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Eat Down the Pantry, Week 4 Menu Plan

on January 20, 2013

Wow! This is the last full week of our “Eat Down the Pantry” challenge. In many ways, our cupboards and freezer are starting to get a little bare. But, as spring is coming and we’ll want to start preserving our fresh food finds, this is a great place to be.

What I’ve learned so far:

  • I heart knowing what every meal is going to be in advance – even if I end up changing it. We’ve had a TON of leftovers, so I definitely need to include more “clean out the fridge” days.
  • I heart having the Tasks list to help me prep for the next day’s meals. I have SO many other things batting around my brain, that I just need a list to tell me what to do.
  • My husband is liking that I’m not stressing over food. He’s noticed a difference. Whee!

Sunday, January 20

Breakfast: Leftovers
Lunch: Leftovers
Dinner: Chili

Tasks: Pull Split Pea Soup and a container of applesauce from the freezer

Monday, January 21

Breakfast: Eggs with toast and yogurt
Lunch: Leftovers for grown ups, sandwiches for kids
Dinner:
Split pea soup, cheese, and homemade bread with dipping oil

Tasks: Make bread, check kombucha, and pull zucchini and bacon out of the freezer

Tuesday, January 22

Breakfast: Banana smoothies and zucchini pancakes with bacon
Lunch:
Leftovers
Dinner: Crock pot baked potato for baked potato bar

Tasks: Grate some cheese, cook some extra bacon to go with dinner, pull okra out to thaw, and soak oats for breakfast

Wednesday, January 23

Breakfast: Oatmeal with butter, milk and honey
Lunch: Leftovers
Dinner:
Okra raita, Indian fish and potato stew and biscuits

Tasks: Have the kids help make biscuits. Double or triple the recipe and freeze some before baking. Pull pork chops out of the freezer.

Thursday, January 24

Breakfast: Pancakes and sauteed apples
Lunch: PBJ’s or leftovers
Dinner:
Apple sage pork chops and Sunshine Cole Slaw

Tasks: Pull some pumpkin puree out of the freezer.

Friday, January 25

Breakfast: Pumpkin Pie Casserole and Banana Smoothies
Lunch: Leftovers
Dinner:
Leftovers

Tasks:

Saturday, January 26

Breakfast: Pancakes or waffles, chef’s choice
Lunch: Leftovers
Dinner:
Leftovers or homemade pizza

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