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Meal Planning: Meal Components and Freezer Cooking
Posted By Jessica Fisher On February 14, 2010 @ 1:12 pm In Good Eats,Meal Planning,Uncategorized | 15 Comments
A couple weeks ago I spent a couple days pre-prepping a few meal components . Having homemade convenience items like cooked ground beef, shredded chicken, and tomato sauce on hand makes dinnertime preparations a snap. Here’s how it’s playing out in this week’s dinners:
Chicken Parmesan – This is our typical Valentine’s dinner  since it’s the meal I prepared for FishPapa on our first date. I already have homemade sauce  is ready to go and will add it to Crispy Chicken  and cooked spaghetti with Garlic Focaccia  and Steamed Broccoli on the side. Edited to add: I healthified my Chicken Parmesan  tonight – delish!
Chicken Soft Tacos – My husband is great at making corn tortillas from scratch . We’ll serve them with cooked, shredded chicken from the freezer as well as other taco toppings and round it out with beans  and Mexican rice .
Baked Chicken and Rice – I got a great deal on bone-in chicken breast and packaged it for the freezer in marinade. I’ll bake this in the oven on a bed of uncooked rice and chicken broth for an easy Chicken and Rice Bake.
Stuffed Shells – This dish is going to be an experiment. I’m using cooked, ground beef and red sauce from the freezer. I’ll add those and a cream-cheese sauce to large cooked shell pasta. If it’s good, you’ll hear about it.
Beans and Rice  – In my efforts to reduce expenses, we’re bringing back our weekly beans and rice dinner. Usually, there are cooked beans  in the freezer, but the supply is gone. So, time to cook up a few more pounds
Pizza night - I use my regular red sauce for pizza topping and have grated cheese blends and a huge supply of pepperoni in the freezer. Our newest pizza topping, however, is olive oil, garlic, crushed red pepper, topped with cheese, shredded chicken, red onion and tomato. So yummy! Most of the kids prefer pepperoni, though.
Peanut Butter Chicken  – I’ve got chicken marinating the freezer and will grill it and add to the noodles, veggies and sauce of this dish. I’ve started using 1/2 whole wheat spaghetti mixed with 1/2 regular in order to increase our whole grains. With a flavorful sauce, no one notices.
What are you eating this week? Don’t forget to visit I’m an Organizing Junkie  for all kinds of menu planning inspiration.
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 pre-prepping a few meal components: http://lifeasmom.com/2010/02/freezer-cooking-the-final-analysis.html
 typical Valentine’s dinner: http://lifeasmom.com/2009/02/memory-making-meals.html
 homemade sauce: http://lifeasmom.com/2009/03/urs-pasta.html
 Crispy Chicken: http://www.goodcheapeats.com/2009/07/crispy-chicken-tenders.html
 Garlic Focaccia: http://www.goodcheapeats.com/2010/01/garlic-focaccia.html
 healthified my Chicken Parmesan: http://www.goodcheapeats.com/2010/02/chicken-parmesan-our-first-date-dinner.html
 making corn tortillas from scratch: http://www.goodcheapeats.com/2010/01/homemade-corn-tortillas.html
 beans: http://www.goodcheapeats.com/2009/04/homemade-pintos.html
 Mexican rice: http://lifeasmom.com/2009/04/ultimate-recipe-swap-mexican-food.html
 Beans and Rice: http://www.goodcheapeats.com/2009/06/good-cheap-eat-beans-and-rice.html
 Pizza night : http://www.goodcheapeats.com/2009/07/basic-homemade-pizza.html
 Peanut Butter Chicken: http://lifeasmom.com/2008/05/frugal-friday-stretching-meats.html
 I’m an Organizing Junkie: http://orgjunkie.com
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