Tuesday, July 8, 2008

My frugal menu plan for this week 7/6 through 7/13

Sunday - Navy Bean Soup and homemade croutons, salad
Monday - Chicken and Yellow Rice (made with leftovers), broccoli, garlic bread, fruit cocktail
Tuesday - Spaghetti and tomato sauce with italian sausage, garlic bread, salad
Wednesday - more Spaghetti and tomato sauce (my family loves, loves, loves this!), gelato
Thursday - Gorditas (made with Old El Paso dinner kit)
Friday - Accidental Pie (like Shepherd's Pie, but with cheese), vegetables, applesauce
Saturday - Barbeque sandwiches, shredded taters and cheese, green beans

Of course, there are "fill-ins" with the meals. Homemade bread always seems to make a meal more special. Desserts are occasional here, but still make us feel like we've had a special meal. The Navy Bean Soup is not our favorite meal, but it was actually good with the croutons (oyster crackers from Aldi, lightly toasted in butter and garlic powder). The Gorditas were a pantry item from a Publix BOGO months ago. They need to be used up!

Lunches are either frozen chimichangas, sandwiches, or leftovers.

Breakfasts are easy here from an abundance of cereal or bagel stockpile. When we want a change, I will cook up some eggs and toast or make up some homemade muffins or waffles.

Snacks are either fruits, nuts, yogurt or popsicles.

This week I made homemade yogurt in my crockpot. From that, we had smoothies with fruit that was on the verge of being overripe. I also made Zucchini Pineapple Bread. That was a real high fiber, nutritious treat!

I do have an extra, unexpected $27 that I received for payment for Opinion Outpost surveys that I completed in the past quarter of 2008. With that money, I will have some wiggle room if Publix has an absolutely incredible sale that I can't pass up for things we need and use abundantly. God is good!

This pantry challenge is rather exciting to me, just to see if I really can stay out of the store unnecessarily for a week!

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