31 Day Pantry Challenge: Week 1

The first week of our Pantry Challenge has come to a close.  We haven’t run out of anything, and we haven’t felt deprived.  In fact, if I hadn’t told the family that we were doing a Pantry Challenge for the month of January, I don’t think anyone would have realized at this point.


Our Breakfast Meals for the week included the following:

  • Homemade Breakfast Sandwiches — Think of the ones from that place with the golden arches.
  • Bagels with Cream Cheese–we had these for three days
  • Frozen Waffles with fruit
  • Pancakes, eggs, and bacon
  • Stollen
  • Toast


Lunch Meals for the week included a lot of leftovers as well as the following:

  • Black eyed peas and cabbage (Actually, these were leftovers)
  • Ramen Noodles
  • Bologna and cheese sandwich with lettuce and tomatoes, celery sticks
  • Cheese Enchiladas with rice and beans
  • Ground Beef Tacos
  • Chicken Teriyaki, shrimp and vegetable tempura, rice, and salad
  • Chicken Burritos


Dinner consisted of the following:

  • Dr. Pepper Ribs, black eyed peas, corn on the cob, and stir fried cabbage
  • Leftover Buffet:  Deli Kabobs, spinach artichoke dip, black eyed peas
  • Fried Bologna Sandwiches with sliced tomatoes and cucumbers
  • Salmon Patty Sandwiches with lettuce and tomato slices, and lemon pepper garlic potatoes
  • Spaghetti and Meatballs, garlic bread, tossed salad
  • Leftover Salmon Patties, Leftover potatoes, macaroni and cheese, sliced tomatoes and cucumbers
  • Patty Melts with grilled onions, and seasoned oven fries


Meals eaten out:

  • Everyone adhered to the two meals out rule this week.  Two people dined at Denny’s, Two ate at McDonald’s, One ate at Subway, and another ate at Del Taco.


  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Milk
  • Hot chocolate
  • Juice
  • Low Calorie Flavored Drinks
  • Iced Tea
  • Carbonated Soft Drinks

Money Spent:

I went to the grocery store twice.  I purchased two gallons of milk and two gallons of distilled water on the first trip.  Total cost was 6.92.   On my second trip, I purchased two large loaves of bread for $5.69.

Total amount spent this week was $12.61.    I have $8.39 leftover from this week’s budget.

Potential Problems:

We have run out of boxed macaroni and cheese–this is one of Food Critic’s favorite staples.  He is really going to miss them.  We are nearly out of Ramen noodles–his second favorite.    I will not be purchasing more of these until next month, so I expect to hear some complaints.   We haven’t run out of sodas yet, but I expect that we will run out within two weeks.  When that happens, I expect a lot more complaints.  I will point out that sodas have no nutritional value, and that we don’t need them, but I anticipate considerable opposition.  Maybe after the month is over, we will be able to eliminate them from our diet except on special occasions.  That would be really nice.  Sodas are very expensive for something that doesn’t nourish our bodies.

That’s the information from this week.  As I look at our menu, I realize that we haven’t been eating enough fruits and vegetables.  I will have to try and make up for that in the coming week.


I have a menu planned for the coming week.  This menu includes some new recipes for green enchiladas, pulled pork sandwiches, and tuna casserole as well as a new recipe for slow cooker chicken.  Of course, we often deviate from our menu.  Baker’s Man and Sue Chef would tell you that.

“What’s the point of having a menu, if you don’t follow it?”  Is one of her favorite complaints.

Whether I adhere to the menu or not, I think we will be fine for another week.

We have $29.39 in our budget for this week ($21.00 plus the $8.39 leftover from week one).

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Thanks for visiting Patty Cake’s Pantry.

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Click HERE for our Pantry Challenge  Week Three Report

Click HERE four our Pantry Challenge Week Four Report

Click HERE for our Pantry Challenge Final Report

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