Menu Plan Monday: Freezer/Pantry Challenge

For the next few weeks, I am going to try to make all of my meals using items that are currently in my freezer and pantry.  Aside from staple items such as bread, milk and fresh fruits or veggies, I am going to try my hardest to steer clear of the grocery store.  If you have any frugal recipes that your family loves, please send them my way.  Thanks!

Monday: Eggs/Egg Beaters, Homefries, Toast and Turkey Sausage

Tuesday: Chicken and Stuffing Casserole, Salad

Chicken & Stuffing Casserole Recipe

1 1/2 – 2 lbs boneless chicken
1 can cream of chicken soup (I use 98% fat free)
1 onion, chopped
3 stalks of celery, diced
1/2 cup mayo (I sometimes use light or Just 2 Good)
1/4 lb margarine (I usually use less to cut down on fat and calories)
1 box of stuffing mix, prepared according to package directions.

Boil chicken until no longer pink. Cut into bite sized pieces.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Fry onion pieces and celery in butter -OR- place in microwave safe bowl and microwave on high for about 3-4 minutes until softened.
Combine cream of chicken soup with softened onions, celery and mayo. Mix well.
Pour mixture over chicken pieces and toss to coat.
Place chicken mixture in a greased caserole dish, or dish sprayed with PAM.
Top with prepared stuffing.
Bake at 350 degrees until brown and bubbly, for about 25-30 minutes.

This goes well with a ceasar salad. It also reheats well in the microwave.

Wednesday: Veal Parmigiana Patties with Tomato Sauce, Brown Rice and Veggies

Thursday: Leftovers

Friday: 11th Anniversary dinner; plan to use one of the gift cards we have stashed for a special occasion

What’s cooking at your place this week?

Today I am linking up over at I’m an Organizing Junkie.  Be sure to head over to check out more great dinner menu ideas.


  1. Your pantry menu looks delicious! Isn’t it so rewarding to use up what you have on hand and stay away from the grocery store for the most part. I try to do a month like that every now and then.

  2. I agree, Katie. It’s a great way to keep down expenses and keep food from being wasted or sitting in the freezer for too long. My husband lost his job unexpectedly this past week so we really need to be mindful of our expenses; this is just one of the many ways we are going to try to keep our budget in check.

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