Hello, friends. Yes, after a month long hiatus, I'm back with a new menu plan.
What's that? You didn't notice I was gone? Oh, well. It wasn't the first time and it probably won't be the last...
Have y'all heard of #shelftember? It's this thing invented (? invented doesn't seem like quite the right word, but I'm not really thinking of a more appropriate word, so...invented) by Jordan Page from shelfcooking.com and funcheaporfree.com.
Jordan explains all about #shelftember here, but in a nutshell, you're supposed to cook mostly from the food you already have on hand, spending only $25 a week on fresh or fill-in items. Jordan has 10 people in her family (granted, two of them are infants and one is a toddler, and the oldest kid is 10 or 11, and she keeps way more food on hand than I do, but still. Whoa. $25 per week).
This might sound familiar (minus the $25 grocery budget part) if you've been around a while. Every now and then I get the itch to use up random stuff from my fridge, freezer, and pantry. And I usually tell you about it. And I sometimes ask for suggestions (did I ever use up those candy canes? I can't remember if I used them or finally threw them away. Or maybe they're still in the cupboard? I'm kind of reluctant to look). So I thought, eh, why not.
This week, most of these meals will use something that we've had on hand for a while, and I have a minimal grocery list. Not $25 minimal, but less than usual.
By the way, if you click that #shelftember link to read about #shelftember, you can scroll down to the bottom to enter to win a chest freezer. So next #shelftember, you'll have more food on hand to choose from.
On to this week's menu.
- There is one other thing I'm planning to make, but it seems silly to add the "other" category for just one thing, doesn't it?
- I know I'm going to make other other things, but I don't know what they are right now, and I don't have the brain power to think them up.
- Now that this is a more substantial "other"...
- Mexican quinoa with grilled chicken