Friday, February 18, 2011

Project Food Budget: Week 6, Free Week!

Okay, late again. Next week I'll write my entry when I go to school. I'm kind of in the process of overhauling my life, so I've gotta get back into the swing of things.

This week, I didn't have to buy anything! Everyone should try to do this one week. I bet everyone can plan a week's worth of meals one Sunday (or Thursday) using things you already have on hand.

I didn't make anything fancy this week, but I just mixed together what I had on hand: frozen vegetables; some fruit; rice; pasta; bread; and plenty of condiments, sauces and spreads, including my leftover peanut sauce and garlic sauce.

It made for some pretty good meals. Some meals I just ate a PB&J bagel or a bowl of garlic rice. Other days I made a whole pasta dish with veggies and sauce. There are also a lot of good sandwich options in there. It all depended on my mood. But it was really a decent menu and I didn't have to spend anything. So clean out your pantry!

I'm sure these people are doing better than I am!
Reluctant Vegetarian
Maria Marz
Veggie Converter
Ashley's Dairy Free Cooking Blog
Motor City Girl In the Steel City
Veggie Burgher
Baked Beans and Broccoli...Vegetarian Budgeting
Sweet Rehab
The Happy Cactus
The Vegetarian Salmon
Test Kitchen Tuesday
Newly Vegan
Always Sick and Tired
Veggie on the Cheap
MeloMeals: Vegan For $3.33 A Day


  1. i don't know about doing better. you didn't spend anything!

    but it is a great idea to use what you have and be creative. way to go!

  2. This is my favorite strategy for both saving time and money. Usually a pantry sweep also means a lot of meals are "fend for yourself" for boyfriend and the kiddo. It gives me some more time to do work stuff and gives my son practice cooking.

    I like to keep around vegan ramen noodles and have ramen + stuff for emergencies. So you can chop up carrots, broccoli, radishes, green onions, cabbage, greens, whatever and throw the firm stuff in when the water starts to boil and then throw the greens or more tender stuff in right at the end... then you don't feel like you're just eating crap. I use half the powder pack (so salty) and put the rest in an old spice jar for spicing up other pasta / broth.