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Meal Planning: Homemade Convenience Foods

Posted By Jessica Fisher On March 7, 2010 @ 4:22 pm In Good Eats,Meal Planning | 25 Comments


Basic Homemade Pizza [4]

All  of a sudden, life seems to have imploded on me. My trip early last month took a week of planning and a week of recovery, and I’ve been racing to catch up ever since. But, time waits for no mom. Life continues: laundry piles up, schoolwork needs to be assigned and corrected, and my days are just chock full.

I don’t know about you, but I don’t like feeling overwhelmed. Thankfully, I have a husband who’s great at troubleshooting. We put our heads together and decided that adding some convenience items back into our life is a good thing for this season. Freezer meals [5], baking ahead of time [6], homemade baking mixes [7]sandwiches at lunchtime [8], and breakfast from a box [9] have been ways we’ve chosen to lighten my load as a homemaker so I can spend time on other things.

And a few paper plates never hurt anybody either.

What’s cooking ’round here this week:

Chicken w/ Tomatoes and Feta Cheese Sauce (new recipe), steamed asparagus, brown rice
Grilled Tri-Tip, Mashed Potatoes, Veg
Chicken and Wild Rice Bake [10], Salad
Pasta w/ Red Sauce, Salad, Focaccia [11]
Pizza [4]ChiChi’s Salad [12]
BRC Burritos (beans, rice, and cheese)
Lasagna [13], Salad, Cornbread

How do you make life easier at your house?

For more meal planning ideas, visit I’m an Organizing Junkie. [14]

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

[5] Freezer meals: http://lifeasmom.com/2010/03/freezer-cooking-the-weekend-update-2.html

[6] baking ahead of time: http://lifeasmom.com/2010/03/freezer-cooking-wrapped-up.html

[7] homemade baking mixes: http://lifeasmom.com/2009/11/ultimate-recipe-swap-make-ahead-meals.html

[8] sandwiches at lunchtime: http://lifeasmom.com/2010/02/lunchtime-an-ultimate-recipe-swap.html

[9] breakfast from a box: http://lifeasmom.com/2010/03/finding-convenience-in-the-good-ol-cereal-box.html

[10] Chicken and Wild Rice Bake: http://www.goodcheapeats.com/2010/02/chicken-and-wild-rice-bake.html

[11] Focaccia: http://www.goodcheapeats.com/2010/01/garlic-focaccia.html

[12] ChiChi’s Salad: http://www.goodcheapeats.com/2009/10/chichis-italian-salad.html

[13] Lasagna: http://lifeasmom.com/2009/01/recipe-swap-in-kitchen-with-kids.html

[14] I’m an Organizing Junkie.: http://orgjunkie.com

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