Meal Planning Monday ~ Using What’s on Hand



This week’s post is by Leah Kelley.

Have you recently gone through your pantry, I mean really gone through your pantry and looked at everything?  Every few months I like to clean out my pantry.  I don’t mean actually cleaning it either.  I’m talking about use all the food that’s sat there for months that no one wants to eat.  Ramen noodles, tuna, and canned pineapple are a few things I have to work with this week.  Oh, and my family isn’t thrilled about this week’s Menu Plan, but I’m sure they’ll handle it just fine.  I think I’ve spoiled them a bit with the meals I usually make!

PS  This is a great way to purge the pantry and fridge before you go on vacation!


Monday ~ Grilled Cheese Sandwiches and Wild Grain Chicken Soup


 Tuesday ~ Ramen Noodle Spaghetti.  I make the noodles then throw in some spaghetti sauce (skip the spice packet that comes with the noodles).  It’s a quick cheap replacement for “real” spaghetti and tastes pretty yummy.


 Wednesday ~ Tuna Salad Sandwiches with Pineapple Dessert.  I make fresh whip cream – heavy whipping cream and a bit of sugar, thrown in the Magic Bullet blender.  Mix with the pineapple and add some crushed pretzels on top for a sweet and salty treat!  Viola – Pineapple dessert!


 Thursday ~ Fried Bologna Sandwiches with Three Bean Salad.  I have no clue what canned Three Bean Salad tastes like and I’m a bit scared… 


Friday ~ Hamburger Helper


 Saturday ~ Tuna Noodle Casserole


 Sunday ~ It’s Family Movie Night so we’ll make 2 pizzas with the kids.


 I challenge you to take at least one week every few months and eat from your pantry.  You might be amazed at what you can come up with!

(Just a note from Christine: If you have things in your pantry that you know your family will not eat, bag them up, and take them to your local soup kitchen, church, or food pantry.  They will be thrilled with your donation!)