As I mentioned before, we had some added (and unexpected) expenses this month. Eating and cooking from the pantry and freezer helped a lot this month.
Dinners last week consisted of a few pantry meals. Some meals were healthier than others but all were budget-friendly!
Monday: Rotisserie Chicken, Rice Pilaf, green beans.
Wednesday: Chili Macaroni.
This is a hearty, one-pot meal that uses 1/2 a box of macaroni and less than a pound of ground meat along with other ingredients that are easily found in the pantry.
I used lean ground beef, but I'm sure it would be super-tasty with ground turkey or chicken for less calories!
Thursday: Red Bean & Rice Soup served with Quesadillas. (recipes for both will be coming soon!)
Friday: Leftover Night.
Leftover night isn't always just about leftovers. Sometimes, it ends up being a "fend for yourself" sort of night. This is what we did on Friday.
Grace and I went out for part of the day and had a late lunch. By the time dinner rolled around, I was too tired and hot to deal with it.
I reheated some pasta for Grace, popped the Chili Macaroni into the microwave for Joe and threw together a fruit salad for myself. I also enjoyed a bowl of cereal with some fresh strawberries and skim milk.
Saturday: Pizza delivery.
We had a really busy day on Saturday. We planned to hit a favorite pizza shop on our way home from a family birthday party. After such a hot day outside, we were too sweaty to comfortably eat in a restaurant (even if it was just a pizza buffet). We ordered pizza delivery instead once we were home.
I hated breaking from the pantry challenge, but I really just could not cook after being out in the overwhelming heat. I just don't handle the heat very well.
Sunday: Bologna and Cheese Sandwiches, Amish Macaroni Salad.
Grace had us up early on Sunday. She seemed to really just want to hang out with her daddy, so I took advantage of the situation and cleaned her room from top to bottom. When I finished her room, I picked up the toys that were strewn across the rest of the house and ran the vacuum. I even managed to empty and reload the dishwasher. It felt great to be able to clean without being pulled here or there by Miss Grace.
Since I focused on cleaning, I forgot to consider dinner. One of my favorite summer meals is a simple bologna sandwich. So, when Joe ran to the supermarket to pick up some lettuce and milk, I asked him to pick up some hoagie rolls, bologna and American Cheese. Since Giant has the best Amish Macaroni Salad, he picked up a container of that too.
Even though I'm a bit late in sharing this Menu Plan Monday post, I'll still be linking up with many other bloggers over at I'm an Organizing Junkie!