I love the idea of having a pantry stocked and ready freezer full, and not ordering pizza, grabbing fast food, or eating way late on busy nights. as with most things in mothering, a little advance preparation goes a long way. Below are some options to help you find a dinner plan that fits your family.
I love this spin on meal planning from Beauty Through Imperfection! Such a simple and easy solution.
Erica at Confessions of a Homeschooler (my new favorite blog for all things home) has monthly meal plan calendars all set and ready to download. Just another way she makes life a little easier for us regular folk!
For those of us who have the room and are willing to do a little more advance prep, freezer cooking is so nice.
I actually tried my first round of freezer cooking right before baby girl was born. It went okay. Back to school and sports has driven me to try, try again. For this round, I am a little more seasoned. I stuck with recipes I know score well. SO, I thought I would share my plan with you.
I like to follow the cook & freeze extra for most of my freezer stock. It’s just easier for me versus two days of three to four hours of shopping & prep. Plus, I feel like I’m not breaking the bank with one monster shopping trip. I’m also a sucker for the assemble, freeze, and dump in the crockpot later plan.
I will plan my menus for the month of Septwmber off of the following list, making sure I fix every dish at least once. This way I can still plan according to my store’s weekly deals. Each of these recipes will be doubled and the excess frozen. This is especially helpful on time consuming recipes. Once you are committed time wise and the mess is made, it not much of a pain to work a bit longer for that extra day of cooking freedom. For the mixes and kits I will buy the ingredients for a couple recipes each shopping trip.
Chicken enchiladas (sans sauce, to be made serving day)
Chicken chile relleno casserole
Sloppy joe filling
Dirty rice kit
Italian Sausage & peppers
Chicken chile toquitos
Shredded beef tacos
Shredded spicy DP pork
Garlic lime chicken
Marinated pork tenderloin
King ranch chicken casserole
Chicken pot pie
Soup de jour
Tomato soup base
Chicken noodle soup base
Wedding soup base
Tex, teriyaki, and Mediterranean spiced chicken
Chicken nuggets – if you have a good baked version- I’m all ears, please send it in!
Chili meat (browned and seasoned)
Chipotle peppers in adobo
Vegetarian refried beans
Canelini & black beans
Checkmate. Ready for fall.
Need a little more inspiration? Check out my Dinner Advent Calendar from the holidays last year.