Sunday, April 15, 2012
FRUGAL EATING FROM THE PANTRY
This is the second week that we have been focusing on eating from the pantry, freezer and also from what is on sale at the store. I'm not too good at posting my menus in advance, but thought it would be good to show what we ate during the past week.
Meal One: Chicken pot pie and noodles.
Everything in the recipe was in my pantry and freezer. The results are a creamy white meat chicken with veggies covered by a lightly browned crust. I had split chicken breasts in the freezer bought when they were on sale. The egg noodles were cooked in the broth made when I boiled the chicken for the pot pie.
We ate from these dishes for 2 days, as well as taking my mother a plate when she was in the hospital.
Meal Two: Lasagna and salad
I thawed a small package of ground beef and put together the lasagna last Sunday afternoon, but waited to bake it after getting home from work on Monday.
We had some lettuce in the fridge and so I boiled a couple of eggs and gathered together things that would be good in salad, such as grated cheese, onion, canned peach slices, and dressing.
We also ate from this for 2 days and hubby took some for lunch 2 days.
Meal Three: Baked Potato Bar
I had plenty of potatoes, so I baked 4 medium ones in the microwave and assembled assorted toppings such as bacon bits, grated cheeses, sour cream and butter.
I had some broccoli in the freezer, so I cooked a small amount and melted cheese on top of it for broccoli and cheese baked potatoes.
It was nice to have such an easy meal and hubby took one of the potatoes with broccoli and cheese for lunch the following day.
Meal Four: Clam Chowder with crackers
We had a cold snap this week, so we took advantage of it by eating clam chowder for what will probably be the last time until fall.
I did need to pick up a small can of clams and another can of clam chowder, to which I added milk and diced boiled potatoes. We had crackers in the pantry.
Hubby was able to take a bowl for lunch the following day.
Meal Five: Pork Chops and salad
I went to the grocery store on Friday and found a small package of boneless pork chops for about $5.00. We pan fried half of these in olive oil and froze the rest for a future meal. I also bought a bag of salad that was on sale for $2.00, less a $1.00 coupon that I had. There is enough salad in the bag for several meals this coming week.
We've already started eating from the pantry, freezer and what's on sale this week and let me tell you today's food was wonderful! A little hint, it was just like Mama used to make. I plan to post what we ate this week next Monday.
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