Meal Plan Monday 1/21/2013

As part of the 2013 goals and resolutions, I’m working on cooking with ingredients we already have on hand in our pantry and freezer. I haven’t done a Meal Plan Monday post in years (March 15, 2009 to be specific) and thought I’d start back up! However, instead of telling you what we are going to eat for the week, I’m going to tell you what I cooked last week. Otherwise, it’s just a little much when people we personally know tell the kids what we are having for dinner and it’s too much pressure to stick to that schedule!

This week for the most part we have a couple of extra people staying at our house. FINALLY some people who will eat almost anything that I cook without complaining. We did get Papa John’s take-out pizza on Sunday as I wasn’t feeling all that well. I did end up making the Ground Beef Hobo Stew later that evening. We were also able to eat off the leftover pizza for another meal.

I didn’t make a trip to the grocery store this week but in full disclosure, my husband went to the store and bought store brand items and spent around $40 on cereal,  2 dozen eggs, potatoes, a gallon of milk, and a few of my favorite sparkling waters. This was a little more than I was planning on spending this week but the kids will eat the cereal with no issue. If you are following along from last week, we are up to $52.19 for the month of January by eating from our stockpile.

Here’s our meal plan from last week using items from our pantry:


  • PB&J, Turkey/Muenster Cheese Sandwiches, homemade breads/treats made throughout the week, applesauce, etc. Making all the sandwiches on Sunday helped me to keep to the lunch schedule as the hardest part of the lunch was already made up.


  • Chicken Casserole (using leftover chicken from a few day’s prior with cornbread stuff, 16 ounces chicken broth, 2 cans of cream & chicken, 2-3 ounces of cottage cheese)
  • Ground Beef Hobo Stew (recipe to be posted!) – Bryan loved this one!
  • Spaghetti, ground sausage, marinara sauce/Spaghetti, Gardein scallaponi, marinara sauce, broccoli
  • Thursday Night: Subway subs for three of us. It was a complicated night with activities that I won’t bore you with but I had thought we wouldn’t have time to eat and it took so long at Subway (20 minutes – they were busy!) that we didn’t go to one of the events as it would have been pointless at that time! I had thought it would be quicker and easier to get something I thought would be quick but the joke was on me that night – $16 whole dollars worth!
  • Vegetarian Three Bean Chili (very spicy but good!)
  • Crescent Rolls w/Pepperoni & Mozzarella (super easy!)
  • Frozen Pizzas on Saturday night


This is how we did from the pantry this week! How did you do? 

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