Weekly Menu August 21 - 25

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Operation eat from the freezer and pantry is still going strong. Well, I'll be honest. The week of the 7th was not a good cooking week for me. I was going on vacation Thursday and Friday and had things to do after work Tuesday and Wednesday. The majority of the recipes planned for that week got bumped further down into the month.

So we did end up eating more random dinners (ex. sandwiches or ordering pizza) than we should have, but luckily the challenge I gave myself was not to buy meats, not to eat only from the fridge-freezer-pantry.


In case you've missed the previous weeks and have no idea what I'm talking about, my pantry, fridge and freezer were in desperate need of a clean out. (And reorganization, but that will happen after this challenge ends and they are as bare as possible.) So I challenged myself to make dinners for this month using the ingredients we had on hand. Obviously because produce and dairy are perishable, those didn't count. Here are the rules I gave myself;

1. Any recipe not making on a specified week will be carried over to the next week.
2. Any ingredient with a near expiration date will get preference over other ingredients.
3. Two cheat items are allowed per week.
4. Ingredients needed for blogging events/challenges/etc. do not count against the rules
5. Produce and dairy will be the main categories purchased weekly.

So because of that fail of a week, I can definitely stretch this out until the end of the month, which is awesome. However, my grocery bill following it where I need to buy beef, chicken, turkey and pork is not going to look so pretty. Apologies in advance to my bank account. 

Sunday: going out to a pizza place Tom found 

Monday: stuffed turkey breast with mashed potatoes and green beans 

Tuesday: pimiento burgers, fries, salad

Wednesday: crispy chicken over linguine with cherry tomatoes

Thursday: honey, lime, chipotle pork with corn on the cob and roasted zucchini 

For breakfast this week I'm making peach raspberry granola with Greek yogurt and lunch will be pina colada pork with a corn, avocado and tomato salad. 

My coworkers will get to enjoy honey whiskey cupcakes and strawberry shortcake kebabs. I have some frozen watermelon in the freezer and I think I've decided to make popsicles with it! 


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