The Pantry Challenge--Week Two Report

The 31 Day Pantry Challenge: Week 2

The second week of our Pantry Challenge has come to a close.  We have run out of oatmeal, but we haven’t felt deprived.  Realization of what this challenge means has set in with the other members of my household.  We are low on, or completely out of several of Food Critics favorite staples.  We have nearly run out of soft drinks.   Food Critic is still mad at me because I told him we weren’t buying more when we finished what we have on hand.


Our Breakfast Meals for the week included the following:

  • Frozen Breakfast Sandwiches
  • Bagels with Cream Cheese
  • Spanish Rice with Eggs topped with cheese
  • Frozen Waffles with peanut butter
  • Toad in a Hole with thick sliced deli ham
  • Donuts
  • Toast


Lunch Meals for the week included leftovers as well as a few new things:

  • Tuna Melt
  • Ramen Noodles
  • Assorted sandwiches made from cold cuts with lettuce and tomatoes,  served celery sticks, pickles, and olives and quinoa chips.
  • Green Pork Enchilada Casserole with rice and corn
  • Vegetable Sub Sandwich
  • Sushi (Sue Chef and I went  on a lunch date with Baker’s Man.  Food Critic and Bus Boy foraged.  They had Ramen noodles, and Macaroni Salad, respectively.
  • Tacos, Tostadas, Rice, and Beans


Dinner consisted of the following:

  • Breakfast:  Pancakes, Eggs, bacon
  • Green Pork Enchilada Casserole.  (Baker’s Man says that I should make it clear that the sauce on the enchiladas were green.  The pork was not.)  These were served with Spanish rice made with added corn.
  • Pizza Sliders (or Italian Sliders) with a creamy Italian pasta salad that contained veggies.
  • McDonald’s and Del Taco
  • Rice Pilaf for some Bean Burritos for others
  • Berta’s Tuna Casserole
  • Spicy Lime Marinated Chicken Kabobs, fried rice, egg rolls, and sriracha edamame


  • Mandarin Oranges
  • Homemade Chex Mix
  • Granola Bars
  • Tortilla Chips
  • Fig Bars

Meals eaten out:

  • Due to a very  late night at work, and a trip to the ER with Bus Boy, I broke this rule.    As a result, I will have to hold back on eating out, allowing only one meal out for the next two weeks.  Everyone else adhered to the two meals out rule this week.


  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Milk
  • Hot chocolate
  • Juice
  • Low Calorie Flavored Drinks
  • Iced Tea
  • Carbonated Soft Drinks (fewer of these)

Money Spent on Groceries:

There is a mobile, green grocer who comes to my workplace almost every Friday.  I purchased $10 work of fresh produce from him which included baby spinach, Persian cucumbers, mushrooms, and carrots.   I bought something else, but I can’t remember right now.   I intended to go to the grocery store on Thursday, and I intended to go to the store Saturday, but things happened.  I spent the evening in the ER with Bus Boy on Thursday.  On Saturday, I attended two meetings in town.  As a result, I have spent no money on groceries this week.  I will have to go to the store tomorrow.   We are out of milk and eggs, and we are also out of oatmeal.   As this week comes to a close, I still have $19.39 on the books for groceries, and tomorrow, I am credited with another $21.00.   That will give me $40.39 for groceries next week.  I’m actually surprised at how well we are doing on this very restrictive budget.

Total spent on groceries this week was $10.00.

Potential Problems:

If someone doesn’t go to the grocery store tomorrow, we will have no milk, and no eggs.   This will certainly result in a mutiny.  Bus Boy loves his milk.   We have run out of oatmeal which is a favorite breakfast food around here, but it’s a pantry item, so, technically,  I’m not supposed to buy oatmeal.   I’m not sure what I will do about that.  I’m surprised that no one wanted oatmeal before now.    This decision is difficult.  If I buy oatmeal, shouldn’t I buy Food Critic some Macaroni and cheese?   Perhaps, I will be able to teach him to make homemade macaroni and cheese.  We have lots of pasta in the house, just not boxed macaroni and cheese.  If you have an opinion regarding this matter, please leave a comment below.

That’s the update on the pantry challenge for week two.  As I look at our menu, I realize that we still haven’t been eating enough fruits and vegetables.  I will continue to try and make up for that in the coming week.


I have a menu partially planned for the coming week.  This menu includes a new recipe that I want to try for slow cooker stuffed chicken.  Of course, we were supposed to have tried that last week.

I don’t anticipate any significant problems for the coming week.

We have $40.39 in our budget for the coming week ($21.00 plus the $19.39 leftover from week two).

Check back next week for our week three update, and follow us on our Facebook page.

Thanks for visiting Patty Cake’s Pantry.

Click HERE to learn more about our 31 day Pantry Challenge

Click HERE for our Pantry Challenge Week One Report

Click HERE for our Pantry Challenge  Week Three Report

Click HERE for our Pantry Challenge Week Four Report

Click HERE for our Pantry Challenge Final Report

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