What’s On Our Table Week 18

It’s a Pantry Challenge What’s On Our Table.
Image of baked beans. What's On Our Table Pantry Challenge Edition

After a two month absence What’s On Our Table is back.  I’m making a few changes to the posts. First of all, it will now go up on Sunday morning instead of Saturday. Also after the pantry challenge is over, in an effort to be more mindful of my grocery budget, I will be sharing weekly grocery totals as well as cost per day breakdowns when I can.

I know I could start it sooner but I know that our spending will be unusually low so I decided to wait for a more typical week.


What, exactly, is a Pantry Challenge?

I first learned about pantry challenges from Jessica at  Good Cheap Eats a few years ago. In an effort to save money and cut down on food waste she would take time in January to create meals using as much from her pantry stockpile and freezer as possible.

The awesome thing about them is they can be customized for your family and needs. Some people go no spend at all during challenges, others use the money they saved to stock up on good sales for rainy days, and others supplement their stores with perishable goods.

This week is no spend for us. I’ll have to get a little creative but that part is actually a lot of fun for me.

We have a good amount of pulled pork in the freezer as well as leftover roast from Christmas ready to be thawed and warmed for sandwiches.



What’s On Our Table This Week


Pulled pork sandwiches, baked beans

Ham and bean soup, cornbread

Macaroni and cheese, steamed broccoli

Sopa de Fideo, quesadillas

Hamburger and cabbage stir fry

Waffles and bacon

Hot dogs and something. The side dish or dishes depend on when we have them. If we have leftover mac and cheese and/or baked beans those will be the sides.


Leftovers because we’re out of PB and sandwich stuff


Oatmeal or Grits



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