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April Freezer Cooking: My Game Plan

Posted By Jessica Fisher On March 31, 2010 @ 11:34 am In Freezer Cooking,Good Eats | 6 Comments

[4]Last weekend, I took an inventory of what food was in the freezer [5] 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 [6].

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 [7], especially when they’re homemade, I’ll be making several batches of baked goods, baking mixes, granola, and of course, our Easter Dinner [8].

Here’s my eclectic, albeit ambitious plan:

Dinner components:

ground beef taco kits
shredded chicken
beans [9] for beans and rice [10]
red sauce [11] for pasta

Side Dishes:

Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Cheesy Potatoes [12]
Garlic Foccacia [13]
Crystal’s Butterhorn Rolls [14]

Breakfasts:

Whole Grain Pancake Mix [15]
Maple Granola with Oats, Nuts, and Seeds [16]
Instant Oatmeal [17]
Whole Grain Cinnamon Rolls [18]
Chocolate Chip Banana Bread [19]

Dessert:

Chocolate Cheesecake [20]

I’m really interested to see how my friend Crystal [21] 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 [22]. 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 [21] over the next few days as we fill the freezer to save some time and money? I hope so!


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[5] took an inventory of what food was in the freezer: http://lifeasmom.com/2010/03/preparing-for-freezer-cooking.html

[6] which of my expectations of myself has got to give: http://lifeasmom.com/2010/03/your-expectations-of-you-something%E2%80%99s-got-to-give.html

[7] I love convenience items: http://lifeasmom.com/2010/03/meal-planning-homemade-convenience-foods.html

[8] our Easter Dinner: http://lifeasmom.com/2010/03/freezer-cooking-a-make-ahead-holiday-dinner.html

[9] beans: http://www.goodcheapeats.com/2009/04/homemade-pintos.html

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

[11] red sauce: http://lifeasmom.com/2009/03/urs-pasta.html

[12] Cheesy Potatoes: http://lifeasmom.com/2008/10/cheesy-potatoes.html

[13] Garlic Foccacia: http://www.goodcheapeats.com/2010/01/garlic-focaccia.html

[14] Crystal’s Butterhorn Rolls: http://moneysavingmom.com/2010/03/make-ahead-butterhorns-recipe.html

[15] Whole Grain Pancake Mix: http://www.goodcheapeats.com/2009/11/multi-grain-blueberry-pancakes.html

[16] Maple Granola with Oats, Nuts, and Seeds: http://www.goodcheapeats.com/2010/03/maple-granola-with-oats-nuts-and-seeds.html

[17] Instant Oatmeal: http://lifeasmom.com/2010/03/frugal-friday-making-my-own-instant-oatmeal.html

[18] Whole Grain Cinnamon Rolls: http://www.goodcheapeats.com/2009/10/whole-grain-cinnamon-rolls.html

[19] Chocolate Chip Banana Bread: http://www.goodcheapeats.com/2009/05/chocolate-chip-banana-bread.html

[20] Chocolate Cheesecake: http://lifeasmom.com/2008/06/chocolate-anyone.html

[21] my friend Crystal: http://moneysavingmom.com/2010/03/freezer-cooking-days-march-31-april-2-2010.html

[22] MoneySavingMom: http://moneysavingmom.com

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