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So this month we found ourselves in kind of a bind. Due to one circumstance or another, I am without a working stockpile and/or any reasonable amount of cash to work with. So when I sat down and really started paying attention to what I had to fix for dinner, I was shocked! I have SO little compared to what I did have! What to do? What to do?
Then it hit me:
A PANTRY CHALLENGE!
I LOVE pantry challenges! I get to see just how resourceful I really am and how little we can actually make things stretch.
So here’s the challenge: We eat off of what we have in the freezer, fridge, and pantry and no more than $50.00 out of pocket from now until August 7, 2012.
Can we do it? I think we can!
We started last night with homemade pancakes for supper! I love eating breakfast at dinner time. It’s very cheap and easy and the Monkey Child loves it! Since we have no syrup in the pantry and no workable cash for a week, we had to make due with what we had. Peanut butter and butter. The Monkey Child and I used just plain butter on our pancakes and Tom used peanut butter. Yes, syrup would have been preferable, but they still weren’t all that bad!
Here is our menu for the next 30 days:
Chicken and rice
Chicken, chicken gravy and biscuits
Basic Chicken Pot Pie
Chicken Shepherds Pie
Stove Top Chicken Casserole
(2) Spaghetti, Garlic Bread Sticks
Steaks, white rice with salsa, corn
Pan Seared pork chops, augratin potatoes, biscuits
2 Hot Dogs, Mac n Cheese, Vegetable
Vegetable Barley Soup
2 Cheeseburger mac
2 Fish sandwiches, mac and cheese
2 garlic and herb talipia, mac & cheese, mashed potatoes
Pork Chops and Rice casserole
Tater Tot Casserole
Mock Chicken fried Steak, biscuits, broccoli and cheese, potatoes
Bacon, egg and cheese biscuits/sandwiches
So we’re one meal down! 29 more to go!
Remaining grocery budget: $50.00
Wish me luck!
Last night’s dinner was homemade pancakes. Have you ever made them? If not, you should! Check out the recipe below:
Homemade Fluffy Pancakes Recipe
You will need:
- 2 egg
- 1.5 cup milk
- 4 tablespoons margarine, melted
- 2 cup flour
- 2 tablespoon sugar
- 6 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2-1 teaspoon salt