Menu Plan: Pantry Challenge Week 3

The ickies hit our house Friday night, so over the weekend we kept our meals pretty mild, sporadic, and easy to fix.  Taking a couple of days off kitchen duty makes me ready to start cooking again this week!

We’re plugging right along in the pantry challenge. I’m so thankful that you talked me out of pitching my too sweet salsa.  When I thawed it out, it (of course) was very watery, so I drained it before adding some to the Mexican Lasagna.  I think all the sugar drained right outta there because we didn’t taste a hint of sweet.  Yay!  Definitely my Eat From the Pantry Victory of the Week!  And remember all that frozen apple juice?  I’ve been making apple syrup for our pancakes and waffles.  Yum!

Here’s what’s on the menu this week.

Breakfasts – a rotation of eggs (fried/scrambled/omelets) with toast or muffins, pancakes, waffles, french toast, lazy granola, oatmeal with raisins, and the occasional bowl of cereal with bananas

Lunch – a rotation of sandwiches (grilled cheese or pb&j), fresh fruit and veggies with dip, snack lunch tray, smoothies, and leftovers


  • Barbecue Meatballs, Cheesy Potatoes, green beans, holiday dinner rolls – Ok.  So this isn’t an “eat from the pantry meal” but it is one of my favorite meals to take to a new mom, and a friend of ours had a baby last week!  Totally cause to break the rules.  I’ll make some for us and some for them.
  • Turkey Pot Pie – Ran out of carrots last week, so didn’t make this as planned.
  • Ziti with Italian Sausage – I’ll cook down some of my tomatoes to make tomato sauce (have never done that before!), and will use pork sausage since that’s what we have.
  • Leftovers/snacks for the ballgame
  • Parmesan-Crusted Pork Chops, peas, baked apples

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  1. That looks like a VERY yummy week:-)

  2. Very nice of you to take a meal to your friend. 🙂

  3. The Parmesan crusted pork chops look awesome. I am going to try those! Thanks for the link!

  4. Toss some of that zucchini into the Ziti & Italian Sausage. I’m betting nobody notices.

  5. You are so good at coming up with creative syrup recipes. And wow! The pork chops look really good!

  6. Looks like a yummy menu! One question, when you freeze your meatballs, do you freeze it with the BBQ sauce on it, or do you add that before cooking it? Thanks!

    • If your meat is ultra-lean, you can freeze it with the sauce. Otherwise, you might want to freeze them separately. I even tell people to bake the meatballs for about 20 minutes, drain the grease, then add the sauce and finish baking. I forget that, though, because we have super-lean meat from my uncles.

  7. Yummy menu plan. I know your family will enjoy it!

    I’m hoping to build up our pantry and freezer after I receive my first paycheck. Six months of unemployment checks has been rough.

    Well, I got to get back to watching “Young & the Restless” online.

  8. Looks yummy. We love meatballs around here too.

    On the day you fix ziti and sausage, if you add basil and fennel seeds to your pork sausage it will make it “fauxtalian”. I doctor up jimmy dean all the time! 🙂

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