Weekly menu plan (January 16-22, 2012) and grocery update
All my freezer cooking last week? It went great. All my blogging plans for last week? Not so great. ;) I think I underestimated how much time I'd be spending cooking and how much food I'd need to make if I wanted to have enough left for 2-3 freezer meals after we ate dinner! :)
I'm not planning much freezer cooking this week, since I have other things I need to spend time doing before Joshua's surgery next week.
We're going grocery shopping on Thursday, which will be 2 weeks since our last shopping trip. I don't think I'll need to spend much, but I do need to get a few things to hold us over for the following 2 weeks. I'll share the items/prices after the shopping trip! :)
This week's menu plan:
My mom's meatloaf, baked potatoes, peas
Hearty beef and lentil chili, garlic bread, green beans
Creamy macaroni and cheese, leftover chili, green beans
Beef and spinach quiche, green beans, corn
Not sure -- depends on Ruth's birthday meal requests :)
Ingredients for freezer-friendly bean and rice burritos
Lunches: Bean burritos or leftovers
Breakfasts: Oatmeal or fruit smoothies
This week's menu actually is mostly planned from my pantry/freezer (unlike last week!).
For our family, this pantry challenge is a continuation of fewer shopping trips, getting my freezers organized, and starting to make and store some freezer meals. So far, we're doing okay on the shopping, the freezers are pretty organized (and I know exactly what's in there), and I'm feeling more ready for the challenges ahead now that I've got a good start on my freezer meals.
Be sure to visit the other bloggers who will be chronicling their January pantry challenges: