The breakfast box contained several boxes of cereal, packets of instant oatmeal, breakfast bars, Pop-tarts, and bagels. It also included several cans of fruit.
Lunch/Snack: The lunch box held PBJ, jerky, tuna and salmon packets, shelf stable salami and pepperoni, trail mix, pretzels, fruit cups, applesauce packets and a few sweet treats.
This time around I started with a weekly rotational dinner menu.
Sunday: Breakfast for dinner: pancakes, eggs (fresh for a while and then dehydrated), and fruit (sometimes fresh and sometimes canned)
Monday: Soup, crackers and cheese
Tuesday: Asian: a boxed rice meal, a can of chicken and a can of mixed vegetables (all cooked in the same pot), or dehydrated split pea dahl and instant brown rice with a side of canned vegetables
Wednesday: Spaghetti and canned green beans
Thursday: Oat burgers, canned baked beans, instant mashed potatoes, and canned peas
Friday: Tacos (TVP with taco seasoning, queso dip, tortillas) and canned corn
Saturday: Cheesy Pasta (mac and cheese or tuna helper) and canned vegetables
Once I had created my menu I first went shopping in my pantry to see what I already had on hand. Then, I made a list of the bulk food items I needed to make the pancake mix, oat burger mix and taco "meat". I also made a list of canned and boxed items I needed to round out what I didn't already have. I bought enough food for five meals of each type - figuring that we would go out for dinner a few times, and have some days where dinner had to be quick and we would eat lunch food.
After knowing what I needed, I made two grocery trips. The first to our local Sharp Shopper - bulk and reduced price food, and the second to our regular grocery store to purchase anything I still needed. Once I got it all home I spent several evenings creating individual trail mix bags, and mixing up the other items I needed for the dinner box.
Taco Seasoning Mix
Split Pea Dahl
Trail Mix Combonations
Finally, it was time to get it all organized.
|Dinner Boxes (sorry it's blurry - I was in a hurry)|
|Breakfast Box (again, sorry for the poor lighting)|