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Menu Plan {Pantry Challenge Continues}

This week the pantry challenge continues and I am trying to use up some of the items in my pantry and freezer.

So, far the challenge is going well and I have used quite a bit of food up. I am hoping after this week, I will be able to better organize my the pantry. And by the end of the month I am hoping that I will have cleaned out the freezer enough that defrosting it will not be quite so challenging.

The weather continues to be very hot here. They are predicting 101-106 degree weather all this week. This means that I am going to do everything possible to avoid the turning on the oven and keep the heat out of the kitchen. This means quick and easy lunches and dinners, and a lot of cereal and smoothies for breakfast.

Here is the plan.


pineapple orange smoothies and granola bars


eggs and toast

yogurt and toast


pork fried rice (pictured above)

enchilada rice

pasta with tomatoes and feta cheese ( I have feta that I need to use up and we have a lot of cherry tomatoes from the garden)

tostadas on homemade tostada shells

slow cooked sloppy joes

breakfast for dinner

grilled hamburgers and vegetables

For more menu planning ideas see Finding Joy In My Kitchen.

For more ideas for using up your pantry ingredients please visit the other great bloggers doing the pantry challenge this month.

Lynn's Kitchen Adventures


  1. Tomatoes + feta is one of the most perfect combinations ever, especially in summertime!

  2. Your menu plan sounds wonderful! I agree with Angela feta + tomato equals yummy!! And the smoothies look divine! Believe it or not I never made tostadas before but I am going to attempt them this week.

  3. From Cristin To Mommy says:

    your menu looks good. that pasta salad looks yummy!
    I would love if you stopped by my blog and checked out my Menu Plan/summertime pantry challenge update
    Have a great week
    From Cristin To Mommy

  4. Mmmm…tomatoes and feta. And the enchilada rice looks delicious!

  5. Yummm, I just printed your fried rice recipe… just the other day my husband asked for fried rice and I wasn’t sure where to find a “tried and true” recipe. Thanks! The enchilada rice looks tasty, too!

  6. I’m so loving that you’ve got garden produce!! That salad will be perfect. I’m thinking we’ll have peas and beans ready this week 🙂


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