Monday, January 18, 2010

Menu Planning Monday 1/18: Pantry Challenge

I was hoping to go through another cookbook this week but some unexpected grocery expenses came up (medicinal stuff) so I am low on funds and for some reason, meat. This week I purchased $3.00 worth of chicken (I know, more chicken!) and my plan is to make meals using what I already have in the pantry. I may need an item or two from the store but I can't exceed $5.00 in spending since that's all the cash I have left :)

Here's what I came up with:

Monday: Chicken Pot Pie (need to purchase nothing)

Tuesday: Chicken Taco Bake (need to purchase black beans and Rotel $1.67)

Wednesday: White Bean Chicken Chili (need to purchase Great Northern Beans $0.67)

Thursday: Homemade Mac N Cheese (need to purchase nothing)

Friday: Birthday party at Chuck E. Cheese

Saturday: Spaghetti (need to purchase spaghetti noodles $1.00)

So it seems that I can feed our family for about $6.40 this week for dinner (including what I spent on the chicken) - talk about a budget saver!

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