Monday, January 18, 2010

Eating Out Of Our Pantry Challenge - Menu and Update

Ok, another week of eating from the pantry. Last week we had a lot of leftovers so one evening we feasted on leftovers. Another night, Shawn had a late meeting, so the kids and I just foraged for food instead of me cooking something. So, there's a couple meals this week that are rolling over from last week. Here's our menu for the week:

bacon and eggs
soaked oats
banana nut muffins
eggs and cinnamon toast
leftover pancakes
soaked oats

cheese quesadillas and fruit
grilled cheese and fruit

Leftover Fettucine Alfredo from our freezer, spinach salad
Roasted chicken, herbed rice, steamed broccoli with lemon butter sauce
Stovetop Beef Stew, bread
Chicken stir-fry, rice, pineapple
Barbecued Beef Liver (cross your fingers on this one!), mashed potatoes, green beans
Meal with family

You know that you're getting desperate for ideas when you start breaking out the liver recipes. I know this is supposed to be extremely healthy for you, but I'm really uncertain whether I'll be able to get Shawn and the kids to eat the liver. I tried to find the recipe that I thought would be most appealing to them. We'll see how it goes!

I did spend a little more last week on groceries. Our total came to $46.71. This included 6 pounds of bacon, 4 pounds of butter, oats, a green pepper, 2 jalapeno peppers, organic apples, onions, cilantro, 3 avocados, 2 limes, garlic, bananas, tomatoes, and potatoes. So, since December 23rd (3-1/2 weeks) we've spent $95.98 on food. Considering most of that total was produce and dairy, I don't feel too bad about it.


  1. Suzanne,

    Soaked oats are oats soaked overnight in whey. It is supposed to help break down the proteins and aid in digestion. I attempted to make whey and cream cheese this week with our raw milk. I'm not certain if it actually worked or not, so we will be eating soaked oats IF my whey actually turned out right. Right now, I have my doubts...

  2. Just wanted to say thanks for posting this. As someone who is eating out of their pantry right now, I have found this very encouraging. Although I will say, you have me beat on the amount spent though!

  3. Thanks Melodie for your kind words. It does help that I'm a bulk-buyer for things like healthy oils, natural sweeteners, and grains. That alone gave me a pretty good base to work with. Although I will have to do some replenishing of the stockpile once our budget is back on track!

  4. Suzanne,

    I had to come back and correct this. In my first comment I stated that soaking oats helps break down the proteins..well, it's not the proteins, it's the phytic acid that is broken down by soaking. I knew it began with a "p"!! Some say that a little bit of ground wheat needs to be added to the oats and whey in order to help break down the phytic acid more thoroughly.