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Meal Planning: Eating From the Freezer

Posted By Jessica Fisher On November 15, 2009 @ 11:56 pm In Meal Planning | 4 Comments


November is always a busy month for us with two birthdays and a special holiday and getting ready for Christmas. So a few weeks ago I planned out a whole month of meals in one sitting [5]. It comes as no surprise to me that when I looked through my files, I found that last November [6] heralded the start of month-long meal planning season for me as well. It must be a pattern with me that things get a little hairy about this time of year and planning many meals at one time helps alleviate some of that.

It also ensures that we get a little variety in our diet. I can tend to rely on the same old, same old, when I’m menu planning each week. Thinking up 30 dinners at one time forces my hand a bit. Not sure how to do it? Check out these suggestions [5].

This week not only are we reaping the benefits of month-long meal planning, but we’re also enjoying the fruits of my two days of freezer cooking [7] at the beginning of November. How nice it’s been to look at my meal plan a few times each week and pull items from the freezer that are all prepped and ready to go. It’s a much needed break from the dinner rush.

Here’s what we’ve still got in store:

15. Bernie’s Grilled Chicken*, Grilled Veggies, Salad, Quick Seasoned Rice [8]
16. Roast Chicken [9], Garlic Potatoes, Green Beans
17. Summer Rolls [10] – no, it’s not summer – but these are easy and delicious!
18. Tacos
19. Beans and Rice [11]
20. Pizza [12] and ChiChi’s Salad [13]
21. Pasta w/ Red Sauce [14], Green Salad, Garlic Bread
22. Hamburgers on Homemade Buns [15] and French Fries, Veggies and Dip
23. Potstickers w/ Dipping Sauces*, Rice, Broccoli
24. BLTs, Potato Salad [16]
25. Pasta w/ Meat Sauce*, Corn Muffins [17], Green Salad
26. THANKSGIVING w/ the Grandparents
27. at the G’parents
28. at the G’parents
29. Shredded Beef Enchiladas*, Beans [18] and Rice [19], Green Salad
30. Chicken Stir-fry w/ Sauteed Rice Cakes* (an experiment w/ Asian ingredients)

For more meal-planning inspiration, visit I’m an Organizing Junkie for Menu Plan Monday [20].

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[5] a whole month of meals in one sitting: http://www.lifeasmom.com/2009/11/meal-planning-planning-more-than-one.html

[6] last November: http://docs.google.com/Doc?docid=0ARWxVP7kQbhjZGRmZzU2ejlfMTBkamNidjdoZA&hl=en

[7] two days of freezer cooking: http://www.lifeasmom.com/2009/11/freezer-cooking-day-2-end-result.html

[8] Quick Seasoned Rice: http://www.goodcheapeats.com/2009/09/quick-seasoned-rice.html

[9] Roast Chicken: http://www.goodcheapeats.com/2009/10/good-cheap-eat-roast-chicken.html

[10] Summer Rolls: http://www.goodcheapeats.com/2009/10/summer-rolls.html

[11] Beans and Rice: http://www.goodcheapeats.com/2009/06/good-cheap-eat-beans-and-rice.html

[12] Pizza: http://www.goodcheapeats.com/2009/07/basic-homemade-pizza.html

[13] ChiChi’s Salad: http://www.blogger.com/goog_1257106549375

[14] Pasta w/ Red Sauce: http://www.goodcheapeats.com/2009/04/one-of-our-favorite-good-cheap-eats.html

[15] Homemade Buns: http://www.goodcheapeats.com/2009/07/homemade-hot-dog-buns.html

[16] Potato Salad: http://www.lifeasmom.com/2008/05/summer-salad-triumvirate.html

[17] Corn Muffins: http://susanbranch.com/cooking/cornmeal_muffins.htm

[18] Beans: http://www.goodcheapeats.com/2009/04/homemade-pintos.html

[19] Rice: http://www.lifeasmom.com/2009/04/ultimate-recipe-swap-mexican-food.html

[20] Menu Plan Monday: http://orgjunkie.com/category/menu-plan-monday

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