Weekly Menu - Emergency Menu

Well, the rubber's hitting the road this week...I'm going to be challenged (which is nothing new). I shopped 2 weeks ago...with $100. I bought fresh fruit & veggies, a steak, pork, canned salmon, flour. My husband hasn't worked for 2 months so the funds are depleted. We received 2 bags of food from our church, and they have the menu & recipes, so waste not want not....I figured I'd post it all this week, maybe someone else will be facing this challenge and find it helpful.

From the church we have
2 bags rice
4 cans kidney beans
4 cans black beans
1 box raisins
1 packet pasta shells
a bunch of dried chicken soup
1 can campbells chicken soup
4 cans tomato sauce
2 boxes kraft mac & cheese
2 tins powdered milk
4 cans vienna sausage
2 cans spam

I have on hand
2 cans salmon
some organic salad
fresh green beans
1 bag frozen corn
2 yellow peppers
green onions
1lb carrots
1 package cranberry bread pudding
   compliments of Tami
2 eggs
sour cream
some frozen peppers & tomatoes
1 apple
a couple of bananas
1 cresent bread

dh bought tonight at Costco
1 bag brown sugar
2 gallons milk
1 3lb loaf of bread
2 lbs cheese

Heres a rough menu

mueslie with grated apple
ww pancakes

banana sandwiches
toasted cheese sandwiches
pb & jelly sandwiches
egg salad sandwiches
cucumber & salmon sandwiches

my kids eat more when they come home from school than any other time of the day
rice pudding
cranberry bread pudding

I made some sofrita for the beans & rice tonight and cooked the green beans
fried rice, made with the spam, eggs, salad, green onions, peas
or I could use the spam as kebabs if I have pineapple, with peppers & onions
mac & cheese with tuna & corn
chicken soup

I don't know what to do with the vienna sausages. My toddler may eat some. My son suggested making mini hot dogs with them using cresent rolls.

Last time I had spam we made these...

and the kids loved them. (I just did a quick search to find the recipe and .......you're gonna love this....spam.) Epicurious has a recipe too....and just in case you are craving more I noticed Top Chef featured a recipe with spam which was a winner! Who knew!

Hope to buy
chop meat

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  1. I'm sorry that your family is going through a tough time right now. Hopefully things will look up this year. Have you heard about couponing? It's new to me and I've been learning a lot and I've been able to get so much more food for so much less. one of the sites I learned from is krazycouponlady.com.

    anyway, thanks for sharing your menu idea. I was excited to see spam musubi on your post! That's our favorite use of spam, too!

  2. You are so organised. I am sorry to hear Shelle that you are going through a rough patch. I am sure things will improve. Hope you had a wonderful New Year. Look forward to seeing more of your blog in 2010.

  3. You are certainly making the best of a bad situation. I truly hope things turn around for your family soon:)

  4. Great menu plan monday!! Thank you so much for sharing! I love new ideas!! www.colieskitchen.com

  5. What a great meal plan. This post reminds me of food critic Jeffrey Lent's book "The Man Who Ate Everything." There's an essay in it in which Lent tries to live for a month using a govt.-recommended food plan for a family of 4 living on a tiny budget. I think he ate lots and lots of turkey. Good luck to you and your family.