Monday, September 26, 2011

meal plan monday: building a pantry

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this weeks meal plan monday is going to be about building your pantry along with the meal plan and recipes for the week.

i spent $218 this week on our groceries. did i need to? no, not really, we still had quite a bit of food left from the last shopping trip, but there's a method to my madness. =) i bought stuff that is on sale so "stockpile" our pantry because we had the extra money to spend. not only did i do that but i went ahead and bought stuff for the 2 weeks of meals that i have planned so we don't get burnt out on the previous meals. i like to do this because if it ever comes to where we don't have that much extra cash to buy a full load of groceries, our pantry is well stocked and we'll still be alright.
this was our lot. that's bags on bags. it took me 5 trips to the car to bring this stuff into the house. i'd post the grocery list but it is VERY large. if you are interested though, just let me know! also, there is no convenience foods at all that were bought unless you count cereal!

i first came to this idea when i found the blog The Prudent Homemaker. i was fascinated by how much food they had even with a practically zero weekly food budget unlike most of us. the idea is to load up on things that don't spoil in the pantry and meats for the freezer. her website is loaded with excellent information, so instead of just repeating or copying and pasting i'll just direct you there because it's some very useful stuff. she has recipes, tips, and a whole lot more.

the menu plan for the next 2 weeks is:
oatmeal, eggs & bacon/sausage, cereal

wraps, fruit, yogurt, sandwiches, carrots (in any combo)

- tilapia fried rice
- tomato soup with bacon grilled cheese
- beef and broccoli
- chicken noodle soup
- fish sandwiches and salads/baja fish tacos with mango salsa
- chicken pizzas
- open face steak sandwiches and raw veggies

fruit & yogurt parfaits, fitness fudge, walnut muffins, pumpkin muffins

tilapia fried rice
·        4 pieces tilapia
·        Garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper
·        1 cup rice
·        1 cup peas and carrots
·        Sesame oil

-      cook rice according to directions *i highly recommend using day old rice, if not you can cook the rice, put it on a baking sheet and dry it out in the freezer. fresh rice will clump* 
-      splash fish with lemon juice and season with garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper and sear in a pan until it flakes with a fork
-      put rice, frozen peas and carrots and sesame oil in a large pan and "stir fry" it. after about 5 minutes or so, turn heat down, cover and let the veggies steam for about 5 more minutes or until done. 
-      spoon rice mixture on a plate, top with fish, and drizzle on soy sauce until desired

tomato soup with bacon grilled cheese
·        1 tsp garlic powder
·        1 tsp onion powder
·        1 tsp oregano
·        1 tsp basil
·        ½ tsp salt
·        ¼ tsp pepper
·        1 6 oz. can tomato paste
·        4 cups water

-      cook bacon and place aside until ready to assemble grilled cheese.
-      Add all ingredients for soup into a pot, bring to a boil and simmer. (stir well)
-      Make the grilled cheese with provolone and bacon.

Beef and broccoli
·        1 cup rice
·        1 lb steak *cut in strips* (seasoned with garlic, onion, salt and pepper)
·        1 ½ cup frozen or fresh broccoli (thawed)
·        ½ bell pepper
·        1 small onion
·        Sesame oil, soy sauce (chinese sauce of choice optional)

-      Cook rice according to package directions
-      Slice bell pepper and onion and sauté in a small bit of oil, add in steak
-      Add a mix of sesame oil and soy sauce if no other sauce is at hand and broccoli, cover pan and turn heat down to medium and cook for 10-15 min or until tender
-      Serve over rice.

Chicken noodle soup
·        Half pack egg noodles
·        1 lg can of chicken broth OR 2 chicken bouillon cubes & 4 cups water
·        1 cup mixed veggies
·        1 lb chopped chicken

-      Season chicken and cook until no longer pink
-      Add in pot with egg noodles, broth and mixed veggies
-      Bring to a boil and turn heat down to medium high and cook until done.
-      *I like to add oregano, basil, and chopped red pepper to our soup*

Baja fish tacos with mango salsa

*I make this for my husband and I but more fish can be cooked to accommodate more people, no need to up the amount of salsa, it makes plenty*
·        2 large ripe mangos, peeled, pitted and chopped
·        ¼ cup minced or finely diced red bell pepper
·        1 tbsp lime juice
·        2 green onions diced
·        1 small jalapeno pepper, stem, seeds and membrane removed

·        3 pieces of tilapia seasoned to liking with chili powder, ground cumin, and garlic powder
·        1 cup shredded red cabbage
·        Monterey jack cheese
·        tortillas

·        ½ cup mayo
·        1 tsp lemon juice
·        Salt, pepper, cumin, chili powder, cayenne pepper

-      Assemble all ingredients for mango salsa
-      Assemble all ingredients for “white sauce”
-      Sear, fry, or grill fish
-      Place fish on top of tortilla and top with white sauce, cheese, and mango salsa

Chicken pizzas
·        tortillas
·        diced onion and bell pepper
·        honey bbq sauce
·        sharp cheddar or pizza blend cheese
·        1 lb diced chicken

-      Cook chicken until no longer pink
-      Assemble pizza and bake until cheese is melted

Open face steak sandwiches

i also wanted to add that we are no longer buying bread from the store. i decided to start making our bread and it turned out GREAT. probably the best bread i've ever eaten. you can freeze homemade bread just like you can freeze store bought bread! i used this recipe to make this bread:

i used a mixer but you can also make this bread by hand.


  1. I look forward to reading this post every week, you give me such good ideas. Thank you for spending the time you do to provide us with this info. Love it.

  2. this is great! Some day with your inspiration my kitchen habits will change! Thank you thank you thank you!

  3. I agree with Karli...thanks!! And we have been talking about finding a mago salsa recipe, awesome!! :)

  4. First that bread looks amazing!! My mom bought a bread machine at a resell store, but we still haven't used it!! I do the same thing you do, when I have extra money and there are good sales, I buy extra and stockpile it. But I buy convenience foods like mac and cheese and chef boy'ardee when they are on sale. I love your menus!!! (sorry for all the !! points!!!!!)

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