Saturday, June 27, 2015

Pantry Challenge Menu #2 - finishing June and starting July

We just finished the first week of a Pantry Challenge.  We did pretty well, eating all our leftovers and not shopping.  It turned out slightly different than planned, but still good.

Mon- chili in the crockpot
Homemade macaroons for dessert. Yum!
Tues – Ds spent the night with a buddy so I was by myself in the house – and it was weird!!!! I was starving when I got home so I had chicken tenders.
Wed - picked up DS and after Bible Study… he had leftover pizza and I had a leftover chili.
Thurs - I went out with for a planned dinner with friends, and one of them bought everyone's meal, which was a sweet surprise! I made ds a pizza from the freezer before I left. And he ate it ALL.
Fri - Homemade burgers and fries (mine was bunless)

So here's our plan for this week:
Lunch: Sticky chicken in the crockpot, broccoli, twice baked potatoes, cucumbers & tomatoes
Dinner: Salad (for me), chicken tenders or leftover BBQ chicken (for ds)

Lunch: Pizza for ds, salad for me
Dinner: Leftover BBQ chicken, leftover baked beans for ds, salad for me

Lunch: Leftovers
Dinner: Tacos

Leftovers for lunch & dinner

swimming at my parents' house for lunch, going to a ballgame with the family that evening

family day and a fishing trip for all the boys :)

4th of JULY!  Happy Independence Day!
picnic lunch with the fam at the beach, and snack dinner at the fireworks that night

Our garden is bursting with tomatoes and green beans, so I am sharing those with family and including them everywhere I can.

What's on your menu?
Share at Menu Plan Monday.
And feel free to jump into the Pantry Challenge at Good Cheap Eats!

Sunday, June 21, 2015

June Menu, and a sort of Pantry Challenge

Happy June!
It is H-O-T here, but I am not complaining as long as I can retreat to the air conditioning. :)
I've taken a look at our budget, and we need to tighten up a little, so we're beginning a small pantry challenge this week - just using what we have, and trying to do without if we run out, when possible.
I've inventoried our freezer, and I believe we can go to the the end of the month with no shopping trips, so that's my goal.
Here's the plan:
Sunday~ HAPPY FATHER'S DAY! My sweet hubby will be away from us doing graduate coursework, so we celebrated with my dad (and mom) with burgers, cucumber salad, corn on the cob, baked beans, and banana pudding at my parents' house, followed by a swim in the pool.  Not a bad deal at all!
lunch: chicken tenders, salad (tons of lettuce, tomatoes from the garden)
dinner: chili
lunch: frozen pizza, salad
dinner: chicken taco salad with tortilla chips
lunch: turkey sandwich (ds), salad
dinner: leftovers (turn chili into nachos if desired)
lunch: chicken tenders, salad
dinner: dinner out with friends for me. Ds may be spending the night with friends.
lunch: leftovers
dinner: hamburgers & fries
lunch: leftovers
dinner: sticky chicken, potatoes, broccoli or green beans, salad

I've tried to plan out lunch and dinner to save some coin.  All these recipes use what we already have on hand.  I will supplement with some baking and we should be in good shape!

I had a chat with ds#3 about summertime lunches, asking what he liked, explaining that we won't go out much in order to save money.  He gave me the teenage favorites of chicken tenders and pizza!  A few weeks ago, I received some coupons from BzzAgent to try Red Baron Brick Oven pizzas, and my son really liked them.  I purchased a couple since the initial trial, and he specifically requested those for the lunch rotation.  We have a winner!  You can see above that I have included them in our lunchtime specials! :)

Monday, June 8, 2015

Summer's here - woo hoo!!!!!!! It's a June Menu!

Happy Summertime!!!
We made it through the last weeks of school...
stressful and crazy busy....
happy and bittersweet...
And now people are clamoring for FOOD all the time around here! :)

So here's the plan:
Lunch: out
Dinner: Mexican beef in the crockpot, with rice, diced tomatoes from the garden, cheese, and whatever other toppings you'd like

Lunch: a sandwich experiment with yuca rolls and assorted insides (ham, salami, cheese, chicken)
Dinner: Sticky Chicken in the crockpot with mashed potatoes, green beans and cucumbers from the garden, and these Paleo rolls

Lunch: Chicken Bacon Ranch Salad from FishMama
Dinner: Burgers & Sausage on the grill, cucumber spears, fries

Lunch: Nachos or leftover rice bowl ingredients from Sunday
Dinner: Chef salads

It's our 21st wedding anniversary, so I'm not planning anything for today!

Lunch: BBQ chicken (using leftovers from Monday) or Sausage (from Tuesday) with fries
Dinner: Spaghetti (I'll have mine over zucchini) with tossed salad

not planning lunch... because it's summer and we can!
Dinner: Hawaiian chicken over rice with broccoli and salad