I'm now two-thirds of the way through my July pantry challenge. Finally, I'm beginning to see the pantry items dwindling down a little. Here are details on the dinners we had from July 11 to July 20:
July 11: Leftovers from the night before (beef hot dogs, New Potatoes and Green Beans, buttered corn, fresh peaches)
We'd been out all day and I didn't feel like cooking; I was able to pull together just enough from the fridge to feed us a light supper.
July 12: Crunchy turkey tacos with typical toppings, creamed corn with bacon, refrigerator pickles
It was the tacos that were crunchy, not the turkey. ;)
July 13: Creamy chicken parmesan pasta with sauteed vegetables, French bread, steamed multi-color carrots.
All the veg. were from our garden. We grew multi-colored carrots this year. The purple ones were orange in the middle, but the rest were the same color all the way through.
July 14: Good Earth Meditterranean Dinner (that I won in Slugmama's giveaway), French bread with butter, salad.
I had a horrible migraine this day, so Shane took over the cooking. The dinner was from a box, but he used pork instead of chicken and improvised on the cooking method. It was really good and didn't taste like it came from a box at all...I haven't heard Kat rave that much about a meal in a long time.
July 15: Hot dogs on buns, chips, salad, peaches.
I was too lazy to cook this day. It happens.
July 16: Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, Swiss chard, corn on the cob.
This meal was all Kat's idea. She has good ideas. :) I made the meatloaf using both ground beef and ground turkey and it turned out tasting really good. I wrote down the recipe, but forgot the pictures. But don't worry; I'll make it again and take the pictures then.
July 17: Meatloaf sandwiches, sliced tomatoes, lettuce salad.
We were just as pleased with the meatloaf the second time around.
July 18: Burrito burgers with lettuce, tomato, sour cream and salsa; steamed kohlrabi slices with butter, peaches.
These were basically just burgers seasoned with salsa and grilled, then wrapped in tortillas with taco toppings. Shane liked them, but I wasn't impressed.
July 19: Pizza, lettuce salad.
Shane and I had a mystery-shopped sausage and mushroom pizza; Kat had a Pizza Hut personal pan pizza (cheese only) that she "earned" by completing the summer reading program.
July 20: Black Bean and Acorn Squash Burritos (baked so they were crispy like chimichangas), lettuce salad, corn on the cob, sliced tomatoes, pickles.
I made a couple dozen of these using squash from our garden. I hadn't had this combination of flavors before, but there were lots of recipes for it online, so I thought I'd try a hybrid of this recipe and this one. Shane and I both enjoyed them, but Kat opted for just black beans and cheese in her burritos.
July Grocery/Pantry Challenge:
Items Purchased Today (store brand unless indicated): Although we're up to our ears in homemade pickles right now, Shane brought home a gallon jar of picked banana peppers yesterday from the freight salvage store. I know he likes them, but come on...how many pickles can one family eat? Especially when there was a quart jar of them already in the pantry.
Amount Spent Today (including tax): $2.16
Amount Spent To Date in July (including tax): $112.37