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Monthly Menu ~ Eat from the Pantry Challenge

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If you’ve been following along, Kelli from The Sustainable Couple and I are hosting a Spending Strike this January. As part of that strike, my family is eating about 80% from my freezer and pantry {I love following along with Jessica from Good, Cheat Eats & Life as Mom on her Eat from the Pantry Challenge}. I have one freezer stuffed to the gills, a fridge freezer that’s mostly a big mess, and a huge pantry full of wheat, beans, rice, sugar and oats. All I plan to buy this month is a bit of fresh fruit/salad fixings, and some dairy products. Everything else will be made with ingredients I already have on hand. Here’s what we’ll eat…

Monthly Menu ~ Eat from the Pantry

January Monthly Menu

Breakfasts will be ~

  1. Homemade granola and yogurt
  2. German Pancakes
  3. Eggy Breakfast Muffins
  4. Scones
  5. Chocolate Chip Banana Bread
  6. Eggs & Bacon
  7. Toast {on homemade bread} & Smoothies

Lunches will be ~

Left overs and sandwiches on homemade bread. We have a lot of lunch meat and cheese right now, but that will disappear quickly. Then it will be peanut butter and homemade jelly. 🙂

Dinners…In no particular order…

  1. Sauteed Spinach and Cheese Ravioli {from Costco and in my freezer}  –> check
  2. Turkey Pot Pie {from my freezer} -> check
  3. Spaghetti {Roasted Tomato Sauce already prepped with meat and in my freezer} -> check
  4. Italian Zucchini Pie {from my freezer}
  5. Taco Soup for the Crockpot –> check
  6. Beef Fajitas {from my freezer}
  7. Spinach Mozzarella Meatloaf {from my freezer} with Roasted Veggie Medley -> check
  8. Pork Chops & Home Canned Sauer Kraut -> check
  9. Turkey {from my freezer} with Roasted Greek Potato Wedges
  10. Turkey Tetrazzini {from Good Not Perfect blog}
  11. Zuppa Toscana {adapted from The Sustainable Couple-> check
  12. Shrimp Scampi {scrimp from my freezer}
  13. Salmon & Sauteed Veggie Pasta
  14. Chicken Florentine Burgers {from my freezer}
  15. Crock Pot Ham
  16. Fried Rice with Ham & Peas {leftover ham}
  17. Fried Potatoes & Sausage
  18. Fried Potatoes & Bratwurst -> check
  19. Round Steak & Mashed Potatoes -> check
  20. Lasagna
  21. Scalloped Potatoes & Bacon for the Crock Pot
  22. Tacos {meat from my freezer} -> check
  23. Skillet Sausage & Egg Hash

I’m leaving a few wild card spots for dinners to clean up any extra leftovers we may have {or food I find hidden in the freezer} or for me to re-group and change my mind as needed. Hopefully after this month, I have an emptier freezer and a cleaner and better organized pantry! I’m looking forward to cleaning up a bunch of food that needs to be eaten!

How about you? What will you eat this month?

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About Michelle Marine

Michelle Marine is the author of How to Raise Chickens for Meat, a long time green living enthusiast and rural Iowa mom of four. An avid traveler, Michelle has lived on three different continents and has driven all four kids across the entire USA (by herself!). She loves sharing farm-to-table recipes, their family travel adventures, and gardening and homesteading tips on her popular lifestyle blog, SimplifyLiveLove.com.


  1. blankLaura says

    Looks like you have a plan of attack – that is definitely the hard part! I am just so excited to see how it goes. PS – Thanks for including our turkey tetrazzini, I hope you enjoy it. Let me know!

  2. blankCarole M. says

    Well I’m not doing a whole month in one go, but 2 weeks prepped and planned. Breakfasts, lunch and dinners. Tonight was sausage and potato. Tomorrow Knorr Side kicks with chicken and peppers, next baked ravioli, crockpot chicken fajitas etc..

  3. blankMimi says

    I hope your baby girl is doing well and healing properly. Praying for a quick recovery for,her and her tired family.

  4. blankchristina says

    That is so smart to do weekly or monthly lists of pre-planned meals. I try to do that but I find it so hard to stick to.

  5. blankMatt Beglinger says

    Nice work and thanks for sharing. This is a great idea. I’d be interested in knowing how much this ends up saving you.

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