I didn't write a meal plan last week for the first time in a REALLY long time. We just kind of winged it, which usually doesn't work that well for us, BUT as we were in the last week of our Pantry Challenge, it turned out OK. I have been in the mindset of use what we have now since Jan. 1st, so I just went to the refrigerator, freezer and pantry and used what we had on hand. While it wasn't the most exciting week of dinners we have ever had (lots of sandwiches), everyone was fed and no one complained. As our Pantry Challenge has now come to a close, we are looking forward to some great, new meals.
Saturday - Cajun Roasted Pork Loin, Mashed Potatoes, Gravy and Roasted Green Beans
Sunday - Shrimp with Remoulade, Crab Cakes, Sweet Potato Fries, l/o Roasted Green Beans, Rice Krispy Treats, Soft Brown Sugar Cookies
Monday - Too many things going on tonight -- picking up Zaxby's
Tuesday - Lasagna Soup
Wednesday - Leftovers - Lasagna Soup or Pork Tenderloin and Mashed Potatoes or Zaxbys Chicken Fingers
Thursday - All-American Fritatta (with l/o italian sausage from Tuesday), Fruit Salad
Friday - Subway Sandwiches - Nanny's treat
As you can see, I'm sticking true to the lessons of the pantry challenge -- using what we have. In the past I would have let 2 pieces of Italian Sausage languish away in the back of the refrigerator until it was too scary to eat. Instead, it will become a second meal by throwing it into a fritatta. Same for the pork. My family is not into leftovers so much, but if I can turn them into something different it a whole 'nother story.
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