I am a follower of Moneysavingmom.com and this week Crystal Paine challenged her readers to cook from the pantry with the exception of bread, milk, and eggs. I accepted the challenge, but cheated a little. In addition to the milk and bread (I didn’t need eggs), I bought a package of 12 tortillas (that’s Mexican bread, right?), some produce (1 head of lettuce, 2 tomatoes, 2 lemons, 5 bananas, 1 cucumber, a personal size watermelon) and orange juice (my man of steel doesn’t drink milk; he drinks orange juice with calcium). I also bought a 24 oz package of bacon and got a package of shredded cheese free and found 3 cans of tomatoes with green chili’s marked down to $.33 each. So I spent $24.66 at HEB and $1.69 at Wal Mart for a grand total of $26.35 for the two of us.
Most weeks I spend between $65-$75, so this shall be interesting. I usually stock up on sale items but this week I only purchased the 3 cans of tomatoes and the bacon along with the free cheese. The biggest challenge is that I did not buy any coke zero. We will drink tea, crystal light and water this week.
Here’s what we ate yesterday:
Breakfast: Fried egg sandwich, cantaloupe
Lunch: Leftovers (Keary ate a pork chop and baked beans and I ate a baby back rib, deviled egg and beans.
Supper: Leftover baby back ribs/sausage, beans We finished the beans, yeah!!!!
Today we ate:
Breakfast: Fried egg sandwich and glass of milk
Lunch: Keary-left over baby back ribs and peas. I had a sausage sandwich and a celery stick with cream cheese.
Snack: Peanut butter crackers and spiced hot tea.
Supper: Lemon chicken with carrots, green beans and potatoes, bread, and watermelon.
I found the lemon chicken recipe on pinterest:
I did make a few changes to the original recipe. I used frozen green beans because I did not have fresh, added 2 carrots (trying to use up some produce), used creole seasoning instead of salt and pepper, and added a little more olive oil and lemon juice when I marinated the chicken.
So far this challenge has been easy with all the Easter leftovers, but the week is young. We’ll see how it goes.
Have you ever done a pantry challenge? If so, how did it work for you?