Okay, so I have a little problem with buying groceries. As in, I spend way, way too much each week on food. I caught the coupon bug a while back, and while I’ve certainly mastered the art of buying items in bulk when they’re on sale, I haven’t quite figured out exactly when to stop.
To house my overflowing stash, my dad built shelves in my basement stairwell, an area we began jokingly referring to as the “bomb shelter”. We now use this name so frequently and casually that I am positive Henry has said something to his teacher along the lines of, “We keep extra peanut butter in our bomb shelter.”
And did I mention the chest freezer in the basement, which is currently stocked with a quarter-cow’s worth of grass-fed beef and approximately six loaves of buy-one-get-one-free Brownberry bread?
So, inspired by bloggers like local favorite Hounds in the Kitchen, I’m challenging myself to feed all four of us for the whole month from what we have in our home.
The two rules of my Pantry Challenge:
- Until the end of the month, I have only $25 a week to spend on milk, fruit, vegetables, and other necessary staples. (This budget does not include non-food grocery items like diapers, batteries, and aspirin. It also does not include our monthly date night because for crying out loud, we deserve one nice meal a month away from the monkeys.)
- I will draft and post a weekly meal plan and try my very best to stick with it.
So without further ado, here is this week’s menu:
Monday: Tilapia with green beans and baked fries
Tuesday: Turkey meatloaf with whole wheat noodles and asparagus
Wednesday: Breakfast for dinner. Eggs & uncured bacon with fruit
Thursday: Date Night. Kids will do PBJs or homemade mac-n-cheese with carrots
Friday: Lentil & brown rice casserole with broccoli
Saturday: Spaghetti with stockpiled homemade sauce and Caesar salad
Feeling brave? Who wants to join me?