Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Food Pantry Challenge
February 16, 2011
Get ready for this money saving pantry challenge! Go through your pantry and organize your items, tossing out items that are expired. Do the same with your refrigerator. Being organized with your pantry and refrigerator will allow you to save more, by using food items that you already have on hand. Too many times, we waste and throw away food that we have forgotten that we have, because it is hidden in the clutter and then boom! IT HAS EXPIRED OR IS SPOILED. Try to plan a week's worth of meals with what you already have on hand! Any leftovers from your week's menu plan that are freezer eligible can be saved for next week's meals, or used to plan for one of this week's meals. Good luck with this challenge! If you are able to do a week's worth of meals or even a few days worth of meals with this challenge, THEN you are on your way to saving!
HERE IS MY FOOD PANTRY CHALLENGE PLAN, USING FOOD ITEMS THAT I ALREADY HAVE ON HAND.
Day 1- Tuna Noodle Casserole
Day 2-Crock pot steaks, gravy, mashed potatoes, corn
Day 3-Pizza - I ALREADY HAVE PEPPERONI, SAUCE, CHEESE. I JUST NEED TO BUY FROZEN PIZZA DOUGH FROM WALMART. I HAVE TRIED THEIR FROZEN DOUGH AND REALLY LIKE IT.
DAY 4-Baked chicken drummies, potato wedges, veggies
DAY 5-Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, veggies
IF YOU WORK AND TIME IS A FACTOR IN PREPARING FOOD WHEN YOU RETURN HOME FROM THE WORK DAY, DO SOMETHING I USED TO DO BEFORE RETIREMENT. SOMETIMES I WOULD COOK THE MAIN DISH THE NIGHT BEFORE AND REFRIGERATE IT OR MAKE IT ON THE WEEKEND. NOT ALWAYS, BUT SOMETIMES I DID THIS TO HELP OUT ON THE TIME FACTOR.
GOOD LUCK WITH THIS CHALLENGE. LET ME KNOW IF YOU DO THIS AND IF SO, LET ME KNOW HOW IT GOES FOR YOU. KNOWING WHAT YOU ALREADY HAVE IN YOUR PANTRY AND REFRIGERATOR HELPS YOU TO PREPARE MEALS BY USING WHAT IS ALREADY ON HAND. SOMETIMES WE GO OUT AND BUY GROCERY STAPLES AT THE REGULAR PRICE THINKING THAT WE NEED IT, WHEN ALL ALONG USABLE ITEMS ARE HIDING IN THE PANTRY OR IN THE REFRIGERATOR. SEE WHAT YOU CAN SAVE THIS WEEK BY ACCEPTING THE FOOD PANTRY CHALLENGE!
Sorry if there are any typos. I am having problems with my keyboard, especially the caps/lowercase shift key, as well as the symbols/punctuation keys. Time for a new laptop!