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Menu Plan – Shopping From the Pantry

Since my husband got laid off unexpectedly last week, several sweet friends have blessed us with groceries to fill our pantry and freezer.

Our menu plans for the next weeks will be using up those stores of food, and hopefully staying away from the grocery store so we can use what is in our bank account for our mortgage payment.

The food we were given includes:

  • chicken - leg quarters, breasts, and whole chickens
  • pork chops
  • ground beef
  • rice
  • beans
  • lentils
  • pasta
  • spaghetti sauce
  • canned corn
  • canned apricots

Here is our menu plan for dinners this week:

Monday - Baked Chicken Leg Quarters with black beans, corn and rice.

Tuesday - Spaghetti with homemade artisan bread

Wednesday - Chicken and dumplin's (with leftover chicken from Monday) using my homemade Bisquick mix.

Thursday - Lentil and Rice Burritos

Friday - Grilled Pork Chops with beans and corn

Saturday - Chicken Spaghetti

This post is linked to Menu Plan Monday.

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  1. I’ve been following your blog “silently” for the last several months. My thoughts and prayers are with your family through this time, but I have a really good feeling that you guys will be taken care of and even prosperous. I really enjoy menu planning and new recipes. How do you make the Lentil & Rice Burritos? That sounds YUMMY!

  2. What a blessing! Sometimes it seems like God provides us the greatest blessings when we’re in the hardest place in our lives!

    We’ve also been blessed to receive an abundance of food since my husband was laid off. After 5 months of my husband having no job I think I finally believe that our family, friends and church family will not let us go under or starve. :)

    Your menu for the week looks yummy!

  3. The meals look delicious and yet frugal. :-)

  4. Why is it that we as Christians are always surprised when God takes care of us?! :-) As you said in your original post:

    God has said he will supply all our needs, that we needn’t worry about what we will eat or drink or wear because he cares for us. (Matthew 6:25-27)

    Looks like God is keeping his word! Ya’ll are eating better than my family this week that is for sure! I may need to copy your menu plan for the week (except for the lentil part…..)

  5. Momworkdc says:

    TM ~ click where it says Lentil and Rice Burritos next to Thursday ~ it is a link to the recipe!

  6. Momworkdc says:

    You have great friends! What a wonderful idea … My first instinct is always to take over a meal … but, that’s probably not as practical as giving “staples.” Wish I was one of your neighbors ~ they sound delightful! I love how God is providing ~ as He always does!! =)

  7. I agree with every one of those comments that God provides in a time of need. He has given you the creative mind to find ways of feeding your family! Keep your heads high and raise your hands in praise. God closed a door and will open another one! My husband and I have seen that over and over again. Thank you for opening up your heart and letting us in on the good times and the hard times in your life.

  8. Twylia says:

    Have you ever heard of Angel Food Ministries? I’ve found them very helpful when we’ve been low on funds. Good food, good prices and a menu for what to do with the food you get from them.

    Good to see that God is providing for you! God is Good!!!

  9. I just told my daughter today after going to the grocery store that somebody needs to come up with an alternative for food. Pretty soon, I won’t be able to afford to feed my family of 11 still at home!!
    We’ve gotta work out some serious breakfast and luch menus.
    The jug of orange juice that I usually buy was almost $6 today!! Yikes!!

    Gotta cut our grocery spending…

    • We had to cut out juice from the grocery budget a while ago. It’s funny how something that was once a staple has been easily forgotten. $6 yikes!

  10. Sounds great, I’ll be heading down from Dallas here in a minute to join ya, save me some black beans! :) {just kidding} Thinking about you and your sweet family. Valerie

  11. I just looked at the layoff updates, and I saw the bit about your daughter looking at selling used books. I highly recommend selling through Amazon, since they only charge a commission once the book has sold, rather than your having to pay any listing fees. It’s really easy, and most of the work is done for you. I’ve been averaging about $50 a month on it for a while.

    If you’d like, feel free to contact me by email and I’d be happy to share some tips for making sure you make a profit on it.

  12. Your menu sounds delicious. What a great blessing to have friends and family who love and care for you in such wonderful ways. Sadly, there are many people who do not have that kind of love in their life. That alone must make you thankful and so grateful.

    May God bless you all in the days ahead. I know it’s hard not to worry, but I often find that worrying never really helps the situation anyway. I am going through a personal challenge myself right now, but am trusting that God will take care of me, whether the outcome is good or bad. It is not easy to relinquish control, but I have found that we are really not in control of our lives. We can only do our best and let God do the rest.

    Thank you for sharing your menu.

  13. Coupon Rachael says:

    Hi Connie,
    Do you sift the flour prior to measuring??


  14. Connie,

    It’s amazing what you can find to eat in your very own home. We often shop from our pantry and come up with the most delicious meals we’ve ever had. This past fall when my husband was out of work we were able to eat out of our pantry for a month and a half on what was in our cupboards. Even more recently we were able to not go shopping at all and gave the money we would have used on groceries to give to our daughter for her missionary school.

    God provides for large families. Over the years we have learned to not say no to food offered us….and clothing…and dressers…..

    My prayers are with you and your family.

    • God provides for all families that put their faith in him. It is when our faith is tested that we need it the most. We are having to take big pay set backs here right now. Our motto for a while is if it’s free it’s for me and if it’s not it must be a true need in order to be purchased. Connie you and your family are a delight and an inspiration.


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