Sunday, January 3, 2010

Eat from the Pantry Challenge Meal Plan

Before you can plan to eat our of your pantry, you have to know what’s in there! I knew we had lots of deer meat. We just picked up the meat last week so I know we’ve got plenty of meat to make it through the month, even with Phillip going low-carb. I took inventory today and this is what I found. (Watch out! It’s a long list!) And, if you have any ideas about how I should use the pureed foods (previously meant for Emily) or the mushy roast veggies (also meant for Emily), let me know!

Deep Freeze:
  • 1 bag wheat flour
  • 1 gallon whole milk (for Emily)
  • 3 ½ gallons 1% milk
  • 1 pan brownies (that I won at the church fall festival!)
  • chocolate cupcakes (I may be taking these to MOPS!)
  • 6 freezer meals from Angel Food (great for when Phillip’s gone!)
  • 1 ½ C applesauce
  • strawberry bread-small loaf
  • pinto beans (2 containers)
  • Spinach, Chicken & Cheese Calzone filling (2 containers)
  • Veggie Mac & Cheese (really more veggies than mac & cheese)
  • Ham & Cheese Potato Casserole
  • Poppy Seed Chicken
  • Lotta Beans
  • spaghetti sauce
  • 4 lb chicken thighs
  • 6 lb chicken breasts
  • 16 lb breakfast sausage (includes 14 lb deer sausage)
  • 14 lb ground deer
  • 4 lb ground beef
  • 3 sirloins
  • 8 hot dogs
  • 2 pc salmon
  • 11 deer steaks
  • 3 ribeyes
  • french fries
  • sweet potatoes
  • corn (1 ½ lb + a 5 lb bag!)
  • green beans
  • mixed fruit
  • strawberries
  • blueberries
  • 22 C cheddar
  • 16 C Monterey Jack
  • Swiss
  • Mozzarella
  • chocolate chips
  • 1 loaf homemade bread

Inside freezer:
  • cinnamon bread
  • banana bread
  • zucchini bread
  • strawberry bread
  • corn tortillas
  • brown rice
  • white rice
  • hamburger buns
  • 1 C applesauce
  • ½ C diced ham
  • 2 C shredded carrots
  • lime sherbet (Phillip brought this home from the homecoming dance...back in October...but it still tastes good!)
  • chicken flavored rice
  • french fries
  • gravy
  • broccoli
  • lima beans
  • 1 lb shrimp
  • mushy roast veggies (leftover from making a roast)
  • hamburger dip
  • pinto beans
  • sweet potatoes
  • green beans
  • ham
  • sausage balls
  • Puppy Chow
  • frosting
  • 4 oz tomato sauce
  • chicken broth/stock
  • lemon juice
  • evaporated milk
  • cream cheese
  • pizza sauce
  • corn
  • Parmesan cheese
  • pureed veggies: broccoli, Brussel sprouts, mixed veggies, carrots
  • pureed chicken
  • pureed fruits: mixed fruit, blueberries

  • 8 doz eggs
  • 2 deer steaks
  • ground deer
  • deer sausage
  • 2 pcs fried chicken
  • 3 ½ C vanilla yogurt
  • hamburger dip
  • cheese dip
  • party weinies
  • black eyed peas
  • refried beans
  • summer sausage
  • 4 carrots
  • 3 apples
  • Monterey Jack
  • Provolone
  • Cheddar
  • Mozzarella
  • French onion soft cheese
  • cheesecake bars
  • Missouri cookies
  • tiger butter
  • peppermint bark

Pantry (there’s obviously more in my pantry, but these are the things I’d like to use up):
  • couscous
  • oatmeal
  • cream of wheat
  • corn meal
  • rotini-1 1/3 box
  • macaroni-1/2 C
  • angel hair 1/4 box
  • egg noodles
  • spaghetti (more than 4 lb!)
  • penne-1/3 box
  • pineapple
  • cream of chicken soup

With the help of, here is my meal plan for the month:
  • Breakfasts: cold cereal, oatmeal, cream of wheat, fruit & cinnamon breads
  • Lunches: school provided meals (Phillip can bring home lunch for free any day he wants to), leftovers, Christmas party leftovers
  • Suppers:
4-Spinach, Chicken & Cheese Calzones
5-Angel Food meal (Phillip has a basketball game)
6-deer steaks, veggie mac & cheese, baked apple
7-poppy seed chicken (for me and Emily), chicken breast (for Phillip), broccoli, corn
8-Angel Food meal (Phillip has a basketball game)
9-deer burgers, leftover veggie mac & cheese, french fries
10-leftovers (my kitchen is closed on Sundays)
11-leftovers (MOPS day...we don’t get home until 5:30 and Phillip has a basketball game)
12-Angel Food meal (Phillip has a basketball game)
13-Enchilada Stack, purple juice salad, corn
14-Sauteed Shrimp and Couscous Dinner, green beans (me and Emily), broccoli (Phillip), baked apple
15-spaghetti with meat sauce (me and Emily), ground meat (Phillip)
16-in Abilene
17-in Abilene
19-Angel Food meal (Phillip has a basketball game)
20-Angel Hair Pasta Chicken, garlic toast
21-Angel Food meal (Phillip has a basketball game)
22-Lotta Beans
23-Chicken Risotto, blueberries/strawberries/pineapple, toast
24-leftovers (my kitchen is closed on Sundays)
25-leftovers (MOPS day...we don’t get home until 5:30 and Phillip has a basketball game)
26-Angel Food meal (Phillip has a basketball game)
27-sirloin, Allie’s Delicious Macaroni & Cheese, blueberries/strawberries/pineapple, toast
28-Italian dressing chicken, sweet potatoes, corn
29-penne with spaghetti sauce (me and Emily), ground meat (Phillip)
30-poached eggs and sausage balls
31-leftovers (my kitchen is closed on Sundays)


Lana said...

Wow! It took a while to read your list -- can't imagine how long it took to make it and decide on the menus for the month! You're way ahead of me!!

Heather said...

I started the menu planning after Emily went to bed...about 7:30 and finished about 9:30. Long and tiring work, but worth the effort!

Jenni said...

wow. that's about all I can say. wow. I need to work on mine too....