The Pantry Challenge is over, and not a moment too soon. While toasting a heel of bread this morning for breakfast (after discovering there was no cereal left) my husband turned to me and said in a rather unfriendly way, “It’s March 2nd. I’m done with this Pantry Challenge.”
Alrighty. Message received.
It hasn’t been all doom-and-gloom around here. In the past week, we’ve been showered with treats from neighbors and family: A plate of cupcakes frosted with chocolate ganache. A bag filled with frozen grass-fed beef, potatoes, and beer left at our front door. A care package from my sister-in-law filled with the most deliciously-off-limits-to-any-Pantry-Challenge packaged foods. Homemade strawberry jelly from my mom.
I’m not sure who was closest to crying tears of joy–my husband over the Sam Adams or my kids over the Teddy Grahams.
Since we technically had a couple days left in the Pantry Challenge this week, I compromised. I went over budget at the grocery store but didn’t buy any dinner foods.
This week’s menu:
Sunday: Light Chicken Enchiladas (a holdover from last week and a huge hit with everyone), fresh pineapple
Monday: Left-at-my-doorstep grass-fed beef in the slow cooker, roasted potatoes, frozen corn
Tuesday: Blogger tasting event at Noodles & Company
Wednesday: Falafel, homemade hummus and pita, salads
Thursday: Buffalo Chicken, brown rice, steamed broccoli
Friday: Whole wheat pasta with red sauce or pesto from freezer, salad and fruit.
Sunday: Homemade pizza, raw veggies, salads
Stay tuned tomorrow for the Big Reveal: How much cash we saved, how empty our pantry really is–and what I’ve learned from all of this.