Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Menu Plan Monday- Week of January 2, 2012

I'm back at Menu Planning again after taking a small break during the holidays. We ate mostly leftovers from Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year's Meals...
I am also starting off 2012 by participating in the Eat From The Pantry Challenge over at good(CHEAP)eats. 
This means that I will be lowering our grocery spending, hopefully by at least $100 this month, just by shopping in my pantry to see what I've got in there.... I've done this before, and you'd be surprised how many meals you can make out of what you already have.  

On this menu plan, I'm going to compile a list of items I have in my pantry that I would like to use up. It's nice to get an inventory when you are starting this so you can plan accordingly:
Pantry Items:
6 cans Wild Alaskan Salmon
2 Cans Tuna 
2 Cans Tomato Paste
2 Pcks of Piccolini Pasta
2 Cans Tomato Sauce
1 Can Pumpkin Puree
2 Cans Garbanzo Beans
2 Cans Cranberry Sauce
2Pcks of Penne Pasta

3 Pcks Organic Ground Beef
4 Pcks of Organic Boneless Chicken Thighs
1Ham Hock w/ Ham
1 pck stew meat

Large Package of Organic Frozen Mixed Veggies
1 Large Spaghetti Squash
4 Peppers
3 Onions
2 lbs Small Golden Potatoes
1 Pckage Carrots
1/2 Pack Celery

Here's the plan!

Monday:  Glazed Chicken Wings w/ Spaghetti Squash and Mixed Veggies

Tuesday:  Moroccan Stewed Chicken - Uses Onions and Peppers, will replace orzo w/ piccolini pasta
Moroccan-Style Stewed Chicken Recipe

Thursday:  Leftovers
Friday:  Beef and Pasta w/ Salad and Leftover Rolls

 Beef and Pasta Recipe

 Saturday:  Salmon Patties over mixed greens w/ Steamed Edamame and Quinoa

Salmon Patties I Recipe

Sunday: Split Pea Soup  w/ Homemade Toast Sticks

 Split Pea Soup Recipe 


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  1. Looks like a yummy week at your house!

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  3. You've inspired me...I'm heading to the pantry!