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Meal Planning: Real Life

Posted By Jessica Fisher On May 9, 2010 @ 2:21 pm In Good Eats,Meal Planning | 8 Comments


Shrimp Pasta with Cream Sauce [5]

Real life is busy. Real life is too many things on my to-do list and not enough time. Real life is rich and too important to pass up. So I have to find short cuts in order to save time for more important things.

Many nights this past week, we’ve enjoyed meals or parts of meals that I had prepared beforehand and froze. This has not only been a great timesaver, but also a great way to cut back on my grocery spending [6]. We’ve healthified our eating habits, too, by having more homecooked items versus storebought convenience items. It’s amazing to me how quickly my kids go through homemade instant oatmeal mixes [7]!

Here’s our meal plan for the week. Real people, real food.

9. Pasta with Meatballs and Red Sauce [8], Garlic Bread, Steamed Vegetable – The meatballs, sauce [8], and garlic bread are already in the freezer. Boil a pot of noodles and steam some veggies.

10. Caesar Salad [9] with Shredded Chicken [8], Butterhorns – The chicken is cooked, shredded, and frozen as are the butterhorns.

11. Beef Tacos, Fruit Salad [10] [10]- The taco meat [11]is already to go, stored in the freezer with a bag of shredded cheese. Add shells and other toppings, stir up a fruit salad. I like mine layered [10].

12. Pasta with Shrimp [5], Cheddar Biscuits, Veggies – The biscuit mix is a freezer component. The pasta dish [5] is an easy one.

13. Grilled SW Chicken [12], Mexican Rice [13], Green Salad – The chicken and marinade [12] are in the freezer. The sides are quick to prepare.

14. Anniversary Dinner

15. Chimichangas [14] and Fruit Salad – I made the burritos [14] during this month’s freezer cooking and will bake those and serve with some toppings and a fruit salad.

For more real life meal planning inspiration, visit I’m an Organizing Junkie [15].

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[5] Shrimp Pasta with Cream Sauce: http://www.goodcheapeats.com/2009/06/shrimp-with-noodles-and-cream-sauce.html

[6] cut back on my grocery spending: http://lifeasmom.com/2010/05/grocery-geek-presents-my-shopping-is-evolving.html

[7] homemade instant oatmeal mixes: http://lifeasmom.com/2010/03/frugal-friday-making-my-own-instant-oatmeal.html

[8] Red Sauce: http://lifeasmom.com/2010/04/homemade-croutons-shredded-chicken-and-red-sauce.html

[9] Caesar Salad: http://www.goodcheapeats.com/2009/05/caesar-salad-fine-thing.html

[10] Fruit Salad: http://www.goodcheapeats.com/2009/08/layered-fruit-salad.html

[11] taco meat : http://lifeasmom.com/2010/04/pinto-beans-taco-meat-and-roasted-garlic-mashed-potatoes.html

[12] Grilled SW Chicken: http://lifeasmom.com/2010/04/chicken-in-marinades.html

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

[14] Chimichangas: http://www.goodcheapeats.com/2009/05/chimichangas.html

[15] I’m an Organizing Junkie: http://orgjunkie.com/category/menu-plan-monday

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