Thursday, January 6, 2011

Week 1…Pantry Challenge

***I am sharing our week a little early because we will be gone the next few nights and won’t be eating at home.

We are off to a great start with the “eating from our pantry” challenge.

You do remember that we are eating from our stockpile and trying to spend no more than $25 per week for the month of January?

This week, so far, we have had for dinner: (please know that I am not a fancy cook…I am usually a pinto beans and potatoes kind of girl)

Spaghetti with meat sauce that was made from venison that a friend gave us.  We also had a whole grain bread that was delish.

Applesauce Pancakes (recipe below) with turkey bacon

Homemade Mexican taco bake.  Again, made with venison from the freezer and pinto beans that I cooked and made into refried beans.  Such a cheap way to make refried beans.  No need for canned ones anymore when these are so cheap and easy.  Do you make your own or buy them?  We also love ChiChi’s salsa and had this on hand to go with our tortilla chips.  Sadly, salsa is almost gone so this will be something we wait on to buy again unless it makes it to the $25 list.

Grilled mozzarella cheese sandwiches with tomato soup


Our breakfasts have been mainly oatmeal, toast made with 9 grain and seed bread,  cereal, breakfast casserole made with our farm fresh eggs and juices that we make with our juicer. 


Lunches are always a hodge podge of things that we have left over or soup, sandwiches, or hummus with broccoli or pita bread (my personal favorite)


My only purchase this week so far is milk.  I will end up needing to buy more fruits and veggies for our juicer but that should do me until next week. 


Just a little fyi…we juice apples, carrots, broccoli, kale and sometimes pears on pretty much a daily basis.  We love our juice!


These are the applesauce pancakes I was talking about earlier.

applesauce pancakes

Here’s how you make them…

1 cup all purpose flour

1 cup whole wheat flour (or substitute another cup of all-purpose flour if you want)

1/4 cup brown sugar

1 tablespoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1 1/4 cups milk

2 eggs

2/3 cup applesauce

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

3 tablespoons melted unsalted butter

Mix together all dry ingredients first.  In another bowl, mix your wet ingredients and then combine.

**My family loved this new recipe that I found from The Hazel Bloom.  They were hearty and delicious. **


We also love breakfast for dinner so you will see breakfast quite often on our dinner menu.  Since we have chickens and get fresh eggs, it’s also a cheap and easily available meal for us.


So, that’s how our week played out food wise.  We still have a ton of food to make meals from and should be going strong next week on our week 2 of our challenge.

I have not been to the grocery store yet but will probably go on Sunday for a few things.  I’ll let you know what I spend.  There should be no problem keeping with my $25 weekly budget.

Cheer me on if you would like or offer any suggestions…I would love it!!



Samantha said...

Very impressed you ate so well for so little!! The pancakes sound delicious.

Yanet @ 3 Sun Kissed Boys said...

I could learn a thing or two from you. I have a "full" pantry but nothing to make. I'm just not good at thinking up meals like that. My husband can make a 5-course meal out of a jar of pickles and mayonnaise. But he's usually never home to make dinners so I wish he would pass that skill down to me.

Good on you for being able to pull this off. I can't even imagine $25 a week on groceries.

NanaDiana said...

Oh- You make me feel so guilty...I am proud of you...Wish I could send my pantry contents to you cuz then I wouldn't HAVE to feel guilty...Hugs- Way to go!!!! xxoo Diana

ps...that song just about brings me to day I will share with you what that song meant to me at one time in my life....and I have not heard it in years. Thank you-

Tricia - A Rosy Note said...

Wow, Amy I'm impressed...I should follow your lead and try to do this. We have a bunch of stuff that we never eat. I think I would have to spend more than $25 a week though, since I buy a lot of fruit :)

Pine Tree Home said...

Glad to hear so far your challenge is working. For some reason I just can't whittle down my grocery bill that much. Good news is that I am being more creative with what is in the pantry and trying to switch up some old dishes.

Allyson Pecilunas said...

The pancakes look delicious! Good job so far!!

vintage vine said...

I love this idea!!! Keep us posted and be sure and keep passing on recipies.

Lissa said...

great job using what you have. 25 bucks a week! I don't think I could do it!

Pamela said...

Awesome post and oh, the delicious sounding pancake recipe. We, too, have breakfast for supper and these sound like they would be a good addition to eggs and bacon. I like to make up all the batter and then freeze the leftover pancakes for another day.

Laura Sennott said...

I am taking your challenge in another way. I can't buy anything to craft with, setting a budget of 50.00 for the month! I need to get rid of the things I have! Your dinners sound divine! Thanks for sharing.

Debbie said...

This is going to be fun and inspirational to watch. I've never made my own refried beans. I will have to google a recipe unless you would care to share!

The applesauce pancakes sound and look wonderful. We love breakfast for dinner around here too. Sounds to me like your meal planning is a lot like ours. We're pretty basic folks around here.

Lynda @ Happenstance Home said...

You are really inspiring. It shows with planning and resources you can eat well for less. I love that you have chickens. I've been trying to talk my husband into some - it's not working!

Katie @ On the Banks of Squaw Creek said...

Good luck! I imagine you'll have to get pretty creative at the end! What is your normal grocery bill?

Nice and Easy Antiques said...

Those pancakes made me's 9:30, perfect time for pancakes, don't you think?

michelle said...

Those look great girl!!! You are doing awesome and I love breakfast for lunch and dinner too! It is a favorite here! :) Keep going!!!

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

I love breakfast for dinner too. The kids also but hubby not so much. I have been wanting to get some whole wheat flour and keep forgetting. Do you always mix it with regular? And can you use it for pretty much anything?

From Beyond My Kitchen Window said...

Sounds good.Can't wait to see next weeks menu.

Kolein said...

OK, I'm really impressed. Here in New York, $25 would get a gallon of milk and a loaf of bread!!!!!!!!!!!!

And, Amy, this is the FIRST time my mouth has watered while reading your blog! Now I'm starving!!! Thank you!


Val said...

I truly need to do this!!!!