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Menu Planning - Pantry/Freezer Use

July 29th, 2017 at 10:12 pm

Our grocery spending was high this month. Ugh. And I still have to do one more shopping trip before the month is over (tomorrow).

The reason is partly that the dr. told us that F needs to try a gluten free diet for a month. I have celiac, and she just had the celiac blood test. I am hoping it's negative, but even if it is, we're supposed to try the gf diet. She loves tortillas (wraps and burritos instead of sandwiches), and the brown rice tortillas are pretty awful, so I splurged on the Rudi's brand. They are tiny... so I used two to make two mini burritos. I also bought her gf english muffins.

The menu plan for this week takes advantage of things that I already have in the freezer and pantry.

Risotto - we already have risotto rice and sundried tomatoes. Just need celery
Cockaleekie Pie - from the freezer; and we have lettuce for a side salad
Chili - we have that in the freezer, too. Just need an avocado.
Tuna melts with corn - can use the celery for the risotto and corn is inexpensive right now
Chipotle sweet potatoes with roasted veggies on the side - a couple of sweet potatoes is all we need to buy
Chicken piccata with rice and broccoli - just need one lemon and some broccoli
Quesadillas and guacamole - An avocado for the guacamole

So our grocery list:
- avocados
- celery
- sliced turkey for lunches
- sour cream
- cheddar for lunches
- sweet potatoes
- broccoli
- tomatoes for lunches
- head of lettuce
- corn on the cob
- one lemon

Hopefully less than $30.

7 Responses to “Menu Planning - Pantry/Freezer Use”

  1. ceejay74 Says:

    I had to look up cockaleekie pie! Smile How will you make it GF?

  2. Buendia Says:

    I already made it and then froze half... we can't eat a whole pie - it's huge!

    This is my pie dough recipe:

    All Butter Pie Dough

    2 1/2 c all purpose flour (I use the Pamela's artisinal in the dark blue bag)
    1 t salt
    1 c (2 sticks) unsalted butter chilled
    2 T apple cider vinegar

    Pulse flour and salt in food processor
    Pulse in butter until mixture resembles course meal with some butter still visible - 20 pulses
    Combine vinegar and 1/2 c ice water in measuring cup
    Pulsing, drizzle in vinegar mixture
    pulse until dough just holds together when squeezed, should be crumbly, about 10 pulses
    Divide dough in half
    Each into plastic wrap, press into disks
    Wrap and chill 2 hours or up to 3 days ahead or freeze

  3. CB in the City Says:

    I hope your daughter doesn't have celiac disease! But trying out the diet certainly won't hurt.

  4. frugaltexan75 Says:

    You put avocado in your chili?

  5. Buendia Says:

    FrugalTexan - we put sour cream and avocado on top our our chili... F is so active she needs to eat a lot of healthy, calorie-dense foods, and avocado is perfect! We also crush up tortilla chips and put that on top!

  6. Frugaltexan75 Says:


  7. rob62521 Says:

    Hope your daughter doesn't have celiac disease. Also hope the diet works out OK too. Even though you spending is up there higher than what you prefer, you do make a lot of stuff on your own. Imagine buying already made!

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