have £60.06 left in our proposed budget. The burning question is: Can we do it??? We'll have to just wait and see.

Thanks for stopping by. You are a blessing.


Joyce said...

The price of a pizza in the UK does make you think twice : )

Good luck meeting your goal. I plan meals on a weekly basis. Even if you are shopping for the items it is less expensive than without any menu plan. Much less impulse buying.

I don't keep my pantry as well stocked as I used to with just the two of us home. I need to get in there this week and see what I've got.

Andrea said...

Sounds yummy! We are being more careful about what we spend.
Blessings, andrea

He & Me + 3 said...

Good job using a almost becomes a challenge and a game. I love those things. Good luck staying in the budget. Love your meals too.

Darcie said...

You are off to a great start Carol! Budget and meal planning are so important when raising a family, huh? Something that I need to do as well. I get so spoiled with the husband working at a grocery store, but then it is so easy to nickel and dime it.

Denise said...

I finally got around to doing a menu plan for this week, and even better... posting about it today.
I've got the crockpot on right now.
Have a lovely Monday, must get back to housework ;)
Hugs Denise

Colie's Kitchen said...

Great Menu plan!! I am always looking for new ideas and recipes to feed my family. Thanks for sharing!!!

chili pepper said...

I was wondering what 250 pounds translates to in dollars. Just wondering how I am doing... and does that include other household products like cleaners, detergents, paper etc...? Just wondering.

We do the eating from the pantry and freezer periodically when I need to clean out or when the budget is stretched (which is most of the time these days) and I am always amazed at what we come up with and how long we can go!