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Meal Planning with only $20 and your Pantry: Week 4

We are at the bitter end of the pantry, plus I bought virtually no groceries this week, so the recipes had to be a lot less interesting.  I used more starches as filler, but every meal still had a decent amount of protein.

After this I only have to make three more meals before the end of this experiment!  Phew!

Sunday:  Sloppy Joes and Hasselback potatoes
I had a bunch of ground turkey and hamburger rolls in the freezer and because just last week we had burgers on the grill, I decided to make sloppy joe's instead.  My Sloppy Joe recipe is pretty much ground meat and barbecue sauce, both of which were in my pantry.  I also had some potatoes left over and decided to try oven roasting them Hasselback style.  They were okay.  The kids liked them.

Monday: Oven Baked "Fried" Chicken, Herbed Quinoa and Green Beans (Pinterest)

This was really easy (and only uses the most basic of pantry staples) to make and the kids liked it. Hubs and I thought it was pretty bland, but I could add a little cayenne next time.  The quinoa and green beans were also out of my pantry and freezer.  
Tuesday: Sausage and Rice Casserole (Paula Deen)

Wednesday: Spaghetti Bolognese (Emeril/Food Network)
Thursday: Leftovers

Friday: We went out to eat!  As a thank you for pet-sitting the neighbor's dogs over christmas vacation, they gave us a gift card to CPK.  Yum! Wood fired pizza and no dishes to wash!

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