Thursday, December 31, 2009

January 2010 Eat from the Pantry Challenge and meal plan

Well I took the first step in not buying groceries in January, I took an inventory (not a very detailed one) and I've made out a meal plan for the ENTIRE month. Hold me because this took forever and also I had to rework it because I had planned mashed potatoes nearly every night all month long. Now, I'm Irish so I wouldn't mind and hubs loves my mashed potatoes so he wouldn't complain either but I am thinking that we probably need more variety in our diet. You'll notice I repeat the same vegetables over and over and over. Well, hubs doesn't eat vegetables so I tend to stick to my favorites which tend to be cheaper anyways. If I'm only making them for myself might as well get what I want, right?

I have included breakfasts and lunches too since I pack us breakfasts to eat at our desks or on the road and we each take our luches to work.

Breakfasts:
muffins- blueberry, pumpkin chocolate chip, dried fruit
granola bars
yogurt

Lunches:
leftovers
sandwiches
quesidillas
soup
salads (chicken, egg, etc)
homemade mac n cheese

Dinners:
Friday, Jan 1, 2010
Traditional southern with a twist
pinto beans w/ ham, sauteed spinach (I don't like my vegetables cooked within an inch of their lives like most southerners)

Saturday, Jan 2, 2010
We are meeting some friends out of state for lunch so not sure what time we will be home. It will either be see food (see food, eat food) or leftovers from New Year's

Sunday, Jan 3, 2010
Roasted chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans

Monday, Jan 4, 2010
chicken noodle soup made with leftover roasted chicken and homemade stock that simmered in the crock pot all night

Tuesday, Jan 5, 2010
Meatloaf muffins, rice pilaf, broccoli

Wednesday, Jan 6, 2010
pizza w/ pepperoni and pineapple, spinach salad w/ mandarin oranges, almonds and pear vinegar dressing

Thursday, Jan 7, 2010
Taco night with refried beans and corn

Friday, Jan 8, 2010
leftovers or date night

Saturday, Jan 9, 2010
hamburger helper (don't judge my husband makes me do it), roasted carrots

Sunday, Jan 10, 2010
balsamic chicken breasts, rice pilaf, green beans

Monday, Jan 11, 2010
hot dogs w/ chili, french fries, fruit

Tuesday, Jan 12, 2010
chili bowls with chili, fritos, cheese & sour cream, carrot sticks

Wednesday, Jan 13, 2010
leftovers

Thursday, Jan 14, 2010
leftovers

Friday, Jan 15, 2010
spaghetti with fresh pasta, garlic bread & zuc coins

Saturday, Jan 16, 2010
Chicken Marsala, garlic mashed potatoes, green beans

Sunday, Jan 17, 2010
dirty risotto, fruit

Monday, Jan 18, 2010
Parmesan crusted pork chops, roasted potatoes, carrots & parsnips

Tuesday, Jan 19, 2010
welsh rarebit, broccoli, fruit

Wednesday, Jan 20, 2010
hamburger helper, fruit

Thursday, Jan 21, 2010
leftovers

Friday, Jan 22, 2010
Patty melts, french fries, fruit

Saturday, Jan 23, 2010
Dunbar macaroni, salad

Sunday, Jan 24, 2010
Roasted chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, roasted parsnips

Monday, Jan 25, 2010
chicken salad, fruit

Tuesday, Jan 26, 2010
Swedish meatballs, egg noodles, carrots

Wednesday, Jan 27, 2010
Stuffed pork chops, broccoli

Thursday, Jan 28, 2010
breakfast for dinner- breakfast potatoes, sausage, eggs, fruit

Friday, Jan 29, 2010
date! I'm gonna need a break after all this cooking!

Saturday, Jan 30, 2010
pizza with Italian sausage, peppers & onion

Sunday, Jan 31, 2010
Stuffed baked potatoes with bacon, broccoli, caramelized onions and fruit

The end. I'm tired just thinking about it.

2 comments:

cupcakemommie said...

Dirty Risotto sounds great! Love your plan! I'm working on mine!

Hoosier Homemade said...

You did a great job! I've been planning my monthly meals for many yrs. I have 1 yrs worth on my blog. The great thing is, after a few months are done, you can just repeat.
Thanks for sharing!
~Liz