Friday, January 8, 2010

Frugal Friday: Pantry Wrap-Up and Recipes

This was our first week of the Eating Out of the Pantry challenge and it went pretty well. If you would like to learn more about this challenge check out Money Saving Mom's article. This is a list of our actual menu and you can check out this post for our planned menu for the week.

Monday we had Bean and Sausage soup. It is super easy and we love it. This is what it takes:

2 cans Light Red Kidney Beans
2 cans Black Beans
2 cans Pinto Beans
2 cans Ro-tel
1 package Sausage Links(comes two in a pack)

canned/fresh/frozen veggies
taco seasoning

Cut up sausage links and dump all ingredients in a medium to large pot and heat. It is that easy and very yummy! The last couple of times we have made this we have added the optional items and we love it with them too! This is a staple in our home. You can also use dried beans instead of the cans and I have used them more recently. I precooked them and froze them individually for future use. We usually serve this soup with grilled cheese or cornbread.

Soups a cookin!

The Results!

We also made oatmeal raisin cookies for dessert. Yummy, and all from the pantry! Can you tell we have a lot of oatmeal around here?

Our baking assistant!

Tuesday we had spaghetti chesse pie. This is another family favorite! It is cheap to make, everyone loves it and it can serve a lot of people. This helps us when we are hosting girls and guys for ministry. Here is the recipe for it:

8 oz. spaghetti noodles
-Boil and drain very well, place noodles in a buttered dish(1-9x13, or 2-8x8)

Next combine:
8 oz. cream cheese (softened)
1/4 cup sour cream
8 oz. cottage cheese
-Layer this on top of noodles

Lastly, combine:
2 jars of spaghetti sauce (your choice)
1 lb. meat-browned (ground beef,turkey, or veal)
-Layer this on to of the cheese mixture
-Bake at 350 for 45 minutes

You can also premake this and leave in the fridge until the next day or you can make and freeze for later, we have done both. We usually serve this with bread and or salad. Double this recipe for a larger crowd, you won't believe how far it goes!

Wednesday we had students drop by and instead of making them be the guiena pigs for our salmon patties we ate leftovers of the soup, grilled cheese, spaghetti cheese pie, and bread.

Thursday we were hosting students and staff for the National Championship and had finger foods and desserts planned. I had decided to do the salmon patties on this day but things fell through and BJ picked up Arby's for he and I and Trey had eaten by the time BJ came home.

In summary, there are a couple of things this week I learned through the Pantry Challenge.

1)We had much more food than I thought
2)I need to plan better at the beginning of the week
3)At the same time I need to be flexible because ministry to people is more important than being completely strict on my Challenge rules.

This weekend we are going out of town to a Coupon Workshop, I love learning more about couponing and also it will be fun to go to with some dear friends. For next week, I plan to make a menu plan and have it posted by Monday. Also, we get paid today for the first time this year and we will begin the envelope system next week. I am excited and nervous about this. I do not want to fail but am looking forward to the challenge. How did you do this week? Do you have any frugal recipes or New Year financial goals? I would love to hear them!

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