April Freezer Cooking: My Game Plan

Last weekend, I took an inventory of what food was in the freezer and saw that we had 20+ meals already to go for April. I cooked like crazy a month ago and we’re still reaping the benefits of it. I feel a little scatter-brained about my freezer cooking this month since I’ve, well, felt a little scatter-brained about everything lately. No, I’m not pregnant. Just not multi-tasking as well as I think I should. I’m still trying to figure out which of my expectations of myself has got to give.

While I do that, I figure I might as well set our kitchen up for success this month by preparing some of our staple foods in advance. The items that disappeared from our freezer first last month were shredded chicken, taco meat, red sauce, and pinto beans. So, I’ll be making batches of those this week.

And because I love convenience items, especially when they’re homemade, I’ll be making several batches of baked goods, baking mixes, granola, and of course, our Easter Dinner.

Here’s my eclectic, albeit ambitious plan:

Dinner components:

ground beef taco kits
shredded chicken
beans for beans and rice
red sauce for pasta

Side Dishes:

Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Cheesy Potatoes
Garlic Foccacia
Crystal’s Butterhorn Rolls

Breakfasts:

Whole Grain Pancake Mix
Maple Granola with Oats, Nuts, and Seeds
Instant Oatmeal
Whole Grain Cinnamon Rolls
Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Dessert:

Chocolate Cheesecake

I’m really interested to see how my friend Crystal does this month’s Freezer Cooking Days. She has three sisters, a sister-in-law and her mom on board as they cook up a storm to feed their families this month. Wow! If you’re interested, you can link up your planned cooking list today at MoneySavingMom. On Friday afternoon, Crystal will have another link-up for you to share all about your Freezer Cooking Day accomplishments.

Will you be joining me and Money Saving Mom over the next few days as we fill the freezer to save some time and money? I hope so!

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  1. I’m totally with you! I just posted my plan. :) it’s a big one this month!
    http://www.callmekristin.com/freezer-cooking-menu-april-2010/

  2. Looks yummy!

  3. Michelle K says:

    Jessica – Do you have a recipe for Alfredo sauce or Vodka Sauce? I love red sauce, but my hubby isn’t the biggest fan.

    • Jessica Fisher says:

      I don’t have a “recipe;” I usu mix melted butter, garlic, parmesan and cream until I like it. ;)

  4. What a great list of recipes!

    I don’t think I’m quite ready to tackle a full month of meals but I do plan to start stocking our freezer with freezer lunches! They’re so easy for my hubby to grab on his way out the door to work – convenient and we’re still saving money!

    Little Life Improvements latest blog: Coming Next Week: 5 Days of Freezer Lunch Recipes

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