My husband joked today that with the way this Pantry Challenge is going, he’ll soon be eating “pine needle stew” for lunch.
And actually, that Hunger Games reference is a little fitting these days. We’re doing just fine with dinners, thanks to the chest freezer and Bomb Shelter. But otherwise, the pickings are exceedingly slim. Yesterday I got so desperate for something sweet (after weathering Valentine’s Day without any chocolate in the house!) that I mixed natural chunky peanut butter with a little bit of powered sugar and rolled it into balls. They were heavenly, and the boys gobbled them up.
Oh, and that $25 weekly budget? I blew it this week at the store after forgetting my calculator and making a few irrational splurges like $6.50 worth of apples and an off-season cantaloupe (yes, I know it’s imported, but I was so hostile about the weather I just needed it to taste like July for a few bites). I spent $32, and will likely need to pick up eggs and milk before the week is through.
In better news, I’m uncovering some long-forgotten goodies, like a bunch of frozen bananas and blueberries that we made into blueberry smoothies, venison chili my husband made last year, a jar of Western Pennsylvania apple butter, and frozen apples and raspberries that became a quick cobbler.
This week’s menu:
Sunday: Venison Chili for my husband; Cheese Tortellini with red sauce or pesto (with last summer’s garden basil) for me and the kids; green salad
Tuesday: 3-Packet Slow Cooker Pot Roast (though I use a half-packet of each to cut the sodium, it’s still salty–but my boys LOVE it and ask for seconds), potatoes, carrots
Wednesday: Homemade Pizza, raw vegetables with dip
Thursday: Buffalo Chicken, whole wheat noodles, frozen broccoli
Friday: Lasagna from freezer, green salad
Saturday: Baked Tilapia, brown rice, stir-fried veggies