Menu Plan Monday & Freezer Cooking Plan (10/25)

I haven’t planned a menu in 2 weeks.  We did pretty good without it, but things have definitely been more hectic.  I also need to stock up the freezer, so I’m planning to do freezer cooking over the next 2 weeks. 

We’ll see how far I get with this list.

Dinners
Chili with crackers and salad
Lasanga
Crock Pot Chicken serve with freezer mashed potatoes and salad
Fish Tacos
Chicken Tortilla Soup with homemade bread

Freezer Cooking Plan
Chili X2 (recipe to follow)
Lasagna yields 2 for my family
Cooked Black Beans in crockpot

Crock Pot Chicken (will use garlic, mrs. dash, onion, etc. for seasoning-for making stock)
   -Chicken Stock
   -Chicken, Black Bean and Cheese Burritos
   -Chicken pasta-not sure about freezing (recipe to follow)
   -Chicken Tortilla Soup

Chewy Granola Bars
Refried Beans in crock pot
Brown Bag Burritos
Cream of Chicken Soup

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September Freezer Cooking Day Plan

I desperately need to replenish my freezer!  We have used up just about all our freezer meals.  I still haven’t figured out what day(s) I’ll cook next week.  I plan to make crock pot chicken on Sunday to use in a few meals and make dinner easy next week. 

I’m sticking with a few simple meals and making easy lunchbox fillers.

Banana Nut Muffins
Freezer Mashed Potatoes- found a decent price on Yukon Gold at the commissary
Chewy Granola Barsanyone have another recipe???
Chicken, Black Bean and Cheese Burritos
Chicken Broccoli and Rice Casserole
Chicken Baked Ziti
Bread Machine Cinnamon Rolls–time permitting

If there is a good price for tortillas; I’ll also make Brown Bag Burritos

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August Freezer Cooking Day Results

I forgot to add the granola to the picture

I need to add more dinners into the mix, so I might do some more cooking later in the week.  This is everything I’ve made from my plan so far.

3 1/2 “cans” of refried beans (in the containers)
11 “cans” of cooked pinto beans (cooked in crock pot)-too many I think :)
Banana Nut Muffins
Chewy Granola Bars with nuts and chocolate chips
Homemade Taco Seasoning
2 meals of Chicken and Black Bean Burritos

My Muffin Assistant

I didn’t make my burger patties for the freezer yet.  We’re having my husband’s grandparents over for burgers on Saturday, so I figure I’ll make a quadruple batch then.  I’m not exactly sure of the recipe I made up last time.  I’ll update with a separate recipe post this weekend.

Possibly my Burger Recipe:
~2 lbs lean ground beef
1 egg
¾ cup bread crumbs
2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
2 gloves garlic, minced
1 small onion, finely chopped
s/p to taste
(Did I add Olive Oil?)

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August Freezer Cooking Day Plan

I’m getting ready to do a small Freezer Cooking Day.  I need to organize my inside freezer, so space is limited.  If we can find a good deal, Derrick has agreed it’s time for a garage freezer.  We already have the fridge/freezer, but we’ll be adding a much needed stand alone freezer in the garage too.  It’s about time.  That extra grocery money has been burning a whole in my pocket!

Refried Beans
Cooked Pinto Beans
Chewy Granola Bars
Chicken, black bean (I think) and cheese burritos
Burgers for the grill-will mix and make into patties.  (recipe to follow)
Banana Nut Muffins
Homemade Taco Seasoning

I’d like to add in 1 or 2 more items-I need to search through the other link ups for more ideas.  I’ll let you know when I post my results

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July Freezer Cooking Days-Results

It took me over a week to complete last week’s menu plan, but I’m finally DONE!  We did eat 1 of each of the meals last week if you’re wondering why there is only 1 dinner of each in the freezer. 

The problem I find with freezer cooking in the summer is that most of the meals I freeze are casseroles and pasta. These seem to be heavier winter meals to me.  I’m more of a throw the chicken or fish on the grill or eat a salad type of girl in the summer.  The good news is that having these prepared meals in my freezer will save me time and money later.

Results:
Chicken, Broccoli and Rice Casserole (1 meal in freezer)
Jambalaya (1 meal in freezer)
Brown Bag Burritos (3 meals worth)
Grilled Ratatouille-not intended for freezer but it made a TON of food (separately froze pasta and veggie mixture)
Meatloaf-didn’t end up with any in freezer, but have a few lunches for me
Spaghetti with Meatballs (1 meal in freezer)—-all in big pot in photo
Freeze Mashed Potatoes made with only milk, butter and s/p (2 pans in freezer)

*I considered making chicken, salsa, black beans and cheese burritos for the freezer, but the kids really like the Brown Bag Burritos.   I’ll possibly make the other type of burritos later this month if I get a good price on salsa and tortillas.

I also took an inventory of some of my “can” items in the freezer such as beans and stock.  I need to make more refried beans, cream of chicken soup and cooked pinto beans.  I’d also like to make a pot or two of soup and freeze in “can” portions.  I’ve decided I want to get 2-cup containers.  My problem is that I want them all the same so they stack nicely in the freezer.  I looked on Amazon because I can use Swagbucks, but it’s pretty expensive to purchase single-size packs versus multi-size boxes.  I need to do more research but that is my plan for the rest of the month.
 
Did you have a successful July Freezer Cooking Daze?

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Freezer Cooking Days Update-Not Done Yet

I know I said I’d finish up Freezer Cooking Days today, but I’m just not done yet.  Things happen, ya know!  By the way, my recipes are NOT doubled.  My kids are still young enough that these meals can be stretched to feed us twice.

Complete:
Chicken, Broccoli and Rice Casserole (ate 1)
Jambalaya (ate 1)
Brown Bag Burritos (3 dinners worth)
Grilled Ratatouille (not intended for freezer but it made a TON of food)-recipe not up yet

Remaining:
Meatloaf
Spaghetti with Meatballs

I’ll finish up this weekend and post my results.

Pizza tonight-a friend called and asked if we wanted to do pizza night.  Um, okay!  No cooking and entertainment for the kids, count me in!

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Menu Plan Monday and Freezer Cooking Days Plan 07/05

My freezer is in need of prepared foods, so I thought my menu plan this week should consist of Freezer Cooking Days.  I don’t really have a full day to devote to marathon cooking, so I’ve decided that most of my menu will consist of meals that I can freeze. We’ll eat one for the night I cook it and use one for the freezer.  My plan is to add in an extra meal or two on Thursday or Friday.  My menu is based around what I have on hand, so I’ll need to do minimal shopping to pull this off. 

I’ll post my freezer results (and recipes) on Friday, so stop back by if your interested. 

Monday
Chicken, Broccoli and Rice Casserole with salad (freeze 1) 
Tuesday
Jambalaya with salad (freeze 1)
Wednesday
Grilled Ratatouille (mixed veggies over pasta, will post recipe)
Thursday
Spaghetti and Meat Balls with salad (freeze 1)
Friday
Meat Loaf with rice and whatever veggie is on sale Wednesday (freeze 1)
Saturday
Dinner with friends
Sunday
Turkey Burgers with baked sweet potato fries
~Extra meal: Brown Bag Burritos OR another burrito plus another meal if time permits.

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April Freezer Cooking Day Results

I’ve finally finished up most of what I wanted to get done for Freezer Cooking Day.  I didn’t get around to the banana bread, but I’ll do that sometime this week.

3 Dinners of Brown Bag Burritos
1 1/2 Cans of Refried Beans (used 2 can’s in burritos)
2 Mexican Chicken and Rice Casserole (not liking this for freezer cooking day)
2 Chicken Baked Ziti
2 More Breakfast of Pancakes
Bacon (not in picture)

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April Freezer Cooking Day Plan

I’m hoping to fit Freezer Cooking Day around my crazy schedule this weekend.  I made Crock pot Chicken the other day, so I’ll use some of that for 2 meals.  I made Brown Bag burritos last Freezer Cooking Day and my family enjoyed them plus “Moneyboy” even requested them as an after school snack.  I was able to pull 1 out of the freezer, throw it in the oven and dinner or snack was served.

Pancakes
Bacon (some of breakfast today and tomorrow then freeze for quiche)
Refried Beans
Brown Bag Burritos
Chicken Baked Ziti (X2)
Mexican Chicken and Rice Casserole (recipe to follow)
Banana Bread

Are you participating ?

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Freezer Cooking Day-Results

I didn’t get to the mac and cheese from my plan, but I’m happy with my extra little freezer stash.

The Chicken Stock is still cooling in the pot (I yielded 9 bags, filled with various amounts of stock)

2 Small Loaves of Banana Bread

3 Dinners worth of Brown Bag Burritos - I think this was an excellent Freezer Cooking Day addition

2 Dinners of Southwestern Wagon Wheels Pasta – not divided in picture

2 Dinners of Chicken Tortilla Soup – in crock pot (ate for dinner tonight with banana bread)

I really like Crystal’s idea of having cooking partner(s).  I’m trying to decide who I can get to join me next month and make this day a little more fun and productive. 

I hope everyone had a great Freezer Cooking Day!

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