Monday, August 15, 2011

Monday Menu Plan - Pantry Pull Dates

Over the weekend I organized my pantry noting "best by" dates and arranging my stockpile accordingly. I was surprised to find this large quantity of expired food, but I feel pretty good that about 85% of it has a pull date from this summer.

Here's a photo:

I am not one to waste food so we've got to use this up ASAP!

The most embarrassing date is actually from 2001! I probably shouldn't announce that I have food that old, but I'm sure you're all full of grace, right? It's coffee beans so I figure we'll give them a try. I have a grinder and DH doesn't really care what the coffee tastes like since he puts flavored creamer in to cover up the taste anyway. I'll keep you posted on that one . . .

Monday - Lemon Chicken (use expired marinade) & Italian Herb Rice-a-Roni (also expired)
Tuesday - Sloppy Joes (freezer meal)
Wednesday - Pork & Cashew stir-fry (from freezer)
Thursday - Orange Chicken in crockpot (using Catalina dress & orange marmalade) with rice. DH & the kids love stuff like this, but it's way too sweet for me.
Friday - Dinner at a friend's house
Saturday - Beef stir-fry with broccoli, sugar peas, carrots (and expired seasoning mix)
Sunday - Easy Turkey Pot Pie (uses stuffing mix)

Monday - Grilled Cheese
Tuesday - Pasta & Red sauce (little bit of sauce in the freezer to use up)
Wednesday - PBJ
Thursday - Quesadilla
Friday - Mac'n'Cheese
Saturday - leftovers
Sunday - Lunch Out

Clearly I have lots of junk food to use . . . yuck. I guess we'll be eating cupcakes, having cocoa on colder mornings, making some fudge at some point, and gingerbread cookies in August. Ha!


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