Lunchbox Idea

I looked in the pantry tonight and realized that we had no bread for lunch tomorrow.  This is not good since I was planning on sending a peanut butter and jelly sandwich with my six-year tomorrow. 

I got on the web and searched for other lunch box options.  I found a great idea and we have everything for it. 

Waffle Apple-Wich

what you need

2 frozen waffles, toasted, cooled
1   KRAFT Singles
6 slices OSCAR MAYER Deli Fresh Shaved Smoked Ham
1/2 small  apple, sliced
2 tsp. maple-flavored or pancake syrup

Make It

 TOP 1 waffle with Singles, ham and apple slices. Cover with second waffle.

WRAP sandwich in plastic wrap or foil. Pour syrup into sealable plastic container. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

I also thought it would be fun to use one of my cookie cutters to cut out a shape and make it a little more appetizing.  We will see how it goes tomorrow.

Thanks, Kraft Foods for the idea.

Eat From The Pantry Update and Menu Plan

You can also go to the Eat From The Pantry Process to see all updates on this challenge.

It has been very hard to keep myself motivated on the Eat From The Pantry Challenge. It’s not because we do not have enough food but because I love to shop. Of course, my shopping plans consist of finding great deals, using tons of coupons and spending hardly anything at the store but I NEED to use what we already have and stop looking at the sales papers and posting deals on the other site at www.smartshopping2009.com

Enough of the excuses right? Here is my menu plan for this week.

1. Chicken stuffed with broccoli and cheese ( Barber frozen food meals )

2. Vegetable Soup with Cornbread

3. Sloppy Joe Casserole

4. Homemade Pumpkin Pancakes, Eggs, and Bacon

5. Mini Taco Bowls

6. Baked Spaghetti

7. Bacon Tomato sandwiches

8. Leftover night

I will have to go to the grocery store for my milk and if my meats do not last I may have to pick up a packet.  Also, if I find a few really cheap or free deals I will have to take advantage of those!!!! LOL!

Deals to Meals Free Downloadable Tools

Deals to Meals has a wonderful free download for Food Storage recipes.  All the recipes are very easy and there is a checklist so that you can check to see what you already have.  This is a great plan for the Eat From The Pantry Challenge that is going on in the month of January.  There is also a cooking calendar that I have printed to help me with my menu planning for the week.

Corn and Chile-Lime Spread and Coupon

I found a coupon on another site for Ol ElPaso Green Chiles. I clicked here and printed two $0.55 coupons (print one and then click the back button to print another one. Make sure you do not close the window after printing the first one or you can not print two.) 

I needed some flour to make my banana bread tonight so I headed to the grocery store to see if chiles were on sale or a good buy.
I knew the coupon was for $0.55 for one can of green chiles and that Bi-Lo doubles all coupons that are $0.60 or less. Even though Bi-Lo isn’t my favorite grocery store I thought I would give it a try since I only needed a few items.

Wonderful News! When I got to the store the chiles were $1.31 each and since the coupon doubles I would only have to pay $0.21 for each can. I purchased two cans, got my all purpose flour and headed home . 

Once I got home I realized,  what was I going to do with two cans of green chiles?  Chiles aren’t a regular pantry item in my house so I needed to find a recipe that didn’t involve me buying more groceries and since I am doing the Eating from the Pantry Challenge I had to use what I already had. 

I found one that I could use and several more that actually sounded very tasty.  I hope you can use these with your Green Chiles and still eat from your pantry.

1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
1/2 teaspoon grated lime peel
3 tablespoons lime juice
1 to 2 teaspoons ground red chiles or chili powder
8 ears corn (with husks)

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1. Heat gas or charcoal grill. In small bowl, mix all ingredients except corn.
2. Remove large outer husks from each ear of corn; gently pull back inner husks and remove silk. Spread each ear of corn with about 2 teaspoons butter mixture; reserve remaining butter mixture. Pull husks up over ears.
3. Place corn on grill. Cook uncovered over medium heat 10 to 15 minutes, turning frequently, until tender. Let stand 5 minutes. Serve corn with remaining butter mixture.
High Altitude (3500-6500 ft): Grill over medium-low heat.

Green Chile Chicken Lasagna

Green Chile-Turkey Enchiladas

Thanks, Bettycrocker.com for the recipes

Thanks, Money Saving Mom for the coupon link

Eat From The Pantry Challenge

Along with tons of other blogger moms I am going to take the ” Eat From The Pantry Challenge.”  I have never tried this before so we will see how it goes.

My goals are:

1.  Use what I already have in the pantry and fridge/freezer to make our meals.

2.  Spend less than $120 in groceries for essentials such as, eggs, milk, etc.

3.  If any money is leftover from this challenge I will donate it to a cause

If you are willing to try this challenge I would love to know.  Remember to set your own goals for your situation and or family.  Have fun and I will report back with status starting in January.

If you have a blog and want to share your challenge please feel free also to post it under this post.