1.12.2009

goal 2(h) - three-month supply

Our current goal is gathering our Three-Month Supply.

Previously:
Create a dinner menu.

Now:
Making a shopping list for your lunch menu.
[Remember to adapt your menu for three months.]



(Here is how I came up with my own shopping list)

My Dinner Menu:
A. Chili (need 78 servings - 5 servings each for 16 meals)
B. Black beans & rice (78 servings)
C. Burritos (78 servings)
D. Wild Rice Soup (78 servings)
E. Taco Soup (78 servings)
F. Chicken Alfredo (78 servings)
Green Beans/Canned Corn (465 servings)
Canned Peaches/Applesauce (465 servings)

Three months = 93 days. I need to feed a family of five for 93 days. That means I need to have 465 dinner servings (93 multiplied by 5). There are six meals on the lunch menu, so I divide the 465 breakfast servings by 6 meals (465 divided by 6). So, I need 78 servings of each dinner menu item.

My DINNER product list:
Cans of Chili (32 cans)
Black Beans (32 cans)
Rice (78 servings +78 cups)
Refried Beans (32 cans)
Tortillas (ingredients - flour (48 cups), salt (1 container), baking powder (1 pkg), oil (16 oz.), water)
Salsa (3 bottles)
Long Grain Rice (16 boxes)
Flour (8 cups)
Freeze-dried onions (1 package)
Freeze-dried/Dehydrated carrots (#10 can)
Ham (or other meat)
Powdered Milk (#10 can)
Canned Corn (16 cans)
Pinto Beans (16 cans)
Canned Tomatoes (16 cans)
Alfredo Sauce (16 packages)
Canned Chicken (16 cans)
Pasta (78 servings)
Green Beans/Canned Corn (93 cans)
Applesauce/ Peaches (93 meals worth)

My Inventory:
Cans of Chili (32 cans)
9 cans
NEED 23 cans!
Black Beans (32 cans)
48 + cans
DONE!
Rice (78 servings +78 cups)
1 bucket +
DONE!
Refried Beans (32 cans)
36+ cans
DONE!
Tortillas
ingredients -
flour (48 cups)
1 bucket +
DONE!
salt (1 container),
1 container +
DONE!
baking powder (1 pkg),
1 large container +
DONE!
oil (16 oz.),
1 48 oz container +
DONE!
water
DONE!
Salsa (3 bottles)
1 bottle
NEED 2 bottles
Long Grain Rice (16 boxes)
3 boxes
NEED 13 boxes
Flour (8 cups)
3 buckets
DONE!
Onions (1 package)
11 ounces of dehydrated onions
DONE!
Carrots (#10 can)
#10 can
DONE!
Ham (or other meat)
NEED 30 servings!
Powdered Milk (#10 can)
#10 can +
DONE!
Canned Corn (16 cans)
4 cans
NEED 12 cans!
Pinto Beans (16 cans)
2 cans plus 2 #10 cans of dried beans
DONE!
Canned Tomatoes (16 cans)
17 cans
DONE!
Alfredo Sauce (16 packages)
21 packages
DONE!
Canned Chicken (16 cans)
I have chicken, but have already counted it towards lunch menu.
NEED 16 cans of chicken!
Pasta (78 servings)
I have pasta that has already been counted towards the lunch menu.
NEED 16 meals worth of pasta!
Green Beans/Canned Corn (93 meals)
48 cans of green beans
NEED 45 cans of green beans or corn!
Applesauce/Peaches (93 meals)
7 meals of applesauce, 58 meals of peaches
NEED 28 meals worth applesauce/peaches!

My Shopping List:
23 cans of chili
2 bottles of Salsa
13 boxes of Long Grain Rice
30 servings of ham
12 cans of corn
16 cans of chicken
16 meals of pasta
45 cans beans or corn
28 meals of applesauce/peaches

8 comments:

Marie said...

Thank you for the reminder to work on my 3-month supply. I'm still working on what would be most convenient with the fewest supplies to store--I was wondering if you would mind sharing the recipes for the meals on your 3-month dinner list. I always like to have more options to choose from... If you would rather not, I understand, and thanks again for reminding me about the 3-month plan--a lot of the time I am just focused on the long-term storage. I realize I could use that short-term as well, but it would definitely be better to have both.

Wendy said...

Marie - I'd be happy to share any recipes. Are there any in particular that you want?

Marie said...

I kind of had my eye on the two soup recipes and the beans and rice one--I have been working with dried beans, and need to add more recipes using canned ones. I really appreciate your willingness to share!

Wendy said...

Taco Soup
1 lb. hamburger browned and drained (you can omit the hamburger and substitute a can of black beans instead)
1 onion, chopped (or dry minced onion)
1 can stewed tomatoes and juice
1 can kidney beans and juice
1 pkg taco seasoning (1/4 c.)
1 can corn and juice

Brown beef and onions together. Put all items together in a soup pot. Bring to a boil. Simmer for at least 15 to 20 minutes. Optional: Serve with grated cheddar cheese.


Wild Rice Soup
1/4 c. butter
1 medium chopped onion (or dried minced onion)
1/2 c. flour
3 c. chicken broth
1 c. cooked wild rice (like Uncle Ben's Original Recipe Wild Rice)
1 c. cooked white rice
1 c. diced ham
1/2 c. finely chopped carrots
1/2 t. salt
pepper to taste
1 pint half & half (fat free works great)
snipped fresh parley

Saute onion in butter. Blend in flour and cook 5 minutes. Stir in broth and cook to a simmer. Add ham, carrots, rice, salt and pepper. Simmer for 10 minutes. Add parsley and half & half. Heat to serving temp. For a thicker soup, add more rice.

[I don't precook my rice, instead I dump both the white rice and long-grain rice in with enough additional water/broth. I also use milk or dried milk instead of the half and half.]

Wendy said...

Marie - I substitute dried carrots in the Wild Rice Soup recipe.

Marie said...

Thank you very much--these are going in the file! I especially appreciate the substitutions and look forward to trying these out. Again, thanks for sharing these!

Michelle said...

I would also like to see your recipies for the black beans and rice and the chicken alfredo.

Love you blog.. will be checking in often.

Wendy said...

Michelle - Here are the recipes. They're ultra simple.

Black Beans and Rice
Cook rice as recommended. Warm black beans from can (or soak/cook dry beans). You can spice up the black beans by adding any of the following: salsa; cumin & dried red pepper flakes; OR cumin, lime juice & garlic.

Stir together or serve seperately. Add sliced sausage if available (which can be warmed with the beans). I use about 2 cups of cooked rice per can of beans.

Chicken Alfredo
Prepare pasta as directed.

Heat skillet with about 2 T. Olive Oil. Sprinkle chicken with garlic salt. Cook chicken until completely cooked through. Cut chicken into desired size. Add indicated amount of milk and alfredo sauce packet to the chicken and stir until sauce thickens. Toss pasta, chicken and sauce together. You can also serve this with grilled chicken layered on top.

Note: You can make homemade alfredo sauce, but I found some cheap quality sauce packets and I like the taste.