Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Pantry Challenge Week #1

Inventory Of the Kitchen

  • I looked over everything in my refrigerator, freezer, and pantry
  • threw away any food that was outdated or spoiled
  • sorted food items by type (meat, vegetable, grain, prepared food items, etc)
  • made a list of the items I have on my pantry and freezer inventory forms
Meal Planning
Once I had an inventory of all the food I had stored, I created a monthly meal plan. I was able to create menus just by glancing through my inventory lists. I also looked at a few websites and cookbooks for some inspiration to the items on my list. I made sure that the recipes used most things I already had on hand in my pantry. Most recipes would just require that I buy a few fresh fruits or vegetables. Here's my rough draft of what we are eating in January. (Subject to change.) (Next step is making grocery lists for each week - I will post that as soon as I finish it up!)

January 3rd -
  • Beet and Cabbage Borsht
  • Potato Latkes
  • Green Salad

January 4th -
  • Pasta - Pesto, kalamata olives, tomatoes
  • Papa Bread

January 5th -

January 6th -

January 7th -

January 8th -
  • Mimi's Cooking

January 9th -
  • Mimi's Cooking

January 10th -
  • Tomato Soup
  • Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

January 11th -

January 12th -

January 13th -
  • Orange Chicken w/ basmati rice
  • Egg Rolls

January 14th -
  • Stroganoff
  • Steamed Veggies

January 15th -
  • Spaghetti w/ marinara
  • Garlic Toast

January 16th -

January 17th -
  • Pizza

January 18th -
  • Tanya's Potato Soup
  • Bread

January 19th -
  • Mexican Theme - quesadillas or tacos
  • taquitos

January 20th -
  • Crockpot

January 21st -
  • Hamburgers
  • Tater Tots
  • Fruit and/or carrots

January 22nd -
  • Gnocci w/ pesto
  • Green Salad
  • Breadsticks

January 23rd -
  • Tofu Stir-fry
  • Gyoza
  • Egg rolls

January 24th
  • Breakfast for Dinner:
  • Pancakes
  • Eggs

January 25th
  • Black Bean & Cheese Enchiladas
  • Mexican Rice
  • Salad

January 26th

January 27th
  • Raviolis
  • Green Salad

January 28th

January 29th

January 30th
  • Pizza
  • Salad

1 comment:

  1. good job...I decided to try this in Feb...Dec was almost a Pantry Challenge for me because of when pay day hit and then the traveling and then Christmas an never once had time for grocery shopping...really didn't go to the store until yesterday...but I hadn't planed it, and didn't feel very organized in the process...


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