Saturday, March 5, 2011

Freezer and Pantry Challenge Menu Plan

Well I know I'm really late getting my menu plan for March posted, but there's been a lot going on! I decided to follow in Tina at Mommy's Kitchen and do a freezer and pantry clean out for this month. Of course, I will have to go to the store for dairy, fresh fruits and veggies, and maybe a couple of other things, but for the most part, I am going to try and use what I have to create our dinners. I am doing this in effort to save money this month, make room for freezer meals, and to just clean out what I've got! I am also heading out of town to throw my sister a Bridal Shower this month, so there won't be any dinners cooked on those days either. Do you want to join me? Even if it's for only a week, I challenge you to use what you have to prepare dinners until you're all out! Get creative! I have a lot of meat in my freezers so I'm hoping to be able to make this work. I am going to commit to 2 weeks of this challenge, and if all is going well and we aren't totally out of food, then I'll keep on going. I've never done this before, so it should be fun! Let me know if you're going to do this with me, we can encourage each other to keep going! Good luck!

March Menu Plan (Freezer and Pantry Challenge)

Chili (on 3/4)

Homemade Spaghetti

Homemade Pizza (Twice, and I'll have to buy more mozzarella cheese.)

Chicken and Wild Rice Soup (in the freezer)

Sausage, egg, and cheese quiche, fruit

Shrimp Po-Boy Tacos (I will have to buy veggies.)

Jambalya (Zatrain's Box) and King Cake (Mardi Gras Celebration and hubby's half birthday Celebration)

Mini Meatloaves, green beans, pasta

Inside Out Ravioli, salad and whole wheat french bread

Crab Legs, Easy Shrimp Scampi, Fluffy Stuffed New Potatoes, and Garlic Cheddar Biscuits (Annual St. Patrick's Day dinner, I will have to buy the crab legs, but it's a special occasion.)

Slow Cooker Beef Stew and Corn Bread

Teriyaki Meatballs and Fluffy Couscous (meatballs in the freezer)

Easy Baha Fish (I will buy avocados.)

Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup with ABC pasta

Brenner-Fluffy French Toast, scrambled eggs, sausage and watermelon (4 yr old half birthday)

Breaded Garlic Chicken in Lemon-Butter Sauce served over pasta with Broccoli

PWs Chicken Pot Pie

Chicken Tortilla Soup (In the freezer for hubby when we're out of town.)

Pork Chops (recipe still undecided)

Chicken Lettuce Wrap Rice Bowls (recipe from Siggy Spice isn't posted yet, hope I have everything!)

Easy baked crab cakes, green beans

Zesty Italian Crescent Bake with Green Beans

And anything else I decide to come up with from the freezer or pantry!

Bridal Shower Menu (not part of the challenge):
Chicken salad sandwiches on croissants
Mini Quiche (from Costco)
Chocolate Covered Strawberries
Mini Blueberry Muffins
Mini Banana Nut Muffins
Fruit Tray
Cucumber Sandwiches
Baked Brie in phyllo cups with raspberry jam
Cupcakes (purchased from baker and using my DIY Cupcake Stand)
Fruit Tea
After Dinner Mints


Michele said...

Looks great Amber. I so need to clean out my freezer and pantry too. We have a WinCo here and I buy a lot of our beans, rice and spices, nuts and dried fruit in their bulk foods section so I have a lot of little bags of all that leftover stuff in my pantry and cupboards. I NEED to clean it out and use it up because it's driving me crazy. I think some beans and rice and granola are in order this month.

Rita said...

Those recipes sound wonderful; what tasty way to cook. I did the emptying/cleaning freezer thing before I left.Happy Sunday.


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