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Meal Planning – From the Freezer

Posted By Jessica Fisher On October 4, 2010 @ 1:45 am In Meal Planning | 13 Comments

[3]Chicken and Wild Rice Bake [4]

This weekend after I inventoried the freezer [5], I set about putting together our meal plan for the month. My laptop was still drying out from an encounter with a bottle of water (don’t ask) and I was fighting off The Head Cold of the Century and nursing a bad back, so it took much longer than expected.

However, after a trip to Costco and an impromptu freezer burrito endeavor (don’t ask), I feel confident that should I never recover from this cold or my old, decrepit back, at least we will eat well.

With my inventory in hand, I put together 31 dinner menus (some were duplicates). Then, I printed out a copy of the Monthly Meal Plan Grid [6] so that I could hang it on the fridge. Consulting my fall themes [7], I plugged things in.

Here’s what I came up with:

3. Tri-tip [8], Stuffed Potatoes(freezer), Roast Vegetables
4. Chili Dogs [9], Veggies and Dip [10]
5. Pasta with Red Sauce [11], Caesar Salad [12], Cornbread
6. Grilled Chicken [13], CSA Veggies (TBD) [14], Rolls
7. Black Bean Enchilada Casserole, Rice, Green Salad
8. Costco Pizza
9. Crockpot Pork Sandwiches, Veggies and Dip [10], Fruit
10. Lawnmower Taco [15], Green Salad
11. Pepper Steak, Rice, Salad
12. Pancakes [16], Turkey Sausage [17], Fruit
13. Pasta with Red Sauce [11], Roast CSAVeggies (TBD) [14], Salad
14. Baked Chicken [18], Quinoa Pilaf, Veggies, Cornbread
15. Pizza Night [19]
16. Burgers, Veggies and Dip [10], Fruit Plate
17. Hot Dogs, Fruit Salad, Veggies
18. Pancakes [16], Turkey Sausage [17], Fruit
19. Carnitas Tacos [20], Beans and Rice, Green Salad
20. Grilled Chicken [13], Quinoa Pilaf, CSA Veggies (TBD) [14], Baguette
21. Caribbean Pork, Rice, Veggies, Biscuits [21]
22. Pizza Night [19]
23. Roast Chicken [22], Mashed Potatoes, Veg, Cornbread
24. Burgers, Veggies and Dip [10], Fruit Plate
25. Lawnmower Taco [15], Green Salad
26. Pancakes [16], Turkey Sausage [17], Fruit
27. Chicken and Wild Rice Bake [4], Veggies
28. Shredded Beef [23] and Gravy, Quinoa Pilaf, veggies
29. Pizza Night [19]
30. Out of Town
31. Chef’s Choice

Pop over to I’m an Organizing Junkie [24] for more meal planning inspiration.


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

[5] inventoried the freezer: http://lifeasmom.com/2010/10/freezer-cooking-recipes-you-can-count-on.html

[6] Monthly Meal Plan Grid: http://lifeasmom.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/Monthly-Meal-Grid.pdf

[7] my fall themes: http://lifeasmom.com/2010/09/delicious-meals-for-fall.html

[8] Tri-tip: http://lifeasmom.com/2010/07/bbq-recipes-and-an-ultimate-recipe-swap.html

[9] Chili Dogs: http://goodcheapeats.com/2010/02/chili-dogs-good-cheap-eat/

[10] Veggies and Dip: http://goodcheapeats.com/2009/11/super-easy-veggie-tray/

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

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

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

[14] CSA Veggies (TBD): http://lifeasmom.com/2010/10/grocery-geek-presents-trying-out-a-csa.html

[15] Lawnmower Taco: http://lifeasmom.com/2010/06/freezer-cooking-with-ground-beef-and-turkey.html

[16] Pancakes: http://lifeasmom.com/2010/01/.html

[17] Turkey Sausage: http://lifeasmom.com/2010/09/ask-the-readers-breakfast-freezer-cooking.html#comment-34483

[18] Baked Chicken: http://goodcheapeats.com/2009/09/good-cheap-eat-baked-chicken/

[19] Pizza Night: http://lifeasmom.com/2010/09/tgif-make-pizza-yourself.html

[20] Carnitas Tacos: http://goodcheapeats.com/2009/10/carnitas-soft-tacos/

[21] Biscuits: http://goodcheapeats.com/2010/01/drop-biscuits/

[22] Roast Chicken: http://goodcheapeats.com/2009/10/good-cheap-eat-roast-chicken/

[23] Shredded Beef: http://goodcheapeats.com/2009/06/shredded-beef-filling/

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

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