A little over halfway through the pantry challenge, and I hardly feel that I have made a dent in the pantry or freezer. That is a good sign that I will have no trouble making it to the end of this month at least
As noted last week - Weekend meals (Saturday through Monday) tend to be on our own. W works a 12 hour shift on these days. With the weather heating up he rarely wants anything heavy and often wants nothing at all. Normally his weekend supper is cereal. I eat leftovers.
Tuesday - I made baked fish with herbs from the garden. I fixed a Parmesan pasta which is basically cooked spaghetti noodles, Parmesan cheese, a bit of butter, and parsley. It is similar to the boxed mixes - just as quick but much healthier. I made slaw with the last of the cabbage.
Wednesday - Big salads - a bowl full of lettuce, chopped tomato, cucumber (from the greenhouse), a bit of cheese, homemade croutons (from the end pieces of bread I made), baked chicken tenders, and homemade ranch dressing.
Thursday - We planned to go out to eat with a couple of W's clients this evening so I planned a simple lunch. We had turkey sandwiches (cooked turkey from the freezer) on homemade bread with a few chips and pickles.
Friday - We had leftovers from our meal out. I added in some potato salad and rolls to finish off the meal. If W eats a large mid-day meal, he is rarely hungry at night. I try to have a snack at least. This night I ate whole wheat crackers with natural peanut butter.
This past week's dessert was lemon bars for my dad's birthday. He is a big fan of any lemon dessert. As usual I cut back on the sugar amount called for in the recipe. I did use fresh lemon juice from lemons I had in the fridge before I started the challenge.
Now for the amount spent. I bought a 5 pound bag of potatoes, and W picked out a bag of grapefruit to take in his lunch. The sales on fruit were non-existent this past week. I spent $6.94 for these two items. I had $32.95 left in my monthly budget. After this week I have $26.01 left. I really hope to do no grocery shopping this coming week. I will have to see what the sales ads have to offer though.