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Changing Things Up in the Kitchen

September 4th, 2019 at 08:57 pm

I've decided to try going wholesale into freezer cooking this next pay period. We are still eating out too much and I am tired of paying the money. DS is on board with helping with prep work. So I need to have five meals that are not too carb heavy and just two that are and then double that so we will have 14 dinners in the freezer and then also get some meatballs in there. I don't like to have a lot of carb heavy meals in a week. I might actually make 3 of some meals just to get ahead a little.

So I think on our agenda this time will be:

Meatloaf
Beef Enchiladas
Peppers and Sausage
Shredded Beef Tacos
Sausage Crust Pizza Casserole
Lasagna
Beef Carnitas
Meatballs

Then the next payday the focus will be on chicken. So far I have:

Chicken Pot Pies (biscuit crust)
Spaghetti Casserole with Chicken Sausage
Chicken Stew
Chicken Enchiladas
Chicken Curry
Chicken Fajitas
Chicken Casserole
Turkey dinner (mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing)

I'd also like to have a few ziploc bags of real mashed potatoes in there. We won't have beef every day the first two weeks, I will continue to cook a few nights a week so we will have variety, but eventually when we have enough in the freezer I can rotate a little more. Then when I want to plan for mashed potatoes but not for peeling or chopping them, we can pull out a bag and thaw it. And then I can make up a quick vegetable side for dinners, usually a can of green beans, some frozen broccoli, or Normandy veggies.

For breakfasts I am going to make:

Egg white, spinach, and ham in muffin tins
Egg bake with shredded zucchini, sausage, ham, tomatoes, green onions, and crumbled bacon
Breakfast burritos
Egg Muffin sandwiches with Canadian bacon
Egg Muffin sandwiches with Denver omelet ingredients

For lunches we will have salad fixings, I usually eat either ham and turkey salads or steak salads for lunch or if we have seafood from fishing, that. I will also put some more chicken mac, chicken casseroles, skillet lasagnas, and chicken alfredo (no fettucine) in the freezer for the kids.

I may swap the beef/pork list with the chicken list if sales are better, but hopefully sales will cooperate with my plans. I think in the long run we will save a lot more money this way.

6 Responses to “Changing Things Up in the Kitchen”

  1. Carol Says:

    That plan will probably work well. But, Robin, as delicious as your menus sound, they also sound like a lot of work. We mostly eat home, and my kids are grown ( so except when they come for dinner), it's only the two of us. We each feed ourselves breakfast and lunch, ( our choices are different) and then we have family supper together.
    You might want to take a peek at Jessica Fisher's blog today. " Good ,Cheap, Eats. " She has 6 kids and discusses easy dinners for when you need to take it easy some nights.

  2. CB in the City Says:

    I think Robin is used to making these meals, judging from her menu posts, so it is probably not a lot of work for her. I know the most stressful cooking I do is when I am making a new dish from a recipe, but my old favorites are a snap.

  3. crazyliblady Says:

    Here is a good, low carb, no grains or potatoes recipe.
    Text is https://www.google.com/url?q=http%3A%2F%2Feveryoneeatsright.com%2F2014%2F01%2F15%2Fpaleo-cream-of-chicken-soup-recipe%2F&sa=D&usd=2&usg=AFQjCNGNsNNtmCNPEWCVs7LvYexfifAyug and Link is
    https://www.google.com/url?q=http%3A%2F%2Feveryoneeatsright....

  4. Carol Says:

    CB, you're right. Robin ignore me.

  5. Lucky Robin Says:

    Carol, I use my Instant Pots to do a lot of the work and remember I have freeze dried onions (so no chopping), freeze dried chiles, canned tomatoes, and freeze dried ground beef (for the lasagnas) so the hardest parts of the prep are in those items.

  6. rob62521 Says:

    Good plan. We normally have supper out on Friday nights, we call it "date night" but last night neither of us was even interested. I pulled some vegetable soup from the freezer, thawed it, heated it, served it with cheese and crackers and applesauce and we were satisfied.

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