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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

[4]Chicken and Wild Rice Bake [5]

This weekend after I inventoried the freezer [6], 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 [7] so that I could hang it on the fridge. Consulting my fall themes [8], I plugged things in.

Here’s what I came up with:

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

Pop over to I’m an Organizing Junkie [25] for more meal planning inspiration.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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