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
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
Sunday – Use the other half of the pork roast to make Choucroute a l’ Alsacienne
For more menu ideas visit Menu Plan Monday.