Thursday, January 7, 2010

Eating from the Pantry and Freezer

I gave up on regular menu planning a while back.  It's just too easy for me to get off track and it frustrates me if we can't follow the menu.  However, getting dinner on the table is not a chore as we can usually set something out from the freezer to thaw in the morning and cook a veggie or two in the late afternoon and we are set.   This week I have stuck with cooking with foods that I already had on hand.

Sunday night we had a chicken-broccoli-rice casserole and leftover beef tips from the kids' dinner on Saturday.

Monday-seasoned white beans, brussel sprouts, stewed squash and onions with homemade bread----all pulled from the freezer

Tuesday-Devin used 8 chicken thighs to make braised chicken with potatoes and carrots--Jeff and I had a meeting that night and the next day I also discovered the kids pulled the chocolate chess pie from the freezer and ate the whole thing!!

Wednesday--bbq chicken strips, seasoned field peas, corn, and home fries

Thursday--I pulled the turkey broth and cooked turkey from the freezer to make a big pot of soup---added garlic, onions, carrots and potatoes.  It's snowing here today so this will warm up my snow babies!  I will add some homemade bread pulled from the freezer as well.  Tonight we will have leftovers from the last few nights.

So far so good!!  I did stop at a local grocery the other day.  I bought three family packs of chicken breasts at 99 cents a pound, breakfast sausage at $1.59 and bacon at $9.99 for 10 pounds.

How are you doing?


Laura at By the Bushel said...

I'd say this is my BIGGEST weakness in homemaking. I'm just pathetically amazingly lacking in the planning department. & truthfully it's embarassing. I'm a bonafide home-ec major. I used to work in the food science prep-kitchen for my work-study & I can't(lazily won't) plan effectively for 2/2... this should be my new years goal. thanks for some serious inspiration. ! :)

MollyinMinn said...

I am horrible about planning, too. But have also been working to eat from the pantry. So far so good. We have been successful in cleaning out quite a bit and have kept the grocery budget way down for the month. Feels good, doesn't it?!

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