Menu Plan – Week of October 19th


It is going to be another pantry week. In the past I have had pantry weeks because of unexpected expenses, illness, and bad weather. This pantry week is a spontaneous response to my two year old’s sudden interest in the potty chair (YAY!). We are doing well so far and I don’t want to spoil things by an extended shopping trip, so I am just making do with what is on hand in my pantry, freezer, refrigerator, and garden.

I am able to cook from the pantry this week because I stock up on items when they are on sale. Most items go on sale at rock bottom prices 4 – 6 times a year. I track prices, so I know when they are on sale for a good price, then I buy 2 -3 months worth to get me through to the next sale. You can read about tracking prices at The Thrifty Country Woman. While you are there, visit her Pantry Party , where you will be inspired to create a dish from items in your pantry.

Monday – Swiss Steak

Tuesday – Garlic Chicken, Brown Rice, and Glazed Carrots

Wednesday – Use some of the leftover chicken, rice, and carrots to make Chicken and Rice Soup, and Garden Salad

Thursday – Use some of the leftover chicken and rice in White Chili, and Garden Salad

Friday – Eating at The Pumpkin Patch with friends

Saturday – Use half of a Pork Roast, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, and Sautéed Summer Squash

Sunday – Use the other half of the pork roast to make Choucroute a l’ Alsacienne

For more menu ideas visit Menu Plan Monday.



  1. Melissa says

    Sounds like a great plan! My husband and I were just talking about planning for more dinners out of leftovers, and I might borrow some of your ideas!

  2. The Thrifty Countrywoman says

    Well that's the most unusual reasons I've ever heard for cooking out of the pantry! Good luck! Potty training is one of those things I do not miss from the olden days!


  3. Struggler says

    I too was surprised at the catalyst for your pantry week, but it looks like you'll all be eating very well nonetheless! Best of luck with project potty!

  4. Alea says

    I debated whether to share my reason for the pantry week. It definitely falls under the catergory of TMI, but I didn't want friends and family to worry needlessly when they saw the pantry week.:-)

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